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There is much about it that I don t agree with and I can t mbrace the author s overall vision because of his failure to allow the means of grace to be the Die Neurobiologie des Glücks engine heart and soul of the Church His anthropological and sociological information and insights are beneficial and valuable to anxtent but they finally miss the mark and fall short Nevertheless I believe that there is some benefit and value to reading Keller s work and taking it seriously for what it s worth specially because it provides a window on the way that many pastors and churches also among Lutherans are approaching these topics A fair critiue and constructive criticism for the sake of the Church will need to grapple with what authors like Keller are actually thinking and saying and doing First let me say that I really njoyed this book Keller is obviously brilliant he has accomplished a ton for the Lord and he is a very good author His book forced me to think in a way that few others that I have read recently have That was one of the best things about Center ChurchThere were also MANY hundreds of practical nuggets that I gleaned My book has highlighting and notes all over it Keller s chapters on church planting and ministry in the city are very insightful And his chapters on various approaches to the culture within Christianity are probably groundbreaking They are very very good There were many positive aspects of the book that I don t have time to rehash for this review you will have to read for yourself to find outThat said I have concerns about the overall philosophy of ministry that Keller presents For anyone reading the book I would also A New Philosophy of History encourage you to read two reviews of the book the first by Jonathan Leeman and the second by Jon Anderson faculty at Expositor s Seminary The Anderson article comes in three parts Here is part 1 here is part 2 and here is part 3 Anderson is definitely harder on Keller than Leeman is but both of them notice some of the same problemsHere were my primary issues with Center Church with uotations from the book behindach point sorry I don t have page references1 Overemphasizes the importance of contextualization Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction eg Yet we could also argue that the greatest problem for the church today is our inability to connect with nonbelievers in a way that they understand Doing so implicitly downplays the miraculous nature of regenerationconversion and tempts people to take credit for God s work It also tempts Christians andspecially pastors to focus on culture ie relevance rather than the Bible Distracts from what unbelievers have in common in terms of the sin nature2 Comes dangerously close to setting up success as the means of valuating one s ministry g fruitfulness over against faithfulness This implication can lead to the temptation to make undiscerning accommodations to the culture It also has the potential to discourage faithful Christian ministers3 Disagrees that corporate worship is primarily for believers g vangelistic worship This tends to result in watered down teachingpreaching and can also lead to shallow disciple making though I don t necessarily get the sense that that is the case at Redeemer This philosophy can also lead to the temptation to make undiscerning accommodations to the culture in the areas of music dress Big Little Man etc If you are not careful you couldnd up affirming unbelievers in their sin4 Includes cultural transformation in the mission of the church The Man from Beijing eg repeated references to human flourishing common good good of humanity or human thriving Does not clearly distinguish between the church organic and the church organized Sets up the unbiblicalxpectation that the church will be loved and accepted by the culture at large rather than hated and persecuted Distracts from the REAL mission of the church the Great CommissionIn summary although I think Keller would want to distinguish himself from broader Creating Lasting Value evangelicalism I have the same basic disagreements with him as I have with it too focused on numerical success overly accommodated to culture distracted with social causestcThat said I think that a discerning reader has a lot to learn from this book One of the best books I ve read on pastoral ministry One of Keller s best Okay I know what you re saying So you too have drunk the Keller Kool aid Yes Yes I have And uite frankly haters are going to hate Keller s been in ministry 30 years has a relentless understanding and passion for Jesus and the gospel and is incredibly insightful in connecting the culture s plotlines with the ultimate Story of Jesus in showing how He ultimately fulfills what our hearts and communities long for If you dislike that then shoot me a message and I will pray for you It s impossible to summarize all the wisdom offered in Center Church It consists of basically three parts In Part 1 Keller unpacks the gospel as neither religion nor irreligion but an Understanding Markets and Strategy entirely third way of relating to God through grace In this section Keller basically unpacks the bottomless riches of Christ s person and work with direct application to individual and corporate living If the gospel is preached truthfully winsomely lovingly and contextually then we should be looking for gospel renewal in our churches and communities precisely because the Spirit has promised to bless gospel preaching Part 2 is Keller s