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Timothy Keller Quotes

  • Hypocritical Leadership

    Timothy Keller"Perhaps the greatest dilemma of the pastor - or any Christian leader - is the danger of hypocrisy.

    By this I mean that, unlike other professionals, we as ministers are expected to proclaim God’s goodness and to provide encouragement at all times. We are always pointing people toward God in one way or another, in order to show them his worth and beauty. That’s the essence of our ministry.

    But seldom will our hearts be in a condition to say such a thing with complete integrity, since our own hearts are often in need of encouragement, gospel centeredness, and genuine gladness.

    Thus, we have two choices: either we have to guard our hearts continually in order to practice what we are preaching, or we live bifurcated lives of outward ministry and inward gloominess.

  • Quote #1442


    quote 1442

    "Christians should not be optimists; we know too much about sin. We should also not be pessimists, for we know the living God."


    - Timothy Keller

  • Quote #1446

    quote 1446

    "It is one thing to believe in God, but it is quite another thing to trust God." -Timothy Keller

  • Quote #1471

    quote 1471

    "The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00am for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access."

    - Timothy Keller

  • Quote #1519

    quote 1519

    Legalistic remorse says, "I broke God's rules," while real repentance says, "I broke God's heart."

    - Tim Keller

  • Quote #1667

    Tolerance is not about not having beliefs.

    "Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you."

    - Timothy Keller