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Ministries Of Mercy-2nd Edition [Paperback]

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Pages   236
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1997
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  0875522173  
EAN  9780875522173  

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This book builds a biblical foundation for works of service to the church and to the world at large.

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Timothy J. Keller

Dr. Timothy Keller is founder and pastor of New York s Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Over the past 20 years, the church has grown to five services at three sites, with a weekly attendance of over 5,000. Named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Churches in America, Keller s ministry is notable not only for winning over New Yorkers who are skeptical to faith, but also for its missional approach, planting more than 100 churches though Redeemer City to City. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods. He blogs at Redeemer City to City.
John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Faith & Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You ve Always Wanted; Everybody s Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You ve Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge.
Mark Mitchell joined the staff at Central Peninsula Church in 1986 and now serves as Lead Pastor. After graduating from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, he attended Scribe School at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California from 1979 to 1981. He also holds an MA in Church History from Denver Seminary (1987) and a Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Mark has published two books: Portrait of Integrity: The Life of Ray C. Stedman and The Power of His Presence.
Mark Buchanan lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Adam, Sarah, and Nicola. He is a pastor and the author of four other books, The Rest of God, Your God is Too Safe, Things Unseen, and The Holy Wild.


Timothy J. Keller was born in 1950.

Timothy J. Keller has published or released items in the following series...
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A Good Resource for a Missional Church  Jan 3, 2007
There's a lot of books out there on being missional. Most of them laud the theory of being missional. This one provides a good example (on a local and urban scale) of how to move toward being missional. Keller provides a strong theological case and some practical examples of how to live out ones faith.
Keller Hits a Homerun!!!  Dec 27, 2006
Real religion is more than doctrinal orthodoxy; it has to do with how we show mercy in the same way that we have been shown mercy. The Parable of the Good Samaritan serves as our springboard into this study of the doctrine and practice of ministries of mercy. These two elements of doctrine and practice form the two pillars that serve as the outline of the book. Following a typical Pauline approach, the first half of the book sets forth the basic doctrinal foundation of Mercy Ministries. The latter half of the book then put doctrine to practice in a series of hands-on strategies and tactics that can be utilized to mobilize a Mercy Ministry within a church.

Criticizing this book would be a bit like attacking motherhood and apple pie. Keller gives an excellent balance as he shows that Mercy Ministries are not meant to replace the preaching of the Gospel, but that the message of the Gospel without the accompanying ministry of mercy is an incomplete message. Word and deed, mercy and evangelism are inseparable, existing in a symbiotic, interdependent relationship (Page 111). At the same time, he is careful not to confuse word and deed as has been done by some modern ecumenicals.

In the practical section of the book, he gives tactics that would be useful both to the layman as well as to the pastor and church officer. These include actual strategies for priming, preparing and cultivating a church to enter into the work of Mercy Ministries.

"God requires a love that cannot be required. Mercy is commanded, but it must not be in response to the command. Rather it is a response to the mercy of God that we have received. We are merciful because we have been shown mercy" (Page 62). "Orthodoxy without social concern is not orthodoxy" (Page 114).
Helpful teaching tool  Mar 20, 2006
I use this book to lead a small group at my church. Keller does an excellent job breaking down the principles and then explaining how to apply the principles both individually and corporately. The teachings are very solid and trustworthy and Keller's focus on the need for balance (of word & deed, lifestyle choices, etc) is stressed throughout the book.
neither right nor left but out in front with Christ Jesus  Jan 19, 2006
i come to the book as part of a directed study that ought to result in a Sunday School class on the issues of "the ministries of mercy in the Christian Church".
This book is designed to be the answer to a set of questions about the conservative Church with it's accent on evangelism and how it strikes a balance as it condemns the liberal wing of the Church for it's accent on the social gospel perhaps to the neglect of evangelism and holy living.

This book is in two pieces: Principles and Practice (orthodoxy and orthopraxis), or why Christians ought to be good Samaritans and how to be genuine mercy bearers/witnesses.
Frankly, i am uninterested in practice except as it illumines ideas, so i will give the 2nd 1/2 less than it deserves in this review, that's just me. The author is fully aware that the two:thought and deed can not really be separated into nice watertight compartments, nor should they, for in doing so you loose something important.

It is written to intelligent laypeople who might be in a classroom at their local church working on the issues, or part of a small group interested in doing mercy ministries, the book is suitable and directed towards both needs and goes it's job well. Part information, part motivation, part analysis, part this-is-what-works, it's a good read, from the pen of someone who actually knows and does what he is talking about.

The book begins with the parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10, it is the dominant metaphor of the book, this Call of the Jericho Road. Keller reminds us that the parable is the answer to the question: "what must i do to inherit eternal life?" He points out the two areas of responsibility: personally and corporately, thus in the introduction trying to counter the usual private vs public sin division that conservatives/liberal fall into. This is like much of the book, neither right nor left but like the Green's motto, out in front. He explicitly denies later that the Church ought to associate itself as an ally with either Right or Left in politics but remain faithful to God (pg 26).
Three lines of thought are introduced: the necessity of mercy, the scope of mercy, and the motivation of mercy, a triad that continues throughout the book, informing and organizing his writing to a great extent. From the introduction he explains mostly through the use of examples, rather than preaching or deep theorizing, it looks to be a personal commitment to put a face to his thoughts, to learn from those he has ministered to, to remember the lessons by faces rather than phrases.

