Okay, it's VERY late. So this will be very short. I may expand on some stuff later, and I don't claim to be able to make sense of stuff so late.
Smokin' guns, Tim Keller just rocked. I'll explain this talk a bit, but the rest will be brief.
Keller's third and last session was up first this morning, "Doing Justice." Geez. A friend said it was the highlight of the conference. It certainly was one of the most important talks I've ever heard on ministry. Keller described injustice as that which damages the fabric of shalom. Shalom is the way things ought to be. When the body is healthy, it has shalom. All bits and pieces are harmonious. So with culture, as the bits and pieces do well together, there is cultural/city/neighborhood shalom. But when that fabric is damaged (as it always and often is) then we do justice, or reweave shalom.
Keller said that power has to be given to others if we are going to do anything good. Our job is to enable flourishing. We are born in certain circumstances we didn't look to be in. People haven't asked to be where they are. And Christians should give away power to those who don't have it as the work of justice. Keller said that biblical righteousness is about being willing to disadvantage yourself for the advantage of the community. His question for us: Does your city rejoice that your church is there? If they don't then we aren't working justice.
Matt Chandler of The Village Church of Dallas was next. I first heard Matt in Dallas last summer at Acts29, and he was great. But today, it may have been the most important message I've heard. I said Darrin Patrick's message was really good for me, and Matt's was like picking up where Darrin left off and pressing even harder toward Jesus. I wrote in my notes: "I would gladly let Matt start again and say it all over again." It was that good.
Eric Mason talked about reaching the hip-hop generation. Good, solid stuff. We heard a couple of rap songs. Very interesting on contextualization.
Mark Driscoll batted clean-up by talking about the Gospel, the Cross, and mostly about penal substitution. It was a "hot" talk, and he was pretty fired up. Good, biblical stuff.
Last things...We were able to hang at the Driscoll house for 1 1/2 hours tonight with about a dozen other guys. The conference audio should be online in a couple of weeks. And please pray for our trip back. We fly out at 2:30 central time. It has been a great, great trip but we really miss our kids.
Joe Thorn starts a four parter on "What Does God Want?" (Someone needs to tell Joe that God probably wants more than Joe can write in four posts, but Joe is just a simple guy after all.) In part one he deals with some spiritual disciplines in light of the values Micah 6:8.
I am not pitting spiritual disciplines against these values, but I ampitting the narrow, hyper-personalized approach to spirituality against what God desires for us. When Bible study, prayer and fellowship for the purpose of personal, spiritual strength are our greatest emphases we are missing the point. What God requires of us is not closet spirituality, but public spirituality.
I'm quite certain that nearly no one will disagree with Thorn on this, but in practice most of us are guilty of "closet spirituality." Too often our pride will keep us from admitting it. I've been a member at churches where the first application point every week was, "So first of all we need to read our Bible's more." Aren't we are known by the fruit we produce? It's very easy to see that the American church looks more like Job's counselors than justice and mercy workers.
Don't miss the Derek Webb and Donald Miller online chat tomorrow night.
Joining the conversation is a sure ticket to becoming a theological liberal repackaged with a goatee. If you are a girl, it will take a pretty significant piercing to equal goatee status. Yes! You can be a liberal too! Try throwing something into your eyebrow, tongue, nose, or lower lip. You didn't know liberalism was this easy, did you? Lucky I'm here for you.
Tim Keller continues his thoughts on ministry in world cities with his newly released article "Ministry in the New Global Culture of Major City-Centers Part III."
City-center churches should have as equal as possible emphases on: a)welcoming, attracting, and engaging secular/non-Christian people; b) character change through deep community and small groups; c) holistically serving the city (and especially the poor) in both word and deed; d) producing cultural leaders who integrate faith and work in society; and e) routinely multiplying itself into new churches with the same vision. There are many churches that major on one or two of these but the breadth, balance, and blend of these commitments is rare in a church. Nevertheless, this balance is crucial for ministry in city centers.
It seems Emergent (the organization) is muddling the Christocentric nature of Kingdom work (see Doug Pagitt's blog as well). In other words, it looks like Emergent (Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, et al) is treating collaboration on social justice issues between Jews and Christians as equally valid Kingdom work. Doesn't that give social justice primacy over faith in Christ so that Kingdom work can be done without faith in Christ? Or is this worse in that Emergent is attributing spiritual life to both groups?
