Thanks to Tim Stafford for pointing me to this great New York Magazine profile of Tim Keller.Â From the opening:
Keller is a 59-year-old bald, large-framed man, dressed today in a blue blazer and gray slacks. For those expecting hellfire and brimstone, the first surprise is the voice. Keller doesnâ€™t speak in theatrical, over-the-top tones but in a soft, conversational manner, as if heâ€™s sharing a confidence with a friend. For todayâ€™s sermon on a passage from the Old Testament Book of Habakkuk, in which a minor Jewish prophet rails about the misery brought on by the Babylonians in the seventh century B.C., Keller jumps to the recession and what he sees as shameful finger-pointing by both liberals and conservatives. â€œThe Bible doesnâ€™t let you do that,â€ Keller intones from the pulpit. â€œThe Bible is nowhere near as simplistic, dare I say it, as either the New York Timesâ€™ or The Wall Street Journalâ€™s editorial page. You can write that down. Put it on your blog, I donâ€™t care.â€
I prefer to show rather than tell when it comes to my work with the Emerging Scholars Network, to point to examples like C. S. Lewis or Fritz Schaefer as role models for thinking Christians.Â Tim Keller is another of those great examples.