Tim Keller:- Tweets – 2022 – March


More recent Tim Keller Tweets.


Tweeter Account

Tim Keller tweets at Link.

His tweeter account is @timkellernyc.


  1. 2022-March-11th
    • To have a meaningful life we need many things: useful labor-paid or not, love relationships, etc. But if any become the ultimate meaning of your life–your main significance or security–they function as a god-substitutes and will eat you alive. – HT: Augustine, D.F. Wallace

      • Corban Bates ( @CorbanBates )
        • If you are the greatest benefactor of your life’s work, then you have missed the point of your life.
  2. 2022-March-11th
    • We cannot know God without knowing ourselves, and we cannot know ourselves without knowing God. The two kinds of knowledge are inter-dependent–they rise or fall together.

      • Paul DC ( @pauldc )
        • If we’re made in God’s image, the way in which we reflect God is the most important thing about knowing ourselves.
      • Dr. W. Brian Lane 😷💉 ( @WBrianLane )
        • Is there an independent variable in this model?
  3. 2022-March-10th
    • We should not judge another set of faith beliefs on the basis of ours. The fairest way to evaluate a world-explaining narrative is by judging on the basis of its own premises and beliefs. If we decide it fails, we must show it fails on its own terms.

      • Tim Keller
        • Only the Spirit can open hearts to faith, yet you preach to Chinese people in Chinese, not English. You don’t demand the Spirit do the translating work that you should do. So don’t speak in unpersuasive ways and demand the Spirit do the translating work you should do.
      • Michael J White ( @pbcmike98 )
        • Convincing them they are wrong about what?
          Their false religion?
          -often it is not a case of logical reasoning why they hold their beliefs.
          You can’t reason a person to faith.
      • Angie (MamaCan) ( @AngieCanovi1 )
        • You can do either. There are plenty of examples in the prophets where God just wanted the message delivered, even stating it would be rejected because they were rebellious people. They were given the chance to hear the plain message. No frills.
      • Mick Carpenter ( @MichaelC_MPA )
        • How about building a non-religious relationship and living out the gospel. Apologetics needs to be buried in all forms – jmo
  4. 2022-March-10th
    • Another common Twitter practice. (Add this one to my older thread-list): “On Twitter we are going to insist you mean what we want you to mean, not what you say you mean. And we will characterize any clarification as backtracking and pitiful defensiveness–even if it is not.”

      • Josh Daws ( @JoshDaws )
        • It’s not so much what your tweets say, but what they do. Even if I could agree with most of them, it’s what they’re doing that I don’t like. You can’t just analyze words by what they say, but analyze words by what they do. This is basic speech act theory.
      • Guy Schultz, BS HPA, MBA ( @guyschultz )
        • Social media made the job of all writers more challenging. There has been a great power in writing where being published created safe spaces that were not easily challenged. With direct feedback things are different.
      • alfredo sampaio ( @student_c_ )
        • People are really traumatized on the internet. Proverbs 27: 3. A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; But a fool’s vexation is heavier than they both. – Bíblia
        • Scott Hescht ( @ScottHescht )
          • Social Media revealed something broken in the human race. Who knew? 🤷🏻‍♂️
  5. 2022-March-10th
    • BTW – My thread about Daniel, Joseph, Mordecai and Esther–on how Christians relate to culture in publicly traded corps or govt agencies–is not about particular contemporary figures. Critique the thread–be my guest! But critique my reading of those biblical books and figures.
  6. 2022-March-10th
    • How do we then judge between sets of faith beliefs–which is the right one? (1) Internal consistency (no philosophical smuggling) (2) empirical evidence (3) explanatory power (4) live-ability (5) love and character (John 13:35; 1 Pet 2:12)

      • Guy Schultz, BS HPA, MBA ( @guyschultz )
        • Love and character are actually philosophical smuggling. They are not consistent across faith beliefs. You are effectively imputing your standard of love and character to the methodology employed to critique another.
      • Roger Walters ( @RogerWaltersIII )
        • does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; (1 Corinthians 13:6, NASB)
      • Tim Brys ن ( @brys_tim )
        • These are good criteria, if taken as heuristics. They all have some subjective aspects which are based on the very faith beliefs one is supposed to be judging. It’s impossible to objectively arbitrate between worldviews as the “view from nowhere” is unavailable.
  7. 2022-March-9th
    • Thread: Can Christians be leaders in publicly-owned corporations or government agencies that are committed to many non-Christian values? Some say “No.” They say, “If you are the CEO of a secular space you must impose Christian moral values on all of it-or else not take the job.”

