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Tim Keller Says Forgiveness Is Key to Christian Witness

What does it mean to forgive? Is it just a matter of forgetting and moving on? How do justice, vengeance, and accountability factor into the equation?

On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, pastor and author Tim Keller and Russell discuss the “thorny,” as Keller refers to it, topic of forgiveness. They talk about the biblical approach to forgiveness and how to understand the subject theologically. And they consider the role of forgiveness in real-life circumstances, ranging from the idea of forgiving oneself to what it means to forgive in situations of abuse.

For more on the subject, check out Keller’s latest book, Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I?

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Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).