It would be inconsistent to require more justification for Christian belief than you do for your own, but that is frequently what happens… My thesis is that if you come to recognize the beliefs on which your doubts about Christianity are based, and you seek as much proof for those beliefs as you seek from Christians for theirs – you will discover that your doubts are not as solid as they first appeared” ~ Tim Keller in “Reason For God” xix

“…skeptics must learn to look for a type of faith hidden within their reasoning. All doubts, however skeptical and cynical they may seen, are really a set of alternate beliefs. You cannot doubt belief A except from a position of faith in belief B” ~ Tim Keller in “Reason For God” xviii

Only if you struggle long and hard with objections to your faith will you be able to provide grounds for your belief to skeptics, including yourself, that are plausible rather than ridiculous of offensive. And, just as important for our current situation, such a process will lead you, even after you come to a position of strong faith, to respect and understand those who doubt. ~ Tim Keller in “Reason for God” xvii

The church growth movement has made many lasting contributions to our practice of of ministry. But its overemphasis on technique and results can put too much pressure on ministers because it underemphasizes the importance of godly character and the sovereignty of God. Those who claim that “what is required is faithfulness” are largely right, but this mind-set can take too much pressure off church leaders. It does not lead them to ask hard questions when faithful ministries bear little fruit. When fruitfulness is our criterion for evaluation, we are held accountable but not crushed by the expectation that a certain number of lives will be changed dramatically under our ministry. ~ Tim Keller in Center Church p14

“So conservatives may advocate “compassionate, responsibility-based” solutions that can become paternalistic and even patronizing and are blind to many of the sociocultural factors contributing to the problems of poverty. The liberal orientation against “systemic injustice” can lead to anger, rancor, and division. Both views, ironically, become self-righteous. One tends to blame the poor for everything; the other tends to blame the rich for everything. One approach overemphasizes individual responsibility; the other underemphasizes it.” ~ Tim Keller in Center Church

 

What if someone in your church says, “We are helping him? Why, he’s not so bad off!” Here is a guiding idea. Jonathan Edwards applies the principle “love your neighbor as yourself” to this question. You don’t wait until you are absolutely destitute before you do something to change your condition; so then you shouldn’t help only the absolutely destitute people around you. Don’t be too narrow in your definition of “the poor.”” – Tim Keller in Center Church

If we are going to be imbalanced, better that we be doctrinally weak and have a vital prayer life and a real sense of God on the heart, than that we get all our doctrine straight and be cold and spiritually hard. ~ Tim Keller in Prayer, p 182

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Prayer is a conversation that leads to an encounter with God… We must not settle for an informed mind without an engaged heart. ~ Tim Keller in Prayer, p165

“Now, what happens if you eliminate anything from the Bible that offends your sensibility and crosses your will? If you pick and choose what you want to believe and reject the rest, how will you ever have a God who can contradict you? You won’t! You’ll have …A God, essentially, of your own making, and not a God with whom you can have a relationship and genuine interaction. Only if your God can say things that outrage you and make you struggle (as in a real friendship or marriage!) will you know that you have gotten hold of a real God and not a figment of your imagination. So an authoritative Bible is not the enemy of a personal relationship with God. It is the precondition for it” ~ Tim Keller in Reason For God