      • I believe this is often behind the guilt-by-association attacks made at Christians making them responsible for every action, program, and directive that company or agency enacts. “You allowed THAT kind of movie to be produced? How could you?” This is short-sighted.
      • Obviously, they can be ‘salt and light’ there, making those places better through their faithful presence. In fact, if they were not at these organizations, we can imagine how the world would be a worst place without them!
      • I don’t think this view fits with the careers of either Daniel or Joseph. Daniel allows himself to be addressed by the Babylonian name ‘Belteshazzar’ (Dan 4:9) which honored the god Bel. He received a thoroughly Babylonian education (Dan 1) yet kept his distinct beliefs.
      • Daniel refuses to worship anyone but God (Dan 6) and conducts his own work and life with the love, integrity, and faithfulness of a believer, but while he serves high up in the pagan hierarchy he also doesn’t appear to use his power to force others beneath him to worship and obey
      • God’s law. Joseph’s career is similar. It is hard to lead and even harder to do it in secular spaces. Lets give Christians the grace to do so. Even better, like Daniel and Joseph, let’s go into these spaces ourselves. /End
      • Guy Schultz, BS HPA, MBA ( @guyschultz )
        • What I mean by the nuclear family implications are, education that is pagan and pressed upon children is different than a single man bearing up under it. He faced coercion and was it captivity. How does That work like in chattel enslavement?
        • I think what is interesting is that both don’t have a family to care for at home or children to raise. The models don’t bring in the impacts of liberty lost where one is a Shepard over a home.
      • Michael Black ( @mcblack51 )
        • Joseph and Daniel were forced to work for their “employers”. Modern-day people have the freedom to choose hence more responsibility for their actions. It is a hard thing though, I admit. Ultimately, they answer to God not me.
      • Ryan McAllister ن ( @RyanTMcAllister )
        • Are you trying to imply that Daniel DID direct others to do ungodly things? I am trying to understand…
  8. 2022-March-7th
    • Are you the kind of person, and is your church the kind of church, about which others in your community might say, “I don’t share their beliefs, but I shudder to think about what this city would be like without them?”

      • Tristan Gist ( @tristgist )
        • By this, everyone will know you are my disciples. John 13:35
          Sounds like reputation was important.
      • dale leonard ( @u000drl_ )
        • @timkellernyc and @debannleonard
          • I always say, The Early 20th Century Catholic Church had it right. They called them Parish’s they were so in twinned in that hood that the surrounding Community defined themselves as from being of that Parish ie im from Stella Maris
  9. 2022-March-6th
    • Many draw a line between “justice” as legal fairness and “charity” as sharing your wealth. But numerous Scriptures make radical generosity one of the marks of living justly. See Job 31 to just to start. Lack of generosity (vv.16-20) cf. to oppression (vv, 13-15 and 21-23).

      • Ryan ( @chitown351 )
        • Yes, if you don’t live generously you’re not living justly.
      • BJVC ( @rosa2arvensis )
        • But the love of God & neighbors is the greatest commandment.
      • BobbyB ( @Necusocbas1 )
        • Radical generosity is how the 3 Persons of Trinity give towards each other, and so define Love…why would the point of our existence be any different?
  10. 2022-March-6th
    • Jesus said, “I will build my church” and despite the sometimes devastating failures of church leaders at various times and places–there is no expiration date on that claim.
  11. 2022-March-4th
    • Don’t let the modern world split you. Don’t buy into the packaged deals current political ideologies ask of us. See how Christianity affirms aspects of all ideologies, but also critiques them and redirects them.
      More here:
      5 Features That Made the Early Church Unique
      The early Christian church was a counterculture—simultaneously offensive and attractive. —@TimKellerNYC
  12. 2022-March-1st
    • A community without mission is cancer. It’s growth without purpose.
  13. 2022-February-27th
    • You are always bound to something. Freedom is not the absence or presence of restrictions, but the presence of the right restrictions.
    • Daniel Ostendorff ( @dostendorff )
      • This is so true & a common misperception in our world. Our modern ideas of freedom are flawed along these lines – whether personal or political freedom. We are always slaves to something (ie our own desires) – we are never 100% free. Makes me think of this passage from 2 Peter.2nd Peter 2:19 ( Deliverance from False Prophets ) ( Link )
        • 18 With lofty but empty words, they appeal to the sensual passions of the flesh and entice those who are just escaping from others who live in error.
          19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves to depravity. For a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.
          20 If indeed they have escaped the corruption of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, only to be entangled and overcome by it again, their final condition is worse than it was at first.…
    • Caminando en su Verdad ( @ensuverdad )
      • This verse confirms what you say…“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16 NIV)
  14. 2022-February-26th
    • Three ways people seek transcendence without God–drugs, sex, and crowds. Ministers denounce drugs and sex but seldom the danger of crowds.- E. Peterson. The ecstasy of the crowd, the ‘inner ring’, the being with the few that really KNOW what’s going on.

