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Tim Keller New York Times Article: Preaching the Word and Quoting the Voice

A great article on Tim Keller, his influence on Manhattan and church planting nationwide:

“In the twilight of the biggest snowstorm in New York City’s history, the pews of a rented Baptist church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan were packed for the Rev. Timothy J. Keller’s fourth sermon of the day.

The 600 or so who braved the snow for the evening service got what they had come to expect ‚Äî a compelling discourse by Dr. Keller, this time on Jesus’ healing of the paralytic, that quoted such varied sources as C. S. Lewis, The Village Voice and the George MacDonald fairy tale “The Princess and the Goblin.” It was the kind of cogent, literary sermon that has helped turn Dr. Keller, a former seminary professor whose only previous pulpit experience was at a small blue-collar church in rural Virginia, into the pastor many call Manhattan’s leading evangelist.

Over the last 16 years, Dr. Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian, has swelled to 4,400 attendees, mostly young professionals and artists who do not fit the prototypical evangelical mold, spread out across four different services on Sundays. Although Dr. Keller, 55, is hardly a household name among believers outside New York ‚Äî in part because he has avoided the Christian speaking circuit ‚Äî his renown is growing in pastoral circles and in the movement to establish or “plant” new churches, a trend among evangelicals these days.In the twilight of the biggest snowstorm in New York City’s history, the pews of a rented Baptist church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan were packed for the Rev. Timothy J. Keller’s fourth sermon of the day.

The 600 or so who braved the snow for the evening service got what they had come to expect ‚Äî a compelling discourse by Dr. Keller, this time on Jesus’ healing of the paralytic, that quoted such varied sources as C. S. Lewis, The Village Voice and the George MacDonald fairy tale “The Princess and the Goblin.” It was the kind of cogent, literary sermon that has helped turn Dr. Keller, a former seminary professor whose only previous pulpit experience was at a small blue-collar church in rural Virginia, into the pastor many call Manhattan’s leading evangelist. Over the last 16 years, Dr. Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian, has swelled to 4,400 attendees, mostly young professionals and artists who do not fit the prototypical evangelical mold, spread out across four different services on Sundays. Although Dr. Keller, 55, is hardly a household name among believers outside New York ‚Äî in part because he has avoided the Christian speaking circuit ‚Äî his renown is growing in pastoral circles and in the movement to establish or “plant” new churches, a trend among evangelicals these days.”

Full New York Times Article: Preaching the Word and Quoting the Voice

1 Comment

  1. Interesting that “this is Tim’s thing”. What are the church’s doing in that case? Church planting is God’s thing. Since he is the self proclaimed leading evangelist in New York, how many people are called to accept Christ at his services? I have never seen an alter call.

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