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Tim Keller & The "Justice" Mission of City to City


Tim Keller is likely one of the most popular teachers in evangelicalism today. He is considered to be innovative, intellectual and is impressive to many with his approach. In churches around the country his popular books are used for Sunday School and home group curriculum (a sad commentary no matter who the author is). Keller is credited with being a VOICE in Christian circles and cultural engagement, when, in fact, he is little more than an echo of the think tanks and organizations from which “his ideas” flow. Keller is not promoting his ideas but THEIR ideologies.


Keller's talking points fall along the thread of classic "Third Way Politics”, although he has asserted to not be political at all. Keller is theologically emergent, although he is presumed to be orthodox Reformed. Keller is celebrated for being refreshingly original and provocative, while he is backed by a significant number of brain trusts whose ideas he is fronting and selling as his own.


CITY TO CITY: WHAT IS IT & WHERE DID IT COME FROM?


Keller left his popular NYC church Redeemer City Church to begin full time focus on his brand “Redeemer City to City” and its GLOBAL work.


To embrace Redeemer City to City as a Gospel work one must:

  • Believe that we will usher in God's Kingdom though partnerships with the wicked.

  • Believe that Global Goals 2030 are a God directed agenda.

  • Believe that Frankfurt School politics and philosophies are Gospel Tools.

  • Believe that Urbanization is a natural phenomenon, and the church is called to partner with it.

  • Believe that Asset Based Community Development is Gospel driven.

  • Believe that Tim Keller is a global prophetic voice, while he echoes and seeks to apply theories of social change for the Church of the Living God.

IF ALL THIS IS POSSIBLE, THEN KELLER AND HIS PARTNERS ARE DOING GOD’S WORK


KEY CITY TO CITY PARTNERS


LeadershipFoundations.org is a partner with Keller’s City to City, and its origins in the Polis Institute of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. They celebrate and explain the work of Keller’s Redeemer City to City as their Featured Project: From Charity to Change here.


CCIC FEATURED PROJECT: FROM CHARITY TO CHANGE


“The faith community is a potential force for massive social change – yet it is often fragmented, operating in silos, and desperately needing to align and integrate its efforts with the wider community. In New York City alone there are over 8,500 places of worship, and more than 35,000 nonprofits in the city employ more than 600,000 people. Yet, as is the case across America, most of these churches and nonprofits work independently, often unaware of each other and often attempting to reach the same children and families in need.”


“Over the past two years, Openfields and Leadership Foundations have worked closely with Redeemer City to City (CTC) to develop an innovative training program to help church planters, rising church leaders, and church collaboratives reimagine how congregations can invest in long-term community change. Now, through the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, we are further developing the program with New York Theological Seminary and poised to distribute it through the LF network and beyond.”


“The vision for this project is for churches, independently and collectively, to employ or support community-based “Routers” as a means of accomplishing collaborative, integrative ministry for the renewal of their surrounding communities. We call this program From Charity to Change.”


KELLER EVER THE SALESMAN


Tim Keller selling the City.


“Several people had recommended this sermon to us, but we never got around to listening to it until it was assigned as part of Investigative Journalism class at Patrick Henry College.


We were discussing the role of Christian journalists, but the message is for all Christians — and seems especially relevant to rebelutionaries."


Pastor Tim Keller unpacks Jeremiah 29:4-7. Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) to argue for a uniquely Christian approach to citizenship, one that avoids assimilation and tribalism in favor of selfless service.


Keller defines “assimilation” as using the city for your personal benefit and “tribalism” as using the city for the benefit of your group.


Both approaches fall short of God’s command in Jeremiah, where the Israelites are instructed to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”


A LOOK INTO THE HISTORY OF RTS/CRU/SEEKING THE WELFARE - THE ORIGINS OF CITY TO CITY


Seeking the Welfare of the City planning ORLANDO 2009


As a side note: Campus Crusade for Christ of CRU is now showing the long term impact of the RTS/Keller/SWC focus as social justice, racial theory and pro LGBTQ+ inclusion saturated the workshop topics of the July 2019 CRU Conference.


