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Song of Solomon Commentary Review

I have noted in previous posts how difficult it is as a minister to spend your money on an expensive commentary only to have a reference that is hardly used because it was not helpful. I have done this many times and am always scouring the internet for commentary reviews so I can make an educated decision before making the purchase. I have been preaching through a number of books of the Bible lately and plan to post more reviews…

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Book Review: Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity In Christ by Mark Driscoll and published by Thomas Nelson is a book to help Christians know who they are. Taking the book of Ephesians as a roadmap, Driscoll moves through Ephesians showing how the apostle Paul describes what it means to be “in Christ.” Taking a paragraph from Ephesians, the author makes applications to the readers’ lives that the Christian is a saint, blessed, appreciated, saved, reconciled, afflicted, heard,…

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BOOK REVIEW: Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur

Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur, published by Thomas Nelson, explores the lives of some well-known and less known characters found in the scriptures. The people explored by MacArthur are Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James, Mark, and Onesimus. John MacArthur begins his book by giving a thoughtful discussion about who is truly a hero and challenging his reader to learn from true heroes, the lives of which are found in God’s word. MacArthur…

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BOOK REVIEW— Ruth: From Bitter To Sweet by John Currid

Ruth: From Bitter To Sweet by John Currid, published by EP Books, is part of the Welwyn Commentary Series. For a book that has 141 pages this book is packed with valuable observations and insights. The book begins by tracing the key themes from the book: the cost of disobedience, God’s sovereignty, faithful living, and redemption. The book is broken down into five acts, which are broken into 13 chapters or scenes. Currid provide excellent insights into each scene with…

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Review- Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado is the author's latest offering as he encourages readers to consider the depths and magnitude of God's grace. The book is written in typical Lucado style: short chapters filled with various life illustrations to help explain the graciousness of God. Offering stories from his own life to stories abroad, Lucado paints pictures of how grace has worked in the lives of many people - from salvation from sins…

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The Gospel According To Isaiah 53

The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, edited by Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser, is a collection of essays from different authors, each exploring a different aspect concerning Isaiah 53. The book’s purpose was a surprise. “This book, The Gospel according to Isaiah 53, was written to help readers to utilize the truths of this magnificent chapter in bringing the Good News to those who do not yet know Jesus. It is designed to enable pastors and lay leaders to deepen…

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Epistles of John Commentaries Reviewed

About one year ago I preached through the Epistles of John. As I preach through various books of the Bible I want to post what commentaries I found the most useful for my studies in preparing to preach. When I am about to study and preach through a book, I rely heavily on the opinions and the reviews of others as to which commentaries and reference works to purchase. Given that a commentary costs anywhere between $25-$50, making a careful…

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Damaging Trust In English Translations

I am currently reading Slave by John MacArthur. I am appreciative of his dedication to verse by verse study and exposition of the scriptures. However, I am disappointed by his assertions and insinuations made in the first chapter of his book, Slave. MacArthur accurately makes the point that the Greek word doulos most literally means, "slave." Yet the majority translations read "servant" or "bondservant" when translating this word. MacArthur then states, "The reason for this is as simple as it…

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Romans Commentary Review

One thing I hate is to purchase a commentary with hope of learning only to be completely let down by the effort. As a minister, I want to read as much material as I can for a study. But all of us have commentaries on our bookshelves that we do not use because they were not valuable to our study. Of late, the worst purchase I made was the Baker Exegetical Commentary on Matthew by David Turner. I love the…

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Fearless by Max Lucado Review

There is much to fear in our society. The current fear is swine flu as family and friends have now contracted this virus. Television tells us to fear health care reform, layoffs, economic problems, the national debt, national security, and social security. Do not forget the annual problems of hurricanes, blazing wildfires, blizzards, tornadoes, and earthquakes. We are living in a time where fear is news and it seems more people than ever fear the future. Max Lucado has undertaken…

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