Friday, August 21, 2015

Two Gospel tracts to consider


If you are like me then you are always on the look out for good Gospel tracts to use for personal soul-winning or evangelism. I looked up printmytract.com and submitted two articles that became Gospel tracts. You can access them here and here. One is called "Saving Faith" and the other is "Calvary's Darkest Hours." I trust that these would be something useful and I look forward to submitting a couple more articles in the near future, Lord willing. Take a look and tell me what you think. Be well!







Thursday, August 13, 2015

Independent Baptist bookstores to consider

Here are some online Independent Baptist bookstores that are worth looking into. Happy book hunting!

Bible Baptist Church Publications, Cromwell, CT

Bible Baptist Church Publications, Oak Harbor, WA

Bible For Today

Challenge Press-Book Haven

Evangelist Ted Alexander Bookstore

Fairhaven Baptist Church Bookstore

For the Love of the Family Bookstore

Independent Baptist Books/ibadirect.com

Local Church Bible Publishers

Mercy & Truth Ministries

Pillar and Ground Publishing

Starr Publications

Tabernacle Bookshop

Way of Life Bookstore

Also if your church (assuming that it is a New Testament, Bible-based, Baptist church) has a book table, or a bookstore, or a smaller type of a bookstore that would be a good place to find some worth while reading materials, no doubt. If you know of any good online Baptist bookstores for me to consider, please feel free to recommend them in the comments sections (heads up: any ones I disagree with won't be posted though, just saying). Be well.






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.