If we are talking about working together to help those who can't help themselves instead of sticking to the same political routes, that's fine. But it seems much worse than that. Read some excerpts.
Synagogue 3000 (S3K) and Emergent have announced a ground-breaking meeting to connect Jewish and Christian leaders who are experimenting with innovative congregations and trying to push beyond the traditional categories of "left" and "right." This will be the first conversation that brings them together to focus on the enterprise of building next-generation institutions.
S3K Senior Fellow Lawrence A. Hoffman, (_Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life_, forthcoming 2006) stressed the importance of building committed religious identity across faith lines. "We inhabit an epic moment," he said, "nothing short of a genuine spiritual awakening. It offers us an opportunity unique to all of human history: a chance for Jews and Christians to do God's work together, not just locally, but nationally, community by community, in shared witness to our two respective faiths."
"We have so much common ground on so many levels...We face similar problems in the present, we have common hopes for the future, and we draw from shared resources in our heritage. I'm thrilled with the possibility of developing friendship and collaboration in ways that help God's dreams come true for our synagogues, churches, and world."
"As emerging Christian leaders have been pushing through the polarities of left and right in an effort to find a new, third way, we've been desperate to find partners for that quest," he said. "It's with great joy and promise that we partner with the leaders of S3K to talk about the future and God's Kingdom."
Without a bunch of explanation for how this isn't what it seems to be, I reckon this to be very bad news.
(HT: Mike Noakes)
As an American who is used to having a policeman stop by within 5 minutes if someone suspicious is around, New Orleans must be going through something nearly unthinkable for many of us as a sense of lawlessness abounds.
Russ Moore at Southern Seminary has written a short piece on the adoption of Russian orphans: Russia's Orphans and the Father of the Fatherless. Russ and his wife Maria have two adopted children from Russia.
Russian national leaders are concerned with foreigners adopting their children and may stop the practice, though it would only encourage institutionalizing orphans. Russ wants something better because God wants something better. Here's a portion of the article...
The Russian orphanage where my wife and I found our sons, then Maxim and Sergei, was the most horrifying place I have ever been. Its sights and smells and sounds come back to me every day. But, even more so, before my mind's eye every day are the faces of the children we couldn't adopt. Until now, my hope has been that Christians from America, Canada, Germany, France or somewhere may have adopted them, to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If the anti-adoption Russians get their way, I fear that these children will be sentenced to institutions, never to find families.
The plight of Russia’s orphans ought to spur American Christians to prayer and to action -- not only for Russian children but for abandoned children across the globe. What if Southern Baptist pastors encouraged, from the pulpit, families to adopt orphans domestically or from across the sea? What if older, more affluent Southern Baptist couples pooled money for young families who wish to adopt, but cannot afford the seemingly astronomical costs?
Yesterday my now four year-old Benjamin walked up and hugged my leg, saying to me (in the little southern accent he picked up from us): "I'm glad you're my daddy, and I'm glad I'm your son." I have learned more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ from such statements than from all my studies in systematic theology. Before I met these two, I “knew” all about what it means to have a new name in Christ, a new household, a new identity, new brothers and sisters. But I knew so very little about these things.
Dr. Timothy Keller is Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. This is a list of every Keller sermon, article, book, audiobook, DVD, Bible Study, and any other resource I can find. If you don't find something here you can also look into items tagged "Tim Keller" on the Reformissionary site in case I put up an individual post about a resource and failed to list it here. Feel free to link this post to help get these resources out. Find a dead link? Email me so I can keep this resource page up to date.
- Redeemer Presbyterian Church
- Redeemer City to City
- Tim Keller's Blog
- 150 FREE Sermons & Lectures
- Redeemer's REN3W Campaign
- Redeemers Recommended Resources
LOGOS - Tim Keller Sermon Archive (over 1,200 sermons!)
- Walking With God Through Pain And Suffering (2013 - Amaz | Kndl)
- Encounters With Jesus
- Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
- Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry In Your City (website)
- The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment With The Wisdom of God
- King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus
- Gospel In Life: Grace Changes Everything study (also DVD)
- The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
- Gospel-Centered Ministry [Gospel Coalition Booklets]
- Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
- Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters (also audiobook)
- The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith (also audiobook | DVD)
- The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (also audiobook, DVD & Study Guide) - A profound work for skeptics and their believing friends.
