This page contains comments that people have blogged or twittered or made via other text-based social media. You may also check the world live web via technorati and via Google Blog Search and via WordPress tag “Tim Keller” for buzz around the internet and the blogosphere about Tim Keller. Also there are near-real-time tweets about Tim Keller in the twittersphere.
What people are saying about Tim Keller: (a very limited randomly selected collection of excerpted quotes)
- “… two of the greatest things from Keller that I have really taken to heart. First is his description and use of Gospel Humility, the idea that since we are chosen by God to receive a gift completely free from anything we have done or will do at the expense of His Son, we have no right to look down on anyone else, to feel superior to other people or to use our faith as a weapon for any other means that to show the Gospel. … The other idea… was the fact that our source of strength comes from Christ alone and not of our own willpower. I can try over and over to stop sinning or to keep trying to be good but I just can’t do it. It is only when we look to our Savior do we gain the strength for our sanctification.” (01/11/11 Jonathan Houting @ offthecoastofmaine “My Year with Tim Keller: How the Pastor who Preaches against Idolatry Became my Idol“)
- Darryl G. Hart comments in “Can Redeemer Presbyterian Church Be Redeemed?” (3/18/11) “… if Redeemer is experiencing the difficulties Keller describes, why do so many congregations want to be Redeemer-like. Maybe small is not just beautiful but – dare I say – biblical.”
- “Our poor friend Tim Keller suffers the fate of having his every word parsed over a thousand times… For this reason, I try to avoid such parsing…” (10/9/09 Rick Phillips quoted at BaylyBlog, a blog that somewhat often mentions Tim Keller)
- “… there are three things which shape Tim Keller’s preaching: Missiology, Perspectivalism and his aim of Worshipping Christ on the spot.” (8/10/09 Keller Project: Tim Keller’s Preaching. How does it work? at lukewoodhouse; cf. blog series titled Keller Project)
- “Keller’s writing style is inoffensive and observational. He presents his basic thesis as a sequence of discoveries or as “findings” in a laid-back tone, that doesn’t seem to imagine that it will invite contradiction.” (via a book review about Tim Keller’s Reason for God at caughtnottaught 7/5/09)
- Craig Schafer started blogging through Redeemer’s Church Planting Manual by Tim Keller: a frustrating start, spiritual flab, strategy for Sundays, the vision thing, …
- Keller’s Four Rules [for how Redeemer contextualized ministry in New York City] (via Paul Stewart, 6/15/09)
- Never talk politics
- Always preach with a non-Christian audience in mind: not merely in avoiding offense, but exploring every text to find its good news for unbelievers as well as believers.
- Emphasize excellence in music and art: Redeemer’s worship is traditional, filled with hymns, corporate prayers and scripture readings.
- Call people to love and bless the city.