Chapter 1: The Call to Mercy
Why? because mercy is a test, a test of the genuineness of our faith in God (pg 39)
Chapter 2: The Character of Mercy
Because of the Fall we are alienated from God, this causes alienation from self, from others, from nature.
The Church, as the agent of the coming and partly here Kingdom of God, is the holder of the deed ministry, putting into actions the words of Scripture in our lives, into our neighbors'.
Chapter 3: The Motivation of Mercy
Generosity and an incarnational lfestyle are the reflection of the love and joy felt at being saved by Christ.
4: Giving and Keeping: A Balanced Lifestyle
Simple living, contentment, calling and how wealth is to be used.
"Be sure your giving cuts into your own lifestyle so that some of the burden of the needy falls on you. (pg 78)
not a proponent of the false gospel of prosperity by any means!!
5:The Church and the World: A Balanced Focus
circles of closeness: family, church, state and circles of need: neighbors, strangers and enemies
6: Conditional and Unconditional: a Balanced Judgement
the two sides of mercy, the deeper involvement, let mercy limit mercy
7:Word and Deed: a Balanced Testimony
Probably the chapter to read in a bookstore to see if you want to read the whole book.
word and deed are interdependent, word is more radical and basic, but words often need the authentication that deeds can provide.

The second half of the book is practical instructions to both individuals and to local churches on how to put these principles into good practice.

thanks for reading this review. if you can help with further material on the topic of "ministry of mercy" please email me at
False Teaching of the Worst Sort  Oct 17, 2005
Ministries of Mercy by Timothy Keller is unbiblical and filled with false teaching. The book advocates worldly wisdom of the worst sort: Political and economic extremism of the left. Below are just a few examples (references are to the 2nd edition, 1997):

p. 68 references Ronald Sider, who is notorious for his Marxist interpretation of Christianity, for the view that "all income over $14,850 (1977 dollars) for a family of five should be given away." Further on, it is noted "Sider urges families to live communally."
This is mentioned with no criticism. This is important, because later Keller will criticize someone who disagrees with Sider. Why doesn't Keller criticize someone known for his Marxist views?

pp. 70-71 quotes John Wesley for the view that "any Christian who has more than the `plain necessaries of life lives in an open, habitual denial of the Lord; he has gained riches and hellfire.'"
Again, this sort of extremism is mentioned with no criticism. Keller will go on to criticize Christians who give other views. Why doesn't Keller say this is the wrong kind of teaching to give on the subject?

p. 71 He correctly quotes David Chilton, who opposed Ronald Sider, as stating "God's simple requirement is that we give ten percent of our income; once we have paid that, we know that no more is demanded."
Keller then gives a critique by stating, "No one, this view states, no matter how rich, can be required to give more than a tithe." If this sounds negative, it is. Keller will give a more explicit criticism on p. 75.
Chilton was not saying that we are only accountable to God for ten percent of our income. He knew that an individual is accountable to God for how he uses all his wealth. But look at the title of Chilton's book: Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt-Manipulators. His statement was designed to protect us from ministers and teachers like Timothy Keller who want to demand more from us than the tithe. Chilton was saying the law of the tithe protects us from earthly authorities who want more.

p. 75 "How can a man who makes a million dollars a year spend $900,000 on his home, wardrobe, and possessions in light of 1 Timothy 6, Hebrews 13:5, and Galatians 6:2? Appealing to the tithe law as a basis for such behavior is a form of Phariseeism."
Keller here explicitly criticizes and dismisses Chilton's view. It is obvious that by throwing Sider's and Wesley's extremist views in our faces and never criticizing them, but then giving a quick quote from someone who disagrees and then dismissing it, he is advocating the extremist views. He will even use one of the extremist views in his discussion questions on p. 78.
He claims that using the tithe law is a "form of Phariseeism," in other words, legalism. Since when is it legalism to use the law of God? It is the misuse of the law of God that the Pharisees were guilty of. What is wrong with basing our beliefs on the law of God? It not only restrains our behavior as individuals, it is meant to protect us. Remember the title of Chilton's book.

p. 78 The first discussion question for the chapter is for people to discuss what they think about Ronald Sider's views (he was the one who wants to devise a maximum income and who advocates communal living).
Why is this being used as a discussion question? Why isn't some quotation critical of that view used as a discussion question? It is obvious that Keller's book is driving us toward the extremist views, not toward something based on biblical law, and not toward something in between.

The above examples are just from the first 80 pages! More egregious errors run throughout the book. And Keller by no means thinks his ideas should be just voluntary. On pp. 176, 177, and 189 he comes out against the thought that his ideas on "social morality" should be voluntary, and he wants at least some of them to be the result of changes in the legal and political systems. This is a terrible book.

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