Timothy Keller Quotes

Timothy Keller Quotes: While the difference between a bad sermon and a good sermon is mainly the responsibility of the preacher, the difference between good preaching and great preaching lies mainly in the work of the Holy Spirit. . . . We should do the work it takes to make our communication good and leave it up to God how and how often he makes it great for the listener.
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Timothy Keller Quote: In Ephesians 5, Paul shows us that even on earth Jesus did not use his power to oppress us but sacrificed everything to bring us into union with him. And this takes us beyond the philosophical to the personal and the practical. If God had the gospel of Jesus's salvation in mind when he established marriage, then marriage only 'works' to the degree that approximates the pattern of God's self-giving love in Christ.
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Quotes about Timothy Keller: In short, the enlightenment privatized marriage, taking it out of the public sphere, and redefined its purpose as individual gratification, not any 'broader good' such as reflecting God's nature, producing character, or raising children. Slowly but surely, this newer understanding of the meaning of marriage has displaced the older ones in Western culture.
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Quote about Timothy Keller: Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.
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Timothy Keller Sayings: In religion, you obey because God is useful. In Christianity, you obey because God is beautiful.
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Timothy Keller Saying: 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.
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Sayings about Timothy Keller: The Bible says that our real problem is that every one of us is building our identity on something besides Jesus.
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Saying about Timothy Keller: The doctrine of grace and redemption keeps us from seeing any person or situation as hopeless.
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Timothy Keller Quotes: While Christianity was able to agree with pagan writers that inordinate attachment to earthly goods can lead to unnecessary pain and grief, it also taught that the answer to this was not to love things less but to love God more than anything else. Only when our greatest love is God, a love that we cannot lose even in death, can we face all things with peace. Grief was not to be eliminated but seasoned and buoyed up with love and hope.
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Timothy Keller Quote: God has become human. The absolute has become particular. The ideal has become real. The divine has taken up a human nature.
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Quotes about Timothy Keller: God loves you just because He loves you.
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Quote about Timothy Keller: To discover the real you, look at what you spend time thinking about when no one is looking.
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Timothy Keller Sayings: The common moral framework: Do anything as long as it does no harm to others. Problem: Whose definition of harm?
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Timothy Keller Saying: Those who understand the gospel cannot possibly look down on anyone, since they were saved by sheer grace, not by their perfect doctrine or strong moral character.
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Sayings about Timothy Keller: No writer or thinker has taught me as much as James Hunter has about this all-important and complex subject of how culture is changed.
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Saying about Timothy Keller: The image of God carries with it the right not to be mistreated or harmed.... Regardless of their record or character, all human beings have an irreducible glory and significance to them, because God loves them.... So we must treasure each and every human being as a way of showing due respect for the majesty of their owner and Creator.
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Timothy Keller Quotes: Change happens not just by giving the mind new arguments but also by feeding the imagination new beauties
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Timothy Keller Quote: An idol is something that we look to for things that only God can give. Idolatry functions widely inside religious communities when doctrinal truth is elevated to the position of a false god. This occurs when people rely on the rightness of their doctrine for their standing with God rather than on God himself and his grace. It is a subtly but deadly mistake. The sign that you have slipped into this form of self-justification is that you become what the book of Proverbs calls a 'scoffer'.
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