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King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus

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Bktrax CD Kings Cross (Unabrdg) (7 CD) by Keller Timothy
Audio CD, 1 page
Published February 22nd 2011 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 27, 2011 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm all kinds of happy with this book. I've either liked or loved all of Keller's books. But this one is my favorite. It carries all of Keller's popular themes: justice, idols, gospel critique of religion, and worldview challenge. But they are all brought out from the text of the Gospel of Mark. The strength of this book is that it helped me trust in and love Christ more. Also, it's a wonderful example of reading the gospels. It's a wonderful book to read for devotions or hand to a skeptic.
Barb Terpstra
Aug 08, 2011 Barb Terpstra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot recommend "King's Cross" highly enough. There were so many parts that spoke to me, that brought me to new awareness of the gift of Jesus to the World.

How can it be that we have lost the urgency, the joy, the passion that is the real and true story of Jesus. Like C.S. Lewis, Timothy Keller opens my brain to new pathways of understanding of just how significant the death of Jesus on the cross is.

I know this seems weird to say. I'm a Christian - one would think I'm feeling this all the tim
Apr 04, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"God is the source of all love, all life, all light, all coherence. Therefore exclusion from God is exclusion from the source of all light, all love, all coherence. Jesus began to experience the spiritual, cosmic, infinite disintegration that would happen when he became separated from his Father on the cross. Jesus began to experience merely a foretaste of that, and he staggered."

Pastor Kellers thoughts about the written word of God are at times staggering to me. I can think o
Eric Chappell
Jan 25, 2012 Eric Chappell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I. Before

Book "is an extended meditation on the historical Christian premise that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection form the central event of cosmic human history as well as the central organizing principle of our own lives" (x).

1. A true life story: Keller goes through Bauckham's arguments about the gospels as oral histories.

2. The Gospel of Mark: Peter mentioned in basically every episode--shows that Mark was writing Peter's testimony.

Jesus has come--anything can happen now. Coming of Jesus
Ashley Katsuyama
This is a must read for anyone, Christian or not. For those already with a strong faith, it will solidify the core beliefs of Christianity and bring a greater level of intimacy with and understanding of Jesus himself. Walking through Jesus' ministry and life, with a focus on the facts, which Keller is so spectacular at, is a powerful way of rationalizing Christian practices and beliefs.

For those still seeking, this book is beautiful in that it deals with the core of Christianity. Jesus' life is
Kristian Kilgore
(I enjoyed this as an audio book and it was very listenable)

Tim Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and I have listened to his audio sermons for quite a few years - in fact, he is one of a very short list of preachers whose sermons I will actually pay to listen to. I'm familiar with his style and some of the flow of his thought, but this was by far the longest thing I've consumed of his to date. I was not disappointed.

Keller is an incredible communicator. He ha
May 13, 2011 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading The King's Cross by Tim Keller, and I find myself (as is usually the case when I read Tim Keller) wanting more.

Keller does a fantastic job of inviting his readers to join with him on a journey through the book of Mark. The pace is natural, the insights and teaching phenomenal. I felt as if I was right there, immersed in the first century as an eyewitness to the life of my Jesus. The nuances, the details, the tremendously multi-faceted story--all are written about wit
Ben Zajdel
Dec 14, 2011 Ben Zajdel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timothy Keller is being lauded as the next C. S. Lewis, and it's pretty easy to see why. He's got a distinctive writing style--intellectual, but not complicated. While his thoughts aren't as complex as Lewis's, his prose is much more enjoyable.

King's Cross (just in time for Easter) is essentially a commentary on the Gospel of Mark. Keller focuses on the actions of Jesus, and he cites Mark's journalistic approach as the reason he chose to center King's Cross around that gospel.

Keller's premise
Nov 24, 2015 Gigi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! So many great points and illustrations. I will be going back it again and again. A clear, thorough guide through Mark and all the miracle of the gospel. Can't recommend it enough.
Rob O'Lynn
Excellent! What else can I say about a Time Keller book. I am very glad that I selected this as a textbook for the Mark course I am teaching this fall.
Hannah Brandenburg
This book greatly broke me then healed me. It showed me how to dance for Him.
Mar 08, 2017 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't intend to gobble this up quite so quickly (I meant it for Lenten reading), but it was just so good and so readable that the pages practically turned themselves. One aspect of Keller's writing and preaching that I've always appreciated is his Christocentric focus. With a title like Jesus the King, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in that regard, and I wasn't. Jesus is King, and I'm so thankful!
Jan 26, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timothy Keller is very quickly becoming one of my favorite authors to read. His last book, Generous Justice, was fantastic and skillfully addressed the important issues of social justice and the gospel, generosity, and God’s heart for the marginalized in a profound way. Now, just a few months later, he’s following up with King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.

Built off a sermon series done by Keller at his church in Manhattan, King’s Cross is basically a guided tour of Jesus’
Keiki Hendrix
More than a few readers have dubbed Timothy Keller as the C. S. Lewis of our day. This is quite an impressive statement especially to me because of my particular fondness of Lewis' books. Not having read any of Timothy Keller's books, I was definitely intrigued.

