The Value of Really Old Commentaries

Of the various commentaries I use while studying Scripture and writing sermons, I keep going back to some of the very old ones. I very much enjoy the commentaries of Chrysostom, Augustine, Cyril of Alexandria, and so on. These ancient commentaries have spiritual insight into the text that many modern technical commentaries miss. There is …

Love, Fellowship, and the Church (Stott)

Reading through parts of John Stott's Basic Christianity again is a pleasant exercise. This afternoon I was reading the section Stott wrote about the church. The whole section is too long to share here, but I've put some parts of it below. May it be a source of encouragement and direction for you today! Sin …

Free Rest! (Bonar)

Here's a very helpful devotional commentary on many parts of Scripture: Light and Truth by Horatius Bonar. [Bonar was a 19th century Scottish pastor and hymn writer. For example, he wrote "Not What My Hands Have Done"]. Light and Truth isn't a commentary on every passage of Scripture. Instead, it's a devotional sort of commentary …

Why Did Jesus Speak Obscurely? (Chrysostom)

Have you ever been reading through the Gospels and found Christ's words somewhat puzzling? I certainly have. To be sure, many of Jesus' words are quite clear and understandable. But he did say things that are more difficult to understand at first glance. A question arises: Why didn't Jesus always and in every circumstance speak, …

Our Last Enemy Already Subdued (Duncan)

This is an awesome part of John "Rabbi" Duncan's sermon on Revelation 1:17-18 (When I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, and the one who lives! I was …

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