Wednesday, May 20, 2015

American Foundations Laid by the Baptists

"American Foundations Laid by the Baptists" by Ted Alexander (ISBN: 9781611191431) is the perfect place to begin if one desires to learn about Baptist history and the movement's impact on religious liberty (which is one of the distinguishing features of America). Unfortunately, many of today's Baptist Christians don't know about their heritage. This ignorance stems from learning about Baptist history from Catholic and/or Reformed (Protestant) proponents. But the facts speak for themselves, and Ted Alexander has done a masterful job covering intricate details while presenting them in a straight-forward fashion. If you are looking for a book that celebrates America's greatness and the contributions of the Baptist movement towards that greatness, then look no further. American Foundations covers the Greatest Awakening of the Separate Baptist Revival, the struggle for liberty of conscience highlighting Dr. John Clarke, the contributions of Virginia Baptists to the Bill of Rights, and the lesser known Baptist patriots that help defend and seal America's independence. The value of this book easily outweighs the cost.

Contents:

Acknowledgements

Introduction

The Birth, Growth, and Health of America: It was no "accident."

1. The Spiritual Foundations of America were laid by the Baptists

2. The Political Foundations of America were laid by the Baptists

3. The Foundations of the American Revolution were laid by the Baptists

Conclusion

Afterword

Works cited

Photographs

(C) 2015. Softcover. 109 pages of good reading. Published by Baptist Truth Publishing. Ted Alexander is an itinerant Baptist Evangelist. You may view his website here.




Saturday, February 07, 2015

Modern day Bible commentary sets

I certainly prefer the older commentaries any day over the newer ones, but I do look at newer commentaries when studying the Bible. These are modern day commentary sets that I have found to be useful. As usual, Bible commentaries are the last step or final consultation after one has done his own study of the Bible text. Additionally, when the commentary contradicts plainly what the Bible says or teaches, then we correct the commentary and not the Bible. And now, onto a short list of modern day Bible commentaries that are generally accepted by the wider conservative evangelical readership.

Bible Exposition Commentary (IVP; Warren Wiersbe). N.T. “Be series” included. (2007 – 2009)

Boice’s Expositional Commentaries (27 Vol.) – (JMBEC; Baker Books; James M. Boice). – Easy read, but great lessons, illustrations, & applications. (1972 – 2001)

Crossway Classic Commentaries (CCC; Crossway; J.I. Packer/A. McGrath). Edited for popular readership, but still good. (1993 – 2001)

Expositor’s Bible Commentary (EBC; Zondervan; F.E. Gaebelein). 12 vol. set, 1970-80’s. Has a one volume set, not recommended: “The NIV Bible Commentary.” The entire set was based on the NIV, but had some excellent works and not so excellent contributions, too.

Expositor’s Bible Commentary Revised Edition (EBCR; Zondervan; T. Longman III/D Garland). 2005. Similar to above except newer.

Lenski’s Commentary on the N.T. (Augsburg; R.C.H. Lenski). [ca. 1930] – classic Lutheran commentary. $$$. (1934 – 2008)

New American Commentary (NAC; Broadman & Holman; E. R. Clendenen, gen. ed.) – NIV based, Southern Baptist. (1991 - )

New International Commentary O.T./N.T. (NICOT/NICNT; Eerdmans) – most recommended by the broader evangelical camp. (1970 - )

NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC; Zondervan) – user friendly. Attempts to deal with the text in context and make current/relevant applications (“bridging the gap”). (1994 - )

New Testament Commentary (NTC; Baker; Hendricksen/Kistamaker) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in the modern Bible commentary section. Personally, I wouldn’t go far from here for today’s commentary sets. (ca. 2002)

Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC; Eerdmans; Carson) – similar to NICNT. Very little application, but focused on exegesis (critical text, though) and theology. Technical discussions land in the footnotes. (ca. 2013)

Preaching the Word (PTW; Crossway; R. Kent Hughes, gen. ed.) – Modern day devotional/Homiletical commentary. Verbose but good. Master wordsmiths. (1990 – 2013)

Reformed Expository Commentary (REC; P&R; Ryken, etc.) – similar to PTW (Hughes). Modern day devotional commentary. (2005 – 2013)

Tyndale O.T. and N.T. Commentaries (TOTC/TNTC; IVP & Eerdmans; Wiseman &) – worthy set from (1964  - ) . A major rework of this classic has started in 2004.

Word Communicator’s Commentary (WCC; Nelson, prev. Word) – mixed bag. Useful for sermon prep. Esp. with introducing a text or segues.  Renamed: The Preacher’s Commentary (1990).

