Tim Keller shares some personal reflections about his recent battle with pancreatic cancer and how it’s causing him to rethink his beliefs about God and suffering, drawing him even more deeply into truths he used to only partially understand.
Tim also reflects on what a year of crisis has done to the church, and shares some thoughts on the future of the church, how culture has changed in the last year, and what needs to happen next.
Welcome to Episode 414 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
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Insights From Tim
1. Most of our current forms of apologetics and evangelism are obsolete
In the times of the Reformation, protestant arguments and catechisms weren’t just built around the truth that comes from the Bible, they were also built in response to the opposition of the times. At that time if people weren’t Protestant, they were Catholic, so much of the Reformation-based arguments were designed to take people from cultural Catholicism.
Today, we still use many of those same arguments written 500 years ago, but the culture has shifted. The argument is no longer about Catholic vs. Protestant, but “where do people get their identity from?” We now need to make the argument that people are better off placing their identity in Jesus, rather than placing it somewhere else.
2. Tim sees 3 major identity misplacements coming out of the pandemic
If the church wants to have effective apologetics and evangelism strategies after the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to have a clear answer for these 3 Identity Heresies:
- The Therapeutic/Individualistic Misplacements – where your identity is found in chasing down whatever your deepest desires are
- The Progressive/Victim Misplacement – where your identity is found in whatever minority group you’re in, and how you’ve been oppressed
- The Christian Nationalist Misplacement – where you’re not a real American unless you’re a white, Protestant Christian who does not like immigrants.
All three of these are unbiblical, and as the Church, we need to push back against them.
3. The Resurrection has a much bigger impact on our day-to-day life than we think
While studying for his most recent book on the Resurrection, Tim found that some systematic theologies hardly focus on the Resurrection at all. Tim thinks this is a mistake and argues that the Resurrection deserves more attention, and has a lot more practical application into our lives than we think.
The importance of the Resurrection was amplified for Tim when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer while writing the book. Going through his own personal crisis caused him to look much deeper at the Resurrection and what it practically means for our lives. For deeper reading on this, don’t miss out on Tim’s new book.
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