This week two new books have come to my attention that I thought readers of this blog would be interested in knowing about (if you don’t already!).
The first is a book on preaching by Albert Mohler. The book is called He Is Not Silent: Preaching to Postmoderns. When I think about Christians who know the culture well and can address it from a thoughtful, biblical faithful way, Dr. Mohler is one first people I think of. Furthermore, Mohler is an excellent preacher. Having attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I was able to hear Mohler speak on several occasions and was always well-fed.
Of this book, the publishers says:
“Is contemporary preaching suffering from an infatuation with technology, a focus on felt needs, an absence of the gospel? Mohler thinks preaching has fallen on hard times! Join him as he examines the public exposition of the Bible and explains why the church can’t survive without it. A commanding exhortation and an encouragement to pulpit ministers.”
The other book that sparked my interest is a commentary on James by Craig Blomberg and Mariam Karnell. To be honest, the book itself did not grab me so much as the information that came with it. Zondervan is producing a new series called the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Zondervan’s website says,
“Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the ZECNT brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of the commentary.”
What is perhaps most exciting is to see some of the future entires in this series – Thomas Schreiner on Galatians, Robert Yarbourgh on 2 Peter and Jude, Doublas Moo on Hebrews, and Greg Beale on 1 and 2 Timothy. Many of the others look good as well, but frankly, these have me stoked!