- Redeemer Church Planting Manual (or at CTC) - This is an excellent practical-without-being-too-businessy church planters guide. Well thought through. There are many helpful sections and resources in the book for pastors (not just planters) as well. I often recommend this as a key resource for any church leader.
- Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road - I bought this book years ago after one of my children was diagnosed with autism. I knew nothing about Keller at the time. It's a good resource for churches, church leaders, deacons, and thoughtful Christians.
BOOKS with Tim Keller contributions...
- Worship by the Book (with Don Carson, Kent Hughes and Mark Ashton)
Audio Resources from Dr. Keller...
More resources on Dr. Keller's books...
- Counterfeit Gods Resources | My Review | Website | The Grand Demythologizer Video, Audio (The Gospel Coalition)
- The Prodigal God Resources | website | sermon | Yes, I Wrote (Another) Book
- The Reason for God Resources | website | reader guide | Yes, I wrote a book | Interview
- Newsweek article: "The Smart Shepherd"
- Christianity Today interview: Tim Keller Reasons With America: The New York Pastor explains why he's taking his ministry model on the road
- Ed Stetzer interviews Tim Keller about The Reason for God and more
- Books & Culture review
- The Reason for GodSermons:The Trouble with Christianity...
- Exclusivity: How an there be just one true religion?
- Suffering: If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?
- Absolutism: Don't we all have to find truth for ourselves
- Injustice: Hasn't Christianity been an instrument for oppression?
- Hell: Isn't the God of Christianity an angry Judge?
- Doubt: What should I do with my doubts?
- Literalism: Isn't the Bible historically unreliable and regressive?
- The Reason for GodVideos: Keller discusses The Reason for God - At Google - At Berkeley - Roundtable with WTS Faculty - Keller @ UChicago: Part 1, Part 2 - Keller at UPenn: The Reason for God - Keller at UPenn: Q&A
Redeemer Presbyterian Church store has sermons, studies & other resources available for purchase.
- The Advent of Humility
- All of Life is Repentance
- Are You Saying That All Christians Should Make Cities A Priority? (2010)
- An Art-full Church
- Authority (2010)
- Backlash and Civility (2011)
- The Bible On Church & Culture
- Biblical Mandate for Mercy Ministries
- Biblical Theology of the City
- The Big Issues Facing the Western Church (2010)
- The Case for Commissioning (Not Ordaining) Deaconesses
- The Centrality of the Gospel (CTC)
- Changing the World Through the Lord's Supper
- Christ and the City
- Coming Together on Culture Part 1: Theological (2011) - Responses to Coming Together on Culture
- Coming Together on Culture Part 2: Practical (2012)
- Contentment (2010)
- Counterfeit Gods - The Personal Story (2009)
- The Country Parson (2009)
- Covenant Renewal and Redeemer’s “DNA” (2009)
- Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople
- Creation, Fall, Redemption - And Your Money
- The Cultures of the Presbyterian Church in America
- Deconstructing Defeater Beliefs: Leading the Secular to Christ
- The Difficulty of Community (2008)
- Discerning & Exercising Spiritual Gifts
- Evangelism through 'Networking'
- Evangelistic Worship
- Evolution & Science
- Faithfulness & Meekness (2010)
- Financial Scarcity + Gospel Joy = Riches (2008)
- Five Ministry Fronts In The City
- Four Models of Counseling in Pastoral Ministry
- Four Wrong Answers to the Question "Why Me?"
- From “Come and See” To “Go and Share” (2010)
- The Future of American Cities: Part 1 | Part 2 (2010)
- The Girl Nobody Wanted: Sermon Transcript (Gen 29:15-35)
- Gnostics and Jesus
- The Gospel and Humor
- The Gospel and Our Prejudice
- The Gospel and Sex
- The Gospel and the Poor
- Gospel-Centred Ministry
- The Gospel in All its Forms (Resurgence | CTC)
- Gospel Polemics Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
- The Grace of The Law (2009)
- The Honors of the King (2011)
- How Can I Know God? (landscape, handout format pdf)
- How Do you Take Criticism of Your Views? (2009)
- How the Gospel Changes Our Apologetics Part 1 (2012)
- How the Gospel Changes Our Apologetics Part 2 (2012)
- How Then Shall We Live Together - Subscription and the Future of the PCA
- How to Pray Better in Public and in Private, Too (2010)
- The Importance of Hell (2008)
- Justice & Generosity (2010)
- Kingdom-Centered Prayer (on Redeemer site, Keller?)
