Susan Wunderink, at Christianity Today, interviews popular evangelical author and speaker, Tim Keller (from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC), about his ministry and the challenges involved in presenting Christianity (HT: Justin Taylor). It’s brief, but worth a read.
Particularly useful is his discussion of relevancy and the importance of truth:
C. S. Lewis says somewhere not to believe in Christianity because it’s relevant or exciting or personally satisfying. Believe it because it’s true. And if it’s true, it eventually will be relevant, exciting, and personally satisfying. But there will be many times when it’s not relevant, exciting, and personally satisfying. To be a Christian is going to be very, very hard. So unless you come to it simply because it’s really the truth, you really won’t live the Christian life, and you won’t get to the excitement and to the relevance and all that other stuff.
If you haven’t run across his book The Reason for God and lack financial impediment (but thats no excuse, really) – grab it. Keller’s book evinces an agile and deeply thought out response to the climate of doubt that abounds today. It has resonated with both believers and those of a skeptical outlook (I believe it rose as high as seventh on the NY Times best seller list in April). Further information about the book, with some useful media and articles, is available at the book’s website.