His words, his illustrations, and how he presented the gospel message matches Lewis' style. It did not surprise me to read that Lewis is of Keller's favorite author.

In King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, Keller focu
Leonardo Bruno
Dec 10, 2013 Leonardo Bruno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O livro é uma espécie de comentário de Evangelho de Marcos. Mas não um comentário do tipo que estamos habituados a ler. Nas palavras do próprio autor, esse livro trata-se de "uma extensa meditação sobre a histórica premissa cristã de que a vida, morte e ressurreição de Jesus constituem o evento central da história humana a cósmica, assim como o princípio organizador central da vida de todos nós. Dito de outra forma, toda história do mundo — e o modo como nós encaixamos nela — é mais claramente c ...more
Christy Lockstein
King's Cross by Timothy Keller is a study of the life of Jesus and his message through the Gospel of Mark. Keller who is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan has written several other books about Christianity, but this is a compilation of his sermons on Mark. Mark is considered to be the oldest of the Gospels and is also the shortest. Mark keeps his Gospel short but sweet focusing on the true message of Christ. Keller's wisdom is evident on every page with a great deal of insi ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Cherrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my 1st Tim Keller book and I absolutely loved it. Took my time to chew through the book - SO many good things in here; I nearly highlighted the whole book. THAT good.

"I trust that you will find the figure if Jesus worthy of your attention: unpredictable yet reliable, gentle yet powerful, authoritative yet humble, human yet divine."

- knowing God as a goal - not using God as means to get to other life goals
- "follow me bc I'm the King you've been looking for. follow me bc I hav
Eric Anderson
Jun 04, 2012 Eric Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Keller does an excellent job walking through the book of Mark. His work is well-educated, yet still very much accessible. The book is divided into two sections: the first expounds upon Christ's identity (King), while the second more fully relates His purpose (cross). Overall, his treatment of the scripture passages was thorough and enlightening.
I thought his comments on the uniqueness of the Gospel were right on. The Gospel is not simply good advice, but is rather life-changing news. Similarly,
Keren Threlfall
Dec 26, 2011 Keren Threlfall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reading
King’s Cross is hands down the best book I’ve read in recent months, and probably in years. Keller uses the Gospel of Mark to clearly articulate and examine the major themes of “the King” and “the Cross,” dividing the book in to two main parts under those headings. This work is both commentary and devotional, both theological and inspirational, both intellectual and easy to read (or listen to). It is written to address both the skeptic of Christianity and those already in love with this King.

Apr 05, 2012 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book.

Tim Keller is an engaging communicator anyway, but this book did a fabulous job at blending apologetics and story. The gospel already feels alive to me, but his blending into story doesn't make me leap around through the Gospels in the same way, trying not to miss any important details. He explained the Gospel story as one and shot down some pervasive arguments against it. He did it gently and with logic and personal/emotional connection. He showed that while the gospel
Jonathan McIntosh
Most of the best Keller gems are here, so King's Cross makes a great intro to Tim's work for those who are unfamiliar. Don't go into this thinking this is a commentary on the book of Mark - not everything in Mark's gospel is covered here. Keller has a cohesive theme he's working with, so the book is more like 18 little Tim Keller sermons packaged together... easy to read and insightful. Keller always writes/speaks with unbelievers in mind, so it makes a great book for seekers/skeptics as well as ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am continually impressed by Tim Keller's ability to present the Gospel in refreshing and insightful ways. Once again, he has taken a familiar portrayal of Jesus (from the Gospel of Mark) and drawn out truths which are relevant and practical to ordinary, garden variety seekers of truth. is less intellectual than his (equally enlightening) The Reason for God, and a bit more socially-oriented than The Prodigal God. Keller fans will not be disappointed and those unfamiliar with Keller will become ...more
Jan Bustrak
Jun 23, 2016 Jan Bustrak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this journey through Mark with Tim Keller. I did not expect to find comfort with the current dismal state of U. S. politics, but Keller points out the world systems are more about power and oppression than justice and truth. Really, the only innocent man in the world was crucified, what else should we expect?

Prepare to be challenged about how much God loves you, and how to return that love. I have so much left to learn.
Amy Kannel
Sep 25, 2012 Amy Kannel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, christianity
Classic Keller, full of the gospel where you've never seen it before. I actually went through this twice--once just reading it cover to cover, then again later as a commentary while reading through the book of Mark. As usual, Keller is excellent.

Jan 22, 2017 Krissie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Lots of really good insight from the book of Mark, so many things I've never noticed. Made me love reading Mark!
Stephen Altrogge
One of the best books I've read in a long time.
Buddy Draper
This look at Jesus’ life in the book of Mark is so insightful. I love Keller’s work.
Feb 28, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His best and clearest presentation of the gospel using the Mark text.
RJ Taylor
Nov 06, 2016 RJ Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite "Christian" book I've ever read. I started it on a Friday and had it read by the end of the weekend - couldn't put it down.
Matt Chapman
Jan 07, 2017 Matt Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one!
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Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

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