- Justin Moffatt lists in 10 Things about Redeemer his observations of Redeemer Presbyterian Church about what’s unrepeatable [i.e. “Dr Keller. Face it. You and I will (probably) never be able to communicate like Dr Keller. … God has gifted him. “], what’s repeatable, and what may need examining (6/14/09)
- “The first part of Keller’s church planting manual is a potted history of his church Redeemer Presbyterian. At one level I found it really frustrating… firstly because I find myself wishing I had their gifts, rather than the ones God has given me. As I read about his planning and pre-plant research I covet Keller’s ability to ‘see’ into the heart of a culture and his ability to find just the right words and approaches to communicate into that culture. … It’s frustrating because I find myself constantly going ‘what can I copy’, but that isn’t the way the world works. Keller would bomb in Seattle, Driscoll would bomb in New York.” (Craig Schafer 6/11/09)
- “As a preacher, Tim knows how to unveil and unpack the truth of the Gospel from every Biblical text he preaches in such a way that it results in the exposure of both the idols of our culture and the idols of our hearts. His faithful exposition of our true Savior from every passage in the Bible painfully reveals all of the pseudo-saviors that we trust in culturally and personally. Every sermon discloses the subtle ways in which we as individuals and we as a culture depend on lesser things than Jesus to provide the security, acceptance, protection, affection, meaning, and satisfaction that only Christ can supply. In this way, he is constantly showing just how relevant and necessary Jesus is; he’s constantly proving that we are great sinners but Christ is a great Savior. His sermons, in other words, rightly sting and sing!” — Tullian Tchividjian (via crosswalk, 6/9/09)
- … another feature of the book of Esther is that God is not directly referred to at any point. Neither ’God’ or ‘Yahweh’ appear in the text. That, says Tim Keller, cannot be an accident, and I think most people would agree. So when you step back from the book of Esther, what is the message? Keller puts it like this: ‘The silence of God is not absence.’ (via hanhambaptistblog 6/3/09)
- “The real gospel gives us a God far more holy than a moralist can bear and far more loving than a relativist can imagine” – Tim Keller (@nicklaparra via @wewalsh 5/28/09)
- Tim Keller is a freakin’ genius. He uses the gospel to cut through my heart with the precision of a surgeon. Thanking Jesus for this man! (@rickandchristie 5/26/09)
- “The key to a marriage is simply reenacting the gospel to each other. You can talk about communication skills or other stuff, and they’re all good, but basically knowing how to forgive and knowing how to repent…If you both can forgive and repent, it doesn’t matter how different you are, you’ll be okay. Two Christians who are married, no matter how incompatible…if you can repent and forgive.” (“Marriage Advice from Tim Keller” at everysquareinch.net 5/9/09)
- “Christ resolves our society’s cultural problems and fulfills its cultural hopes.” – Tim Keller (via @ardentvox 4/26/09)
- Tim Keller: “Christian message is not religion or ir-religion it is something different altogether.” (via @ethanvanse 4/24/09)
- “… I have never heard anyone give more insight into the nature of idolatry and how it should enter into our preaching than Keller.” (Brian Larson, 4/24/09)
- … It is my contention that Time, Newsweek, and even many in evangelical Christianity are not well informed on two parallel resurgences of Calvinism in North America. … NEOCALVINIST RESURGENCE: Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Tim Keller … … Tim Keller is the leading advocate for a neocalvinist understanding of the gospel. When he speaks of “the Gospel,” he refuses to speak of it in only individualistic terms but rather with the emphasis on the restoration of Creation. … This is the heart of the neocalvinist slant – that what’s really important in the gospel is God’s intention to restore the Creation, both in the here and now, and ultimately in the final day. While neopuritans speak of the gospel in terms of sin and salvation, neocalvinists speak of the gospel in terms of the overarching story of the Bible. Keller writes, “Instead of going into, say, one of the epistles and speaking of the gospel in terms of God, sin, Christ, and faith, I point out the story-arc of the Bible and speak of the gospel in terms of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.” … So, for a neocalvinist like Tim Keller, the slant is toward highlighting the sovereignty of God over Creation – echoed in the Reformational Worldview found in the story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration which emphasizes that the main intention of the gospel is for God to actively restore his good creation, with humanity being the center of the restoration. The ultimate goal is not so much salvation for humans to go to heaven, but redemption for humans and for all of creation for the new earth. (John Piper and Tim Keller: Deciphering the Nuanced Differences Between Neopuritanism and Neocalvinism, 4/20/09)
