what would Keller do
We’ve all had situations where someone let’s us down and doesn’t come through with fulfilling a responsibility. This is all the more exacerbated in a church context when a pastor/ leader / coach is overseeing volunteers, and has to breach the subject of a difficult conversation. Grace in the City noted this brilliant disarming remark:
“I’ll tell you the first thing you do,” he said. “The first thing you do is forgive them.”
That’s not what I was expecting him to say. But it’s right on.
And then what? I’d love to know what the rest of the steps are!
On a separate but related note, I heard 3rd hand about Tim Keller‘s reading habits, allegedly revealed during a Q&A session at Gordon-Conwell’s 2006 National Preaching Conference. He reads magazines regularly, and book summaries and reviews like those found in Books & Culture. This quelled the rumors of the notion that he’s a voracious reader of many books; he certainly does a splendid job at understanding the mainstream cultural narrative and deconstructs it with Gospel-centered preaching.