Like many, I have been blessed by Tim Keller’s books. Keller’s newest book, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (written with Katherine Leary Alsdorf) will no doubt be an interesting and helpful.
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In EVERY GOOD ENDEAVOR, both Christian and non-Christian readers will find insight for such important questions as:
- How do I choose a profession that fits my skills and has meaning?
- Can I stay true to my values and still advance in my field?
- How do I connect what I learn on Sunday morning with what I do the rest of the week?
- How do I make the difficult choices that must be made in the course of a successful career?
Keller writes, “work—and lots of it—is an indispensable component in a meaningful human life. It is a supreme gift from God and one of the main things that gives our lives purpose.”
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Tamara Buchan on “Kingdom Breakthroughs.” Very encouraging.
An update on the ministry of Pete Scazzero at his website, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.” I really like what he is emphasizing. This has the potential of helping to create healthier churches and church leaders.
All church leaders ought to read this post by Sam Rainer, “The Amiable Autocrat.”
Michael Hyatt has written a good post called “Five Characteristics of Weak Leaders.” This is a good post that caused me to think.
Tim Challies on “Sexual Detox I: Depornifying the Marriage Bed.” Challies discusses the problem of bringing porn use into a marriage.
Read Terry Rush on “Seven Traits of a Good Elder.”
You might note D.J. Chuang’s site which focuses on the works of Tim Keller. Many, many resources here.
Andy Rowell reports on the publisher’s panel at Duke. ” I Want to Publish a Book Someday. What Do I Do Now?” I saved this one!
Scot McKnight is doing a series on Tim Keller’s new book, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Love, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters.
If you haven’t done so, you might wish to check out God-Hungry Live. This is a collection of video clips featuring people such as:
Ruth Haley Barton
… and a number of other people as well. This site is updated regularly so if you haven’t been there before or if you haven’t been there in several months, please check again.
On the main page, you will see a number of featured videos. Look under the white banner at the tip and you will see the word, "playlists." Click here for the names of people whose videos are available. Notice that there are often a number of videos available by each person listed.
I am looking through an interesting journal entitled The City published by former Baylor University President Robert Sloan. Sloan is now the president of Houston Baptist University. This is the second issue of this publication.
In this particular issue, there is a fine essay by Tim Keller entitled "The Gospel for the City." (This is actually an address delivered to the Dwell NYC Conference.)
He speaks of communicating the Gospel in an urban center like New York City. He emphasizes in this address the importance of using different forms for communicating the Gospel. I have great respect for Keller as a preacher with a high view of Scripture who also wants to connect with people. For instance, the following remarks deal with an approach to "sin."
I take a page from Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death and define sin as building your identity — your self worth and happiness — on anything rather than God. That is, I use the Biblical definition of sin as idolatry. That puts the emphasis not as much on "doing bad things" but on "making good things into ultimate things." Instead of telling them they are sinning because they are sleeping with their girlfriends or boyfriends, I tell them that they are sinning because they are looking to their romances to justify and save them, to give them everything that they should be looking for from God. This idolatry leads to anxiety, obsessiveness, envy, and resentment. I have found that when you describe their lives in terms of idolatry, postmodern people do not give much resistance. Then Christ and his salvation can be presented not (at this point) so much as their only hope for forgiveness but as their only hope for freedom. This is my "gospel for the uncircumcised."
Follow the lead of the texts and vary the form, and then your people will hear all the points. Won’t this confuse people? No, it will stretch them. When one group — say the "postmodern" — hears a penetrating presentation of sin as idolatry, it opens them up to the concept of sin as grieving and offending God. Sin as a personal affront to a perfect, holy God begins to make more sense, and when they hear this presented in another gospel form, it has credibility… (pp. 28-29)