Popular pastor Tim Keller diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Popular pastor and speaker Tim Keller announced over the weekend that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

From Keller’s post on Facebook, he said:

I feel great and have no symptoms. It was what doctors call an “incidental pickup,” otherwise known as providential intervention. I have terrific human doctors, but most importantly I have the Great Physician himself caring for me. Though we have had times of shock and fear, God has been remarkably present with me through all the many tests, biopsies, and surgery of the past few weeks.

If you are willing to pray for me, here are things to pray for: For God to use medical means or his direct intervention to make the cancer regress to the point of vanishing. For Kathy and me, that we use this opportunity to be weaned from the joys of this world and to desire God’s presence above all. For my family to be comforted and encouraged. For the side effects of treatment to allow me to continue writing and speaking.

Keller’s announcement comes less than three weeks after another popular Christian leader, Ravi Zacharias passed away from cancer.

Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, which he founded in 1989. Keller also helped found The Gospel Coalition and has authored several popular books which include “The Reason for God” which answer skeptical questions about the Christian faith. He’s also become a popular speaker at theology conferences.

On a personal note, Keller is on my Mount Rushmore of patois who have influenced my life, theology, and ministry. I will be praying for him.

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