Tim Keller on “Dark Times”

If you read my social media posts or this blog from time to time, then you probably know that I work part-time as a course writer and teacher at Enlightium Academy. I am finishing the second half of a Psychology course. All I have left is one project. In this project, students are asked to reflect upon depression, an experience that comes to all (mild, medium, or severe) at one point or another. And yes, this includes Christians. God doesn’t put a person in a happy bubble just because they choose to believe and follow Jesus Christ.

For this project, I am requiring students to watch a message that Tim Keller preached in London titled, “How to Deal With Dark Times.” Rooted in Psalms 88, Keller points out that this Psalm and Psalms 39 are the only two Psalms (out of 150) that do not end in hope. If you are going through a difficult time in life, this message can help your mind and heart. Keller’s first point is worth mentioning: Through no fault of one’s own making, a Christian can be in darkness for a long time. If you click here, you will be redirected to an Evernote file that contains a rough outline of Keller’s talk. I hope you find it helpful.

As Keller explains, there is no such thing as “objective” abandonment for Christians. Only Christ was actually abandoned by the Father. Therefore, all that remains is “subjective” abandonment. In other words, though we may feel abandoned by God (feel = subjective), it is never the case (objective). He is with us. He is for us. He has not and will not walk away from us. It is important to remember that feelings do not always paint an accurate picture of reality. And when they do, the image is probably quite impressionistic in style.



Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

2 thoughts on “Tim Keller on “Dark Times”

    1. Let’s be honest: Keller is the one who does it, and it tackles the subject much better than I ever could (lol). But thanks! Tim Keller is one of my favorite thinkers, teachers, pastors, etc. His style and approach resognate with me. Thanks for the encouragement as always Billy. ~BJ


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