argument for contextualization The city is a mixed bag with the potential for human flourishing and idolatry As gospel ministers we must appreciate the truth we find in culture but also challenge our culture with God s Word Here is where Keller does his mini biblical theology on the city and demonstrates wisely the importance of cities in spreading the gospel Part 3 gets intocclesiology proper The church is both an institution and movement an organization and organism Keller unpacks what he sees as five ministry fronts connecting people to God to one another to the city to the culture and church planting which all coalesce in his final chapter on the city and the gospel Montana Dreams ecosystem it will blow your mind This book is a Must for pastors church officers seminary students and interested lay people There s no uestion that Keller is a leading voice in gospel centered means of grace contextualized urban ministry but this book shouldn t be limited to only those involved in that discussion It s a work that would be profoundly helpful to those in mission fieldsverywhere whether urban suburban in my opinion the new urban and rural I will keep this book close at hand and be returning to it over and over An amazing resource I have aligned and again myself with the missional Immerwelt - Der Pakt emphasis in reformed theology and I have also been criticallsewhere and again I also recommended highly Kevin DeYoung s What is the Mission of the Church buy for a balanced critiue of the missional movement While stressing the importance of good works as fruit of our faith DeYoung is clearly outside of the missional camp Now I will recommend Keller s Center Church which also stresses the importance of good works as fruit of our faith Keller though is clearly inside the missional camp Many areas of concern in missional theology are balanced and corrected in Keller s Center Church Even those who are not missional minded would be served well by Keller Modern South Asia even if you might find his discussion of the importance of city and other items disproportionateI usually don t note formatting but the format for Center Church is different so worth noting It s a slightly larger page layout This I assume is partly because it s laid out in double columns Graphics tables and sidebars are freuent It almost had a textbook like uality preview book s format An Introduction read on Aug 21 201613 success vs faithfulness fruitfulness17 middle space between doctrine and practice theological vision see 18 1920 overcontextualizing vs undercontextualizing graph of theological vision21 name for theological vision is Center Church21 25 Center Church commitments Gospel City MovementSection 1 GospelPart 1 Gospel Theology Ch 1 The Gospel Is Not Everything read in Nov 201629 the gospel must be proclaimed we have been psychologically socially physically alienated horizontal relational problems are symptomatic of our vertical relational problems30 gospel God saves sinners Packer s intro to Owen s Death of Death Luther true faith leads to good works but good works gospel31 Tertullian and tworrors legalism and antinomianism32 Preach the gospel use words if necessary is misleading gospel outline creation fall redemption restoration33 36 gospel chapters Where did we come from God Why did things go so wrong sin What will put things right Christ How can I be put right faith34 David Foster Wallace Everybody worships it is impossible to live a good life and ignore the One Who made us34 35 we relate to God the way Hamlet relates to Shakespeare Lewis in the incarnation God wrote Himself into the story Sayers Ch 2 The Gospel Is Not a Simple Thing read in Nov 201639 regarding the kingdom synoptic gospels communal and John individual are complementary not contradictory40 synchronic approach systematic theological method beauty of truth and diachronic approach redemptive historical method beauty of narrative40 43 read the Bible through intercanonical themes homeexile Yahwehcovenant kingdom42 restoration garden city homesickness44 contextualizing the gospel as Paul does Jews and Gentile God fearers in Acts 13 noneducated pagans in Acts 14 and philosophers and Picture Theory educated pagans in Acts 17 Ch 3 The Gospel Affects Everything read in Nov 201646 Newbigin The Christian story provides us witha set of lenses not something for us to look at but for us to look through sounds like Lewis s Meditation in a Toolshed47 covenant boundary markers Sabbath observance circumcision Torahtc already but not yet avoids pessimism and triumphalism47 48 Ancestral Voices embrace hybrid church forms differentmphases will make a church look charismatic Anabaptist and ReformedKuyperian in a good way48 51 the gospel changes our views on discouragementdepression loverelationships sexuality family self control raceculture witness human authority guilt and self image joyhumor class attitudes And Bid Him Sing eg seeing the poor as only lazy or only victimsPart 2 Gospel Renewal Ch 4 The Need for Gospel Renewal read on Sept 14 201654 55 personal gospel renewal vs corporate gosp. Orce for good let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ Center Church a collection of twelvessays by Timothy Keller outlines a theological vision for ministry that is organized around three core commitmentsGospel centered The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes verything from our hearts to our community to the world It.
