A Pastor in the Big City

I was so excited to see Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church on the cover of Christianity Today ["How Tim Keller Found Manhattan," June]. Having grown up in New York, walking away from faith in college, being singularly driven by my professional career in my 20s, then realizing its emptiness and reconnecting with God in my 30s, I am one of those perfect fits at Redeemer.

Keller is the quintessential pastor for creative, smart, diversified, strong-willed New Yorkers with lots of questions about faith. Undoubtedly he is brilliant, but for New Yorkers, who instinctively can smell a scam a mile away, his authenticity is what is most remarkable and most believable.

Lis Ippolito
River Edge, New Jersey

Bravo to tim stafford for his fine piece on Tim Keller. Back in the early '90s, I volunteered with Redeemer's college ministry, leading a cell group at the School of Visual Arts. While I was attending a meeting at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Keller was invited to speak alongside the campus's Muslim minister. After the question-and-answer session, having seen my hand raised earlier in the evening, Keller craned his neck toward me and said, "Did you have a question, Kevin?" As if that were not enough, his follow-up was, "So, what have you been reading lately?"

Keller has a pastor's heart first and foremost, and it's encouraging to know he's training the next generation of urban pastors to carry on his legacy.

Kevin Daniels
Lakewood, Ohio

What to Do with Strangers

CT's June issue provided an excellent and important editorial on immigration ["Soul of the Border Crisis"]. Our legislators need to be about the work of forming a just, compassionate, and sensible immigration system, which ...

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