Which person to highlight in contemporary Christianity (2017 America)
There are so many well known Christian leaders and thinkers these days it is difficult to decide on which one to highlight. As I always do I take some time to ponder the people or events about whom I would like to write. Many names came to mind, but then I thought I wanted to focus on someone who is around right now (AD 2017). Even with this I thought of several people who are seen (some I agree with their theology, some I do not) as thought-provoking individuals in Christendom: John Piper, John MacArthur, Nancy Pearcy, Dallas Willard (although he died just a few years ago), Timothy Keller, N. T. Wright, Max Lucado, Rob Bell, Franklin Graham, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, and many others.
So the question is: who do you pick? I decided that I would write and emphasize Dr. Timothy Keller.
A short biography of Timothy Keller
Dr. Keller was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1950. He earned his BA from Bucknell University, MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and his DMin from Westminster Seminary in Pennsylvania. In his years at Bucknell he became acquainted with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, through which Keller became a Christian. He is interested in urban ministries (sharing the Gospel and discipling new Christian) in the urban areas of large cities. He and his wife founded Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan in 1989. Their church has grown into an attendance of 5,000 people per week. It is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America, which is reformed in its theology. Dr. Keller is very well known for his pastor’s approach to issues as well as his emphasis on Christian apologetics. He is the author of several books, among them being: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism; Jesus the King; Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering.
I have not read all of Keller’s books (actually I only read one: The Reason for God, and I own the one on Pain and Suffering but have not read it yet) and was truly impressed with his approach to the topics. His paradigm is from the perspective of a pastor. I have read many books and articles discussing some of the major ‘apologetics’ issues, such as the existence of God or the problem of evil, with most of them coming from an academic perspective. Keller is as academic as most, but uses simple language to express complex issues. I very much appreciate his pastoral handling of these difficult, yet extremely important subjects.
My 3 bullets for Tim Keller:
He writes and preaches about deep theological issues from a pastor’s heart and perspective
His time of influence is 2017, so he is dealing with issues current for our time (such as same sex union and suffering)
He approach is to address contemporary subjects in a thoughtful and simplistic way, in order for the person who is not schooled in Christian scholarship to understand and ponder.
Please let me know what you think of Tim Keller. Who is a significant Christian to you about whom you would like others to know??
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