Timothy J. Keller: The Great Enemy



Tems of the world Christianity says there s evil than ou can account for in the world just from the cumulative effect of wrong individual choices And Mary Engelbreit (Leisure Arts you can attribute that evil to actual demonic forces Keller tells us that there is no avoiding evil good lives don t spareou from suffering as Jesus proved and advises us to use Christ s solution in dealing with temptation Our best defense in the fight against the influence of Satan s lies is generally not the production of incantations but the rehearsal of truth Christ responded to temptation with scripture and we should saturate ourselves in the bible so that we can too Certainly that is all sound advice but the book gives precious little information on the great enemy It tells ou a tactic or two he might use and that s it I was looking for and was disappointed In The Great Enemy Keller explores Matthew 3 Jesus s baptism and 4 His temptation He revels in the delight of the Father in Jesus in his baptism and therefore his delight in us as his sons and daughters This truth seems hard to believe when we experience pain suffering or sinKeller argues from Matthew 4 that Satan freuently attacks our status as sons and daughters of God He whispers doubtful words about God s delight in us For those of us who know in principle that we are adopted loved sons and daughters Satan wants us to slide back into a self image based on our moral performance our goodness and effort 186 of 618 He also points out how Jesus defeats these lies when Satan attacks him with Scripture He does this for our benefit because he could have defeated Satan with a single word Extremely practical Robustly Christ centered Entrenched in the Scriptures As with all these Encounters with Jesus series booklets they contain wonderful content but are too short for to be charged 199 for the Kindle format. Of The Reason for God explores the contrast between Jesus’ encounters with God and Satan He explains why evil is deeper nuanced and complex than we think and how we can confront and weaken its destructive force in our liv.

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Hough those things could contribute to the level of evil a person achieves but that we are inherently evil bc of our sin nature imputed to us through our union with the first Adam All in all this was a great little book and one that I could see myself re reading in the near futureTitle The Great EnemyAuthor Tim KellerPublisher Penguin Group Publishing 2013Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the Penguin Group Publishing book review bloggers program on NetGalley I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising This is the sixth book in Timothy Keller s Encounters with Jesus e book seriesKeller takes us in depth from the baptism and temptation of Jesus and then expands on ideas about SatanOne of the big ideas that everyone needs to know and understand comes from this book just because ou give Dragon Slayers Academy Set II your life to God does not meanour life will be safe The life of Christ some This is a short book a pamphlet really about the temptation of Christ in the desert Keller points out that humanism has left us with no way to cope with evil but to close our eyes to it However reality constantly interferes with this method As he explains Yet the systems they comprised were certainly evil Hannah Arendt saw this when she covered the trial of the Nazi death camp leader Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker She spoke there of the banality of evil The system was far evil and destructive than the thousands of fairly ordinary individuals who made it upThere s some kind of force out there that magnifies complicates and perpetuates the bad things that are happening in the social and psychological sys. The desert are two well known experiences of Christ et it is often forgotten that they go together In The Great Enemy Timothy Keller pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times bestselling author.

This is 6th in a series of short essays by Timothy Keller on the life of Christ He uses the passage in Matthew 3 and 4 for this essay Jesus is baptized then is sent to the wilderness for the three great temptations Keller points out that the temptation follows right after the baptism so this dispels the idea that Christians are somehow immune from enemy attack Jesus was not immune why should Christians beIn this volume he discusses Satan as the true form of evil improper notions of who Satan is and how to battle him Knowledge is power and knowing the Bible is the best defense against the evil one Knowing that Jesus has also been through trials and triumphed and is advocating for us is comforting as wellIt s all very good but these are uite short books Little than short story length at best Half the book was a sample chapter from Dr Keller s next book Every Great Endeavor I enjoyed this essay I know there are 10 in the series Perhaps they will all be combined into one volume when the series is finished uick essay with powerful reminders Assurance that those who are tempted are loved by God not abandoned Another great book by Keller in the Encounters With Jesus Series Keller does a great job dealing the nature of evil and the fact that just because a manwoman continually walks with God is wholly obedient to God s Word gives alms etc does not mean that they will be kept from facing evil and experiencing its effects in ones life In fact the God man Christ Jesus who continually walked with God who was wholly obedient to the Word being the Word Himself gave than any man before Him or since and was in fact constantly confronted with evil and its effects in the world around HimKeller makes sure to talk about the fact that evil is not the result of our surroundings nor the way the result of how a person was brought up Renowned pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller explores the nature of evil in the world with The Great Enemy the sixth entry in his Encounters with Jesus seriesThe baptism of Jesus and his temptation in.

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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameTimothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan which he started in 1989 with his wife Kathy and three young sons For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5000He is also Chairman of Redeem