- The Kingly Willow Creek Conference (2009)
- Late Modern or Post-Modern? (2010)
- Lay Leadership & Redeemer's Future
- Love & Love Language
- Leadership and Church Size Dynamics
- Lloyd-Jones & Preaching
- Lloyd-Jones on the Problem of Preaching (2011)
- Lloyd-Jones on the Permanence of Preaching (2011)
- Lloyd-Jones on the Primacy of Preaching (2011)
- Lloyd-Jones on the Efficacy of Preaching Today (2011)
- Lloyd-Jones on the Practice of Real Preaching (2011)
- Lloyd-Jones on Preaching & The Gospel Part 1 (2011)
- Lloyd-Jones on Preaching & The Gospel Part 2 (2011)
- Lloyd-Jones on Preaching & The Gospel Part 3 (2011)
- Long-Distance Spirituality (2010)
- The Lord of the Rings & Redemptive Art
- Ministry Can Be Dangerous to Your Spiritual Health
- Ministry in the Middle Space (2012)
- Ministry Movements (2010)
- The Missional Church
- Monergism Interview with Dr. Tim Keller (2008)
- The Multi-Site Model--Thoughts (2010)
- The New Global Christianity in the Post-Christian West
- The Obtrusive Self (2009)
- On NYC Schools' Decision to Ban Churches (2012)
- Only Believers or Disciples? (2011)
- OT Law & the Charge of Inconsistency (2012)
- Our New Global Culture: Ministry in Urban Centers (CTC)
- A New Kind of Urban Christian (CTC)
- Pastor's Self-Evaluation Questionnaire (w David Powlison)
- Pharisees With Low Standards (2009)
- Planting a Church in the City
- Politics & Culture (2010)
- Post-Everythings (print version | CTC | Scribd)
- Prayer and the Gospel (2007)
- A Prayer Life That Nourishes Your Relationship to God
- Preacher-Onlys Aren't Good Preachers (2009)
- Preaching Amid Pluralism
- Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age: Brimstone for the Broad-minded
- Preaching in a Post-Modern City
- Preaching in a Secular Culture
- Preaching Morality in an Amoral Age (CTC)
- Process Managing Church Growth
- Proverbs: A Mini-Guide to Life (2010)
- Proverbs, Community, and Culture (2010)
- Religion and the Gospel (adapted from Keller's content)
- Religion-less Spirituality
- Religious & Philosophical Pluralism (w Charles Garland)
- The RENEW Campaign and Redeemer’s Future (2009)
- The Resurrection and Christian Mission (2009)
- Revival (Even) On Broadway (2010)
- Revival: Ways & Means (2011)
- Ross Douthat on the Character of Christianity's Decline Part 1 (2012)
- Ross Douthat on the Character of Christianity's Decline Part 2 (2012)
- Ross Douthat (& others) on Why Christianity Has Declined in the US (2012)
- SBTS Towers: 3 Questions with Tim Keller
- Scoffers, Scorners, and Snark (2009)
- Scraps of Thoughts on Daily Prayer (2010)
- Sending Everybody (2009)
- Serving Each Other Through Forgiveness and Reconciliation
- The Shack: Impressions (2010)
- Should You Pass On Bad Reports? (w/ David Powlison)
- Speaking With Contempt (2011)
- The Steward Leader: A Biblical Model for Leadership
- Talking About Idolatry in a Postmodern Age
- Talking To The World (2010)
- Ten Questions for Expositors (2007 interview)
- Thank You, Thank You. Now Let's Repent (2009)
- There's No Escaping Doctrine, But Handle It With Care (2010)
- Three Ways With Families (2010)
- Two Kinds of Popularity (2009)
- Understanding Sin
- Unique Challenges Facing Urban Church Planters (by J. Allen Thompson)
- Urban Plant Life PDFs (2010)
- What Does It Take To Start A Movement?: Case Study Ephesus (by J. Allen Thompson)
- What Is Common Grace?
- What's So Great About the PCA? (2010)
- Why Live In The Big City?
- Why Plant Churches?
- Work & Cultural Renewal (2010)
- Worship Worthy of the Name (CTC)
- Yes, I Wrote (Another) Book (2008)
- Y(our) Place
Keller on Sept. 11, 2001
- Anniversary, Global Cities Initiative - 9/11/2009 - NEW!
