Timothy J. Keller: Hidden Christmas



E tells us I feel like adding a disclaimer that I am a huge Tim Keller fan Two of my favorite Christian books ever were written by him Prodigal God and Center Church I am subscribed to his podcast I think he is the most insightful and thoughtful preacher alive In all of his speaking and writing Keller does a tremendous job of tackling difficult uestions he invites skeptics to confront their a Two things impressed me most about this book the warmth and engaging call of the gospel in every chapter and Keller s skillful way of handling complex theological topics with wonderful precision Keller s treatment of the favorite Christmas passages is complete with God s sovereign grace man s corruption and sin the need to respond in faith the fact that faith is something only God gives the Lordship that salvation demands and on and on I ve never seen it put so humbly so gently so clearly so accurately so concisely But the average reader won t even now he s reading a theological tour de force it s just the Christmas story well told suffused with the gospel Keller writes like a modern day C S Lewis wrapping profound theology in the language of Everyman There is no jargon in this bookKeller manages to get beyond the matters that divide in our current social scene and strikes right to the heart of our brokenness and sin You can hand Hidden Christmas to the most radical leftist or to a Constitutional conservative and neither will be offended by anything but the presentation of the cross itselfI ve read a few not all of Keller s books This is the best so far which is saying a lot since the others have been so good In Hidden Christmas the author takes the Christmas texts from Matthew and Luke and carefully unfolds their meanings A Liberty and Westminster grad I ve been preaching and teaching since 1978 and in every chapter Keller is writing about things I ve never noticed in these passages of Scripture and they are powerful and profoundHidden Christmas is the gospel presentation you ve been waiting for Get a copy enjoy it yourself and then pass it on to a loved one This was a brilliant read This is not just a book for Christmas there is loads on the pages for all the year around I ve observed Advent the last few years and will read a few books each time This is the best book I ve read on Christmas simply because it shares the Gospel in such a powerful way Keller is a master theologian and has the grea 2nd read through and I loved it even I think this could be used for a dual purpose something to read at Christmas to help celebrate The Reason and secondly I think this so clearly and wonderfully explains The Gospel it would be great for any new Christian or those contemplating Christianity and its implications for humanity to rea. Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the Nativity By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’s birth readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a meaningful and deeper wa.

Tim Keller pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan has a powerful gift for writing clearly and intelligently about the gospel in a way that reaches nonbelievers and shakes things up for believers I ve yet to come across a Keller book that isn t worth reading And though this one is short it s far from an exception This pint size volume is the perfect meditation on the real meaning and importance on Christmas a must read during the Advent season as we get ready for the big day In the eight chapters of Hidden Christmas Keller boils down decades of Christmas sermons into reflections on Notes for the Everlost key passages from the Old and New Testaments that deal with Christmas themes As prone as our culture oft is to conceive of Christmas as merely a nice sentimental holiday Keller unravels that Christmas is subversive Christmas is realistic Christmas is honest and above all Christmas is full of the life disrupting grace of GodIn the first chapter Light Has Dawned rooted in Isaiah 92 7 Keller notes that Christmas implies that the world is a dark place and we will never find our way or see reality unless Jesus is our Light 6 Christmas does not mean we can brighten the world if we merely come together To the contrary Christmas means that our human resources can never fix the world but yet we have hope from outside the world Jesus cannot merely be liked he must be accepted or rejected He brings a new life to replace our spiritual deadness he shows us the truth that heals our spiritual blindness and he is the beauty that breaks our addictions to money sex and power 15 His birth is a gift that makes us swallow our pride to receive him To accept the true Christmas gift you have to admit you re a sinner You need to be saved by grace 17In the second chapter The Mothers of Jesus based on Matthew 11 17 Keller aims to elucidate the difference between good advice what most religions offer and good news what Jesus is Jesus doesn t simply tell us what to do the good news is what he has done Keller highlights the numerous Gentile women appearing in the Matthean genealogy The grace of God is so pervasive that even the begats of the Bible are dripping with God s mercy 33 Matthew s genealogy structured as six sets of seven generations makes Jesus the beginning of the seventh seven the promised Jubilee rest showing what Christ will bring 37 39In the third chapter The Fathers of Jesus based on Matthew 118 23 Keller meditates on the significance of the title Immanuel Jesus being God become human present with his people as a way of inaugurating a deep and genuine relationship with us Using Joseph as an example Keller outlines the threeinds of courage reuisite for believers courage to take the world s disdain courage to surrender our right to self de. From pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller comes the perfect gift for the holidays a profoundly moving and intellectually provocative examination of the Nativity story Even people who are not professing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the Nativity

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Termination and courage to admit we re sinners and the only place to find that sort of courage is to look to Jesus himselfLater chapters are no less incisive The fourth Where is the King based on Matthew 21 23 reflects on how Christ s ingdom threatens worldly powers like Herod especially the little King Herod in our own hearts that wants to be master of our own lives 68 The fifth chapter Mary s Faith based on Luke 127 38 reflects on Mary s attitude toward Gabriel s announcement she responds thoughtfully gradually in wonder and in willing surrender The sixth chapter The Shepherds Faith based on Luke 28 20 considers the need to hear well make peace fear not and behold the gospel The seventh A Sword in the Soul based on Luke 233 35 reminds us that living out the message of Christmas will lead to conflict in a fallen world and reuires the sword of repentance within our own souls The final chapter The Doctrine of Christmas based on 1 John 11 4 returns to the message that Jesus himself is eternal life so salvation can only be by grace alone through faith in Christ alone 131 The book brief though it is is full of well spoken truth Get it and read it during the Advent season perhaps buy copies to disseminate among your friends This was a nice advent devotional Each chapter deals with a different historical person at the time of Jesus birth Provides insight into scripture in ways I hadn t looked at it before And I must say I really appreciated all the scripture pertaining to the prophecy and birth of Christ There are certain Christmas Advent devotionals I read in the past and while nice scriptural meditations I failed to see what they had to do with the Christmas season I recommend this for anyone seeking a good devotional to prepare their hearts and minds for the season or anytime really Excellent way to get some perspective away from all the Xmas madnesshttpkhadcompost196009755xmas a An outstanding examination of the Christmas story as told in the gospels drawing too on biblical carols Simeon s blessing and the opening of 1 John A book perhaps ideally read at Advent and one I therefore revisited during that season but full of truth all year round Its particular strength for the Christian is the author s ability to present new perspectives and pose powerful challenges in passages which are familiar perhaps overly familiar Also I think a book which could be given to a non Christian interested in exploring the truth behind the carols and nativity plays Highly recommended Tim Keller states that the ideas expressed in this short book were forged not in writing but in preaching Each chapter represents at least 10 or so meditations and sermons on each biblical text that he delivered in Christmas services across the decades Very Christmas displays of Jesus resting in a manger populate lawns and churchyards and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story In his new book.

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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameTimothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan which he started in 1989 with his wife Kathy and three young sons For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5000He is also Chairman of Redeem