Top 10 Tim Keller Quotes

By John Dere, Crossmap On May 17, 2013

Tim Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.

As one of today’s greatest Christian minds, Keller has spoken frequently on issues of faith and the Christian life.

Below, you will find ten of his most encouraging quotes:

1) “The human heart is an idol factory that takes good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. Our hearts deify them as the center of our lives, because, we think, they can give us significance and security, safety and fulfillment, if we attain them."

2) "Contextualization is not giving people what they want. It is giving God’s answers (which they probably do not want) to the questions they are asking and in forms they can comprehend."

3) "The observer of beauty always receives a passion to share the beauty with others."

4) “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.” 

5) “A faith without some doubts is like a human body without antibodies in it.  People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic.” 

6) “The basic premise of religion– that if you live a good life, things will go well for you– is wrong. Jesus was the most morally upright person who ever lived, yet He had a life filled with the experience of poverty, rejection, injustice, and even torture.”

7) “Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts... It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them.”

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

9) “Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin.”

10) “All change comes from deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ and living out the changes that understanding creates in your heart.”

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Dr. Tim Keller,
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