Profiles: Tim Keller
Our second to last profile on a living Christian leader is on Tim Keller. Keller is perhaps the most well-known in our series and for good reason. In 1989, Keller planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan which now has a weekly attendance of over 5,000 people. This figure alone is incredibly impressive when one understands just how unchurched the residents of Manhattan have been historically. Tim Keller is also one of the founders of the Gospel Coalition. This is an organization that partners Gospel-believing churches and individuals together for the furtherance of that Gospel message as you can hear Tim Keller and others explain in the video below.
Tim Keller is both a pastor and a theologian. This is not always the case with Christian writers. Most Christian writers lean heavily one way or the other, either they are all pastoral which means that their writing is all practical and without much depth to support those practices. Or they are all theological and their writing is full of intellectual terms without much practical application. Tim Keller is one of the few writers today that I would say is balanced in both areas.
Here are some books from Tim Keller to check out:
This was my introduction to Tim Keller and I’ve been an avid reader of his books ever since. I pick up this book wherever I find a discounted one and give it away to those who need it. This book is a defense for the belief that the God of the Bible exists today. There is so much truth to be mined from this book. One of my favorite quotes from this work is “Remember this - if you don’t live for Jesus you will live for something else.” (p. 179)
In my mind this is a perfect pairing for Desiring God by John Piper. This book is focused on the lack of fulfillment and satisfaction that we find when we place our faith, trust, and hope in anything that isn’t God. If you’ve had a difficult time battling your own idols, this book could help you in your fight.
There are many books written on marriage and most of them have at least one thing that a couple can learn from in order to love one another better. Keller co-wrote this book with his wife and it is filled with Gospel truth. It’s not just a practical book on marriage, but it goes deeper than most and explains why you should love your spouse. This is my go-to book on marriage.
Don’t be scared by that name! Catechisms can be very good to read, depending on the one of course. Keller is largely responsible for the New City Catechism which is a modern definition of what Christians should believe about God and His Word. In my reading of it, I have found it to be accurate to God’s Word. It has recently been released as a book and could be very helpful to the church, especially our children in helping them understand what we believe and why we believe it.
Now this one is more for pastors and leaders in the church, but I have found it be revolutionary in my own ministry. We all want our church to be successful, but how exactly do we do that? How can the church be effective in its purpose of reaching the city? This book is filled with Biblical principles about exactly that - ministering to our city.
**Like when reading any theologians and pastors, a careful eye and critical mind should be used in reading Keller’s writing.**