We have a number of exciting things in store for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) series this year. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect in 2016.
Calvinists believe in total depravity: no one is untouched by the effects of sin and we all have mixed motives in what we do. How then would one account for the goodness, the beauty, the mercies, and the glories we see in this depraved world?
The New Year is a time for new beginnings. This year, challenge yourself to make Bible study a daily habit. Not only will you be meditating on the Word of God every single day, but hopefully new insights and reflections will become apparent as you engross your daily life with Scripture.
With Connect the Testaments and DIY Bible Study, you’ll have two invaluable tools to help you study the Bible and apply it to your life. To encourage you to take on this challenge, Connect the Testaments is free for anyone who has a Faithlife.com account and DIY Bible Study is 40% off for the first two weeks of this month.
Good contextualization is critical to communicating the message of the Bible. But good contextualization is hard work. It requires intimate knowledge of both Scripture and the audience that you’re trying to reach. In his new book, Excellent Preaching, Craig Bartholomew explains how to preach so that the powerful message of the Bible penetrates the daily lives of your congregation.
To celebrate the launch of this new book, we’ve built a bundle of 15 carefully selected resources to help you bridge the gap between Scripture and culture.
The first three volumes of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics establish Vos’ thought regarding the character of God, the nature of man, and the person of Christ. The fourth volume in this five-volume set begins an examination of the work of Christ, salvation. The highly anticipated fourth volume of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is now available! Here’s an exclusive excerpt.
Dr. Michael Heiser’s newest book, Supernatural, was released last week and the reviews are flowing in. People are raving about the astounding insights and the accessibility of the writing. Supernatural is a book that will challenge the way you think about the Bible and has deep implications on our faith, today. Want to catch up on all the reviews and comments? Everything has been curated in this Storify.
There are numerous passages in the Bible that are odd, confusing, or downright weird. Often, these passages occur at the intersection of our world and the supernatural. Our modern viewpoint has taught us to ignore or gloss over these difficult or troublesome passages of Scripture. But how would our understanding of the Bible change if this unseen realm was suddenly revealed to us?
Pastors have an incredible number of job duties to perform. It’s amazing they find the time to juggle ministering to their congregation, meetings with staff and administrative work, and sermon prep every single week. Thom Rainer of LifeWay recently completed a large poll of pastors in the U.S. regarding sermon-prep time, a responsibility that is often invisible to typical church members. According to his results, the median sermon-prep time is 13 hours per week!
Friday, June 19 was Charles Spurgeon’s 181st birthday. In celebration, there are three exciting ways we’re helping you benefit from the vast wisdom of “The Prince of Preachers.” You could even win paperback copies of two volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary series or the 10-volume Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters.
There is great significance to words—not only what is said but how it’s said. We often choose to say something a certain way for emphasis, to direct the conversation, or to better communicate our point. We don’t overtly think about these devices, but they’re incredibly important if we want to fully understand what is being said. There is a deep connection between the feelings of the heart and the words of our mouth. Our innermost feelings often find a way to be vocalized, whether we mean it or not. The connection between the tongue and the heart is a major theme in the book of James. In this excerpt from High Definition Commentary: James, Steve Runge shows how James emphasizes the power of our words—and draws out the implications for our digitized world.