This is a rebroadcast of the last podcast I did with Dr Timothy Keller who passed away yesterday morning, Friday, May 19, 2023, after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 72. It is with such a heavy heart that I think of him this day and this last podcast. He was my pastor and my mentor. He influenced millions through the ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church and his books. He brought untold numbers of people to Christ. For me I know there would be no Lighthouse Faith podcast without Tim Keller, because there would be no Lighthouse Faith book… because Tim Keller taught me and countless others how to find a deeper level of faith in Jesus Christ that we never imagined was possible. Tim lived to glorify God through faith in Jesus Christ. We honor him by doing the same.
Original write up:
If you’re reading this there’s a one hundred percent chance you’ve been born. That’s the good news. But it also means that there is a one hundred percent chance you will one day die. In between those landmarks, the beginning and end of our life journey, many of us will marry and some of us will be responsible for the births of other human beings. It’s the circle of life. Theologian and author Dr. Timothy Keller, founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and his wife Kathy, have written three small books that give guidance for these events in our life where we experience our greatest joys and our deepest griefs. The titles of the small handbooks are simply Birth, Marriage, and Death. Tim Keller says, “These are key times in which you suddenly are jolted out of the kind of obliviousness to the big questions of life. We’re just so busy doing things, we never sit back and say, what am I living for and what is it all about? And why are we even here? You never ask those questions. You’re too busy, especially in New York.” And the Coronavirus has certainly made many people focus on not only delaying the inevitable and staying healthy, but also asking whether God has anything to say about a global pandemic like Covid-19? And the uncomfortable question about whether or not it’s God’s judgment on a corrupted world. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, the Keller’s give a very nuanced, biblical answer to all these queries.