Late last week, author, pastor and theologian Timothy Keller shared a health update on the second anniversary of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Addressing the Twitter feed to his “friends,” Keller mentioned“This month I am celebrating the 2nd anniversary of my pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I can call it a celebration with justification because the chemotherapies have shrunk the stage 4 cancer that was found and God saw fit to give me more time.
“However, we are also moving to an immunotherapy trial at the National Cancer Center in Bethesda, MD starting June 1, 2022. This has shown great promise in potentially curing cancer, although it is a rigorous and demanding month-long program (which will need updates for up to 6 months), Keller continued.
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Keller then asked for prayer as he considered the immunotherapy trial, saying“Please pray for me and for our family. [My wife] Kathy and I will be moved from our home and separated from each other as I will be hospitalized. Your continued prayers for truly miraculous effects from the procedure and minimal side effects would be much appreciated.
Keller, who was the founding pastor of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, is the president of the Redeemer City to City church planting organization, and is a multiple bestselling author, has been open about his diagnosed with cancer, sharing regular health updates and discussing how he treats his illness through the lens of his faith and theology.
In a 2021 interview with Russell Moore, Keller discussed the experience of him and his wife, Kathy, losing some things they loved because of her cancer, such as being able to work on certain projects and travel to certain places.
“You reorganize your loves. What Augustine would say, unlike the Buddhists or the Stoics, who say that you take your heart out of these things so that they don’t hurt you when you lose them – or the modern person who says, “It’s only one in life, then you take for all the enthusiasm you can,” Keller said, referencing a fourth-century tome of theology alongside the tagline from a 1970s beer ad.
“But what Augustine would say is: you don’t want to love anything less here, because these are the good gifts of God. You don’t want to harden your heart or tear your heart away from them. But your problem is that you have to love God more than them,” Keller continued.
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Although Keller has been living with cancer for two years, he has continued to write and give interviews, authoring “Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter” in 2021. He has also remained active on social media. social, engaging in theological and philosophical discussions with other Christians.