Tim Keller Stats
· Born:

· Church
Pastor of
Redeemer Presbyterian Church NYC (PCA)
Author of books, articles

Education: Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary

· Denomination:
Presbyterian Church in Amercia (PCA)
· Theology:
Covenantal, 5 point Calvinist, Paedo-baptist, Optimistic Amillennialist, Presuppositional apologetics















"The Bible's purpose is not so much to show you how to live a good life. The Bible's purpose is to show you how God’s grace breaks into your life against your will and saves you from the sin and brokenness otherwise you would never be able to overcome... religion is 'if you obey, then you will be accepted'. But the Gospel is, 'if you are absolutely accepted, and sure you’re accepted, only then will you ever begin to obey'. Those are two utterly different things. Every page of the Bible shows the difference."

Biographical Sketch

Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian (PCA) is "one of Manhattan's most vital congregations," according to Christianity Today [12/04], started a Church Planting Center in 2001, and its phone has not stopped ringing since. He is committed to the church planting movement and 'entering the culture's stories and retelling them with the gospel'." Redeemer's vision is to spread the gospel, first through ourselves and then through the city by word, deed, and community; To bring about personal changes, social healing, and cultural renewal through a movement of churches and ministries that change New York City and through it, the world. Keller promotes a robust Reformed Christianity that has a vision that encompasses not only doctrinal statements, but also our piety, evangelistic outreach, and missions of mercy. Outreach Magazine recently listed the top church planting churches in America with Tim Keller's Redeemer listed as #1 and Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill #2 both having planted over 100 churches each.

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. However, he learned the most from his nine years as a pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in the small blue-collar town of Hopewell, Virginia. The congregation there loved him, suffered through his earliest days as a pastor, and taught an intellectual northerner to be clear.

His second church was Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons.

The Influentials Issue of New York Magazine featured Dr. Keller as “the most successful Christian evangelist in the city by recognizing that young professionals and artists are ‘disproportionately influential’ in creating the country’s culture and that you have to meet this coveted demographic on its own terms.”

Keller's Prayer "Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but, through you, I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment and offering forgiveness. I turn from my sin and receive you as Savior. Amen."

Tim Keller MP3 Page
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Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
The Meaning of Marriage
The Songs of Jesus
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy
Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
Ministries of Mercy, Third Edition: The Call of the Jericho Road
Worship by the Book (Contributor) Zondervan (September 1, 2002)
The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life (DVD)
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything (DVD)
King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus


Monergism Interview with Dr. Tim Keller
Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller? by Nicholas Kristof
Tim Keller Reasons with America Interview by Susan Wunderink
Life, Ministry, and Books with Tim Keller - Mark Dever
Tim Keller Makes Sense of God for Skeptics, Argues Secularism Is Declining (Interview)
Five Questions For Tim Keller About Expository Preaching Answered
How Timothy Keller Spreads the Gospel in New York City, and Beyond (the Atlantic)
An Interview with Timothy Keller by Anthony Sacramone
The Smart Shepherd By Lisa Miller | NEWSWEEK

Sermons & Essays
Gospel-Centered Ministry (.pdf)
The Importance of Hell
The Advent of Humility: Jesus is the reason to stop concentrating on ourselves
The Gospel and the Poor
The Acid Test of Being a Christian
The Power of The Gospel - Romans 1:1-7, 14-17
Christ, Our Life - Colossians 3:1-14
Jesus our Defense
Talking About Idolatry in a Postmodern Age
Preaching in a Postmodern City
The Gospel Key to Change
Pastor's Self-Evaluation Questionnaire with David Powlison
A Biblical Theology of the City
Buildings for Community (.pdf)
The Idol Factory
How To Find Your Rival Gods
The Gospel in the 21st Century
All of Life is Repentance
The Gospel in All its Forms: Like God, the gospel is both one and more than that.
A New Kind of Urban Christian As the city goes, so goes the culture.
Moralism Vs, Christ-Centered Exposition
A Biblical Theology of the City
The Centrality of the Gospel
Prayer and the Gospel
Pluralism as a Religious Philosophy
Deconstructing Defeater Beliefs
Evangelism Through Networking
Evangelistic Worship
Gnostics & Jesus
How Can I know God?
Ministry in the New Global Culture of Major City-Centers
The Missional Church
Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age
Preaching Morality in an Amoral Age
Questions on Everyone's Mind
Religionless Spirituality
What Does it Mean to Know God?
Why Plant Churches?
Worship Worthy of the Name 
Preaching Amid Pluralism
Active Contextualization
The Gospel and Your Self
New City Catechism (2012)
A 20 Day Study in Stewardship
What is Common Grace?
Ministry Can Be Dangerous to Your Spiritual Health
Kingdom-Centered Prayer
Hope for the City - Acts 8:1-8
Why God Made Cities
Spiritual Friendship
Vocation: Discerning Your Calling
Hope for Your Work
Changing the World through the Lord's Supper
Preaching in a Secular Culture
Life in the Upside-Down Kingdom
The Issue of “Holy War”
Embracing the Outsider
Tim Keller's Guide to Vibrant Blogging
Old Testament Law and The Charge of Inconsistency
3 Objections to the Doctrine of Election

Religion and the Gospel (chart)


Timothy J. Keller (MP3 Resources by Series)













Important Multimedia Messages

Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World - RTS class with Ed Clowney (35 MP3 Lectures)
Keller Speaks at Google (YouTube)
Belief in an Age of Skepticism? (YouTube)
Reason for God discussion at Berkeley (YouTube)
Roundtable with WTS Faculty
The Gospel, Moralism, and Irreligion (MOV)
Tim Keller on The Reason for God at UPenn (Video)



The Reason for God

Click "Download" to listen to sermons related to Tim Keller's book The Reason for God from the series The Trouble with Christianity: Why it's so Hard to Believe it.

