On 19th May 2023, Timothy James Keller – celebrated pastor, theologian, author, and public Christian – died following a long battle with cancer.
Keller had a seismic impact on public Christianity. His books and sermons reached millions of people around the world; he was described by the New Yorker as “perhaps the most gifted communicator of historically orthodox Christian teachings in (America).”
Undeceptions was lucky enough to host Keller on episode 63, ‘With Keller’.
This episode looks back to that interview, alongside a chat with Keller’s close friend and biographer Collin Hansen.
Meet our guests
Collin Hansen was a close friend of Tim Keller. He currently works as editor-in-chief of The Gospel Coalition and also serves as executive director of the Keller Centre for Apologetics. His book Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation is out now.
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Check out these helpful links below for more info on what was discussed in this episode.
- The New Yorker wrote this moving obituary on Keller following his death.
- Here’s what The New York Times had to say about his passing.
- One of Keller’s great legacies is The Gospel Coalition; here’s what they had to say on his death.
- J.R.R. Tolkien was a huge influence on Keller; here’s his essay On Fairy Stories, which Keller frequently cited.
- Here’s Keller’s essay ‘Preaching to the Collective Heart’ – a mission statement of sorts.
- There are hundreds of Tim Keller sermons to choose from on YouTube. His ‘Loving the City Through Culture’ address is a great example of his desire to take the gospel to the urban world.
- Keller was masterful at communicating a biblical perspective on complex issues. Here he is talking about a Christian response to homosexuality.
- Here’s a great video of two great minds – John Piper and Tim Keller – discussing their mutual love for C.S. Lewis.
- Tim and his wife Kathy having this conversation on the historicity of Jesus is the epitome of Undeceptions couple goals!
- Keller wasn’t even averse to a bit of carpool karaoke.
- Here’s Keller’s address to Google on the “reason for God” – a great example of faithful public Christianity.
- Here’s episode 63 of Undeceptions – With Keller.
- Keller’s sermons, hosted in podcast format by Gospel in Life, are hugely popular. Check them out here!
And finally …
- Here’s a transcript of Keller’s famous sermon, delivered on September 16 2001, just five days after the events of 9/11.
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