A ‘New’ Preacher – Tim Keller
Thanks to wordpress I just discovered a ‘new’ preacher. He is not really new, because he has been preaching for many years, but he is new for me (he is also a graduate of Gordon-Conwell and WTS). Apparently Tim Keller “promotes a Reformed Christianity that has a vision that encompasses not only doctrinal statements, but also our piety, evangelistic outreach, and missions of mercy.”
He seems to be a new sensation in Christianity and has been compared to C.S. Lewis. I intend to get to know more about him, mainly by reading his sermons. Here is a brief sketch of his biography:
“Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian (PCA) is “one of Manhattan’s most vital congregations,” according to Christianity Today [12/04], started a Church Planting Center in 2001, and its phone has not stopped ringing since. He is committed to the church planting movement and ‘entering the culture’s stories and retelling them with the gospel’.” Redeemer’s vision is to spread the gospel, first through ourselves and then through the city by word, deed, and community; To bring about personal changes, social healing, and cultural renewal through a movement of churches and ministries that change New York City and through it, the world. Keller promotes a Reformed Christianity that has a vision that encompasses not only doctrinal statements, but also our piety, evangelistic outreach, and missions of mercy.
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. However, he learned the most from his nine years as a pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in the small blue-collar town of Hopewell, Virginia. The congregation there loved him, suffered through his earliest days as a pastor, and taught an intellectual northerner to be clear.
His second church was Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons.”
More can be read here.
And links to some of his lectures at WTS and U Penn can be found here.
Let me know what you think about him. Personally – I am looking forward to learn something good from this brother in Christ.