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RESOURCES FOR A SINGLE MOM'S BIBLE STUDY

07/25/2014

Dear Pastor Martin,
Can you recommend some books for a single mom's Bible study? Not along the lines of singleness issues, divorce recovery, etc. because many of us are never-married adoptive moms, and we're just wanting to build friendships, edify one another, and study scripture in light of parenting young and teenage kids and our own spiritual growth. We may have some new or non-believers as well as several well-established believers in the group. I would love a reformed perspective, but even if not, as long as it's solidly Biblical, we'd welcome recommendations for both scripture studies and topical studies (as long as they are heavily laced with scripture!).

Thanks for your advice,
Wendy


Wendy,

Thank you for your questions. I can think of several things that might be of interest to you.


Helen Tenney, MARK'S SKETCHBOOK OF CHRIST;
Banner of Truth--wife of famed N. T. scholar
Merrill Tenney, this is a family devotional study
on the gospel of Mark that she wrote with ther
husband's advice. It takes you through the gospel
of Mark and makes you answer pertinent questions.

Tim Lane and Paul Tripp, RELATIONSHIPS: A MESS
WORTH MAKING; New Growth Press--whether the
relationship is with a member of the opposite sex
or the same gender, this book greatly helps!

Barbara Hughes, DISCIPLINES OF A GODLY WOMAN;
Crossway--walking with God is an aim for each
person who truly knows Christ. This book is a great
help to maintaining a healthy walk with God.

Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD (Even When Life Hurts);
NavPress--a classic study on the providence of God
that is, his sovereignty in all the details, good, bad
and ugly, in our lives. He wrote the book while
walking the floors at night while his first wife was
dying of cancer. A sanity saver and a good
introduction to the sovereignty of God for non-
believers and non-Reformed Christians. (I believe
there is a Study Guide that either comes with it
or you can order to dig deeper.)

Ron Dunn, WHEN HEAVEN IS SILENT; Christian
Literature Crusade--you come home from a trip
with your wife to find out your oldest son, named
after you, committed suicide a few hours ago! Ron
said that was the last good day he had for 10
years! Where in the world is God in the midst of
these terrible things that happen in our fallen,
crazy world? (By the way, the title comes from the
fact that when the Teacher prepares His students
for the test, He does not talk to the students while
they are taking the test.) A great sequel to Jerry
Bridges title listed above.

Tedd Tripp, SHEPHERDING A CHILD'S HEART;
Shepherd Press--a modern classic on raising
children for Christ and not just our own egos.

Paul David Tripp, AGE OF OPPORTUNITY; P & R--
a sequel to his brother's book above, he writes
on raising teenagers!

Bruce Ray, WITHHOLD NOT CORRECTION; P & R--
A time tested book on disciplining our children.

James Dobson, WHAT WIVES WISH THEIR HUSBANDS
KNEW ABOUT WOMEN; Tyndale--the ten most
frequent causes of depression among women.
Needs supplementing with more Bible data but
still very good at identifying the corrosive context
of our culture and how to face it.

Russell Moore, ADOPTED FOR LIFE; Crossway--shows
how churches and folks can create a culture of
adoption for the many children in our fallen world
who lack loving homes.

Jerry Bridges, THE GOSPEL FOR REAL LIFE; NavPress
One of the best books about Christ and what He
accomplished on the Cross. A wonderful book that
should be mastered by all professing Christians.

Doug Kelly, IF GOD ALREADY KNOWS, WHY PRAY?
Christian Focus--a great primer on prayer with the
sovereignty of God in the background.

SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; IVP--written by several
evangelical and Reformed scholars, this is a time
tested and wonderful way to study our way
through the entire Bible. It uses questions on
each passage of Scripture right on through the
whole Bible. Very highly recommended.

These should get you started and perhaps lead you to other gems. May the Lord bless your studies.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin



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BIOGRAPHY OF A RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN OR THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA

07/15/2014

Dear Pastor Steve,
You have supplied me with so many good missionary biography titles - thank you!

I am searching for a book about the Christian church in Russia. I know that there is very little written about these believers - both past and present. If you could recommend a good biography of a Russian Christian or the history of the church in Russia, I would be so very grateful.