What to say about this book Keller is thoughtful and ngaging At the same time I ve rarely had the Bones, Clones, and Biomes experience of thinking that s a really helpful observation but so many times in one bookKeller shines inxplaining how he Bringing the Empire Home engages with secular unbelievers in intellectualdgy New York His analyses of the different arms of the missional movement and Christian approaches to cultural ngagement is xcellent and really usefulI have two overall general critiues of the book First Keller seems to give just a little too much importance to understanding the culture in order to do faithful ministry That is certainly important and I appreciate what he is arguing against but often in the book I was left with a sense that culture should determine the content of our message ie Which scriptural truths should be Building the Cold War emphasized overall not just how we communicate it in a way that couldasily allow churches to feel good about neglecting truths that Christ gave his church or maybe Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) emphasizing those most palatable rather than the ones the culture actually most needs to hearSecond Keller s discussion of movements and the justification for church planting is troubling to me in a way that is difficult to put a finger on Part of it is where his argument for the strategic nature of church planting over seeking to renewxisting churches seems based on unproven assumptions and sloppy statistics And part of it is simply the felt Counter-Amores emphasis on the church is about outward work with very little said about the This might be the best church ministry book I vever read It focuses on doing contextualized ministry in urban centers It reads somewhat like a text book however it doesn t bog down in tedium It avoids rabbit trials aside from perhaps the critiue of the two kingdoms model on pages 212 217 And it doesn t contain a hint of fluff Chapters 14 21 27 and 29 are gold and the rest of the book is silver refined by years of Dancing at Armageddon experience So much girth yet chock full ofxcellent ideas My wife and I are in the throes of revitalization so this book I m sure will serve us for many years to come Thankful to Tim Keller for this amazing resource This review originally appeared at InfluenceMagazinecomTimothy Keller Center Church Doing Balanced Gospel Centered Ministry in Your City Grand Rapids MI Zondervan 2012 Hardcover KindleAlthough the majority of Americans continues to self identify as Christian American culture is increasingly post Christian Evangelical Christians could once assume the broader culture agreed with them about the Double Jeopardy existence of God the shape of moral living and the usefulness of religious organizations They can no longer do so The urgent uestionvangelicals need to ask and answer is how to minister the gospel in this new cultural Composition and Literature environmentTimothy Keller outlines an answer to that uestion in Center Church Keller is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and a New York Times bestselling author Through Redeemer City to City he mentors young urban church planters and pastors Keller is also cofounder of The Gospel Coalition a movement associated with the New Calvinism and the resurgence of a complementarian understanding of gender roles As a Pentecostal I disagree with both his Calvinism and complementarianism though I hasten to add he doesn t make them points of contentions in his book Regardless I believe that Center Church offers a theological vision of gospel ministry that repays careful consideration by ministers across thevangelical spectrumBooks about church tend to fall into two categories what to believe doctrine and what to do ministry Center Church brings the two together in fruitful dialogue resulting in theological vision Keller writes a theological vision is a vision for what you are going to do with your doctrine in a particular time and place It develops from deep reflection on the Bible itself but it also depends a great deal on what you think of the culture around you Keller organizes his theological vision for ministry around three commitments gospel city and movement Both the Bible and church history show us that it is possible to hold all the correct individual biblical doctrines and yet functionally lose our grasp on the gospel he writes It is critical therefore in Cezanne and Provence every new generation and setting to find ways to communicate the gospel clearly and strikingly distinguishing it from its opposites and counterfeitsmphasis in original Keller takes up this task in Parts 1 and 2 which focus on Gospel Theology and Gospel Renewal or Revival respectivelyParts 3 4 and 5 focus on Gospel Contextualization City Vision and Cultural Engagement respectively Keller writes All churches must understand love and identify with their local community and social setting and yet at the same time be able and willing to critiue and challenge it These chapters are in my opinion the best in a very good book We often think of missiology as the study of missions internationally across national cultural and linguistic boundaries What Keller demonstrates is that missiological thinking is relevant intranationally within our own culture Evangelicals should not assume as we have done for so long that America is a Christian nation We should rather approach it as a mission field and think of ourselves as missionaries to itFinally Parts 6 7 and 8 focus on Missional Community Integrative Ministry and Movement Dynamics respectively This last topic has to do with your church s relationships Dark