RTS ORLANDO AND THE POLIS (GREEK FOR CITY) INSTITUTE


(Read as much or as little as you need to grasp this approach and all it entails and confirm it’s influence in the origins Keller’s City to City)


Our Story


“In 2007, the world changed. For the first time in human history, more people lived in cities than did not. From that point, our human story, became an urban story. “Polis” is the Greek word for city and the Institute exists to ensure that the poor and disenfranchised are actively involved in shaping that story. While our work is primarily focused in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, we have consulted with organizations across the country to help them engage with distressed communities in dignified and effective ways.”


“It all began with a 40-day fast in 2005 by Vonette Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, during which she sought a vision for what should be done to bring hope and healing to Orlando, Florida. After the fast, Vonette hosted a series of dinner parties dubbed “Table Talk” and a research project, focused on the culture of service in Greater Orlando (called “Seeking the Welfare of the City”) was launched. The project received critical support and leadership from Jim Seneff and Angela Winn of CNL Financial Group, and Dr. Frank James, the then President of Reformed Theological Seminary.”


“Dr. James then recruited seminary students to work on the project which he began to call Polis – the greek work for “city”. In 2009, the project ended and the team gleaned three main findings from the report: 1) there were 100 distressed neighborhoods in Greater Orlando, 2) Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) was the best-supported modality to alleviate that distress, and 3) there was no evidence of mature ABCD work in the area.”


“The report went on to recommended these four things: 1) establish an urban institute to guide ABCD with the distressed neighborhoods; 2) compel influential leaders to champion the cause; 3) create formal partnerships to engage in the work in all 100 neighborhoods, one neighborhood at a time; 4) invest in the community-led initiatives that emerge from the ABCD process.”


“Phil Hissom, who had been asked to the lead the project during its latter stages, incorporated the Polis Institute in May of 2009 as a direct response to these recommendations and has been leading the charge ever since.”


“The work of Polis Institute is under-girded by the Biblical-narrative of humanity’s journey from the garden to the city (polis). We help make places more like the promised New City described in Isaiah 65 – where people enjoy the fruit of their labor in long and healthy lives. Our origins are unapologetically Christian but we specialize in finding common ground with all people of good will so that quality of life improves in distressed places.”


SWC REPORTS


RESEARCH BRIEF


TOTAL REPORT


POLIS INSTITUTE


Introduction

“Seeking the Welfare of the City (SWC) started as a project commissioned by the CEO of

CNL Financial Group, Jim Seneff. Mr. Seneff’s desire was to see how the resources of

the Central Florida community could be better utilized to help the needs across our city.

Mr. Seneff commissioned a team of seminary students from Reformed Theological

Seminary along with Angie Winn, an associate of CNL, to undertake this research.

In parallel, Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation (GOLF) partnered with its national

affiliate Leadership Foundations of America (LFA) to analyze the city’s most critical

needs and to recommend a model by which resources of the GOLF alumni could be

mobilized to meet the greatest needs. The consultant conducting this research for GOLF

was Angie Winn of CNL. Naturally, the two analysis efforts converged as one.” Summary of Findings

"The main finding of the SWC research is that the culture of service in Central Florida is

broken – the resources to address human distress are not focused on neighborhoods

where distress is concentrated and do not emphasize building capacity in those they serve in a holistic way.”


ANGIE WINN


Angie Winn

President, Winn Executive Development

Windermere, FL


“Finding 4: Non-profits lack the resources and strength to accomplish their mission

Non-profit leaders often have the passion and experience to provide services to

the marginalized people of our city. However, many non-profits are challenged

operationally with running an organization and lack the resources necessary to

stay on the front-lines of the work. Church partnerships can be helpful but also

hindering because of the desired level of control and the lack of commitment.”


“Finding 5: Churches are often immobile or vision-imposing

The church is called to social and spiritual renewal of the city, yet many churches

are either immobile or conduct high-profile relief efforts that do not result in

transformation. Community development experts would argue that these efforts

may be damaging in that they foster dependencies and unhealthy perceptions of

inferiority and superiority. Resource rich churches often try to impose a vision

from outside of a distressed neighborhood and do not work to understand the

hopes, concerns, and assets of the residents in the neighborhood. The majority of

the churches within the distressed neighborhoods are focused either strictly on

word of mouth evangelism or serving parishioners outside of the neighborhood.”


