Tim Keller, a pastor and one of America’s best-selling authors, has asked all Christians of goodwill to pray for him as he battles pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed a few days ago.
“Less than three weeks ago I didn’t know I had cancer,” wrote Keller in an update on Instagram and Twitter on June 7. “Today I’m headed to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health for additional testing before beginning chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer next week in New York City.”
Keller, 69, said he felt great and had no symptoms, adding 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,” he wrote.
He said those willing to pray for him should ask God to use medical means or His direct intervention to make the cancer regress to the point of vanishing. They should also pray for him and his wife Kathy to use this opportunity to be weaned off the joys of this world and to desire God’s presence above all, and for the side effects of treatment to allow him to continue writing and speaking.
The couple recently wrote three small books: Birth, Marriage and Death, and spoke to Fox News chief religion correspondent Lauren Green about the coronavirus.
Keller stepped down as senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York, in 2017 after 28 years of ministry there. He has continued to write, preach and work with Redeemer’s City To City church planting initiative.