Keelan Cook Missiologist

Center Church (Keller, 2012)

Citation: Timothy Keller. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. (pp. 88-247).


Introduction: Theological Vision

In Center Church, Tim Keller takes on the bold task of developing a theological vision for urban mission. Keller notes that there is an often neglected step between the formation of doctrine and the practice of the church. This middle ground between orthodoxy and orthopraxy is the world of applied theology, and Keller’s central concern in this work is laying an applied theological foundation for the ministry of the church in our rapidly urbanizing world. In order to accomplish this goal Keller considers three broad topics: the central doctrine of the Christian faith, the gospel; the context of ministry, the city; and then the means and methods of ministry. Keller warns that attention must be given to theology and context to create formative missiological method. For Keller, Center Church, is his attempt to do more than survey topics of theology and culture, but to consider them in a way that leads to a method.

Created in God's Image (Hoekema, 1994)

Citation: Hoekema, Anthony A. Created in God’s Image. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994.


In Created in God’s Image, Anthony Hoekema sets out a full-formed doctrine of humanity concerning both its “nature and destiny” (7). In order to do so, Hoekema engages the biblical material and interacts with relevant theories across a number of theological positions landing on a Reformed understanding of the doctrine. As with any doctrine of humanity, Hoekema’s is centrally concerned with the image of God. His view is composite, claiming that the image of God has both structural and functional dimensions. Hoekema demonstrates this understanding as it plays out in three relationships: (1) humans to God, (2) humans to other humans, and (3) humans to the rest of creation. As do others, he notes that the image is affected by the fall and by redemption essentially existing in four stages throughout history: (1) the pre-fall image, (2) the fallen image, (3) the renewed image, and ultimately (4) the perfected image.

Welcome to my personal website!

Hey there! You’ve stumbled upon my personal website. You can find my professional site here: Peoples Next Door.

This site is the result of a couple of desires. First, I’ve been wanting an online home apart from my professional site. The purpose of the Peoples Next Door is narrow, and I use it to provides helps to the church. It’s not the place for off topic posts or to simply lean back and put my feet up. I hope that this can serve in that regard while also being a place that functions as an online profile of sorts. Here, you can find my curriculum vitae as well as a sample of the projects about which I am most excited. These projects may be work related or of some other manner entirely.

In addition, I’m attempting to learn more about building my own websites with Jekyll. This site is hosted on my own Github repository. It is a free, relatively secure means of building your own website. I’ve been intrigued by the use of static websites and markdown for content management for a while now, and though I don’t know much about it, I finally figured out enough to give it a stab on my own.