“Finding 6: There are no mature and effective examples of asset-based community

development efforts in Central Florida. Every community expert interviewed, most of which were Christian, cited the

secular work of Northwestern University researchers McKnight and Kretzmann as

an essential resource for transforming distressed communities. Their approach is

asset-based and happens from the inside out. There are mature and effective

examples of this approach working in other parts of the country but none exist in

Central Florida. There are Community Development Corporations, Neighborhood

Associations, and community groups of all kinds in Central Florida but none have

had the fortitude or capacity to bring holistic transformation to their

neighborhoods. A major factor contributing to the lack of influence of these

groups is a culture of service that is heavily geared towards providing relief and

betterment services. Relief and betterment services fixate on short-term gains and

as these gains have become the expected norm, there is little patience for

alternatives, even when these short-term gains have not translated into measurable

transformation of distressed communities.”


Theological

"SWC focused on three themes in the Bible – the kingdom of God, the image of God, and

the covenants of God with his people. These three broad themes inform our mandate to

seek the welfare (or “shalom”) of the place where we are and champion the dignity that is inherent in all people because of God. The Bible tells the story of God’s action in the

world and his desire to be known throughout the world. Genesis 3 tells of humanity’s

lapse into sin and the need for redemption. The hope of the gospel is first seen in Genesis

3:15 with the promise that evil will be vanquished. The good news of the gospel is

redemption from the guilt and misery of our sin, reconciling us to God and to each other.

Redemption of the world itself is also promised.” “Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), a Dutch theologian and prime minister of the Netherlands

between 1901 and 1905, emphasized the need for the entire world to be transformed for

the sake of the gospel. In an inaugural address at the dedication of the Free University, he

said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”63 Kuyper did not believe that most models of personal charity were sufficient to alleviate poverty. He believed a large scale social change was needed in his day. Says Kuyper, “If Christians are to contribute to the alleviation of poverty, they will need to develop a comprehensive Christian social philosophy. Starting with anything less than an integral Christian vision will only lead away from the truth of God’s creation order and his sovereignty in history.” 64”


“The postmillennial idealism of many early American Christians drove

them to seek social progress. One of American’s greatest theologians, Jonathan Edwards was outspoken about the responsibility of Christians to be generous to the poor. Later in the history of the United States, many Christians became increasingly pietistic in their theology. Instead of seeking societal transformation as part of the spread of the gospel, much of American theology started to emphasize heavily a personal relationship with Christ and a life of personal holiness.”


“In the early part of the twentieth century, a large debate ensued between fundamentalists and theological liberals. Theological liberalism tended to embrace modernism and a Western utopianism and allowed higher criticism of the Bible. Fundamentalists stood their ground in defense of Biblical inerrancy and against modernistic ideas that threatened it. The so-called “social gospel” was birthed out of liberal Protestantism and was often associated with socialism and evolution. The Fundamentalists reacted strongly against the social gospel which underemphasized the need for individual salvation in favor of a broader, social salvation.66 The debate led to what has been called the “Great Reversal” in the early part of the twentieth century. Conservative churches, according to Robert Linder, retreated “from active social involvement into private prayer and personal evangelism.”67”


“During the last few decades, many evangelicals have been calling for a more holistic

understanding of the Church’s call in the world. The debate between fundamentalism and liberalism led to many one-sided views of the Church’s call. Many on either side of the issue mistakenly believed that they must choose between spiritual redemption and social redemption. In reality, the Church is called to both. The gospel is good news of holistic redemption that includes forgiveness of sins and redemption of our souls as well as redemption of our bodies and this world.”


“Gentrification is a common concern among those who study the urban environment. A

generation or two ago, well-off Americans left cities in droves to new and bustling

suburbs. The cities were left with mostly poor families. However, this trend is reversing

throughout the United States. Gentrification is the new trend. Merriam-Webster defines

gentrification as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx oF middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer residents.”68”


“Many central cities have been economically revitalized by this process, but devastating

effects often accompany the progress. The poorer residents who are displaced are often

scattered throughout the suburbs, where they are forced to start over with little sense of

belonging to a community and often without the public services they have depended upon in the city. Government officials have also seen positive results by providing tax incentives for businesses to revitalize districts without completely displacing the lower-income residents as well as tax incentive for mixed income housing.”