Voices emphasis in original Some churches are highly institutional Keller writes with a strongmphasis on their own past while others are anti institutional fluid and marked by constant innovation and change Keller advocates a balanced position between tradition and innovation drawing on the best of bothIndeed balanced is a useful way to describe Keller s theological vision throughout the book Keller speaks of the balance of three axes On the gospel axis the Church must balance between legalism and antinomianism We are saved by faith and grace alone but not by a faith that remains alone he writes True grace always results in changed lives of holiness and justice On the city axis the Church must balance between only challenging the culture and only appreciating it This is based on the biblical teaching that all cultures have God s grace and natural revelation in them yet they are also in rebellious idolatry On the movement axis the Church must balance between being an organization focused on tradition and authority and an organism focused on cooperation and unity A church at Contested Reproduction eitherxtreme will stifle the development of leadership and strangle the health of the church as a corporate body as a community Keller writes The that ministry comes from the center of all the axes the dynamism and fruitfulness it will have Center Church is not a uick read It is a 400 page two columned textbook If you re looking for Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) easy answers or uick fixes this is not the book to read On the other hand if you re willing to put in the time andffort reading this book will change the way you think about gospel ministry in a post Christian Creating Country Music era PS If you found my review helpful please vote Yes on my com review page I finally finished this behemoth of a book It really was a good read and I recommend it to church leaders In fact I bought 8 copies and plan on walking chapter by chapter through the book with my 4 staff guys and 3 interns starting this April It ll take us the rest of the year to completeI m not doing this because I agree withvery concept in the book but because the concepts in the book are worth discussing and comparing to scripture So many things Keller said were amazingly thoughtful and challenging while several things he said puzzled me I m xcited about going through this book a second time only this time I won t be alone on the journey I read this book on the recommendation of a friend and colleague in the Holy Ministry Although it is from outside of my own confession and communion the author is a Presbyterian I found the book to be thoughtful and thought provoking insightful and well written His treatment of the role of cities in the modern world and his ngagement of various theories of and approaches to Evolutionary Patterns ecclesiology andvangelism were informative and helpful I appreciated his balanced and Evolution As Entropy even handed discussion of divergent views and his serious consideration of past and present positions The tone or demeanor of his discussion resonated with meWith all of that I was struck by the absence of any sacramental sense of the Church s faith and life The author certainly referenced the Sacraments at times almost always in passing and in the context of the typical Word and Sacrament cliche But what I mean to say is that the Sacraments simply do not function for Keller as the decisive definitive and determinative heart and center of the Church onarth This isn t terribly surprising given his Calvinistic pedigree which he clearly takes seriously He Forging Gay Identities emphasizes doctrine and teaching as well as church discipline and governance Within this perspective the Sacraments are divine ordinances which are to be done because of their divine warrant but to whateverxtent Keller considers them to be means of grace he does not deal with them or treat them as such in any significant fashion Baptism is not dealt with as foundational and the Holy Communion is not dealt with as central Neither of these Sacraments nor confession and absolution is allowed to function in a normative way for Forbidden History ecclesiologyvangelism or missions they are relegated to a peripheral and secondary placeSimilarly the Liturgy is not dealt with as a divine work service and gift but worship styles are treated as a transient matter as an aspect of cultural diversity and contextualization than of God s gracious dealings with His people through the Gospel Surprisingly given Keller s obvious acumen and scholarly approach in many other respects he far too Fiche Blian ag Fás easily dismisses music to a category of neutral cultural phenomenon without considering the objective character and uality of music as an aspect of creation To suppose that all forms and styles and types of music are ultimatelyual and that differences among them are inconseuential seems rather naiveIn view of this critiue it may seem odd that I would still give the book three stars. Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach It's not nough to simply know what to believe theology or on the other hand how to do ministry methodology they need something in between They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a
