Tim Keller

Tim Keller on Pastors and Writing

Josh Blount posted an interview with Tim Keller on the topic of pastors, writing, and ministry on the Gospel Coalition blog today. The short interview is packed full of wise words, especially for young pastors who desire to be published writers:

I do get approached often on this subject. And I say this: write essays and chapters, not books yet. Hone your craft through short pieces and occasional writing. But don't tackle books yet. Writing a whole book takes an enormous amount of energy and time, especially the first one(s). But as a younger man you aren't being fair to your family or your church if you are giving the book the time it warrants. And you aren't being fair to the reading public if you don't. This way you can prepare for writing your first book later.

Keller also discusses his own writing practices. For example, which disciplines have helped him to become a better writer:

Reading. That is far and away the most important discipline. You must read widely in general for years before you become capable of recognizing good writing. And then before you write a book on a subject, you should read 20 or 30 good books on the subject carefully and skim another 20 or 30. If you just read three or four (and refer to another three or four), your book will be largely a rehash and will offer few fresh insights.

Take a few minutes and read the entire post here.

Race & the Christian

Last night I had a chance to watch this video from a March 2012 event at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. From the Redeemer website:

John Piper and Tim Keller, two white pastor-scholars who think we should be talking about race, will discuss ‘Race and the Christian’ at the Ethical Culture Society on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. Speaking from their experiences ministering in multi-ethnic urban contexts for a combined 60 years, they will examine the individual and structural roots of racism and make a case for the pursuit of ethnic harmony from a gospel perspective. Their conversation will be moderated by Anthony Bradley, Professor at King’s College and author of Black and Tired.

Watch this—all of it. It's well worth your time.

 

 



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