Saturday Sermon: The Power of the Gospel
Though some may believe that moving the science/faith dialogue forward is best left to scientists, scholars, and theologians, we at BioLogos recognize that our pastors play an invaluable role in the conversation. Across the globe, pastors are helping their congregations work through difficult issues of science and faith with honesty, insight, and a gentle spirit. To this end we present an ongoing series recognizing sermons (and the pastors who give them) that are helping to promote the harmony of science and faith. Today's sermon comes from Rev. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Click above to hear an excerpt. Below, is a brief summary written by BioLogos editorial staff.
BioLogos has been following a sermon series by Pastor Tim Keller entitled The Bible: The Whole Story-Redemption and Restoration.” It comes in three parts. The first consisted of a nine part series on Genesis, which basically addresses the question of “What’s wrong with the Human Race?” (Genesis 1-4) and we have posted excerpts from all nine. The second part is, “What God Has Done to Make it Right” (from Romans 1 -4), and the third is “How It is All Going to Work Out in the End” (from Revelation). We at BioLogos believe that the polarity associated with the science/faith controversy sometimes causes us to lose sight of the real message in the Genesis story—that humankind became alienated from God. Consider this excerpt from the sermon entitled Paradise Lost.
We now move on to the solution in this powerful message from Romans 1. The entire message, is available for download for nominal cost at the church’s website. Here’s a little taste of the profundity. Listen to how it starts:
Tim Keller is pastor and founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. The “Influentials” issue of New York magazine featured Keller as “the most successful Christian evangelist in the city” for his engagement with the young professional and artist demographics. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hampton, Mass., and his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. Keller has helped start more than 100 churches throughout the world. He is the author of Counterfeit Gods; The Prodigal God; The Reason for God: Belief of God in an Age of Skepticism -- named book of the year by World Magazine in 2008; and the recently released Generous Justice.