Posts from September 2013

Teach the Text Commentary Series

By Kenneth Way Sep. 30, 2013 6:55 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

2013 is the inaugural year of an innovative biblical commentary series edited by John Walton and Mark Straus (published by Baker Books).  It’s called Teach the Text because that is what it is about: helping people to teach the biblical text effectively.  It combines literary, background and exegetical analysis with theological, pedagogical and homiletical discussion.  But it does this in a surprisingly concise and accessible manner.  


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Why a Commentary?

By Tom Finley Sep. 24, 2013 8:31 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

A Bible reader might justifiably ask, “Why would I need a commentary?” Some prefer to read the Bible for themselves so that they won’t be influenced by the opinions of others. They want to learn solely through what the Holy Spirit teaches them, and perhaps they even think to support their desire through Scriptures such as John 16:13 or Jeremiah 31:33–34. Besides the fact that the context won’t support such an interpretation from those passages, there are some good reasons why a commentary can be not only helpful for understanding the Bible but even highly beneficial.

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What Am I Preaching on Sunday?

By Kenneth Berding Sep. 19, 2013 11:42 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Yesterday I spent about 45 minutes talking and praying with one of my current students.  Four months ago he was invited to step into the role of youth pastor in his church, and now finds himself responsible for preparing and teaching a message every Friday and Sunday.  Two messages a week!  And this for someone who has only done a bit of preaching in the past…  He shared with me (and I share this entire post with his permission) that the single hardest thing he has faced in his new role as youth pastor is the agonizing decision of what to preach each week.

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I Am Here For The Church

By Joe Hellerman Sep. 18, 2013 8:42 a.m. Church Life, Spiritual Formation

Remember 7th grade, when your English teacher taught you how to diagram sentences? You know, “main clause,” “subordinate clause,” and all that other stuff you have likely forgotten long ago?

I still diagram sentences. And I teach my students how to diagram sentences, too—Greek sentences! 

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Book Announcement: Embracing Shared Ministry

Sep. 10, 2013 1:09 p.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

The following is the first in a series of faculty book announcements that will appear on the Good Book Blog in the coming months.

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Every Bible Translation Does What?!

By Kenneth Berding Sep. 4, 2013 12:51 p.m. Apologetics, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

Dave Brunn recently gave a gift to the English-speaking church in his book One Bible, Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal? (IVP, 2013). Dave Brunn is a professional translator and trainer of translator-wannabes within New Tribes Mission.  To the best of my knowledge, he has never worked on an English-language translation project.  His translational claim to fame is a translation of the Bible (done alongside dedicated national co-translators) into Lamogai, one of the multitude of languages in Papua New Guinea.  Consequently, Dave Brunn brings an outsider’s perspective to our recent English translation battles.  (You know what I’m talking about, the “mine is the best translation and all others are suspect” battles.)  And his outsider’s perspective is clarifying and challenging.

Here is a summary of the book, in the author’s own words (from pages 189-190), focusing on what translations share, rather than how they differ.

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