What It Takes to Worship Well
It isn't easy being Reformed on Madison Avenue. Just ask Presbyterian pastor and former Westminster Seminary professor Tim Keller. Four years ago, despite the difficulties, he planted a church in midtown Manhattan, and today Redeemer Presbyterian Church effectively reaches students, office workers, corporate executives, and intelligentsia.
Keller's office, on the twelfth floor of a Madison Avenue high-rise, is wedged between the skyscrapers of New York's famous skyline. And just a five-minute cab ride from the office, the congregation meets for worship three times each Sunday in the auditorium of Hunter College. Its 11:00 a.m. service, rich in liturgy and classical music, attracts a crowd as ethnically and spiritually diverse as any Broadway musical. Its 6:30 p.m. contemporary service could be mistaken for a Broadway musical.
That contrast prompted Leadership Journal editors Dave Goetz and Marshall Shelley to brave the January slush one Sunday to worship there. At ten minutes ...1