Archive for the ‘Tim Keller’ Category

  1. The opportunity for extensive culture-making in the U.S.
  2. The rise of Islam.
  3. The new non-Western Global Christianity.
  4. The growing cultural remoteness of the gospel.
  5. The end of prosperity?

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Podcast – Tim Keller

From Redeemer City to City:

You can now subscribe to a podcast of sermons by Tim Keller on iTunes.

The new channel will feature free sermons from the archival collection already posted at the Free Sermon Resource, as well as an additional free sermon added each month, available as a podcast.  You can subscribe to the channel at this link.

We hope this channel will make our content more easily accessible to a wider audience.  Within its first few days, the channel has become one of the most subscribed in its category.

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Tim Keller on The Shack

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, on The Shack:

‘Anyone who is strongly influenced by the imaginative world of The Shack will be totally unprepared for the far more multi-dimensional and complex God that you actually meet when you read the Bible.’

To read the full review, click here.

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From a note I sent to our group leaders but applies to all of us at Christ Church:

Your group should be on mission together.

But do you know what it means for us to be a missional church? Could you explain that to someone in your group in a sentence or over an hour-long conversation?

Tim Keller’s three-page article on the missional church will help you immensely in both your self-understanding of corporate mission and your ability to articulate it to others.

From the article:

…what makes a small group ‘missional’? A ‘missional’ small group is not necessarily one which is doing some kind of specific ‘evangelism’ program (though that is to be recommended) Rather, 1) if its members love and talk positively about the city/neighborhood, 2) if they speak in language that is not filled with pious tribal or technical terms and phrases, nor disdainful and embattled language, 3) if in their Bible study they apply the gospel to the core concerns and stories of the people of the culture, 4) if they are obviously interested in and engaged with the literature and art and thought of the surrounding culture and can discuss it both appreciatively and yet critically, 5) if they exhibit deep concern for the poor and generosity with their money and purity and respect with regard to opposite sex, and show humility toward people of other races and cultures, 6) they do not bash other Christians and churches–then seekers and non-believing people from the city A) will be invited and B) will come and will stay as they explore spiritual issues. If these marks are not there it will only be able to include believers or traditional, “Christianized” people.

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Your life should be saturated and fueled by the gospel.

One reason this doesn’t happen is because we are unclear about what the gospel is and how it applies to our lives. For instance, a common refrain we hear is that a regular gospel emphasis becomes repetitive – the reality is that the gospel is repetitive only when we fail to grasp the subtle nuances of the gospel and remove it from the center of life.

So to help us grow in our understanding of the centrality and sufficiency of the gospel, I’d encourage you to read through Tim Keller’s ten-page article on The Centrality of the Gospel – and make sure to take good notes by asking good questions.

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Absolutely fantastic Resurrection Sunday – great to see you and your family and friends and thankful for the opportunity to worship Jesus together.

One thing I didn’t include was this quote from NT Wright:

The message of the resurrection is that this world matters! That the injustices and pains of this present world must now be addressed with the news that healing, justice, and love have won…If Easter means Jesus Christ is only raised in a spiritual sense — [then] it is only about me, and finding a new dimension in my personal spiritual life. But if Jesus Christ is truly risen from the dead, Christianity becomes good news for the whole world — news which warms our hearts precisely because it isn’t just about warming hearts. Easter means that in a world where injustice, violence and degradation are endemic, God is not prepared to tolerate such things — and that we will work and plan, with all the energy of God, to implement victory of Jesus over them all. Take away Easter and Karl Marx was probably right to accuse Christianity of ignoring problems of the material world. Take it away and Freud was probably right to say Christianity is wish-fulfillment. Take it away and Nietzsche probably was right to say it was for wimps.

For more on the resurrection, check out:

NT Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God

NT Wright, Surprised By Hope

Tim Keller, ‘The Reality of the Resurrection’ in Reason for God

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