Thank you for the wonderful ministry you have with CVBBS - you are a blessing to many!!
Kelli



Kelli,

Thank you for your kind encouragements!

I have copied below one very good book about Russian believers that you might find helpful.

MY BELOVED RUSSIA (A Story of God's Love for a
Persecuted People) by Dimitry Mustafin with
Irene Howat; CHRISTIAN FOCUS PUBLICATIONS

It should get you started. May the Lord encourage you and yours through this study.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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HELPS FOR BATTLE WEARY PASTORS

07/02/2014

Pastor,
Could you recommend a book or two, to encourage a minister who after many years in the ministry has become a little battle weary?
Thanks,
Dan


Dan,

Thank you for an important question. The following books speaks to the issue in more than one way and are all worthy of purchase and mastery.

Maurice Roberts, "The Danger of Becoming Battle
Weary", in THE CHRISTIAN'S HIGH CALLING;
Banner of Truth. To the point and a good
Chapter to photocopy and distribute among
the office bearers.

Francis Schaeffer, NO LITTLE PEOPLE; Crossway--
the first chapter, "No Little People". is an all time
gem that should be read annually. Similarly, this
chapter should be photocopied and mastered by
local church officers.

Kent Hughes, LIBERATING MINISTRY FROM THE
SUCCESS SYNDROME; Tyndale--speaks to one
huge underlying cause and is very liberating.

Matt Redmund, THE GOD OF THE MUNDANE;
Kalos Press--addresses the false idea that we must
be "radical" and be doing daring things and thereby
become significant Christians. Biblically it provides
a breath of fresh air in a stuffy elevator going
down!

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, AUTHORITY; Banner of Truth
Addresses the issues of authority in the Bible and
the authority given to a preacher and a church
and why authority is lost and men try to make
bricks without straw.

May the Lord encourage the battle weary Himself.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BOOKS FOR ELDERS WIVES ?

06/23/2014


I need some help in finding the best suggestion for a book for elders wives to study together. I am an elders wife and our pastor suggested I research a book for elders wives. What our role as a wife? How I minister to & how I shouldn't minister to other women and families. Thank you for your input.

Sue



Sue,

Thank you for your important question. I have compiled a list of books that complement each other and address the issues you are concerned about.

Martha Peace, BECOMING A TITUS 2 WOMAN; Focus
Christian Publishing--an Elder's wife and leading
NANC counselor, Martha shows the older women
in the churches how to lead and mentor the
younger women according to Paul's mandate in
Titus 2.

Brian and Cara Croft, THE PASTOR'S FAMILY;
Zondervan--your husbands help the pastors and
you help your husbands, so this book indirectly
relates to you too. And it will help you appreciate
your pastor, his wife and their issues.

Catherine Steward, ed.; LETTERS TO A PASTOR'S
WIFE; P & R--fifteen women contributed chapters
on aspects of being a pastor's wife. For the same
reasons listed above, you can apply various aspects
of this book to Elders wives. Very good.

Mark Chanski, WOMANLY DOMINION (More Than a
Gentle and Quiet Spirit); Calvary Press--If the
man is the head of his home (see Chanski's earlier
work, MANLY DOMINION, also from Calvary Press.
then his wife has more to do that sit with her
hands folded looking serene and pious. Lots of
good food for thought.

May the Lord direct your study and grow each of you in His grace during the study.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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STREAMS IN THE DESERT AND OTHER DEVOTIONAL BOOKS

06/20/2014

Many years ago I heard Rev Al Martin kind of saying that really good devotionals were and he gave a list but was quite animate that he didn't seem to like Streams in the Desert. It has been around for so long that I thought I might pick up a copy. Is there a best edition. I prefer hardback books if I can afford them.
Thanks
Allen Hoge


Allen,

Thank you for your very good question. STREAMS IN THE DESERT was compiled in 1919 and blessing God's people ever since. It is available in hardback from Zondervan. It is very good at encouraging discouraged saints.

May I also recommend the compilation of Spurgeon's excerpts under the title, BESIDE STILL WATERS, Thomas Nelson publishers. It is culled from all his sermons and is meant to lift up drooping saints.

