A look back on the people that influenced and impacted my life in 2010.
Previously on the Hatter’s Dozen: People
12. Dr. Jerry Root
9. Tony Hsieh
8. Roddy Chong
7. Joshua Becker
6. Scott Harrison
5. Silicon Prairie News
4. Core Community
3. Chuck Klosterman
2. Joe Posnanski
The book, Counterfeit Gods, was one of the best books I’ve read in recent memory. I think in twenty-five years I’ll still be recommending this book. How many books can you say that about? Not many. So many are flash in the pans, especially Christian books, but Keller’s work is long-lasting.
I was familiar with Keller before 2010, but this year I delved into his work. I read Counterfeit Gods, I led two different studies on the book, and I listened to countless sermons of his. Every time I listened to one of his sermons, I appreciated how he unpacked the scripture he was preaching about.
I admire how he is going strong in a culture (New York City), and amongst an audience (urban professionals), that ordinarily would not look to a sixty-year old orthodox pastor.
He shuns the evangelical label because of the stereotypes with it. He does what he can to not let anything get in the way of the gospel message he preaches.*
*Two sermons of his that enforce this are Arguing About Politics and Can Faith Be Green.
He started Redeemer Church, when he was almost 40, after two others had passed on the offer. The church started with 50 people, it now has over 5,000. The attendance numbers are nice, but I like the fact he was the third choice amongst his leadership.
Keller has been in ministry for decades, and to my knowledge there is not a hint of controversy with him. He is a committed husband and father, and I’m guessing he’s more proud of that than any ministry success.
I mentioned before that, with writing, I hope to have the impact that Joe Posnanski has. While that would be nice, I’d much prefer to have the kind of impact on people’s lives that Timothy Keller has made over the years.