“Bob Lupton has coined the phrase “gentrification with justice”69 to describe development That seeks the best interests of all parties concerned. This is a business and development Friendly approach that seeks creative ways to champion the interests of the poor while simultaneously building vibrant businesses. This approach, coupled with the highly substantiated Kretzmann and McKnight70 work on asset-based community development discussed in the Best Practices section of this report, forms the backbone of the socioeconomic framework.”


“To date, over 300 people from 15 churches have gone through the study. Components of it have been used to instruct non-profit leaders, volunteers, and community-minded business people. It should be formally published and utilized for various audiences. It is also recommended that other white papers, articles, and studies continue to be published as new findings are discovered and the need arises.”


“Mobilization of the Church”


“Brave leadership is required to mobilize the church to become involved in activities that

truly strengthen the city, leadership that values quality over quantity and commitment

over short-term successes. There is a large Christian population in the Orlando area. We

have the opportunity to leverage the body of Christ to further the peace and prosperity of Central Florida like few other places on earth. We also have the responsibility to do so. If the church is going to play a vital role in the transformation of the distressed communities of Central Florida, then our common call to action will have to lead to unity rather than to competitive positioning to acquire the largest congregations in the area. Many do not think it is possible for the church to make such choices. We assert that brave leadership can indeed forge a new path where the body of Christ leads the way to healing in our most distressed communities and inspires others to join the cause.”


“Mobilizing the church must be done in a way that does not impose an outside vision or

damage the community which means that leadership must not only inspire others to

action but to the most helpful action. This is mediated by building relationships with the

indigenous leaders within the communities and bringing the church into relationship with those leaders to support them, as well as sharpening their perceptions of assets, dignity, commitment, humility, and other principles of transformation through tools such as Dignity Serves. Many of these leaders do not occupy organizational or institutional

positions of leadership but are well-respected within the community and should be

learned from and supported.”


KELLER/POLIS LGBT/CREATIVE CLASS INCLUSION COMPONENT - RICHARD FLORIDA - CITY LAB


NOTE: No other voice in urban development is more important to keep pro LGBTQ+ policy at the cutting edge of and driving Urban focus and funding than Richard Florida. Keller RTS and CRU ORLANDO “City Reaching ” have Richard Florida’s ideology as a major factor in its SWC plan.


RICHARD FLORIDA’S WORK WITH LGBTQ+ ORG HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX


“In today’s world, cities must compete for business and brain power. Research shows that to do this, they must treat their LGBT citizens with dignity and respect. Acclaimed Professor Richard Florida authored the forward for the MEI. Professor Florida is a pioneer in research into how the nurturing of a “creative class” (entrepreneurs, artists and architects, researchers, scientists, engineers, and other professionals) creates prosperous, economically competitive cities.”


POLIS INSTITUTE AND CRU/KELLER /RTS WORK WITH FLORIDA IDEOLOGY IN ORLANDO


“Richard Florida

Richard Florida is Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University

School of Public Policy. Prior to 2005, he taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s

Heinz School. Florida is best known for developing the concept of the creative

class and studying its effects on urban regeneration.84”

“The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure,

Community and Everyday Life (Basic Books, 2002)


  • Creative capital is the ability of people to create, innovate, and invent new things and new ways of doing things.

  • Richard Florida has witnessed creative capital, not social capital, driving economic growth.

  • Orlando ranked 38/49 in large regions based on percentage of creative class in workforce (28%).

  • Orlando has a huge percentage of service class workers, topped only by West Palm Beach and Las Vegas.

  • “My conclusion was that rather than being driven exclusively by companies, economic growth was occurring in places that were tolerant, diverse, and open to creativity- because these were places where creative people of all types wanted to live” (pg. 82). Found on page 80 of STWC Report .”


