Newsweek magazine called Dr. Tim Keller a “C.S. Lewis for the twenty-first century.” I believe they’re correct. In addition to serving as the senior pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Dr. Keller is also a best-selling author of numerous books, including The Reason for God, The Prodigal God and Counterfeit Gods.
Tim has become a friend, and I recently had the privilege of visiting with him in New York City. Tomorrow and Friday’s Focus on the Family radio program will feature our discussion. I think you’ll find both days interesting and challenging.
During our time together, Tim and I discussed a myriad of issues, including his ability to attract large numbers of young urban professionals to church, all without watering down doctrine nor compromising Christian orthodoxy. To give you a snapshot of his church’s climate, here is an excerpt from a profile piece in The New York Times:
Unlike most suburban mega churches, much of Redeemer is remarkably traditional — there is no loud rock band or flashy video. What is not traditional is Dr. Keller’s skill in speaking the language of his urbane audience… Observing Dr. Keller’s professorial pose on stage, it is easy to understand his appeal. While he hardly shrinks from difficult Christian truths, he sounds different from many of the shrill evangelical voices in the public sphere.
For a preview of the Focus broadcast, I’d like to share two short video clips with you. It’s rare that we have a camera rolling during a radio program, but I thought you might enjoy seeing some behind-the-scenes footage.
For this first clip, Tim discusses the challenge of discerning God’s will for your life:
The conversation now turns to the provocative topic of whether or not Christians often make an idol of family:
I hope you’ll tune in tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday to hear our complete discussion.