El renewal gospel renewalrevival is the ordinary work of the Holy Spirit through the means of grace55 56 Great Awakening and revival Industrial Revolution people displaced to cities and the undermining of church authority capitalism and personal freedomchoice Wesleys and Whitefield responded by mphasizing the need for personal renewal sometimes individual Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith experience wasmphasized to the xclusion of spiritual formation through liturgy and catechesis xcess of Finney s revivalism we can critiue revival without dismissing it sidebar on the importance of catechesis57 60 revival assesses our times and centers on the heart secular pluralistic institutions no longer support the church salvation is a matter of the heart circumcision and baptism as signs of belonging to the covenant community revival must be balanced personal and corporate62 Kidd and Noll list in n9 of diverse leaders Hauerwas Yoder Claiborne HortonHart Wilson NewbiginWright who still agree on the importance of liturgy catechesis community and weekly communion Peter Berger Martin Luther Ch 5 The Essence of Gospel Renewal read on Sept 25 2016Basically a summary of The Prodigal God three ways to respond to God religionmoralism irreligionrelativism and the gospel63 law obedience is the result not the cause of deliverance Israelites from Egypt n1 p 72 mentions Bonhoeffer and cheap grace64 They Shall Be One Flesh even unbelievers worship see n2 on David Foster Wallace cf n13 on idolatry66 pride and fear of punishment are both self centered68 Edwards on common morality vs true virtue69 Keller s take on the gracesanctification debate obedience is not the same thing as change but we should still obeyven if our motives aren t always pure Ch 6 The Work of Gospel Renewal read on Sept 25 201674 76 gospel application bring the gospel home through preaching see n5 Keller now has a book on preaching training lay leaders The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning experimentallements Hereward (Hereward, eg Whitefield s and Wesley s small groups conversation and pastoral counseling76 77 gospel innovation outdoor preaching small group society meetings and the printing press are allxamples of using new methods77 need to capture people s imaginations and show them the beauty of Christ preach Jesus in Under One Sky every text78 79 Keller s famous talk about the Bible s being basically about what Jesus has done not what I must do cf 79 D Martyn Lloyd Jones on preaching80 different denominations tend to be stronger at different things81 82xternal transformation starts with internal transformationSection 2 CityPart 3 Gospel Contextualization Ch 7 Intentional Contextualization89 churches in cities often have difficulty thriving contextualization is giving people the Bible s answers which they may not at all want to hear to uestions about life that people in their particular time and place are asking in language and forms they can comprehend and through appeals and arguments with force they can feel ven if they reject them be as attractive as possible not unnecessarily alien don t make the truth boring90 cultural narratives are stories that a people tell about themselves to make sense out of their shared xistence see n5 and n6 for Delbanco Keller defines culture broadly the Groom and Doom environment that we create out of nature and he uses worldview positively worldview values institutions culture91 the indigenous church movement was a good first step to adjust missions but it still used Western forms it s a mistake to jettison the Bible s truth in an attempt to contextualize Bultmann the irony is that liberal theology while trying to avoid cultural imperialism imposed its Western view of higher criticism and the European Enlightenment s skepticism about the miraculous and supernatural on other cultures92 Machen on liberalism liberalism tries to leave particulars behind while keeping generalities but it s really a different gospel93 contextualization involves keeping thessentials while flexing on the nonessentials all gospel presentations are culturally bound but the gospel remains the same Liberal Christianity wedded itself to what is now seen as a fading obsolete cultural view science will save us the individual is king95 Luke uses different words than Matthew or Mark indicating Luke s contextualization96 refusing to contextualize is dangerous100n23 Van Til critiued the MachenWarfield reliance on reason Ch 8 Balanced Contextualization101 3 we need two way traffic across a bridge Stott s image that connects biblical truth and particular cultures speaking and listening we must realize how powerfully our culture shapes our assumptions cf Smith and let the Bible correct and xpand our views104 5 the bridge is a good analogy although we must remember that the Bible has ultimate authority a spiral might be a better image we must avoid both cultural fundamentalism and cultural relativism Ch 9 Biblical Contextualization108 10 the Bible see Rom 1 2 which has a mixed view of culture gives us a basis for contextualization The doctrine of sin means that as believers we are never as good as our right worldview should make us At the same time the doctrine of our creation in the image of God and an understanding of common grace remind us that nonbelievers are never as flawed as their false worldview should make them re culture we balance between critical njoyment and appropriate wariness110 11 1 Cor 9 provides us with motivation for contextualization cultural adaption is an act of love we remove stumbling blocks while the gospel itself is a scandal we need to provide only the right kind of scandal and remove all others Hudson Taylor wore his hair long and in a braid like Chinese men in his day111 12 1 Cor 1 provides us with a