A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder

A Tale of Two Sons The Inside Story of a Father His Sons and a Shocking Murder Previously published as A Tale of Two Sons Charles Dickens William Shakespeare Garrison Keillor They re all part of the chorus of literary geniuses who expressed admiration for The Parable of the Prod

Previously published as A Tale of Two Sons Charles Dickens William Shakespeare Garrison Keillor They re all part of the chorus of literary geniuses who expressed admiration for The Parable of the Prodigal Son as outstanding literature After all, it is a powerful drama, rich in detail, powerfully succinct, and intensely personal But beyond the literary critiques besidPreviously published as A Tale of Two Sons Charles Dickens William Shakespeare Garrison Keillor They re all part of the chorus of literary geniuses who expressed admiration for The Parable of the Prodigal Son as outstanding literature After all, it is a powerful drama, rich in detail, powerfully succinct, and intensely personal But beyond the literary critiques besides being one of the most celebrated written works of all time the message of this parable is one we can t afford to ignore.In The Prodigal Son, John MacArthur takes the story back to its roots, when Jesus words were absolutely revolutionary As one of America s most beloved Bible teachers, MacArthur leads us through the minefields of interpretation and restores the simple yet profound brilliance of this passage Giving engrossing historical background, The Prodigal Son will reveal Christ s original message as intended for the Pharisees, the disciples, and the world today.Gain an enlightening perspective into the prodigal son s story and embrace God s love anew with The Prodigal Son.

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A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder

  1. John F MacArthur, Jr is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible MacArthur is a fifth generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and as President of The Master s College and the related Master s Seminary in Santa Clarita, California.

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  1. MacArthur breaks down the Parable of the Prodigal Son into 3 sections about the prodigal younger son, the gracious father and the self righteous older son.He interprets this parable to be about an unbeliever repenting which results in joy in heaven.He goes into lots of cultural background and for the most part in my opinion, draws pretty good conclusions.I am not sure this in ONLY about an unbeliever accepting the grace of the Father I believe that it is also a picture of a believer sinning and [...]

  2. The Tale of Two Sons was my long weekend read earlier this month and it proved to be a great read Anyone brought up in Sunday School will know the story of the Prodigal Son although I prefer to call him The Lost Son, for obvious reasons , but most will not fully grasp the import of the story as originally told by Jesus, the Christ The sub title of this book, by John MacArthur, provides some insight into how the story would have been understood when originally spoken the inside story of a father, [...]

  3. while i enjoyed this book, the reason i m not giving it four stars is that i felt it could have been less repetitive thus much shorter and still had the same impact and perhaps even so, because the reader wouldn t get lost along the way no pun intended.i have previously read literature that expounded on this parable, as it could be understood in the cultural context of Jesus time therefore, much of the information presented in this book was a retread for me however, if this book had been my fir [...]

  4. The parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 11 32 is well known, but MacArthur adds a great deal of 1st century context to the story He focuses on how the actions of both sons were perceived by the listeners as Jesus told this story, particularly the Pharisees If you think you ve heard this all before, let MacArthur transport you back to the 1st century and you may discover new insights that you hadn t considered For those who are studying the Gospel of Luke, this would be a good complement to ch [...]

  5. This book is very helpful in understanding what we think of as a short parable of the Prodigal Son The parable is actually intrinsic when we understand the time and society of when Jesus used it The meaning is far than we know and the lessons are deeper I recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who desire a greater, deeper, and intimate relationship with God.

  6. Excellent A true reminder of the depth of offence and the lavish and unfathomable grace of God Definitely recommend

  7. The title of MacArthur s book on Christ s parable on the Prodigal Son is not only riveting, but the subtitle is equally gripping the inside story of a father, his sons, and a shocking murder Yes, the shocking murder aroused my curiosity, but I resisted the urge to peek at the end of the book to find out about this murder it occurs on page 195 More on that later.A Tale of Two Sons is a series of sermons MacArthur preached on the parable of the Prodigal from Luke 15 MacArthur does a masterful job [...]

  8. John Macarthur does a wonderful job of breaking down what many believe to be the greatest short story ever told The Prodigal Son However, Macarthur shows how the story deals with much than typically meets the eye The story was directed towards the Pharisees, the hypocritical religious leaders of the day, who hated Jesus As you read this book, you see the Father s radical love for his sons, despite their rebellion toward him This is a picture of the love Jesus has for all men and the desire He h [...]

  9. This book is basically about Jesus Parable of the Prodigal Son In it we read of God s infinate love for each and everyone of us What lenghts he is prepared to take, even death upon a cross, to bring us back to himself The strength of his mercy and grace is not lost in this book It removes any thought we might harbor on our own self righteousness and gives useful insight into level that Jesus was prepared to go in order to challenge the leaders of his day.It is not our standard that we should dep [...]

  10. John McArthur is a pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and really gets down to the nitty gritty of the Prodigal Son Parablehe dissects it with great precision, very understandable and easy to digest He maneuvers the motives behind the prodigal son, his older brother and the father There is a time in our lives where we must identify with the younger son, and some, difficult as it may seem, will identify with the older soneither waywe need a loving father who understands our [...]

