A commentary that eerily sounds like Genesis 3:4

Someone recently gave me a copy of “The Ryrie Study Bible” published by Moody Press (last copyrighted in 1978). Based on the New American Standard translation (last copyrighted in 1977), this study Bible contains a “Gospel Harmony” section, a topical index, multiple maps, multiple time-lines, numerous chain-reference scriptures, a table for weights, measure and coins, a breakdown of Jesus’ parables, a schedule to read the Bible in a year, ample space for marginal notes and a footnote commentary provided by Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D..

Despite all of the “extras” that came with this copy of the Bible, I took the book for one specific reason – I did not have a hard-copy of a NAS Bible. So I took the book and started reading.

Now, whenever I check out a translation for the first time, I have a few “go-to” scriptures in the Old and New Testament that I read in order to get a basic understanding of the original translator’s goal, namely: were they attempting to make a beneficial word-for-word translation for the reader, or were they inserting their own theological point-of-view by making a word-for-thought translation to influence the reader. Continue reading

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Two new biblical commentaries for the library

On our way into Nashville this afternoon, we stopped by McKay’s used bookstore. It was our first trip to the store this time around. They had a lot of biblical commentaries. I picked up two, both appear to be brand new. Continue reading

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new website

“Words of Wisdom” radio programs, Bible outlines, Sermons, Power Points, Debate Charts, Bible articles, are available on:


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The Scene at my Desk

On my left, I have my commentaries for the Gospel of John [for sermon preparation] and Revelation [Wednesday night Bible class]. On my right, my New Testament and a a pack of Sugar Free Werther’s. Ready for action!

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Beautiful Writing

When I study commentaries for a lesson or article/book, I look for powerful information and beautiful writing. In the latter category, one of the most poetic and engaging writers is John Phillips. We apparently share the belief that we should write so as to be quoted.  Not with abstract flights of fancy, but with concise, penetrating prose that remains with the reader’s imagination.

I am reading his commentary on Philippians for a sermon on 4:6-8, and I came across this gem, “A great river of peace was thrown like a moat around the citadel of his soul.” Wow.

Let me hasten to add, that Guy N. Woods certainly wrote to be quoted and his pen was powerful. May we strive to be such writers!

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Daily Nudge: favorite Corinthian verse — and news

From 1-2 Corinthians choose a favorite verse or short passage and explain why it’s special to you. Paul runs the gamut of subjects and approaches in these two letters, so there’s something for everyone.

While you’re at it, name a commentary or book on some part or the whole of these two letters that you find especially helpful.

Tomorrow is a holiday here, so some churches have activities planned, a weekend camp session, cookouts, things like that. What’s happening among the saints in your part of the world?

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I wish Guy N. Woods had written more commentaries, he was an absolute treasure!

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Annoying Commentaries

I hate it when you buy a commentary and all it does is tell you what is wrong with the text, how the names are wrong and why the text doesn’t mean what it says.  C’ mon! Who knew Satan wrote commentaries!