Tim Keller answers many difficult questions on Christianity from journalist Martin Bashir (Veritas) (essential lecture)

At Columbia University- 1/2 hour questions by MSNBC journalist Martin Bashir and then questions and answer session from Columbia University students. Very important and thoughtful questions answered wisely by Tim Keller.

Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons,  answers many difficult questions on Christianity – and speaks from his book ‘The Reason for God’. Tim Keller is questioned by Martin Bashir (MSNBC) who also gave Rob Bell (Love wins author that stirred controversy with his open ended questions on Universalism) a tough interview for MSNBC.

Redeemer Church is „one of Manhattan’s most vital congregations,” according to Christianity Today [12/04 Tim Keller started a Church Planting Center in 2001, and its phone has not stopped ringing since. He is committed to the church planting movement and ‘entering the culture’s stories and retelling them with the gospel’.” Redeemer’s vision is to spread the gospel, first through ourselves and then through the city by word, deed, and community; To bring about personal changes, social healing, and cultural renewal through a movement of churches and ministries that change New York City and through it, the world

There is a  second video lecture given at PennU (niversity) in 2008 where Tim Keller discusses ‘The Reasons for God’ (58 minutes) hosted on the Westminster Theological Seminary site.

From the Veritas Forum at Veritas.org

18 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. Gabi Bogdan
    mart. 23, 2011 @ 21:56:18

    It was a pleasure listening to this video.
    He kind of.. punted on some difficult questions
    I would have had one follow up question to his true statement that someone goes to hell ONLY for not believing the Gospel: Can you believe the Gospel, and than believe that homosexuality is not a sin, and still make it to heaven?

    The reason the Lord talked more about the sin of greed than the sin of homosexuality, is for greed is natural to every human being. The other one, not so.

    Anyway , interesting questions and very good answers.

    • rodi
      mart. 23, 2011 @ 22:40:02

      Tim Keller is certainly a man of God whom we will continue to learn from, for a long time to come. I think it’s probably not that easy to field questions on these most important issues, but he is getting real good at anticipating objections and addressing them. Again, a great man of God, we are blessed with. I’m sure Keller will probably delve into these issues deeper as time progresses, and we-ll hear about it.

  2. SoCalGal
    mart. 28, 2011 @ 03:51:33

    The reason Bashir was “successful” in this so called interview (I call it an ambush using the power of the media) is that people enjoy judging and labeling amd Bashir is a master at that. Was he unbiased and objective as a journalist should be? No. Sure, he knows the American Evangelical movement’s theology backwards and forwards. Whether he has embraced it as his own belief system is another matter. I personally don’t believe Bashir is a saved person because his journalism is rife with unethical practices. Then again, it’s not my place to judge; Bashir will answer one day. When that day comes, I wouldn’t want to be him.
    Bashir-watchers know all about Bashir’s Andrew Breitbart techniques. Indeed, Bashir invented them. Watch…
    Viewed side-by-side, it’s easy to see why the outtakes of Bashir’s interview with Michael Jackson were a key component in Mr. Jackson’s acquittal. The jurors saw, as the public did not, Bashir’s deceit and duplicity. Bashir told Paul Edwards that his career as a journalist has been “injured” by his claimed pursuit of the truth. Do you see the truth in Bashir’s documentary when compared to the outtakes?

    • rodi
      mart. 28, 2011 @ 09:13:52

      Thanks for your comment. I can’t figure out what Martin Bashir really believes either. But, as a journalist, I think he is just doing his job, maybe a little/lot too zealously.(In the Jackson tapes he seems to be doing more of a fluff piece and I was surprised that he could actually be gentle-maybe he was star-struck?)

      As Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary said-Christians must be prepared to answer the tough questions that are posed.I think Bashir is a good person for Christians to sharpen their rhetorical ax on. And to that end, Martin Bashir is doing the Evangelicals a huge favor, by being tough. Tim Keller, who I think had phenomenally answered Martin Bashir, even using anticipatory answers to cover all the bases of a one point question probably had a welath of thoughts as to how he will address issues even more effectively, after this encounter.. Knowing the questions put forth, whether coming from non believers or believers can go a long way in helping us create fruitful dialougue on the Gospel.
      Now the Rob Bell interview is a whole ‘nother story. Rob Bell showed that he really didn’t do his homework and could not forcefully articulate why he seems to embrace universalism. He backtracked, which is Ok, everyone is allowed to think out loud and change their minds, however, not when they are a pastor of 10,000 and you just wrote a book that people assume you fiercely believe what you stated there. Bashir highlighted ambiguities that even Rob Bell didn’t know he had. I think Bashir was very helpful in highlighting the folly of universalism through that interview and for that and all the book’s implications -tied to real people’s eternal destiny, I am thankful. Maybe, somewhere down deep he provoked Bell to rethink his stance down the road?
      Truth should be able to stand up to intellectual (even when boorish) rigors. And as Christians we should be able to articulate a set of our beliefs, because this is the people group whom we are supposed to evangelize. I just saw a Paul Washer tweet that said- Young men spend an inordinate amount of time debating theological nuances, but who will go and preach to the unsaved? May God prompt us to learn to do so, because most of us are afraid to talk to nonbelievers because we might not know how to answer their objections. Easy fix-go to the internet and learn :-)Never before have we had so much information at our little pinkie’s disposal. For this, I am thankful and grateful to God almighty.