KELLER/POLIS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRESSIVES


LIBERAL RON SIDER - ECONOMIC JUSTICE COMPONENT


Ronald Sider

Ron Sider obtained his Master of Divinity and PhD in History from Yale

University. He is well-known for his work which encourages the church to

actively and radically care for the needs of the poor. He has authored over 28

books and 100 articles in religious and secular magazines on various topics. In

October 2006, Christianity Today listed his book, Rich Christians in the Age of

Hunger, as seventh in “The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals”.86 He

is founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action.87


Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America (Baker, 1999)

Sider begins with a description of what poverty looks like, and what causes it,

particularly in America. He lays out a Biblical foundation for empowering the

poor and gives a strategy for doing so that includes efforts from church, business,

government, and schools. He has a balanced view of what justice ought to look

like in society, and his overarching premise is that all individuals should have

access, both by law and in reality, to the resources they need, that if used

responsibly, will enable them to and to earn a decent living and to be dignified

participants in the community. All entities in society are jointly responsible to

allow that to happen. Sider describes the importance of employment and income,

family, health care, education, and welfare in a just society.


BOB LUPTON/RAY BAKKE LONGTIME LEADERSHIP NETWORK PARTNERS


“Bob Lupton

Bob Lupton is founder of FCS Urban Ministries, a community development

organization. After beginning his career in business, Lupton and his family

moved to inner-city Atlanta, heeding the call to work with urban neighborhoods

and families. For the past 34 years, Lupton has worked as a Christian community

developer and entrepreneur, bringing together communities of resource with

communities of need. Through FCS, he has developed 3 mixed-income

subdivisions, organized 2 multi-racial congregations, started several businesses,

created housing for a multitude of families, and initiated a range of community

services in his community.88”


“Ray Bakke- Ray Bakke is currently academic dean, distinguished professor of global

urban ministry and chairman of the Board of Regents at Bakke Graduate University

of Ministry. He is founder of International Urban Associates, a network of over 100

urban-based church and mission leaders in many of the largest cities of the world.

Twenty years of his career were spent as a pastor to inner-city churches in Chicago

and Seattle. He has taught at Trinity College, McCormick Theological Seminary,

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He served as a consultant in cities across the world and has authored several books,

including A Theology as Big as the City and Street Signs: A New Direction in Urban

Ministry. 89 A phone consultation with Ray Bakke in June 2006 produced the

following information which initiated the research phase of the SWC project:”


POLIS RTS- SWC BRAINTRUST TIM KELLER


Tim Keller-


“Tim Keller is currently pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in

New York City. He previously served as a Presbyterian Church in America

pastor in Virginia and as a faculty member at Westminster Seminary in

Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, he and his wife became involved in urban

ministry, including evangelistic outreach to Muslims and a ministry to individuals

with AIDS. He also served as a consultant to a local Christian Service

81 Organization that provided literary education, job training, and job placement to

unemployed and underemployed people in the city.91 An initial meeting with Tim

Keller in October 2006 yielded the following information which guided the

project aims of the SWC research project:


  1. Investment in the city of Orlando will be a long-term endeavor- “If you could turn a neighborhood from poor to middle-upper class, it would take 10-20 years of careful investment into the community.”

  2. Concentrate your resources on the neighborhood and look for hidden elders of the community- Empower/partner with the neighborhood. You must have some middle class people who know how to move into the neighborhood.

  3. Employ those who live in the neighborhood in order to have an impact on your immediate environment. These individuals will often be women.

  4. Operate on the principle of gleaning- “Make less and have others make what you could have made.”

  5. Make sure you are giving a community what they are asking for; you must get the leaders onboard with what you want to give them otherwise your efforts will fail.

  6. Focus on specific goals- Choose 2-3 indicators (i.e. drop-out rate) by doing a word study. Define your indicators/categories by way of Scripture.

  7. Partner with existing ministries which have been started in faith but have little kind of structure or acumen. Find people with expertise to help run these ministries. (This can become difficult, because it often turns reveals racial and class tensions).

  8. Concentrate on Protestant churches but also work with Catholic churches. There should be no theological problem in working with Catholics.”


SWC NATIONAL PARTNER LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS CELEBRATES SWC IN THE WORK OF KELLER’S NYC BASED/GLOBAL REDEEMER CITY TO CITY


AGAIN CONSIDER THAT CITY TO CITY IS LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS CELEBRATED SUCCESS STORY


CCIC FEATURED PROJECT: FROM CHARITY TO CHANGE


“The faith community is a potential force for massive social change – yet it is often fragmented, operating in silos, and desperately needing to align and integrate its efforts with the wider community. In New York City alone there are over 8,500 places of worship, and more than 35,000 nonprofits in the city employ more than 600,000 people. Yet, as is the case across America, most of these churches and nonprofits work independently, often unaware of each other and often attempting to reach the same children and families in need.”


