New Canaan Society w/Tim Keller

December 13, 2008

Chae taking it all in

Tim Keller spoke at Friday’s New Canaan Society breakfast meeting and asked the question “How can we handle suffering (at the hands of others) with grace and forgiveness?” He touched on themes raised in his book, The Reason for God, and used the story of Joseph to illustrate his points. The meeting was held at Woodway Country Club in Darien. Apparently, NCS is growing at a rapid clip. They are holding their annual retreat at the Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. You can check out their website for more details. A few highlights:

  • We do not sit in the seat of God, and so cannot judge. Adam and Eve got into trouble trying to be like God when they ate the forbidden fruit. We must allow God to be the judge.
  • Generational sin is real. Isaac showed favoritism to Esau. Jacob runs away and ends up showing favor to Joseph. Joseph gets sold into slavery. ‘Nuff said.
  • We intend evil, but God can use it for good. Not as simple as it sounds.
  • We forgive and reflect God’s love to those who have wronged us through God’s grace.
  • Jesus is the ultimate Joseph. He was wronged, experienced the suffering of man, and returned to the right hand of God to save the rest of us.
  • Unchecked optimism and unchecked pessimism create foolish behavior. The Gospel can integrate the two.
  • Great story about how Nixon’s illegal wiretapping led to a UK professor joining the Gordon Conwell teaching staff and influencing Keller’s Calvinist roots.

I believe there’s a closely related sermon Keller preached called ‘Discipline’ that’s available on the Redeemer website. It’s not the same thing but deals with the same passage from a different angle.


One Response to “New Canaan Society w/Tim Keller”

  1. Chae Says:

    In our area, NCS has chapters in Darien CT (founding chapter) as well as Norwalk, CT and Manhattan. They meet every 2 wks for breakfast at 6:30 followed by a time of worship and teaching.
    For the Darien event on Dec 12, there were about 150 men, with about 20 or so people being the first timers including me (chae) & David Kim.

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