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Review of Christian Books

The Fundamentals

edited by RA Torrey

Published in the very early 1900s, this collection of faith based essays have been a beacon of truth in the years of attacks from doubters and devils.

The essays start off defending against the documentary hypothesis. This, now largely discredited belief, is that the Pentateuch was thrown together after the Babylonian exile and not written by Moses. I remember being pressured to accept that as truth from one of my High School teachers in the early 70s when she discovered I announced my calling to preach.

So, the first ten or so essays are worth the read although the theory isn’t widely accepted.

Beyond the Mosiac authorship defense, the collection of essays are well worth the time. Every other heresy addressed is still relevant today some 120 years later. The virgin birth, the cross, the resurrection, the new birth, inspiration, and a host of the other fundamentals are vigorously defended.

However, I think the greatest benefit of reading these essays is defining what is meant by fundamentalism. It isn’t believing your group of unique churches are right and everyone else is wrong. Fundamentalism is understanding what is important and locking arms with the larger community to defend it. This book is very, very much worth the read.

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Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

From the Kindle summary:

The American theologian Albert Barnes (1798-1870) was born in Rome, New York. He graduated from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1823 and was later ordained a Presbyterian minister two years later. He was the of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, NJ (1825-1830), and the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia (1830-1867).

He was a moving preacher, but his fame comes mostly from his writings, which enjoyed a wide circulation in Europe and the US. By 1870 more than one million copies had been printed, bringing a high level of Biblical criticism within the reach of the ordinary people.

Kindle Summary

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The Pulpit Commentary


Edited by the Very Rev. H. D. M. Spence, D.D., and by the Rev. Joseph S. Exell, M.A.
One of the largest homiletical commentary sets of its kind, this work gives a verse-by-verse exposition, a translation, and historical and geographical information, followed by the homiletics section including homilies by numerous authors.
Published in 1880-1897; public domain.

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary on the Whole Bible

This was the first real academic commentary that I used when I first started preaching. After all these years, I still regularly turn to it for background information and alternate thoughts on the scripture. JFB is a great resource for you to use in your Bible studies. You can purchase a copy on Amazon here. Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)

The most popular scholarly current commentary of the Bible. This is a very well written, but highly technical, current commentary of the Bible. The footnotes are exhaustive. The only two things that keep me give it my 100% full endorsement is the price and the overly academic diction. However, if you can make it past the price and have a good dictionary to lookup words, it is a great contemporary commentary. You can purchase a copy on Amazon here. Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

John Gill (1697 – 1771) was a Baptist scholar and a Calvinist. His commentary is his most famous work that has stood the test of time. I use John Gill’s commentary often during my teaching although I am not a Calvinist. His research is extensive and he is faithful to the biblical text. You can get a copy of his commentary on Amazon here. Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Thru the Bible: Genesis through Revelation

As a former DJ at a Gospel radio station and radio preacher for decades, J Vernon McGee is one of my heroes in the faith. This commentary has the same tone, spirituality, and common sense in his radio program. If you want a great Bible commentary then you can get a copy on Amazon on this link. Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

I had the opportunity to listen to Wayne Grudem’s six hour presentation on Christian Theology this week based on his exceptional systematic theology text which I read in seminary. I find myself agreeing with Grudem more than most theologians and appreciate the high regard he holds scripture and logic. The only things I have found I disagree with Grudem on are: (1) eternal security, (2) Holy Ghost Baptism, (3) pre-tribulation rapture, and (4) politics in the church. That might sound like a lot but in the six hours of audio, that is only about 20 minutes. I highly recommend either the audio or his book. Both are sound, thoughtful, and not overly academic. My greatest appreciation for Dr Grudem is that he teaches like a Bible teacher and not a philosopher.

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Dake Annotated Reference Bible

Hands down, this is my favorite Bible reference. Brother Dake (1902-1987) put together the best reference for Pentecostal Evangelicals in our libraries. There are a few points that I disagree with Brother Dake but I can count them on the fingers of both hands.

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Sunday School Text Book

You can find several treatments of the International Sunday School Lesson. Personally, I use the NIV® Standard Lesson Commentary® published by the David C Cooke company. I have used this text for more than five years. This gives me a good introduction to the lesson that week. However, it is ONLY an introduction to the lesson. I do not follow their outline during my presentation but I do recommend that you read it, or another comparable text, before listening to my program. It really helps to prepare your heart and mind for the teaching. You can purchase a copy from Amazon for your kindle or https://amzn.to/3PT7nX2.  Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.