Welwyn Commentary Series. (WCS; Evangelical Press, Britain) – easy read, practical for Pastors and Sunday School teachers. (1979 – 2011)

Since we  are considering Bible commentary sets, well, here are some older Bible commentary sets that are worthy of your consideration (which I would imagine most of my readers already know about them).

Albert Barnes - Barnes' Notes (1847 - 1885)

A.T. Robertson’s Word Pictures in the N.T. (1933)

Geneva Bible Series – older and reformed (allegorical) but devotional, and loaded with spiritual applications. $$$

Harry Ironside - wordsmith and master illustrator. (1906 - 1952) - terrible in Revelation but on the other books, fabulous read!

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown (JFB) in the O.T. (1861-75)

J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels. excellent observations and compilation of opinions from older and contemporary commentators. Well done!

Joseph Hall - Contemplations (1612) - excellent observations and rewarding read!

Keil & Delitzsch (KD) in the O.T. (revised in 1996)

Matthew Henry - peerless.

Matthew Poole - good and short expositions.

M.R. DeHaan - Classic Library - (1946 - 1996) - popular 11 vol. set by the old radio preacher.








Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Poor Man's Morning and Evening Portions

"The Poor Man's Morning & Evening Portions" by Robert Hawker is an extremely well written and well done devotional. Dr. Hawker was a solid and robustly evangelical preacher and teacher. This devotional is taken largely from his 8th volume of "The Works of Rev. Robert Hawker, D.D. published in 1831. I picked a printed copy and I am thoroughly enjoying this devotional book. Very few devotionals have such spiritual explanations and applications in one paragraph, and Dr. Hawker's work doesn't disappoint. It is loaded with edifying thoughts that aid in setting one's affection on things above! It is called the poor man's portions because Dr. Hawker made these comments and entries accessible to the poor originally published in "penny" portions so that the unfortunate can afford them, then after he died they collected his complete works into 10 volumes. This devotional is the 8th volume of Dr. Hawkers works.

Hard Cover, 4th printing in 2011, 927 pages of great reading, scripture index in the back. Published by Reformation Heritage Books. There is a Kindle edition to this book, just search it out.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Evangelical Hermeneutics

"Evangelical Hermeneutics: The New Versus the Old" by Robert L. Thomas delivers a well reasoned insistence upon retaining the "grammatical-historical" (pre-1970's) method of hermeneutics. Dr. Thomas analyses the landscape of many current theological, translational, linguistic, & cultural issues touched by the more recent and subjective "new" hermeneutic. This book carefully combs through terms that have become clouded by proponents of the "new" hermeneutic simply because many of them retained older terms but ascribed new definitions toward them. Helpful charts and summaries at the end of each chapter allows the reader a simple and straightforward review of the detailed analysis. And when I say detailed, I mean, detailed. It seems that each chapter has no less than about 50-100 footnotes (no joke). Which makes the e-book version upsetting because who ever formatted the ebook version didn't hyperlink the footnotes - - not to mention that on Kindle, this book isn't allowed to be on the loan program. Two strikes IMO for such a costly ebook. That being said, I am sure the printed page is the way to go for this extremely insightful book.

CONTENTS:

Preface
Abbreviations
Chapter 1 The Hermeneutical Landscape

PART 1: The Role of Revisionist Hermeneutics in Altering Interpretive Principles

Chapter 2 The Origin of Preunderstanding: From Explanation to Obfuscation
Chapter 3 A Hermeneutical Ambiguity of Eschatology: The Analogy of Faith
Chapter 4 Dynamic Equivalence: A Method of Translation or a System of Hermeneutics?
Chapter 5 General Revelation and Biblical Hermenuetics
Chapter 6 The Principle of Single Meaning
Chapter 7 Redrawing the Line Between Hermeneutics and Application (by Brian A. Shealy)
Chapter 8 Modern Linguistics and Hermeneutics
Chapter 9 The New Testament Use of the Old Testament
Chapter 10 Genre Override in the Gospels
Chapter 11 Genre Override in Revelation

PART 2: The Role of Revisionist Hermeneutics in Fostering New Doctrines

Chapter 12 The Hermeneutics of Progressive Dispensationalism
Chapter 13 The Hermeneutics of Evangelical Feminism (by Paul W. Felix, Sr.)
Chapter 14 The Hermeneutics of Evangelical Missiology
Chapter 15 Theonomy and the Dating of Revelation
Chapter 16 The Hermeneutics of Open Theism
Chapter 17 Where Do Evangelicals Go from Here?

Scripture Index
Author Index
Subject Index

(C) 2002 by Robert L. Thomas, Published by Kregel Publications. 528 pages of good reading.