Center Church by Timothy J. Keller
Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

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Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?

In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - organized around three core commitments: • Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. • City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry. • Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

"In this important book, Tim Keller unpacks the gospel and gently but firmly reminds us that it is nonnegotiable. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can - indeed, must - appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it." - D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

About Timothy J. Keller

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Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees, plus the members of more than one hundred new churches around the world. Also the author of Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, and the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God, he lives in New York with his family.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Zondervan. 304 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Englewood Review of Books

Further research indicated that this little church hired a new pastor a few months after I left, which, with the help of the Redeemer City to City Network (a sister organization of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where Keller serves as pastor), had transformed not only that church,...

Sep 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Center Church: Doing Balanced...

The Aquila Report

Missional church proponents that heavily critique any and all forms of church different from their form would do well to heed Keller’s words, “I don’t believe any single form of church (small or large, cell group based or midsize community based) is intrinsically better at growing spiritual fruit...

Oct 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Center Church: Doing Balanced...

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