By now, you have heard the sad news. Tim Keller has just passed away.
I still remember the first time I heard a Tim Keller sermon. It was the mid-90’s, and I happened to be in New York City. Having just graduated from seminary, I had heard all the buzz about this new pastor in Manhattan who had (incredibly) built a thriving, growing church in the midst of one of the world’s most liberal cities. Since it was a Sunday, I figured I would go have a listen.
The church was meeting in an auditorium (part of a local college, if I remember). The stage was very plain, with a number of musicians leading through some hymns and praise songs. Then Tim stood up to preach.
I learned a lot of things about Tim, and his ministry, in that single sermon. Here are five words that describe what I saw (and have seen ever since). These are five words that define his legacy—a legacy for which I am deeply grateful. [Read more…]