Both are great and both worthy of reading and reading aloud to loved ones.

I am sorry it took me a couple of days to respond. I was out of town and had little access to a computer.

Below is my BOOK BLOG written last week.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin
=============
Genesis 3 is the saddest chapter in the Bible and in all literature. It documents the Fall of our first parents into sin and in acorn form, all the other awful things that will happen in history on this planet are there. The best of parents try to shield their children from the realities of this fallen world but there comes a day when we all must face the hardships and heart aches of a sin-sick world under the judgment of God. And great hardships and heart aches produce great grief.

Christians are not immune from the terrible things that plague this world. Christians are struck down early with a terrible disease, their children die early from cancer, they lose jobs at critical junctures in their lives, and on top of these and countless other maladies, they are persecuted and martyred for their faith too. We would lose our sanity if we did not have a Savior who gently shepherds His needy sheep. His life on earth was full of heartaches and He was known as the 'man of sorrows'. He knows as only He can know what real heartache and misery are. He alone can fully sympathize with believers in their times of sorrow. 'Man of sorrows'--What a title for the Lord of glory!

Besides His indwelling Spirit to comfort and strengthen us, there is the reality that Christ intercedes for the saints in glory and His Father never says "No" to His Son. All who are Christ's will make it to glory. They are united to Him by His Spirit, they have the iron promises of His Word, and His pledge never to leave us nor forsake us.

Sadly for them unbelievers spurn their hopes of help by rejecting the Savior and thus rejecting their Shepherd, their Intercessor, their Pilot to see them through. Believers have resources undreamt of by unbelievers.

Some of Christ's best gifts to His church of suffering saints is the legacy left behind by saints who have suffered in the past and received the promised comfort from God (2nd Corinthians 1:3-11). They faithfully pass along to others what God has given to them. A comfort that stabilizes the mind, strengthens the will, makes glad the heart and puts a new song on the lips.

Below are some of Christ's best gifts to His people when they are undergoing affliction and heartache, suffering and agony. His Spirit comes alongside the suffering saint and steadies the breaking heart, strengthens that breaking heart, and brings fresh courage and joy to that breaking heart.

L. B. Cowman, STREAMS IN THE DESERT; Zondervan
A classic written by the wife of a missionary society who lost her husband early in her life and who herself faced many heartaches. This collection of daily readings was first published in 1926 and has been kept in print ever since because it is so good. A classic of comfort and peace to be read and reread many times. Highly recommended.

Sharon Betters, TREASURES IN DARKNESS; P & R
Sharon lost her son in an auto accident. This records her grief, pain, rage and struggle until finally settling down in the grace of God. When the fiery dart feels like a fiery harpoon, she has real and biblical help.

John Flavel, FACING GRIEF: COUNSEL FOR
MOURNERS; Banner of Truth--Puritan pastor/ theologian/counselor/author, Flavel excels at helping the believer deal with their grief AND NOT GIVE INTO EXCESSIVE GRIEF when the incident at hand does not become life defining. Highly recommended.

Donald Howard, CHRISTIANS GRIEVE TOO; Banner of
Truth booklet--Pastor Howard begins with the self-discovery that he was ready for his wife's passing, they had battled her cancer together for a decade. He was ready for her death. He was not ready for his own grief. This tells how he grieved and found help when it became too much.

James Packer, A GRIEF SANCTIFIED; Crossway--tells
the story of Puritan pastor Richard Baxter's grief at the loss of his dear wife and how he was helped to finally deal with it. A treasure by a past Puritan and a modern one.

Nancy Guthrie, HOLDING ON TO HOPE; Tyndale
Nancy Guthrie went through great loss and was at her wits end. What God taught her from His Word in the darkness she shares with us today. This awful thing need not be 'life-defining' but can be a means of growth in the grace and knowledge of God.

Nancy Guthrie, ONE YEAR BOOK OF HOPE; Tyndale
A daily devotional that helps the reader keep their eyes on Christ and His Word for a whole year.

Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD (Even When Life Hurts);
NavPress--one could title this book, "Lessons I Learn Walking the Floor at Night While My Wife was Dying of Cancer". Jerry clearly and warmly shows that God is sovereign and nothing overcomes Him; God is omniscient and He misses nothing; He is holy and nothing sinful tempts Him to treat us badly and He is loving and all things work together for the good for those who are His. Meant to be savored and applied.
A real sanity saver!

Ronn Dunn, WHEN HEAVEN IS SILENT; Christian
Literature Crusade--on Thanksgiving Day, 1975, Ron and Kay Dunn's oldest son committed suicide. He confessed that that was the last good day he had for ten full years. And he was making his living as a conference speaker across the South and in other nations. He learned to stop asking the "Why?" questions and started asking the "What next?" questions. He learned that God prepared him for this great test and as any good teacher does, does not talk to the student when they are taking the test. You take the test and see what you have learned. Pastor Dunn reached the same conclusions as Jerry Bridges but walks longer in your shoes of misery before coming to the right answers.

May the God of all peace give you peace and joy again in believing.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

Come Visit me at my website... www.thelogcollege.wordpress.com
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WHAT TO MAKE OF THE "YOUNG, RESTLESS AND REFORMED" CALVINISTS ?

Steve,
I would greatly appreciate your insight regarding the book " Young , restless , Reformed " By Colin Hansen.

I find myself very concerned with this " New Calvinism vs. Old Calvinism " issue that seems to be at the forefront of many ministries today. I am amazed at the men who are the leaders in the " New " camp. The term " Strange bedfellows " describes those who have various backgrounds and supposedly different doctrinal beliefs that now find their fellowship with some that they enjoy ministering with.

Maybe I am just getting old but I am thankful that I believe in the " Old Paths."

Soli Deo Gloria.

Dear Fred,

Thank you for your good question. Your concerns are mine too. There are many angles of the "new Calvinism" that I do not approve of nor find helpful.

Recent charges of antinomianism, legalism, celebrity driven and without a doctrine of the church come to mind easily.

However Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, the Chancellor of the RTS campuses, contributed to Joel Beeke's study on
CALVIN FOR TODAY, Reformation Heritage, 2011. Dr. Duncan's article was on the rise of the new Calvinism and what are we to make of it and where did it come from. I thought it was brilliant. He cites what he believes are 9 reasons Calvinism has reappeared with such vigor. He concludes with how older, confessionally Calvinistic churches and leaders should view the new Calvinism. He makes a strong case that we should seek to reach out to them with humility, acknowledge what is good that they have rediscovered and remind them that God has taught us too and we would like to encourage them with what God has taught us.

Duncan believes they are a generation without fathers and they are quick to sense rejection and disengagement. We must seek to help these men grow in grace without accepting their weak theology along the way.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin



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BIBLE STUDY THAT IS EDIFYING FOR BELIEVERS AND EVANGELISTIC TOO ?

06/19/2014

Hi Steve,
What recommendations do you have for an adult bible study that would be substantial and hold interest for believers and, at the same time, have a strong evangelistic focus for unconverted participants? Or is that a "bridge" that hasn't yet been built?
Thanks,

Pat


Pat,

Thank you for your good question.

I like the following studies for the two goals you mentioned above:

R. C. Sproul, THE HOLINESS OF GOD; Tyndale
I have used the six 30 minute videos along with
an evangelistic booklet like ULTIMATE QUESTIONS
as the seventh study. There is a study guide for
the six videos. The kind of Being God is determines
the rest of reality, "religious" or not. I called this
study WHAT IS GOD LIKE ? and confronted them
with the God who Is. You can tweak the material
and adjust it for what you want to accomplish.

I am sure that there are others out there but none
came to mind.

I am sorry it took me a couple of days to reply but I was out of town for a week with little access to a computer.

May the Lord bless your study.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin



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A HARMONY OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST

05/18/2014

Pastor Martin,
Is there any work devoted exclusively to organizing and plotting out, step by step, the path our Savior took during his public ministry? I'm interested in a work that diagrams and correlates the gospel narrative accounts according to his travels.
Thank you
Abram


Abram,

Thank you for your important question. Yes, devoted Bible Scholars have laid out a chronology of the gospels and the early life of our Lord (and the New Testament).

I can recommend to you the following. Some are in
print...

