28 Tim Keller Quotes

28 Tim Keller Quotes

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Timothy Keller is a theologian and pastor from Pennsylvania. He is most famous for being the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He is also the author of multiple New York Times bestselling books including The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. He is still the pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian.

“A common vision can unite people of very different temperaments.”

“Any person who only sticks with Christianity as long as things are going his or her way is a stranger to the cross.”

“But resurrection is not just consolation — it is restoration. We get it all back — the love, the loved ones, the goods, the beauties of this life — but in new, unimaginable degrees of glory
and joy and strength.”

“Christianity is not just for the strong; it’s for everyone.”

“Fear based repentance makes us hate ourselves.”

“Friends become wiser together through a healthy clash of viewpoints.”

“Friendship is a deep oneness that develops when two people, speaking the truth in love to one another, journey together to the same horizon.”

“God has become human. The absolute has become particular. The ideal has become real. The divine has taken up a human nature.”

“In the secular view, suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption.”

“Jesus is the ultimate Job, the only truly innocent sufferer.”

“Love is saying I will be there no matter what.”

“Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it.”

“Men, you’ll never be a good groom to your wife unless you’re first a good bride to Jesus.”

“Occasionally God rips aside the veil, and you begin to see this very fact: All things happen for you. All things. Everything is knit together.”

“One of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain that you do.”

“Only with time do we really learn who the other person is and come to love the person for him- or herself and not just for the feelings and experiences they give us.”

“Our culture says that feelings of love are the basis for actions of love. And of course that can be true. But it is truer to say that actions of love can lead consistently to feelings of love.”

“Real love, the Bible says, instinctively desires permanence.”

“Reason can get you to probability, but only commitment can get you to certainty. ”

“Suffering is actually at the heart of the Christian story.”

“The best people often have terrible lives. Job is one example, and Jesus—the ultimate ‘Job,’ the only truly, fully innocent sufferer — is another.”

“The cross is the place where we find the freedom to accept ourselves without being proud and to challenge ourselves without being crushed.”

“The essence of Christian obedience is not do’s and don’ts but personal allegiance to Jesus.”

“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared to hope.”

“The ministry of mercy, then, is the best advertising a church can have. It convinces a community that this church provides people with actions for their problems, not only talk. It shows the community that this church is compassionate.”

“The sin under all other sins is a lack of joy in Christ.”

“You don’t really know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”

“You don’t fall in love. You commit to it.”