      • Meshach Kanyion ( @mkanyion )
        • He goes on to say, “A crowd is an exercise in false transcendence upward, which is why all crowds are spiritually pretty much the same, whether at football games, political rallies, or church…” It’s instructive how often Jesus said something that dispersed the crowd.
      • Charlie Dunn ( @Dunn_Digital )
        • One of the best narrative examples of this that I know is Lewis’s “That Hideous Strength”
      • Keith Archie✝️🇺🇸 ( @ASCREEN07 )
        • The external, temporal and largely religious “establishment” church – deceived that it’s work is the direct bringing about of the physical manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth – is the ultimate expression of “transcendence without God…in crowds” you’ll ever see.
      • Rick Wade ( @RickWade55 )
        • The “crowd” is now Twitter and Facebook and other social media. Being in the know is a significant reason why people- including Christians–are there. We want to know, and we want to be part of the conversation.
      • Trevor Gehman ( @trevorgehman )
        • Where did Peterson talk about this? Curious to read more
      • Meshach Kanyion ( @mkanyion )
        • That’s from? “The Pastor: A Memoir”
      • Joe Styler Styler.eth ( @jjstyler )
        • CS Lewis talked about this in The Screwtape Letters.
      • Jason Roop ( @roop_jason )
        • Yes. The ‘Circle of acceptance.’
      • Elijah Kisembo ( @eliakisembo )
        • Reverand I think crowds is another veŕsion of seeking power! So it’s power/crowds, sex, and money.
      • Truth ( @truthor_lies )
        • One of the 7 deadly sins! Vain glory…
      • jordan ( @jordan96974209 )
        • Lust and greed and gluttony
      • Lesser Magistrate Sven ( @polysomnotech )
        • Crowd. Hmmm. Sounds like a lot of like-minded people. Like a city?
      • jordan ( @jordan96974209 )
        • Or a small town
  15. 2022-February-25th
    • If all sin is placing something more important than God, then sin always begins with the character assassination of God. We don’t believe he is really good.
  16. 2022-February-25th
    • On Twitter when discussing anger, anxiety, or depression–people tend to adopt reductionistic models–it’s psychological, it’s physiological, or it’s moral-spiritual. These are all too simplistic. Two helpful books. Link and Link

      • Books
        • Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness Reprint Edition·
        • Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery
    • Adam Bouse ( @adambouse )
      • But also check out Hilary McBride’s book “The Wisdom of Your Body”
      • As well as Hillary Jacobs Hendels’, “It’s Not Always Depression.”
  17. Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true. To remedy…begin by showing that relig is not contrary to reason; that it is venerable, to inspire respect for it; then we must make it lovable, to make good men hope it is true; finally, we must prove it is true. Pensee187

    • The previous tweet is by Pascal, and “religion” for him is Christianity. He is thinking of how he as a Christian was able to make headway with his secular/skeptical friends in 17th century France. I think his basic approach is intriguing and suggestive for us today.
    • Greg Rogers ( @GregRogers15 )
      • Those chosen by God will not resist God’s grace and would qualify as Jesus refers to those w “good soil” in Mt 13:23. But to “make good men hope it is true” is the deny what Jesus says in Mark 10:18 that there is “no one good,” or what Paul says in Romans 3:11-18

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