Lorraine Boettner, A HAMONY OF THE GOSPELS; P & R
Foundational.

Alfred Edersheim, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS THE
MESSIAH; Zondervan/Hendrickson--a believing Jew
of the 19th century makes you feel like you are in
ancient Palestine as he follows the path of our Lord.

...and some have gone out of print....

A HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS (NIV or NASB)

A. T. Robertson, A HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS

These should get you started and lead you to more sources.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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BOOKS I WOULD RECOMMEND ON HERMENEUTICS

05/17/2014

Pastor Martin,
While I have several works on the topic of homiletics I'd appreciate a few recommendations from you by authors either ancient or modern or perhaps both whose works are extant. I'm seeking works to recommend to a young man preparing for pastoral ministry.
Thank you -
Abram


Abram,

Thank you for the good question about homiletics.

Here are my recommendations:

1. Arthur W. Pink, PROFITING FROM THE WORD;
Banner of Truth--Pink as the questions that other
authors on hermeneutics do not--are you seeking
to apply what you learn?

2. R. C. Sproul, KNOWING SCRIPTURE; InterVarsity
Press--classic Sproul--easy to read & understand
AND great content.

3. Scott Duvall and Daniel Hays, GRASPING GOD'S
WORD; Zondervan--THE BEST PLACE FOR A
BEGINNER TO BEGIN. Step by step with many
good illustrations.

4. Duvall and Hays, GRASPING GOD'S WORD WORK-
BOOK; Zondervan--ditto!

5. Bernard Ramm, PROTESTANT BIBLICAL
INTERPRETATION; Baker--classic study, particularly
on the history of interpretation.

6. Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton, LET THE
READER UNDERSTAND; P & R--best recent study
of how to study and understand the Bible!

7. Graeme Goldsworthy, GOSPEL-CENTERED
HERMENEUTICS; InterVarsity Press--helps the
reader follow the scarlet thread of Christ and His
gospel through the whole Bible.

8. Frank X. Braun, ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR
LANGUAGE STUDENTS; University of Michigan--out
of print but available on the Internet. A short
booklet that helps student remember English
grammar. If they do not understand English
grammar, they will not understand their Bibles.

9. T. David Gordon, WHY JOHNNY CAN'T PREACH; P &
R--the reason is that though Pastor Johnny can
read he has never be trained to read a text SO,
he approaches the Bible like the newspaper and
looks for what is lying around on the surface.

10. John Wilmot, INSPIRED PRINCIPLES OF
PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION; Reiner Publications--
(with a highly commendatory forward by Dr. Martyn
Lloyd-Jones on why evangelicals need to read this
book and learn from it. (Out of print but available
on the Internet)

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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COMMENTARIES ON DEUTERONOMY UPHOLDING MOSAIC AUTHORSHIP

05/15/2014

What recent commentaries on Deuteronomy defend Moses as the author against the JEDP theory?
Adam

Adam,

Thank you for your question. I recommend

Allan Harman, DEUTERONOMY; Christian Focus

Daniel Block, DEUTERONOMY; B & H

They should serve you well.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

See my e-book (21ST CENTURY COMMENTING ON COMMENTARIES) on my website:
WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

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BOOK FOR A BRIGHT YOUNG GRADUATE ABOUT BUSINESS

Dear Pastor Steve,
I hope this letter finds you well. I need some help finding a book for a friend. To try and give you an idea of the kind of book I'm looking for first let me tell you some facts about the person. It will be a graduation gift. He is graduating from home school and he has been dual enrolled in college majoring in business (he's already accrued 60 college credit hours). He's a bright young man and he's also team leader at Chick-Fil-A. Therefore I'm looking for a good sold Christian book on leadership & business. What book do you think would fit this situation?
Thanks,
Justin


Justin,

Thank you for your good question. Let me recommend the following:

Wayne Grudem, BUSINESS TO THE GLORY OF GOD;
Crossway--a great book on a neglected subject.

J. C. Ryle, THOUGHTS FOR YOUNG MEN; various--
Perennial favorite on being a man of God when
you are young and therefore an instrument in the
Redeemer's hands.

