Tim Keller has once again asked for prayers for his ongoing cancer battle, with new tumors being found in his body.

Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City as well as the Chairman and co-Founder of Redeemer City to City, took to social media to ask for prayer.

Keller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been treating his condition for some years. As of June 2022, the cancer had continued to shrink. His last major treatment was last June, as his son, Michael, asked people to continue to pray for him and his medical team as he dealt with the side effects of immunotherapy treatment.

News of Keller’s tumors come as YWAM founder Loren Cunningham announced he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

Now, he is heading back to a specialist cancer hospital to treat tumors. Taking to social media, he stated:

“Dear Praying Friends,

“I will shortly be returning to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD in order to spend April doing a variation of the immunotherapy that I received last June. It was successful in eradicating 99% of the tumors. However, new tumors have developed. They are unfortunately in some fairly inconvenient places, so the doctors encouraged us to go through the treatment again, this time targeting a different genetic marker of the cancer.

“It was fairly brutal last June, so we approach this with an awareness of how much prayer we need. Please pray for our trust and dependence on God, for his providential oversight of the medical preparations now in process, and for our desire to glorify God in whatever comes our way. Thank You.”

In addition, this is not Keller’s first cancer journey, having survived thyroid cancer back in 2002.

Keller has also recently forced to defend a decision to name a new prayer center in his honor as the Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics launched early February.

Keller recently launched a new apologetics venture, The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics. This venture reportedly sparked controversy when he decided to name it after himself. Despite criticism from some church members, Keller defended his decision, citing a celebrity culture that has become pervasive in Christianity today.

He argued that by using his own name for the main title, he was promoting “new” theologians who don’t have the same platform or access as those with more established names or reputations. In doing so, he hoped to help other Christians learn about theology and apologetics without feeling intimidated by more traditional views and authorities.

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