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Saturday Sermon: The Power of the Gospel

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September 17, 2011 Tags: Christ & New Creation

Today's sermon features Tim Keller. Please note the views expressed here are those of the author, not necessarily of BioLogos. You can read more about what we believe here.

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:

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor 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. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God and Prayer. He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which has helped start over 250 churches in global cities worldwide. He lives in New York City with his wife Kathy.

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