  11. This book is amazing The cultural explanations and the pacing explanation really hammers home the parable of the Prodigal Son The book deals with not only the Prodigal Son but also the older son and the father MacArthur makes sure that you understand that he isn t there spiritualizing every little bit of story However, he does make sure to carefully explain what was said, why it was said, and the reactions that would be the result of what was said, plus why the reactions were what they would hav [...]

  12. When I began reading this book I thought it would be a thought provoking light read for the bus trip to and from workess what Not so much.Be prepared to have your bible at your side as you read this, because while it is a thought provoking read, it also motivates you to go back to the original Word and delve at the meanings yourself, while reading Something that is difficult to do on a packed bus heading to and from work I found myself rediscovering other things in my Book that spoke to me as we [...]

  13. There is nothing earth shattering here, but it is a good, basic look at the prodigal, the father, and the elder son Good connections are made as to who they are and represent.MacArtchur makes an emphasis that this parable relates to the two that come before it in Luke 15 mainly that there is rejoicing in heaven over one who repents.One thing I really appreciated was the cultural significance presented in the book How would the people of Jesus day have responded to this parable This shows the imp [...]

  14. John MacArthur is one of my favorite authors, which is a good thing in itself since he constantly provides to read than I can keep up with Seriously, this guy churns out books like no one else But I am grateful for that This book was given to me by the man under which I now serve This was an outstanding look into our Lord s parable of the prodigal son The amount of cultural background that MacArthur provides in this book is invaluable as it really brings to light much of what was so crucial to [...]

  15. MacArthur s writing is easy to read engrossing, informative and inspiring After reading this book I feel that my prior reading and understanding of the parable was likely permeated by traditional and vague renderings passed along and never really expounded on Though not entirely untrue to what I had always understood it to signify, the details of Mideast culture and mindset is absolutely the key that illuminates the meaning of this beloved parable It is rich with revelation As the subtitle indic [...]

  16. I loved the book and have never heard it this way before MacArthur brought out so much character to not only the prodigal son, but also to the Father and the other son I gave it 4 stars because I thought Mac was stretching the story to far, especially when the son went off to the city He was describing so much that went on in that city I was thinking, did the Pharisees really have that much time to think about all the details on this parable that probably lasted just a few minutes Still a good r [...]

  17. Insightful and detailed, MacArthur analyses the Parable of the Prodigal Son with clear reference to its social and historical context within the framework of Christ s work of redemption Revolving around the theme of true repentance and forgiveness, MacArthur presents us with the challenge to examine our own lives By boldly and unconventionally stating that the main point of the parable is the elder brother, he uses sound Biblical exegesis to lead us to the horrific conclusion of the parable and [...]

  18. This was a wonderful read It really brought this popular parable to life I appreciated John MacArthur s research of the ancient culture that would have been so pertinent to the hearers of Jesus day and to their understanding of what he was really conveying It brought to light those things that would be missed by those in our modern Western culture The real treat for me was the epilogue in which the author expounds on the literary pattern Jesus used Extremely interesting I will never look at this [...]

  19. An excellent book by MacArthur with meticulous care to detail in how he brings out insights from the text, the context and cultural background, this is par excellence of what expository preaching should be done.It is definitely a good read, and a good book to get for someone who is not saved I have not read or heard anything on the Prodigal son as with what the LORD has taught through John MacArthur.

  20. An in depth examination of perhaps the most famous parable of Jesus the Prodigal Son MacArthur examines the main characters in the story and draws out who they represent He skillfully reveals how the original listeners would have reacted to the story and makes useful application of its truths to modern living This book was adapted from sermons, which is obvious in some places, but seldom interrupts the flow of reading An eye opening look at familiar ground.

  21. I will never look at the parable of the prodigal son the same way again MacArthur explains the culture and what the people during the time the parable was told would have thought Things that seemed like fillers for the story now become important details that bring the nature of each person prodigal son, father, older son to light in a way I had never quite grasped before This is a great book, well told and interesting.

  22. John MacArthur does an excellent job of telling the true and complete story of the parable of the prodigal son Few people today understand this story because we are so far removed from the customs of ancient Israel The author spares no details in bringing to light every aspect of this beautiful Biblical story by digging deep into the customs of the day in the Jewish family.

  23. Excellent historical work to bring into focus a culture that is quite different than ours The parable is all the shocking when we grasp some of the implications of it The ending feels a little forced, as though MacArthur is trying to force the meaning a little farther than it was intended to go.

  24. This book explains all the different sides of the Prodigal Son parable It gave me several insights that I hadn t considered before such as the first born son was just as rebellious as the prodigal son.

  25. This book is based on a series of sermons that MacArthur preached on the account of the Prodigal Son This book details the truly scandalous love that God has for sinners and brilliantly describes the glorious supernatural grace of God toward unworthy sinners.

  26. This book allows for the history of the times look at the story of the Prodigal Son The story clearly shows the prodigal, the older brother, and the fathers side of this story This was a good study for Sunday School, where typically you have both the prodigals and the Legalist.

  27. Good survey of the most famous parable My big takeaway was that neither brother really loved the father and shared his heart The older brother stayed and obeyed to get the father s stuff and the younger ran away to get it.

  28. This is the first time I have read any of MacArthur s work That being said, I wasn t sure what to expect It ended up being better than I had hoped This book gives some nice in depth insight on The Parable of the Prodigal Son.

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