20 Quotes from Tim Keller’s New Book on Preaching

Matt Smethurst | June 4, 2015

The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read Tim Keller’s superb new book Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (Viking) [interview]. Thanks to Tony Reinke for inspiring the 20 quotes idea.

“While the difference between a bad sermon and a good sermon is mainly the responsibility of the preacher, the difference between good preaching and great preaching lies mainly in the work of the Holy Spirit. . . . We should do the work it takes to make our communication good and leave it up to God how and how often he makes it great for the listener.” (11, 12)

“This is how to deliver not just an informative lecture but a life-changing sermon. It is not merely to talk about Christ but to show him, to ‘demonstrate’ [1 Cor. 2:4] his greatness and to reveal him as worthy of praise and adoration. If we do that, the Spirit will help us, because that is his great mission in the world.” (17–18)

“To reach people gospel preachers must challenge the culture’s story at points of confrontation and finally retell the culture’s story, as it were, revealing how its deepest aspirations for good can be fulfilled only in…

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