- Get Grounded In The Gospel
- Learn Your City's Story
- Engage In The Life Of Your City
- Discern Your City's Idols
- Retell Your City's Story With The Gospel
Introduction to Tim Keller and The Gospel Coalition New England Regional Conference
Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
Contextualization and Theological Vision
Tim Keller, Richard Lints, David Wells, and Stephen Um
Live Q&A from Boston audience and from online
Use #TGCNE12 and #CenterChurch
I'm very excited to have Center Church by Dr. Timothy Keller in my library. It's nearly 400 pages and is packed full of good stuff. It's hard to describe how "packed full" it is until you see it. You can see pieces of it here...
Check out some of the praise it's receiving...
I'm not exaggerating when I say that Center Church is my favorite book Tim Keller has written thus far.
- Scotty Smith, Christ Community Church
This is not simply curriculum content; it is exactly the kind of life-giving, generative gospel theology our churches need.
- Stephen Um, CityLife Presbyterian Church, Boston
This book will help you if you are serious about seeing your city transformed by the gospel of grace.
- Darrin Patrick, Vice President of the Acts 29 Network
In Center Church, one of the great missionary statesmen of our times lays out a vision of the church vigorous enough to transform entire cities through its agency of the gospel.
- Alan Hirsch, Founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network
Watch this video. Note that Keller says, "Things that work in cities often we find work outside of cities as well." This is more than a book for city-center church planting, and as I have said several times, the best books on the church (regardless of where you are located) are urban church books.
UPDATE: There were three talks given, all available online. (Also note the 2007 talk.)
Tim Keller gave three talks at the 2011 Berlin Conference, two of which were followed by questions & answers. You have to register on the City to City Europe website to download, but it's worth it. His talks...
Go to City to City Europe to download them.
My friend, Freddy Wyatt, leads Gallery Church in New York City. Is your church doing the 2011 Big Apple Adventure Vacation Bible School? You can support this new work in NYC through your VBS Missions Offering. Would love if some of my readers' churches could help out this good brother and good work in the Big Apple! Check out their videos, starting with the one below...
Tim Keller was at Covenant Seminary and had a discussion with his friend and Covenant President Bryan Chapell (podcasted in December of 2010). Bryan Chapell led a two part discussion with him followed by a two part question & answer time.
The heart of the conversation was Counterfeit Gods, but tons of other rich, helpful stuff. We get stuff from Keller's prayer life, to the three year revival at Redeemer (according to Jonathan Edwards' standards), to the difficulties and blessings of 9/11 at Redeemer, to his thoughts on how getting "fame" as a pastor late in life has impacted Redeemer and their future and the push for leadership development, to how he prepares sermons, and bunches more. So good.
Click to listen, right click to download...
Here are PDF's of talks Tim Keller gave at the Urban Plant Life conference in London a couple of years ago. You can also check out the audio/video or grab the podcast. But having documents you can print and search is very helpful. Thanks to @BradAndrews for the heads-up.
Here's a 17+ minute video of Tim Keller talking at Lausanne about how you reach cities by 1. Planting & renewing churches that are contextual to the city, 2. Establishing citywide gospel movements.
A really great look at Detroit. Anyone interested in cities, suburban sprawl, culture, art and creativity needs to watch all three parts. One of the coolest things I've ever seen on these topics.
The Global Cities Initiative Conference took place in New York City on September 9 - 11, 2009. Over 80 cities were represented by ministry leaders and church planters, and the experience culminated in the signing of a covenant (found in a link to the right under "Related Media.")
Tim Keller gave three plenary addresses at GCI, which you can stream by clicking on the titles to the right (or download by right-click). Also to the right are downloadable pdfs of the outlines of these talks, which were distributed at the conference. The talks were:
September 9th - "Gospel Renewal"
September 10th - "City Focus"
September 11th - "Movements & Ecosystems"
The conference was hosted by Redeemer Church Planting Center in partnership with Transform World Connections, which was founded and is currently led by Luis Bush.
Links to the audio and PDF's...
The original links to the conference talks are at the London City Mission site. You can stream the messages there rather than downloading if you like, but that's like going to P.F. Chang's once without ever returning. It's just stupid. Enjoy!
By the way, the beginning of the first talk Keller talks about what "missional" is, what a "missional church" looks like. The whole talk is in that direction, but the start was particularly interesting.
We are gathering some of the best leaders to equip, encourage and employ up and coming urban leaders. Our focus will be on the theological and practical implications of ministry in an urban context. There will be three breakout tracks for leaders to participate in: Church Planting, Mercy, and Arts. ...We will learn together, grow together and change the world together.
The conference coincides with an Acts 29 Boot Camp, and the list of speakers is top notch: Bryan Chapell, Darrin Patrick, Daniel Montgomery, Eric Mason, Randy Nabors, and Matt Carter. Breakout tracks include church planting, arts, and mercy. Should be great. If things are ok at the time with my wife's "illness," I hope to go.
Mark Driscoll - Dwelling in the Text & Dwelling through the Text
Tim Keller - TBD (2 sessions)
Ed Stetzer - Dwelling in the Kingdom & Dwelling in the Mission
CJ Mahaney - Dwelling in the Cross
Darrin Patrick - Dwelling with non-Christians
Conference will also include panel discussion, worship and breakout sessions. Register at www.dwellconference.com.
"Goodbye, Suburbs" (single page view) is a great article on how some urbanites who move to the suburbs cannot but help moving back to the city, for all the right reasons. Here's a video to accompany the article.