  3. SoCalGal
    mart. 28, 2011 @ 09:49:45

    rodi wrote: In the Jackson tapes he seems to be doing more of a fluff piece and I was surprised that he could actually be gentle-maybe he was star-struck?

    Clearly, you have never viewed „Living With Michael Jackson”–hardly a „fluff piece”–and, more importantly, you have never viewed „Living With Michael Jackson–Take Two.” You can view both here.


    • rodi
      mart. 28, 2011 @ 09:57:22

      I viewed 5 minutes of the first one and 3 minutes of the second Youtube clips. Maybe as a mother, I heard tenderness in Bashir’s voice, even when Michael said he rides his motorcycle in the halls of the Vegas Hotel, and Bashir said ‘Really?’
      Maybe, because I watched him pounce on Rob Bell and then try to do it with Tim Keller, that my viewing him with Jackson, I am astonished at a much more benign, toned down kind of questioning.
      But maybe too, I am not understanding your point about Bashir.

  4. J. Mason, New York, NY
    mart. 28, 2011 @ 12:14:12

    „I can’t figure out what Martin Bashir really believes either.”
    The answer is: Mr. Bashir believes in himself and his ability to persuade others to believe that he is a real journalist. His confidence stems from having escaped the transgressions he committed against his profession, and even being rewarded for them. Buoyed by what he sees as endless second chances, Bashir seeks new opportunities to expand his audience in venues previously untapped – same as a politician looking for new votes.

  5. SoCalGal
    mart. 28, 2011 @ 12:35:32

    rodi, if you can stomach an entire two hours of bad journalism, please view in full both „Living With Michael Jackson” and „Living With Michael Jackson–Take Two.” You’ll see the kind of unethical editing that actually earned Bashir awards from his peers in Britain while landing him on Britain’s 100 Most Hated List (which is why he came to the United States). During Mr. Jackson’s trial in 2005, Bashir invoked the journalism shield law several times while then calling his documentary „human interest stories”–all in a bid to avoid the obvious questions about his lack of journalist ethics.

    You do remember the Andrew Breitbart/Shirley Sherrod fiasco, don’t you?

    • rodi
      mart. 28, 2011 @ 15:39:45

      J. Mason and SoCalGal, I don’t disagree with you guys on the tactics of Martin Bashir or of what Breitbart did to Mrs. Sherrod or how he acted in his interviews. Yes, his tactics are bothersome, however, in the Rob Bell controversy, I think Bashir highlighted the uncomfortableness Rob Bell had with his own theolgical beliefs, which makes some of us question why he would write a book on something he is not sure of? He has every right to do so,but, we have every right to ignore him if he can’t defend his own position convincingly. If Bashir was questioning me, I’d probably go home and do some homework and learn to articulate what I really believe. An adversary can really help you understand yourself better sometimes better than friends who agree with you in everything.
      I don’t know what your guys perspective is in all this, so I may be answering the wrong question (which I am perceiving).
      SoCalGal- I’d rather not watch any more of Bashir or Michael Jackson if I can help it 🙂 butthanks for pointing out those videos. As I don’t watch too much TV, I had never heard of Mr Bashir till the Rob Bell interview.

  6. Sasha
    apr. 22, 2011 @ 07:00:07

    Martin Bashir is a Christian. He is interviewed about the Rob Bell interview and confirms he is a Christian. He attends the Church Tim Keller Pastors.
    Check out youtube – just type in Martin, Bashir, Edwards and you will find it.. It is 4 parts long and it is worth a listen.

    • rodi
      apr. 22, 2011 @ 12:12:26

      Sasha, thanks for the links, I will definitely listen to them this weekend. I did not know Bashir was Christian, let alone that he attends Tim Keller’s church. That makes it very interesting indeed.

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