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Sunday church in Manhattan?

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Whoever would go there?

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Pastor Timothy Keller offers portraits of 3 members of the church he started in 1989 and now has almost 6000 weekly attendees¹.

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To meet

June,

Jeffrey,

and Kelly,

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use the DOOR.

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   June was a graduate of an Ivy League university, living and working in Manhattan.

   She became so obsessed with her physical image that she developed eating disorders and substance addictions. She came to see that she was heading for self-destruction, but she also realized that she had no particular reason to stop being reckless with her life. After all, what did her life mean? Why not be self-destructive? She turned to church and sought an understanding of God’s mercy and an experience of his reality. She saw a counselor at the church who helped her draw a connection between the mercy of God and her seemingly inexhaustible need for acceptance. Finally she had the confidence to seek an encounter with God himself. Though she can’t pinpoint one moment, she came to feel, for the first time, “unconditionally loved as a true daughter of God.” Gradually she received freedom from her self-destructive behavior.

   In our next two posts we’ll let you see how Christ and his church affected the lives of two very different New Yorkers.

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   ¹ Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (Dutton, 2008, Kindle version). Keller, educated at Bucknell, Gordon-Conwell, and Westminster Theological Seminary and a pastor from Hopewell, Virginia, felt called to go to Manhattan to start a church in 1989. As of 2008, his church, Redeemer Presbyterian, has nearly 6000 weekly attendees at five services, as well as a “host” of daughter churches, and is planting churches in large cities throughout the world. June’s story is cited verbatim from Keller’s book.