Like the wounded man on the Jericho road, there are needy people in our path - the widow next door, the family strapped with medical bills, the homeless man outside our place of worship. God calls us to be ministers of mercy to people in need of shelter, assistance, medical care, or just friendship.
In Ministries of Mercy author Tim Keller demonstrates that caring for needy people is the job of every believer - not just church deacons - as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, nuture, and worship. But Keller doesn't stop there. He shows how we can carry out this vital ministry as individuals, families, and churches. Along the way, he deals perceptively with many thorny issues, such as the costs of meeting needs versus the limits of time and resources, giving material aid versus teaching responsibility, and meeting needs with the church versus those outside.
Keller demonstrates that caring for needy people is the job of every believernot just church deaconsand is as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, nurture, and worship.
Timothy J. Keller (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, and the author of the best seller The Reason for God. He previously was associate professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and director of mercy ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.
Ministries of Mercy is a solid piece of work, the best of its kind that I have yet seen. It is concrete, down-to-earth, spelling out in specific detail every phase of what Keller calls the ministry of mercy.