“Over the past two years, Openfields and Leadership Foundations have worked closely with Redeemer City to City (CTC) to develop an innovative training program to help church planters, rising church leaders, and church collaboratives reimagine how congregations can invest in long-term community change. Now, through the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, we are further developing the program with New York Theological Seminary and poised to distribute it through the LF network and beyond.”


“The vision for this project is for churches, independently and collectively, to employ or support community-based “Routers” as a means of accomplishing collaborative, integrative ministry for the renewal of their surrounding communities. We call this program From Charity to Change.”


KELLER IS NOT PROVIDING GOSPEL FOCUS BUT DRIVING SOCIAL CHANGE


https://web.archive.org/web/20170506051340/http://www.civilitasgroup.org/uploads/7/8/1/6/78160154/civilitas_vsp_paper.utv.pdf


“In a city like New York, this would include Christian leaders

like Tim Keller, Cardinal Dolan, Gabriel Salguero, A.R. Bernard,

and Rich Mouw. The cultural elite would be represented by people

like journalist and presidential aide, George Stephanopoulos; New

York Times writer, David Brooks; the president of New York

University; the chief of police; the superintendent of public schools

and the mayor. ”


Strategy

“Civilitas will seek to build a national network of Christian

leaders and cultural elites from among select cities across the

country. Through the Civil Conversations and through the

networks and dialogues that develop, Civilitas will also work to

identify key issues that are of paramount importance for the

common good of our culture.

Such issues will likely include the welfare of our children,

the crisis in our public schools, the prevalence of violence in our

society, the breakdown of family and community life, and cultural

cohesion and the future of democracy in an increasingly diverse

population”


SEVEN STEP STRATEGY


Five “Implement the process of collaboration on projects that

meet needs while also building trusting relationships.

During the time of making progress towards civility, our

Civilitas Theory of Social Change – developed in

partnership with sociologists at Princeton, Yale, and

UVA – will be used to guide and refine the actual

practice and progress of change.”


ANOTHER REDEEMER CITY TO CITY PARTNER


A partner with Keller and Leadership Foundations is Openfields in NYC.


“The future is open.

Openfields helps organizations translate big ideas and complex information into actionable strategies for growth and engagement.”


“Services: Insights to drive impact.

We develop agile strategies and creative programs based on insights into organizational culture, data, and trends shaping our economy and society.”


“Learning & Research

Seeing the past, present, and future more clearly in order to drive more effective decisions today.”


+ Organizational Assessments

+ Curated Research

+ Trends Analysis

+ Data Analysis & Visualization

+ Measuring Performance & Impact


“Vision & Strategy

Translating learning into agile plans for organizations to grow, manage change, and prepare for the future. ”


+ Visioning Workshops

+ Strategic Planning

+ Scenario Planning

+ Business Modelling

+ Expert Roundtables


“Design & Implementation

Developing dynamic programs to increase learning, maximize engagement, and accelerate growth. ”


+ Custom Learning Programs

+ Program Design

+ Network Design

+ Brand & Communications

+ Coaching & Team Development


Portfolio: Experience our work.

“We ask questions, dive into data, invite people to the table, generate ideas, imagine the future, test and learn, launch initiatives, host events, train teams, and pay attention to every detail.”

“The organizations we support.


We’ve helped large and small corporations, universities, philanthropies, local and national non-profits, faith-based and arts organizations from South Carolina to Atlanta, DC, New York, Boston, and Palo Alto.”


INTERESTING PARTNERS FOR “GOSPEL ” WORK.

WHERE DOES IT GO FROM HERE ?


Keller’s work is global. It has massive financial backing. It is either the work of the Kingdom or it is totally antithetical to it.


Which is it ? The Believer today in a church under the influences of The Gospel Coalition

and Tim Keller – those who use his books as discipleship tools or curriculum and especially those who fall into the “donor class” in Keller’s “Generosity Movement ” must decide for themselves .


Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bearwitness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all. John 18:33-38


Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written:


MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,

THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS

AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS

OF THE EARTH.


I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. Revelation 17:1-6

This article was originally posted on Thomas Littleton's thirtpiecesofsilver.org. This was reposted with permission.

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