Tim Keller Makes Plea to ‘Praying Friends’ After 6 Rounds of Chemo: “We Humbly Beg That You Continue All Your Prayers”

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Back in June, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, world-renown apologist, and best-selling author Tim Keller announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He started chemotherapy shortly after making the sobering announcement, saying at the time “I feel great and have no symptoms… It was what doctors call an ‘incidental pickup,’ otherwise known as providential intervention.”

The former Redeemer Presbyterian Church pastor and author of the New York Times bestselling books Counterfeit GodsThe Reason for God, and The Prodigal God gave an update via his social media accounts on his cancer treatments today:

Dear Praying Friends,

Kathy and I want to thank you for your many expressions of support, and for your faithfulness in praying for us. We have been acutely aware of those prayers, and God has heard them…

As of yesterday, I have finished six rounds of chemo for pancreatic cancer and, while there are indeed some side effects, my doctor says I’m tolerating the treatment very well. I have not been seriously debilitated and I can still do some work and ministry.

Yesterday we also met with my oncologist to go over the scans taken on Monday to assess the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. The report is very encouraging. There has been shrinkage of the tumors and so we are continuing the chemo in order to diminish the cancer further.

Our situation has driven us to seek God’s face as we never before. He is giving us more of his sensed presence, more freedom from our besetting sins, more dependence on his Word—things that we had sought for years, but only under these circumstances are we finding them.

We humbly beg that you all continue your prayers for the effectiveness of the treatment and minimal side effects to accompany it. Your prayers and concern mean more than we can express. Thanks so much!

Tim and Kathy

Please continue to keep Tim, Kathy, and the rest of their family in prayers as they continue to trust God for healing and a full recovery from the treatments.

Jesse T. Jackson
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An undeserving husband to a beautiful wife, and a father to 4 beautiful children. He served as a house church shepherd for 7 years and elder for over 2 years at Apex community Church in Kettering Ohio. Follow him on twitter here.