“Tim Keller once defined forgiveness as resolving not to bring the offence up again with God, with the person who offended us, or with ourselves. Often it is the final one of these that is the most difficult.” Sam Allberry, Why Bother With Church?
“Satan does not control us with fang marks on the flesh, but with lies in the heart.” -Tim Keller
“The human heart runs on denial, the way my car runs on gas.” -Tim Keller, from sermon “He Came to His Himself”
“Work is as much a basic human need as food, beauty, rest, friendship, prayer, and sexuality; it is not simply medicine but food for our soul. Without meaningful work we sense significant inner loss and emptiness. People who are cut off from work because of physical or other reasons quickly discover how much they need work to thrive emotionally, physically, and spiritually.” -Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor
“the original listeners were not melted into tears by this story but rather they were thunderstruck, offended, and infuriated. Jesus’s purpose is not to warm our hearts but to shatter our categories. Through this parable Jesus challenges what nearly everyone has ever thought about God, sin, and salvation. His story reveals the destructive self-centeredness of the younger brother, but it also condemns the elder brother’s moralistic life in the strongest terms.” -Tim Keller, The Prodigal God
“To sit down and eat with someone in the ancient Near East was a token of acceptance.” -Tim Keller, The Prodigal God
“Most readings of this parable have concentrated on the flight and return of the younger brother– the “Prodigal Son.” That misses the real message of the story, however, because there are two brothers, each of whom represents a different way to be alienated from God, and a different way to seek acceptance into the kingdom of heaven.” -Tim Keller, The Prodigal Son