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Timothy Keller Quotes

  • 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

    "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

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

  • 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

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

    - Tim Keller

  • 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

  • Timothy Keller Quote

    "God invites us to come as we are, not to stay as we are."

    - Tim Keller

  • Timothy Keller quote

    "Our culture says that feelings of love are the basis for actions of love. And of course that can be true. But it is truer to say that actions of love can lead consistently to feelings of love."

    - Timothy Keller

  • Timothy Keller quote

    "The reality of the bodily ascension of Jesus to Heaven makes an enormous difference. When understood, this truth becomes an irreplaceable, important resource for living our lives in the world - and it's a resource no other religion or philosophy of life holds out to us."

    - Timothy Keller