- For Keller gospel is freedom, religion is slavery. Gospel is God saving us, religion is us trying to save ourselves through moral effort. Keller’s articulation of this is essentially the same as the Heidelberg Catechism. In fact, I started figuring Keller out as I was working on my series through the Catechism because I began to notice that the dissonance I was sensing in reading the catechism was do to my own harboring of works-righteousness and “religion” in my own heart. (leadingchurch.com 4/22/09 cf. 9/25/06)
- … I am thankful for people like Tim Keller bringing back a Lutheresque distinction to some branches of Christian theology to these 5 point, theology of Glory denominations. He really captures the essence of the Gospel. (spadinofamily 1/20/09)
- … Tim Keller is quickly becoming one of the best authors within Evangelicalism today. Newsweek called Keller “a C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century,” and for good reason. His book The Reason for God, in which Keller made a rational argument for why we should believe in God, was a New York Times best seller and his new book The Prodigal God looks just as good. . . . Most of this book is based and inspired by a sermon Keller heard preached by Dr. Edmund P. Clowney, to whom he dedicates this book. Keller admits that his entire way of interpreting this parable is based off Dr. Clowney’s own interpretation and that he (Keller) is not saying anything new. Rather, as I see it, he is bringing forth the true meaning of this text, which has been lost to the majority of modern and post-modern Christians. (youngreformedtheologian 1/05/09)
- “An Assessment and Response to Tim Keller’s Theology of the City” (audio & notes in PDF) by Sam Horn @ Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary’s 2008 Mid-America Conference on Preaching – MACP 2008 “Culture, Contextualization, and the Church”
- I love that Keller carries so much weight that his comment in someone else’s blog section can end up linked in this one. I think he got it right. The question we need to ask isn’t “which methodology should we use?” so much as “is God present in this community and are we communicating the gospel well in all we do?” (Kyle 12/9/08)
- “… let me “hurrah!” your suggestion about cities– a lot of evangelicals are scared of moving into the city for a lot of un-Biblical reasons, and more people ought to listen to Tim Keller preach about them!” (menliketreeswalking 11/22/08)
- Paul Vander Klay, Tim Keller, and Martin Luther have done very good jobs describing the unity of sanctification and justification although it may be hidden between the lines when they speak. (Jon Spadino 11/21/08)
- “I have been thinking about the difference between living in the suburbs versus living in the city. I have done both in my life. I do agree with Tim Keller and others that the major urban centers not only of the US but of the world are important places to be planting churches. But is there a fascination with urban centers at the expense of the suburbs?” (BillyV 11/10/08)
- … Or you may be inspired by someone else’s ministry. When you see what he or she is doing, you realize, “Oh, that’s what I could be!” For example, hearing preachers like John Ortberg and Tim Keller moved me; I saw that preaching in a way that touches both mind and heart would be a great way to invest my life. (Kevin Miller, November 2008)
- It was Keller who introduced me (or re-introducted me, I might have been presented with it before but never caught on) to the idea from Luther that the gospel is both for our justification (this we get more easily) but also for our sanctification. If this is the case, then the same gospel is in fact useful in the same sermon both for the person who’s been in church for 50 years and the person who isn’t a Christian at all. (Paul Vander Klay 10/14/08)
- To be a great preacher, one needs to be tri-perspectival in their exegesis. That is, they need to be committed to the exegesis of the Bible, the exegesis of our culture, and the exegesis of the human heart. … But no preacher has consistently taught me how to do all three in the context of every sermon more so than Tim Keller. His balanced attention to all three forms of exegesis makes him very unique, in my opinion. … (Tullian Tchividjian 8/29/08)
- Piper, for example, has at his core has Gods sovereignty whereas Keller has at his core has the Gospel message thereby showing his Lutheresque Cristocentric interpretation of scripture. Piper and the people around would never say he is not Cristocentric and Keller and the people around him would never say he denies Gods sovereignty — because neither one of them do.The difference is what they hold at their core and what is central to them. Piper has to almost go out of his way to discuss the supremacy of Christ and lots of the pages in his book are centered on the idea of Gods sovereignty. Whereas Keller for Keller the Gospel message permeates all of this interpretation of scripture and almost every paragraph he writes.
Both of these guys are 5 point calvinists.
