Christmas through the Keyhole

Luke's glimpses of Advent

Derek Tidball

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Soaked in the older scriptures of the Jewish people, the songs Luke records in his inspired Gospel - the songs of Mary, Zechariah, Simeon and the angels at Bethlehem - reveal the wonderful truth that 'in the town of David a Saviour has been born to us'. Their words are often those of the Old Testament; their style one of passionate and reverent worship. Their tone is one of humility, yet their rhythm indicates confident praise.

Acclaimed writer and conference speaker Derek Tidball leads us through these songs, demonstrating the gracious purposes of God that they celebrate in the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas through the Keyhole is sure to turn Advent into a time of gratitude and worship as we think through these songs afresh.


  • Introduction
Jesus - the hope of the needy
  • 3 December: Daughter of grace
  • 4 December: Warrior God
  • 5 December: Holy God
  • 6 December: Merciful God
  • 7 December: Searching God
  • 8 December: Revolutionary God
  • 9 December: Faithful God
Jesus - the redeemer of the world
  • 10 December: Inspired song
  • 11 December: Servant king
  • 12 December: Promising prophets
  • 13 December: Sacred covenant
  • 14 December: Willing servants
  • 15 December: Pioneering prophet
  • 16 December: Radical salvation
  • 17 December: Spreading light
Jesus - the joy of the earth
  • 18 December: Angels
  • 19 December: Glory
  • 20 December: Heaven
  • 21 December: Earth
  • 22 December: Peace
  • 23 December: Favour
Jesus - the light of the nations
  • 24 December: Longing for salvation
  • 25 December: The arrival of salvation
  • 26 December: Witness to salvation
  • 27 December: The transparency of salvation
  • 28 December: The scope of salvation
  • 29 December: The cost of salvation
  • 30 December: Confirmation of salvation
Jesus - the splendour of the creation
  • 31 December: In the beginning
  • 1 January: The embodied Word
  • 2 January: Firstborn of all creation
  • 3 January: The pre-eminent one
  • 4 January: God has spoken
  • 5 January: The radiance of God's glory
  • 6 January: Worship Jesus

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Author info

Derek Tidball is a Baptist pastor. He was formerly the Principal of London Bible College (now London School of Theology), the President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council. He is a prolific writer and a speaker in demand around the world.


Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857465207
  • Published: 22 September 2017
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
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