20 Quotes from Tim Keller’s New Book on Christmas

Matt Smethurst | December 13, 2016

The following quotes caught my attention as I read Tim Keller’s excellent new book, Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ (Viking, 2016) [interview]. Thanks to Tony Reinke for inspiring the 20 quotes idea.

“He is a Light for us when all other lights go out.” (15)

“Christmas is not simply about a birth but about a coming.” (20)

“The gospel, because it is a true story, means all the best stories will be proved, in the ultimate sense, true.” (28)

“You cannot judge God by your calendar. God may appear to be slow, but he never forgets his promises. He may seem to be working very slowly or even to be forgetting his promises, but when his promises come true (and they will come true), they always burst the banks of what you imagined. . . . God’s grace virtually never operates on our time frame, on a schedule we consider reasonable.” (35)

“Everything in the Hebrew worldview militated against the idea that a human being could be God. Jews would not even pronounce the name ‘Yahweh’ nor spell it. And yet Jesus Christ—by his life, by his claims, and by his resurrection—convinced his…

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