Kevin DeYoung, THE HOLE IN OUR HOLINESS;
Crossway--speaks to the under 30 generation on
God's call on our lives to holiness.

Matt Redmund, THE GOD OF THE MUNDANE; everyday life lived to the glory of God--even if you are not a superstar Christian but just a normal Christian.

May the Lord bless your giving a book to this young man...and bless you for doing it.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BOOKS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN GRIEVING A DEATH

05/12/2014

Greetings,
A friend who is a mother with young children is grieving because her best friend, also a mother with young children, died suddenly. She asked me if I could recommend any books to help the little ones in both families. I am not certain of the spiritual condition of either family, but I want to use this opportunity to offer them true hope. I found a couple titles online that seem to write from a biblical perspective, but I haven't seen them and want to make sure these families find rest in the gospel. Any suggestions? Thank you so much!! Megan

Megan,

Nancy Guthrie has written several books on traumatic loss. She has lost children. The material below is for adults, who must then break it into bites for the children.

WHEN YOUR FAMILY HAS LOST A LOVED ONE

BE STILL MY SOUL

ONE YEAR BOOK OF HOPE

HEARING JESUS SPEAK

CHILD CENTERED BOOKS by other authors:

Randy Alcorn, HEAVEN FOR KIDS--for children

Larry Libby, SOMEDAY HEAVEN--for children

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BOOKS FOR A WOMAN WITH DEPRESSION, "DISORDERS" AND WHO IS NOT A BELIEVER

05/10/2014

Dear Brother Steve,
Could you recommend a book to send to a single 29 year old woman (and her mother) living in No. California who is seeking"psychiatric" help in her struggles with "depression", "obsessive compulsive disorder", etc. She is an unbeliever but states that she "wants to believe" but is "unable to because of all the bad she has seen in churches." She was raised in a Christian home, but with a very man-centered theology and a poor understanding of man's depravity and God's holiness and sovereignty. I would like to open a conversation with her (and her mother) and present the gospel to her. Even with years of sitting in church, she may never have heard the word of the Lord preached.
Thank you,
Sharon


Sharon,

Thank you for your important questions. Without knowing the woman and her problems I am going on generalization but can form some idea of what you want and what is available.

Here are my suggestions:

Ed Welch, LOOKING UP FROM THE STUBBORN
DARKNESS

Ed Welch, WHEN PEOPLE ARE BIG AND GOD IS SMALL

Wayne Mack, OUT OF THE BLUES (Depression, etc.)

Wayne Mack, GOD'S SOLUTIONS TO LIFE'S PROBLEMS
(and it is also evangelistic!)

Peter Jeffery, FROM RELIGION TO CHRIST (John 3)

Tim Keller, WALKING WITH GOD THROUGH PAIN AND
SUFFERING

I recommend that you buy them and read them and one at a time send them to her. That way when she asks you questions, you can answer them.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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The Value of 19th Century Commentaries on the Greek Text

05/09/2014

What are your thoughts on Melancthon Jacobus's Notes Critical and Explanatory and on Eadie's Commentaries on the Greek Text? In what ways do these commentaries help if one already has a commentary of two?

Adam


Adam,

Thank you for your question. Both are fine additions to your BIBLE STUDY LIBRARY. They are good examples of 19th century exegesis and the then latest insights into the biblical languages. They could be balanced with 20th or 21st century studies of the Greek text.

As C. S. Lewis reminded us in "The Reading of Old Books" in his Introduction to Athanasius, ON THE INCARNATION, that each era has its biases and blind spots. Ours is no different. We share biases and presuppositions of the people of our era even if we strongly disagree with them on some things. But older centuries, with their blind spots, are probably not ours and they can expose and help us to see better our own era's blind spots and biases.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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GOOD COMMENTARY ON 1ST & 2ND CHRONICLES ?

05/04/2014

I will be spending 5 weeks with an adult SS in Chronicles in August. Any suggestions for a digestible, solid commentary with Biblical theology clearly in view? Will be thematic.

Bill


Bill,

Thank you for your question. I recommend Richard Pratt's commentary 1st & 2nd CHRONICLES; Christian Focus/Mentor. It meets and exceeds your minimum requirements and is a very good commentary.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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