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Timothy Keller: How to Practice True Tolerance

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Dr. Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 and grew to exceed 5,000 in weekly attendance. He’s also the chairman and co-founder of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities. Tim is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over two million copies and been translated into 25 languages. His latest is entitled Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference. Tim is married to Kathy, and they have three sons.

Key Questions for Dr. Timothy Keller

-What advice would you give ministry leaders who struggle with being comfortable with self-criticism?

-What worldview challenges did you face when you moved to New York City?

-As you started Redeemer, how did you help people in Manhattan overcome their objections to Christianity?

-What do you mean by “tolerance” and why do you believe it is an important value?

Key Quotes from Dr. Timothy Keller

“A secular conservative culture is individualistic. Liberal secular culture is collectivistic…They’re both reductionistic, and Christianity is not.”

“It’s always easier to see the sins of another culture if you’re an outsider.”

“If you were raised in the evangelical church, it seems like you either are in reaction to it…or you’re defensive about it.

“You had better get open to criticism or else you’re going to lose everybody.”

“You’ve just got to be careful not to be reading your cultural assumptions into the Scriptures, or worse, out of the Scriptures.”

“Liberals say, ‘Ah, look at the Old Testament. It condones slavery, so we can write the whole thing off.’ Of course, we actually had conservatives in the 1860s saying, ‘The Bible says it’s all right for me to own slaves.’ And of course, both of them are refusing to really carefully…read the text.”

“We have got to [read Scriptures in context] today, and I think that would keep us from being as politically polarized as we are.”

“To go to a less cosmopolitan and sophisticated place takes humility, but to go to a more cosmopolitan and sophisticated place also takes humility.”

“The main way I think you make the jump into a different culture is you have to really ask God to help you mortify your pride.” 

“The secular mindset is not based on reasoning. It’s based on assumptions that they take as axiomatic, that are just beliefs. One of those beliefs is that really intellectually mature people just don’t believe in God. Another one is that emotionally mature people don’t need to believe in God.”

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As Vice President of Ministry Mobilization for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. He also serves as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement and hosts the weekly ChurchLeaders podcast. Jason lives on Anastasia Island, Florida, with his beautiful wife and children. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram @jasondaye