I have listened and read lot of Piper and a lot of Keller but they speak in two different tones to me. After giving Piper about 300 pages of his book I found out Piper only speaks to my theological head, whereas I find Keller to have a piercing truth that gets to my head and my heart. (Jon Spadino 6/4/08)
- … a central message that I’ve learned from Tim Keller. That is that sin is much more an issue of idolatry than one of behavior. (Chad 5/08/08)
- … his talk at the recent Q conference helped dispel my previous assumption of what the definition of a city is and why it is important, and to clarify what is the crux of Keller’s passion for the city and the people who reside there. And I discovered through his talk that the reasons for caring for the city apply wherever one may live. (Martha Anderson 5/06/08)
- Tim Keller was interviewed on the Laura Ingraham Show about his newest book The Reason for God. I only picked up the conversation towards the end so I will have to go back and listen to the podcast. … Laura asked Dr. Keller about the pope’s bookJesus of Nazareth and he said he appreciated some aspects of it as I recall. She was mentioning common Christian themes and such. I was waiting for Dr. Keller to bring up the Gospel vs. Rome’s teaching in some respectful manner. … Actually, it seemed that Dr. Keller wasn’t as comfortable as he could have been. I might be wrong in this, but I seemed to hear an uneasiness in his voice. Right at the end Laura said something about our disagreements adding, “we all believe in the same basics.” In a sense that is true, yet in another, not true, for it’s the very basics of the Gospel which we disagree. (hereiblog.com 4/10/08)
- … simul iustus et peccator, totus totus (in latin, means “simulataneously justified and sinner, totally justified and totally sinner”) For Martin Luther, this was one of the ways to succinctly articulate the very core of the gospel. … Here is Tim Keller’s version of the same thing…. “[In of myself,] I am more flawed and sinful than I ever dared believe, but [in Christ,] I am even more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope.” (theocross 9/12/07)
- Tim Keller . . . challenges preachers with this observation: “If you speak and discourse as if your whole neighborhood is present eventually more and more of your neighborhood will find their way in or be invited.” … So, the point of Tim Keller’s comment is: “Watch your tone.” (7/31/07)
- Tim [Keller is] the only source of education left since I have put my seminary schooling on hold… I started to ask myself in sermon preparation: “If Tim was preaching on this text, how would he close in on the Gospel?” — see the full blog post for a basic outline for Christ-centered, Gospel-motivated sermons (i12know 5/1/07)
- what Joshua Martin has learned from the indispensable ministry of Tim Keller (5/11/07):
- The gospel is not just an evangelism tool. It definately [sic] is that, but it is more than that. It changes us from one degree of glory to another.
- Pride and self-centeredness have made me honest. I will expound on that a little more in the next post to explain what that means.
- Everyone contextualizes.
- If you are justified by Christ, you can read literature from others of different theological convictions and benefit.
- All of us have functional saviors that we look at to justify us when we think that something is more important than Christ.
- Christians really struggle with idolatry, especially those who think they don’t.
- No one can exhaust the implications of the gospel.