Once settled, Ms. Hillen, a stay-at-home mother, embarked on a fruitless hunt for companionship. "Out there, you have to work at being with people," she said. "In a year, I got one play date for my kid. We joined the Newcomers Club, and the day we put our house on the market, they finally called. You'd go to the library for a reading and there would be no one there." She added, "You're a lonely, desperate housewife with nothing to do."
Even the playgrounds were desolate. "And on the rare occasions there was somebody there and you struck up a conversation," she said, "they would literally move away. And they didn't encourage the kids to play together. We were so shocked."
I go home and there's, like, people doing their lawn every five minutes. They seem like normal people but they spend, like, hours working on their lawn.
Kings and kingdoms...
Every day when I came home, I would say to myself, 'I really am a king and this is a castle, and who do I think I am?'
"You go to these little towns and they are very charming and sweet and have all these cute little shops," said Brian Lover, who put his West Orange, N.J., house back on the market just three months after moving there. "But I think when you live in these areas full time, those neighborhood shops aren't so cute. And those neighborhood restaurants that look so great, you know how bad they really are."
The sucking suburbs...
With their baby in tow, the couple stalked the parks and Gymboree classes in nearby Montclair, figuring "that's where we'll find the city people and the cool parents," Mr. Lover said. "But there wasn't anyone we could find a core to. It was all air." As for the city people they'd hoped to meet? "They were city people, not anymore," he said. "The suburbs have some way of sucking the city out of you."
I first heard through Charlie Pharis that Tim Keller (Tim Keller Resources) has an article in the Cutting Edge, a Vineyard church planting publication, but it wasn't online. Now it is. Read Keller's article on "Our New Global Culture: Ministry in Major City-Centers." Looks like some other good articles there too, and Cawley has a list of Keller's points.
(HT: Justin Taylor, who emailed me in order to shame me since he found it first)
A few blurbs...
Once in cities, Christians should be a dynamic counterculture. It is not enough for Christians to simply live as individuals in the city. They must live as a particular kind of community. Jesus told his disciples that they were "a city on a hill" that showed God's glory to the world (Matt. 5:14-16). Christians are called to be an alternate city within every earthly city, an alternate human culture within every human culture, to show how sex, money, and power can be used in nondestructive ways.
This is the only kind of cultural engagement that will not corrupt us and conform us to the world's pattern of life. If Christians go to urban centers simply to acquire power, they will never achieve cultural influence and change that is deep, lasting, and embraced by the broader society. We must live in the city to serve all the peoples in it, not just our own tribe. We must lose our power to find our (true) power. Christianity will not be attractive enough to win influence except through sacrificial service to all people, regardless of their beliefs.
So we must neither just denounce the culture nor adopt it. We must sacrificially serve the common good, expecting to be constantly misunderstood and sometimes attacked. We must walk in the steps of the one who laid down his life for his opponents.
Once in cities, Christians should be a dynamic counterculture. It is not enough for Christians to simply live as individuals in the city. They must life as a particular kind of community. Jesus told his disciples that they were "a city on a hill" that showed God's glory to the world (Matt. 5:14-16). Christians are called to be an alternative city within every earthly city, and alternate human culture within every human culture, to show how sex, money, and power can be used in nondestructive ways.
Tim Keller in "A New Kind of Urban Christian," Christianity Today, May 2006, p. 38.
Americans are leaving the nation's big cities in search of cheaper homes and open spaces farther out.
Nearly every large metropolitan area had more people move out than move in from 2000 to 2004, with a few exceptions in the South and Southwest, according to a report being released Thursday by the Census Bureau.
Northeasterners are moving South and West. West Coast residents are moving inland. Midwesterners are chasing better job markets. And just about everywhere, people are escaping to the outer suburbs, also known as exurbs.
Here in Woodstock, IL we have layers in our suburban/exurban community. We are our own city where older local residents used to know all the families of Woodstock and where they lived. Many of them are in their 70's and 80's and the city is changing shape.
We are growing rapidly with city dwellers leaving to find affordable housing. Right now we have people in our church who were born here and will die here in the next few years as well as people who have just moved in to get a more "country" feel. Others are moving in and occupying large houses in large, new housing developments and have plenty of money. Most newcomers want less crime, better schools, better marriages, a better retirement, more time for recreation and to generally be left alone.
These are challenging times.
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.
BOOKS with Tim Keller contributions...
Audio Resources from Dr. Keller...
More resources on Dr. Keller's books...
- 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 God Sermons: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 God Videos: 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.
- 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)
Keller on Sept. 11, 2001
KEY FREE Sermons
The Gospel Coalition 2011 - NEW!
NYC Dwell Conference
Global Cities Initiative (2009)
Urban Plant Life Conference in London
Reform & Resurge (2006)
Covenant Seminary | Conferences 2004
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
(study guide) (Vision paper: The Gospel - The Key to Change)
The City: We Have a Strong City - Isaiah 25:6-26:6
(study guide) (Vision paper: The City - Why We Are Here)
Community: Better than Sons and Daughters - Isaiah 56:1-8
(study guide) (Vision paper: Buildings for Community)
Witness: While He May Be Found - Isaiah 55:1-7, 57:14-21
(study guide) (Vision paper: Why New Churches?)
Justice: Break Every Yoke - Isaiah 58:1-14
(study guide) (Vision paper: Ministry Balance)
Culture: The Riches of the Nations Will Come - Isaiah 60:4-14, 19-22
(study guide) (Vision paper: Christians & Culture)
The Gospel and Your Wealth - Malachi 3:8-10, 4:1-2
(study guide) (Vision paper: Money & Christian Worldview)
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:
ABOUT TIMOTHY KELLER & REDEEMER
OTHER RESOURCE PAGES