In this brief and easy-to-read IVP booklet, C. Baxter Kruger vividly retells the parable of the prodigal son (including the full text of Luke 15:1-32). His fresh interpretation focuses not on the prodigal son, but on the character of the father as it is revealed through his interaction with his two very different sons. Baxter asks you to consider with which son you most identify--the dutiful elder brother or the wayward younger brother. Then he helps you explore the spiritual implications of that identification. Finally, he shows you how an examination of the father of the two sons highlights important aspects of God's character: rejoicing, compassion and more. You'll come away from this short but profound study with new insight into the ways God the Father is at work in your own life.
Kruger (M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, Ph.D., King's College, University of Aberdeen) preaches and lectures throughout the United States in his role as director of Perichoresis, Inc. He has worked previously as a minister to college students, as a lecturer in theology at the University of Aberdeen, and as an associate pastor.