Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tim Keller Lecture Notes

Casey and I went with some friends on Thursday to hear American pastor and author Tim Keller.  He pastors a church called Redeemer in New York City and it is a thriving and alive church (see it here). 

"Tim Keller has said Jesus told his disciples that they were "a city on a hill" that showed God's glory to the world (Matt. 5:14-16). Christians are called to be an alternate city within every earthly city, an alternate human culture within every human culture, to show how sex, money, and power can be used in nondestructive ways."

For our purposes, Tim spoke to church leaders and lay leaders throughout our communities sharing a vision for the cities of the world, where he believes culture and trends are formed, and where Christians should be having a great presence and showing a new way of life.  It was an exciting day of learning and challenge and a strong movement in Christian life.  Certainly, Tim is not advocating another 'program' to put at our churches, but inviting people to be on the forefront of culture and lead people towards a full life in Christ rather than just responding to the changes made around us.  Below I have a great article by Tim and then my extensive (and assuredly boring) notes from Tim's three lectures.  I typed them out as he was speaking to us and just thought I would share if anyone was interested!


Article: "A New Kind of Urban Christian" by Tim Keller

Tim Keller Lecture 1 Notes, "Why God Loves Cities"

Tim Keller Lecture 2 Notes, "What Kind of Churches are Effective in the Cities?"

Tim Keller Lecture 3 Notes, "The Church Relating to Culture" 

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