Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road (2nd Edition)
Listen to a 4-part lecture by Tim Keller entitled Diaconal Training. (Requires a free account at Westminster Theological Seminary).
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 friendships.
Here Timothy J. Keller demonstrates that caring for needy people is the job of every believer - not just church deacons - as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, nurture, 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 perspectively 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 within the church versus those outside.
About the Author
Timothy J. Keller (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, in Manhattan, and author of The Reason for God. He previously was Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, in Philadelphia, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.