José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
 
Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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for The New Yorker: The Far-Seeing Faith of Tim Keller
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jul 6, 2023
Location: New York, New York
Summary
The pastor created a new blueprint for Christian thought, showing how traditional doctrine could address the crisis of modern life.
On the evening of February 11, 2006, a severe winter storm arrived in New York City. By four in the afternoon the next day, nearly twenty-seven inches of snow had fallen in Central Park, surpassing the record that had been set in 1947. That night, as many streets in the city remained impassable, I trudged to a church building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and found six hundred or so people, mostly young professionals, squeezed into the pews. They had come to listen to a Presbyterian minister named Timothy J. Keller preach his fourth sermon of the day. I was there, as a religion reporter for the Times, to observe perhaps the most gifted communicator of historically orthodox Christian teachings in the country.

Keller had glasses and a bald pate and wore a dark blazer and a red tie. He stood well over six feet tall. The stage made him appear even more imposing, particularly when he raised his hand high to make a point, but his mannerisms and tone were that of an English professor. With a sheaf of notes on a music stand, he preached a thoughtful disquisition on Jesus’ healing of a paralyzed man, drawing on readings from C. S. Lewis, the Village Voice, and the George MacDonald fairy tale “The Princess and the Goblin.”

Photographed for The New Yorker/Redux, with words by Michael LuoThe Far-Seeing Faith of Tim Keller
The pastor created a new blueprint for Christian thought, showing how traditional doctrine could address the crisis of modern life.
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