- Sermon of Remembrance and Peace for 9-11 Victim's Families - (Transcript) Preached 9/10/2006
- "America's Darkest Hour" - post 9/11 interview with Keller
- The Hiddenness of God (Transcript)
- Questions on Everyone's Mind (September 14, 2001)
KEY FREE Sermons
- The Gospel | Who is this Jesus? | Lord of the Wine | Born of the Gospel
- Changed People | Changed Lives | Inside-Out Living |. How to Change
- City | Should I Not Love That Great City? | The Meaning of the City | Love for the City
- Community | The Community of Jesus | Spiritual Friendship | Eating with Jesus
- Movement (Church Planting) | Why to Plant Churches | Messengers | The Cost of Mission
- Serving | Neighbors | Blessed Are The Poor | Blueprint for Revival - Social Concern
- Renewing | Work | Made for Stewardship | Work and Rest
- Stewardship | Radical Generosity | Treasure vs. Money | Grace & Money | 2 Men With Money | Stewardship Devotional (pdf)
The Gospel Coalition 2011 - NEW!
NYC Dwell Conference
- Hope for the World - Sept. 27
- Hope for the Poor - Oct. 4
- Hope for Your Life - Oct. 11
- Hope for the Family - Oct. 18
- Hope for Your Work - Oct. 25
- Hope for the Church - Nov. 1
- Hope and Money - Nov. 8
- Hope for the City - Nov. 15
Global Cities Initiative (2009)
Urban Plant Life Conference in London
- The Grand Demythologizer Video, Audio
- "Gospel-Centered Ministry" (also video) - Gospel Coalition Conference (2009)
Reform & Resurge (2006)
- Preaching the Gospel (also audio)
- Being the Church in Our Culture (also audio)
- Doing Justice (also audio)
Covenant Seminary | Conferences 2004
- Preaching to Believers & Unbelievers
- All Things Are Yours
- Breakout: Wisdom or Compromise Part 1, Part 2
- Various Audio, Discussions, Interviews at Covenant
The Gathering 2005
Evangelists Conference UK
City Life Church: Boston
DESIRING GOD CONFERENCE
REDEEMER CENTER for FAITH & WORK (Website)
- Principles for Action - interview
Entrepreneurship Forum: March 2007
REDEEMER VISION CAMPAIGN (Website)
Audio, Study Guides
- "A Season of Covenant Renewal"
- (original links page & introduction to this 12 part series)The Prodigal Sons - Luke 15:1-2, 11-32
- Christ Our Life - Col 3:1-14
- The Gospel - Isaiah 53:4-11, 54:1-5, 11-14
- The City: We Have a Strong City - Isaiah 25:6-26:6
- Community: Better than Sons and Daughters - Isaiah 56:1-8
- Witness: While He May Be Found - Isaiah 55:1-7, 57:14-21
- Justice: Break Every Yoke - Isaiah 58:1-14
- Culture: The Riches of the Nations Will Come - Isaiah 60:4-14, 19-22
- The Gospel and Your Wealth - Malachi 3:8-10, 4:1-2
- The Gospel and Yourself - Isaiah 6:1-13
- The Gospel and the World - 1 Peter 2:4-17
- The Gospel and Experience - John 2:1-10
Vision Campaign Papers:
- Desiring God Interview (2011)
- It Takes A Movement to Change A City (2010)
- Creation & Creativity
- A Woman, a Slave and a Gentile
- The Bible as a Single Story (American Bible Society | 2007)
- Being The Church In Our Culture (2005, Reform & Resurge)
- Interview with Keller, Divine Impulses - The Washington Post/Newsweek.com
- Exponential Conference podcast interview
- Lifeway interview
- It Takes a City to Raise a Child
- Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World - RTS class (iTunes)
- Keller's Redeemer Q and A
ABOUT TIMOTHY KELLER & REDEEMER
- Manhattan Ministry a Year Later - CT 10.29.2002
- New York's New Hope - CT Nov 2004
- Fresh Plants in the City - LJ Winter 2005
- Preaching the Word and Quoting the Voice - NYT 2.26.2006
- The Smart Shepherd: A New York pastor who says he thinks too much and wants to bring his Christian message to the world - Newsweek, 2.18.2008 - (Keller comments on the article)
- Tim Keller Reasons With America - CT Interview 6.20.08
- How Tim Keller Found Manhattan - CT 6.8.09 by Tim Stafford
- Tim Keller Wants to Save Your Yuppie Soul - NY Mag 11.29.09
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