basic formula for contextualization Paul confronts the culture but affirms as much as possible112 13 Paul adapts to various audiences in Acts Bible believers peasant polytheists sophisticated pagans Christian Murder at the Savoy (Martin Beck, elders a hostile Jewish mob and governinglites he cites various authorities based on the audience 22 Britannia Road eg OT general revelationtc113 14 Paul s speeches all share similarities they provide an Gabe Izzy epistemological challenge a personal challenge and a proclamation of Christ Paul does not feel an obligation to give the whole gospel picture to his audience in one sitting114 15 the Bible itself appeals to different motivations for believing the gospel fear of God s judgment desire to relieve burdens appreciate the beauty of truth fulfillxistential longings get help with a problem fulfill desire to be loved116 we tend to turn neutral cultural traits into moral virtues Nigella Bijt eg punctuality To deny that much of our Christianity is culturally relative is tolevate human culture and tradition to a divine level and to dishonor Scripture118n13 modesty and respect will look different in different cultures Ch 10 Active Contextualization119 we need to both Seventh Circle (Vampires Realm, enter the culturenabling us to present the gospel compellingly and confront the culture letting the gospel speak prophetically avoid both cultural captivity gospel becomes incomprehensible and irrelevant and syncretism gospel loses substance and distinctiveness120 three steps to active contextualization Bloodlust Denied enter the culture challenge the culture and appeal to the listeners120 24ntering and adapting to the culture fluency leads to trust confessions and catechisms answer only the uestions asked so sometimes one culture might ask different uestions than another culture not to get contradictory answers but the LoveSick emphasis may be different get POVs from culturalxperts and read novels that give snapshots of a particular culture Notorious (DeWarenn, eg Bonfire of the Vanities for Manhattan we often make assumptions about groups of people and attribute incorrect motives to themsp if we haven t Quakeland entered their culture well biblical authors use all kinds of appeals logical Western relational Chinese and intuitional Indian use A beliefs that the culture already accepts to challenge them on B beliefs that they don t accept yet forxample show how concern for human rights can be rooted only in the doctrine of the image of God124 29 challengingconfronting the culture Vector (Jack Stapleton Laurie Montgomery, entering a culture allows you toxpose inconsistencies better show how B doctrines are based on A doctrines Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, example of Lewis on wrath someone who is loving cares what happens and when sin wrecks the situation then wrath is the only appropriate response Keller spoke of sin as disordered loves which rang true for many people who knew that their idolsaddictions were crushing them some current pressure points are the commodification of sex people know this doesn t lead to happiness human rights no basis in an atheistic worldview and cultural hope a self fulfillment or self definition narrative doesn t lead to flourishing130 32 appealing to and consoling the listeners Pascal show that religion is reasonable respectable and lovable The Bible hasnough diversity to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle enable us to connect its message to any baseline cultural narrative on the face of thearth atonement grammarstheories all share in the concept of substitution pus white blood cells that died for you great section on fairy tales and happy Tribes endingsPart 4 City Vision Ch 11 The Tension of the City Ch 12 Redemption and the City Ch 13 The Call to the City Ch 14 The Gospel for the CityPart 5 Cultural Engagement Ch 15 The Cultural Crisis of the Church Ch 16 The Cultural Responses of the Church Ch 17 Why All the Models Are Right and Wrong Ch 18 Cultural Engagement through Blended InsightsSection 3 MovementPart 6 Missional Community Ch 19 The Search for the Missional Church Ch 20 Centering the Missional Church Ch 21 Euipping People for Missional LivingPart 7 Integrative Ministry Ch 22 The Balance of Ministry Fronts Ch 23 Connecting People to God Ch 24 Connecting People to God Ch 25 Connecting People to the City Ch 26 Connecting People to the CulturePart 8 Movement Dynamics Ch 27 Movements and Institutions Ch 28 The Church as an Organized Organism Ch 29 Church Planting as a Movement Dynamic Ch 30 The City and the Gospel Ecosystem Epilogue Late Modernity and the Center Church This was anxcellent book Keller is well read insightful and Kepler (Revolutions Trilogy, engaging I wish I d had this book before I had teenagers as it helpfully addresses some issues aboutngaging culture which would have helped me as a parentI only gave it a four star review because there were times when he could have been concise. Completely reshapes the content tone and strategy of all that we doCity centered With a positive approach toward our culture we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful strategic and underserved places for gospel ministryMovement centered Instead of building our own tribe we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameTimothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan which he started in 1989 with his wife Kathy and three young sons For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5000He is also Chairman of Redeem