- There are two ways to present the gospel. Tim Keller calls on a systematic-theological way to do it and a biblical-theological way to do it. We need both ways for different times and contexts. (5/16/07)
- “… Tim Keller is the best representative of the Gospel that the 3rd millenium has to offer.” (reformedanglican 3/09/07)
- Why I’ve found Keller so helpful lately: Keller opens up with a critique of where from his vantage point he sees “we” are at in our culture. … at the Harvard Veritas forum he’s engaging a modernist on the subject of religion in the public square. The modernist came to the forum … expecting a religious traditionalist and at one point notes “I was unprepared for how post-modern Dr. Keller is…” (1/03/07)
- I have a great deal of respect for Tim Keller. Honestly, of all of the leaders of the Reformed “resurgence,” I like Keller the most. He seems thoughtful, evenhanded, and I know many people who go to his excellent church. … (Tony Jones, Keller on Emergent, 10/5/06)
- Tim Keller speaks like no other pastor I’ve heard. He thinks differently, he frames things differently, he remembers authors and dates and titles offhand, and he speaks from tiny notecards instead of big outlines. (9/30/06)
- Tim Keller is by far one of spirtual hero’s. I love this dude, he is wise, smart, and urban. He loves church planting and he walks with incredible humility. (Chris Marlow 9/21/06)
- Tim Keller’s a pastor and theologian that I really respect and resonate with, not just because of his communication skills, but also for his biblical insights and passion to engage people in their culture and thoughts and whatnot in New York city… Keller brings up that each culture group has their own sort of “defeater” beliefs that causes them to doubt intellectually. … He engages them waaaaaaay better (in my opinion) than most people who just bring out more “old-school apologetic” answers and leave it at that. (Shubox 9/16/06)
- Tim Keller ruins debate and ruins me. We’re in trouble. Tim Keller has done an outstanding job of clearing up the whole justice vs evangelism thing. (Steve Addison 8/10/06)
- Recently, I have been researching a lot more into what it means to be “missional” in the local church. One of the purveyors of this notion is a little man called Tim Keller. To some, you have no clue who he is, but let’s just say he’s the pastor of a church called Redeemer Prebyterian Church in the heart of Urban New York City. He is in the TRENCHES of urban culture and his church is reaching out to so many in the city and planting other churches that is sharing Christ to many people. (shubox 6/28/06)
- Tim Keller gave us Resurgence guys about 6 hours of, well, brilliance. I don’t know what else to say. Wow. It raised lots of questions about non-missional churches. Lots of questions about churches that are mostly focused on “church,” “us” than Kingdom. (Anthony Bradley 5/11/06)
- “I’ve had it with the “religion vs. relationship” sermon (I have heard it twice in the past month, and the last was by Tim Keller, who should know better!).” to which Tim Keller responds with a comment. (isaacdemme 4/10/06)
- Keller’s chapter is undoubtedly more helpful than Ashton’s, if not only for the relevance it possesses for all evangelicals. By lifting himself above the “historic worship versus contemporary worship” wars, Keller is able to claim the high ground and then to show how Calvin’s way best leads us out of the theological fog surrounding worship in our churches today. . . . In contrast, Keller advocates the use of non-Christian musicians who possess the natural gifts of God … (3/25/06)
- ‘If you want to expose yourself to sermons that are consistently and beautifully gospel-centered, listen to Tim Keller. I agree with Mark Lauterbach when he says, “No one, and I mean no one, preaches Gospel saturated messages better than Tim Keller. Buy his sermons and see how the Gospel is everywhere in the Bible.”‘ (eucatastrophe 2/22/06)
- Keller had some interesting things to say about dating. He identifies both traditional and contemporary idols of marriage/singleness and offers some practical advice that avoids both of these and prompts faith. (urbansaddle 2/14/06)
- Pastor Keller went on to say that he keeps a piece of paper in his wallet that he tries to look at every day… it says: (alchu 12/05/05)
Are you anxious?
Are you afraid of how you look?
Are you getting down on yourself?
Are you criticizing other people?
Are other people’s criticisms devastating you?
Are you looking down on anybody else?
Court is adjourned.
