On hearing that Redeemer City to City were bringing Dr Tim Keller to Australia we were grateful that he accepted an invitation to address a special gathering of Presbyterians on Sydney Harbour.
On a rather wet Sydney week in March the clouds parted on Tuesday the 25th long enough for a couple of hundred ministers and others from all over Australia, and a few ring-ins from New Zealand, to get up close and personal with Dr Keller. Having just flown in from a major Asian conference of pastors and despite some tiredness and a cold Tim Keller managed to stimulate and motivate the crowd over lunch. Rev C S Tang (Cornerstone Sydney and City to City director) interviewed Tim about his life and background. Later Rev David Jones (Anne Street Brisbane and im- mediate past Moderator General) quizzed Tim Keller on his experience as a church revitaliser and a church planter. His ‘pres- byterian’ view point was invaluable.
Every attendee received a copy of Tim Keller’s magnum opus ‘CENTER CHURCH’ on doing balanced, gospel-cantered ministry in our cities (and elsewhere).
At the end the crowd had enjoyed over an hour of Tim Keller’s thoughts and comments on how we best go about promoting the gos- pel kingdom and growing our Church.
It was a delicious entre?e to the remainder of the week for the City to City conference and other city events with Tim and Kathy Keller.
Tim Keller is a pastor who not only un- derstands that God’s word needs to reach the heart to change people but that the way to the heart is through the head. We have a most reasonable message for our nation. Hopefully, the week of stimulation, thought and prayer will have an impact in a movement that can bring enough change to bear lasting fruit and the honouring of God throughout Australia.
Download PULSE June 1 (PDF) to read other articles in our special Tim Keller feature:
City to City Top 10 by Mark Powell: “OK, now that all the dust has settled on the recent City to City Conference with Tim Keller, here are my top 10 things that have stayed with me and made a lasting impact…”
Tim Keller on Church Planting as a Presbyterian. Part one of a two part edited series extracted from Tim Keller’s interview with David Jones at the Sydney Opera House on March 25.