Tim Keller On Story…

The world is lost, Keller says, because it has lost its story, which is its context and therefore has lost its meaning and "hope for a resolution to the sufferings of the world." Keller ends the afterward of his book, King's Cross with this beautiful summation of the gospel:

"The book of Mark has given us the story of Jesus and declared that this is actually the world's true story as well: Jesus, the King, created all things in love. He has the power and the beauty to see His vision for the world through to its glorious end, to undo everything we have been able to do to harm it. To accomplish that, He had to come and die for it. Three days later, He rose again; and one day will come back again to usher in a renewed creation.

"The gospel is the ultimate story that shows victory coming out of defeat, strength coming out of weakness, life coming out of death, rescue from abandonment. And because it is a true story, it gives us hope because we know that life is really like that.

"It can be your story as well. God made you to love Him supremely, but He lost you. He returned to get you back, but it took the cross to do it. He absorbed your darkness so that one day you can finally and dazzlingly become your true self and take your seat at His eternal feast." *

This is from Keller's book, King's Cross, where he mentions within the context of the book of Mark the idea of an eternal separation from God in "hell" for the majority of humanity for their unbelief. In his last chapter this part of The Story is absent so we do not want to misrepresent what his total presentation of the gospel would be. He is a PCA minister who adheres to the doctrine of an eternal hell. We love and deeply respect Dr. Keller and believe he has provided an indispensable wealth of wisdom and insight for the 21st century church. We only disagree with this one point in which he only articulates on occasion. Please do not hesitate to sit at the feet of this godly man and glean from his heart of humility, grace, and compassion for the lost and the disenfranchised among us. We highly recommend ALL his books:

The Meaning of Marriage

The Reason for God

The Prodigal God

Counterfeit Gods

Generous Justice

King’s Cross

"We tell the story of a God who does the two things which, some of the time at least, we all want and need: A God who completes what He has begun, a God who comes to the rescue of those who seem lost and enslaved in the world the way it now is"

N. T. Wright, Simply Christian


*Timothy Keller, King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus (New York: Dutton, 2011) p 230