- Tim Keller puts it this way: The Gospel is that I am far worse than I imagine and simultaneously more loved and accepted by God than I ever dared hope for — because of Jesus death for me. (mrlauterbach 11/04/2005)
- I have no doubt that it is the result of our view of the city, largely influenced by this vision. If Redeemer’s advantage is ‘Tim Keller’ then every church has the same advantage. There is an example to follow. (Brad 10/24/05)
- … I was convinced that Tim possessed what Jonathan Edwards called an “admirable conjuction of diverse excellencies” that would some day be recognized by a very broad and appreciative following. Tim was smart, indeed very, very smart; theologically astute, practically-oriented, pastorally committed and, on top of it all, personable. If he possessed the vicious edge of some of his fellow Pennsylvania Presbyterians, he concealed it much better than they did. (Dr. Bill Long, 8/29/05; cf. deconstructing a Redeemer worship service II)
- “… he has had such an impact on me through his writing, preaching, speaking and vision.” from Steve McCoy’s Tim Keller Articleslist
- “… he was saying that we need wisdom more than anything, and Christ is wisdom enough for us all.” (8/15/05)
- “… it was something much more simple that Keller wrote that captured my attention: Many people do not know what it is that gives meaning to life but they know intuitively that life is meaningful. What I have found is that the meaning of life is the glory of God. All meaning is some aspect of the glory of God. If there is no God then nothing can have ultimate significance. The word glory means weight, it means significance–it basically means ‘meaning.’” (canipe 8/11/05)
- “… Keller is the best preacher alive.” (williamsofield 7/25/05)
- “what Tim Keller … calls ‘entering the culture’s stories and retelling them with the gospel’.” (12/09/04)
- “Timothy Keller Rocks!” (williamsofield 11/01/04)
- “Dr. Timothy Keller … gave an incredibly insightful sermon today (as usual). It was was based on proverbs, and primarily discussed sex, but he touched on some ideas that I’m glad to hear a male in the Christian community address… that men obssess over an artificial idea of women and what real beauty is, and they pass by 80% of women, who are completely wonderful people, and go for the superficial beauty, which may or may not result in finding a woman with a winning personality …” (10/24/04)
- “This morning though, Dr. Tim Keller … gave a most excellent message from 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 about divisions in the church and basically broke it down to the local church level and the broader church level.” (bobbygriffith 10/21/04)
- – from evangelism won’t be enough: postmodern converts need new mental categories by Greg Johnson
“A looming crisis for all American evangelical churches is that they cannot thrive outside of the shrinking enclaves of conservative and traditional people and culture. We have not created the new ministry and communication… models that will flourish and grow in the coming post-Christian very secular Western world. Our vision should be to develop campus ministries, new churches, Christian education/discipleship systems that are effective in those fields in North America.”
- … the sermons of Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. His sermons are contemporary examples of what Paul meant by “we preach Christ crucified”. They are (sadly) exceptional. (August 2003)
- referred to by many as a modern day Martin Luther
- … Keller offers his own views on why evangelicals are not engaged in showing compassion, among them, a fear of failure (the problems are too big to even try grappling with) as well as self-serving pride (God helps those who help themselves). (Edward Kim7/6/02)
- … we, as humans, have three ways of reacting to any given situation: moralistically, hedonistically, or by holding fast to the gospel. (mercyseat 6/28/02)
- … he has this constant theme throughout the sermons about how we add to the gospel… how it’s never jesus plus nothing… but jesus plus money, or sexual prowess, or our self righteousness, or just other stuff, how we refuse at times to let Jesus be the all in all in our lives. (alockheart)
- … I attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and I was impressed. They do a good job there, and Pastor Tim Keller seems to embody the “Truth and Love” priorities so necessary for a good church. (natsocratic 3/23/03)
- from the Leaky Cauldron (1/05/02):
Tim Keller, a conservative Presbyterian minister in Manhattan … stirred up controversy when he tried to praise “Harry Potter” in a sermon at his church, arguing that the books do a good job portraying evil as a force in the world, portraying the power of the supernatural, and glorifying the importance of sacrificial love as seen when Harry Potter’s mother dies saving her infant son.
Keller said he has been criticized by a small but vocal group of people upset that he praised Potter. Keller rejects the criticism, saying it’s “somewhat inexplicable.” His wife, Kathy, is even more critical, saying “I learned that anything can be misused when one of our sons picked up a big Bible and clunked his brother on the head with it. But that doesn’t mean we banned Bibles.”
- “… one of the best qualities of tk’s teaching as unflinching. he doesn’t side-step tough issues, but owns up to them. acknowledges and recognizes the difficulties, and re-frames them with Christian understanding. it’s like his willingness to face difficult issues of the Christian walk and theology is, to me, a witness of how much he affirms the bible, God’s revealed word, the gospel, to be Truth.” (darkim 12/07/01)