Last week I learned a bit more about Timothy Keller, the pastor of Presbyterian of Redeemer Lutheran Church in New York city from the Lutheran satirist, Anthony Sacramone, who used to attend there…
And yesterday on Gene Veith’s blog, a commenter named Abby talked about how while watching live-streaming of the Gospel Coalition Conference, she saw Tim Keller carefully explain Luther’s doctrine of vocation – and also say that “Lutherans (Luther) have this right.”
More from Abby:
“He described how a “milk-maid” is called by God to do her job. He said the people who do the simplest work are the fingers (masks) of God. And he said “Be the best at what you do,” and “Faith is our moral compass.”
It’s great to see ideas that Gene Veith has done much to popularize are being discussed more in non-Lutheran quarters.
And here is something I think Tim Keller gets right. Take this question: “is doubting God always a bad thing?” I think that this 1.5 minute video clip is convincing.
I, for one, am convinced that “wrestling with God” – as we seek to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind – is a good thing, even if, strictly speaking, I do not think that the doubts of a Christian are a “good thing” (of the unbeliever – yes!). Nevertheless in, with, and through Jesus our questioning can be sanctified, as questions born of adult-like doubt and cynicism give way to questions born of child-like curiosity and desire to understand instead.
A process indeed though…
This second [3.5 minute] video is excellent as well. In it, he talks about what reading N.T. Wright’s 800 page book on the resurrection of Christ did regarding his own faith (and corresponding doubts). How great it is to see doubt lose its grip…. :