Exclusivity: How can there be just one true religion? 1 John 4:1-10 Download Study Guide
Suffering: If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world? 1 Peter 1:3-12 Download Study Guide
Absolutism: Don't we all have to find truth for ourselves? Galatians 2:4-16 Download Study Guide
Injustice: Hasn't Christianity been an instrument for oppression? James 2:1-17 Download Study Guide
Hell: Isn't the God of Christianity an angry Judge? Luke 16:19-31 Download Study Guide
Doubt: What should I do with my doubts? (AM) John 20:1-18 Download Study Guide
Literalism: Isn't the Bible historically unreliable and regressive? (AM) Luke 1:1-4; 24:13-32 Download Study Guide







The Supremacy of Christ and the Gospel in a Postmodern World

Smashing False Idols: Gospel Realisation

Tim Keller (mp3)

Smashing False Idols: Gospel Communication
Tim Keller (mp3)

Smashing False Idols: Gospel Incarnation
Tim Keller (mp3)


Suffering and Grief

Service of Hope - Truth, Tears, Anger and Grace  Tim Keller (mp3)
September 16, 2001 - John 11 - After Sept 11th tragedy

Praying our Tears Psalm 39:12-13; 126;1-6 Tim Keller (mp3)
All the laments in the Psalms suggest that there are three things we need to do with our tears: expect tears, invest the tears, and pray the tears.

Praying Our Fears Tim Keller (mp3)
February 5, 2000 - Psalm 3:1-8; Gen 15:1-8 
We all know that fear is a very present reality. How should we deal with it? Defining
moments from the lives of David and Abram give us biblical and practical ways to deal with fear.

The Furious Love of Jesus Tim Keller (mp3)
December 8, 1996 - John 11:32-44 


"It Takes a City to Raise a Child" by Tim Keller MP3

Redeemer's Vision Campaign: A Season of Covenant Renewal
Series: What is the Gospel? And How Does it Shape our Lives?
(Sermons in MP3, Vision papers and Study Guides in .pdf)

The Prodigal Sons
by Tim Keller Luke 15:1-2,11-32 MP3
The uniqueness of the gospel. The gospel is not the same thing as religion or morality. On the other hand, it is not the same thing as irreligion or vague ‘spirituality.’ It is the grace of God breaking into the world through Jesus Christ. Download Study Guide


Tim Keller Q&A Sessions (MP3s)
The following are excerpts from Pastor Tim Keller's Question and Answer sessions. Highlighted here are some answers to some interesting and frequently asked questions.



The Gospel: The 'gospel' is the good news that through Christ the power of God's kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. When we believe and rely on Jesus' work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us.

Who is this Jesus?


Lord of the Wine


Born of the Gospel


Changed People:
The Gospel changes people from the inside out. Christ gives us a radically new identity, freeing us from both self-righteousness and self-condemnation. He liberates us to accept people we once excluded, and to break the bondage of things (even good things) that once drove us. In particular, the gospel makes us welcoming and respectful toward those who do not share our beliefs.

Changed Lives MP3
Inside-Out Living MP3
How to Change MP3

We believe that nothing promotes the peace and health of the city like the spread of faith in the gospel. It renews both individual lives and reweaves the fabric of whole neighborhoods. We believe that nothing moves Christians to humbly serve, live with, and love all the diverse people of the city like the gospel does.

Should I Not Love that Great City? MP3
The Meaning of the City MP3
Love for the City MP3

The gospel creates a new community which not only nurtures individuals but serves as a sign of God's coming kingdom. Here we see classes of people loving one another who could not have gotten along without the healing power of the gospel. Here we see sex, money, and power used in unique non-destructive and life-giving ways.

The Community of Jesus MP3
Spiritual Friendship MP3
Eating with Jesus MP3

We have no illusions that our single church or our Presbyterian tradition is sufficient to renew all of New York City spiritually, socially, and culturally. We are therefore committed to planting (and helping others plant) hundreds of new churches, while at the same time working for a renewal of gospel vitality in all the congregations of the city.

Why to Plant Churches MP3
Messengers MP3
The Cost of Mission MP3

Serving: Though we joyfully invite every person to faith in Jesus, we are committed to sacrificially serving our neighbors whether they believe as we do or not. We do this by using our gifts and resources for the needs of others, especially the poor. And more than merely meeting individual needs, we work for justice for the powerless.

Neighbors MP3
Blessed are the Poor MP3
Blueprint for Revival - Social Concern MP3

Renewing: We believe that the gospel has a deep, vital, and healthy impact on the arts, business, government, media, and academy of any society. Therefore we are highly committed to support Christians' engagement with culture, helping them work with excellence, distinctiveness, and accountability in their professions.

Work MP3
Made for Stewardship MP3
Work and Rest MP3

More sermons available for purchase at Redeemer

"A looming crisis for all American evangelical churches is that they cannot thrive outside of the shrinking enclaves of conservative and traditional people and culture. We have not created the new ministry and communication... models that will flourish and grow in the coming post-Christian very secular Western world. Our vision should be to develop campus ministries, new churches, Christian education/discipleship systems that are effective in those fields in North America." - Tim Keller

"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."

External Links

Reason for God website

The Prodigal God website

Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA)