The Premise of Tim Keller’s latest book, King’s Cross

As I flipped back through the marked-up pages of my copy of King’s Cross, by Tim Keller, I found one passage that described the Gospel and it’s relevance in an appropriately all-encompassing manner. In describing what King’s Cross is about, Keller pointed to

“the historical Christian premise that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection form the central event of cosmic and human history as well as the central organizing principle of our own lives. Said another way, the whole story of the world–and of how we fit into it–is most clearly understood through a careful, direct look at the story of Jesus. My purpose here is to show, through his words and actions, how beautifully his life makes sense of ours” (p. x).

Some notes:

  • “historical Christian premise” — this isn’t a new idea; the all-encompassing nature of Jesus is not ground-breaking
  • “the central event of cosmic and human history” — the proportion of what Jesus did isn’t limited to my personal life or even the whole of human history; the entire universe resounds with Jesus Christ’s sacrifice
  • “the central organizing principle” — I believe Keller is here referring to the Gospel; though, in good fashion, he does not refer to it as “the Gospel” until he has explained, in a later chapter, what that word means. It is refreshing to hear it described in a way that would be intelligible to outsiders. I might say a hundred times, “The Gospel changes everything,” and not one of those times would that make sense to someone who has a different meaning attached to the word Gospel. Communicating in various ways is a strength worth investing in



About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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