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March 6, 2016
"Alienated, oppressed, and resentful: such is the religious character of those who see themselves as righteous and in need of no repentance. The older son, standing outside the banquet hall, illustrates to the reader where people with such a religious disposition end up."
"A warning: When preaching on reconciliation, one needs to be careful to avoid the pitfalls of cheap grace. Some members of the church have been instructed to forgive ongoing, abusive behavior even when there are no signs that the behavior will stop. These victims of abuse do not need another pastor telling them simply to be forgiving. Rather, they need to hear that true reconciliation among people requires not only forgiveness but transformation. "
"What happens if we focus on the man who had two sons and read this parable as an answer to the question the Corinthians might have asked Paul: What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ? How does God make an appeal to someone, through us, to be reconciled to God?"
"In Wangerin's book, the Bible is retold as a novel. The setting remains the biblical period, though the retelling is modern, appealing to the reader in a new way."
Grieb, A. Katherine, "So That In Him We Might Become the Righteousness of God': Some Theological Reflections on the Church Becoming Justice," Ex Auditu, 2006.
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