An Invitation to Academic Studies / Jay D. Green
Christians agree that our faith should inform and shape our learning. But have we ever considered the ways that academic study could cultivate and nourish our faith? When Christian education elevates theology and philosophy at the expense of other disciplines, we miss vital opportunities to explore how those disciplines can help us understand God’s kingdom.
Jay Green believes academic study is something to be not just endured, but embraced for its potential in studying God’s world. He explores the church’s relationship with the academy, and different approaches Christians have proposed to it, before proposing an approach of his own to help us not ignore or flee from scholarly study, but use it for God.
John / Richard D. Phillips
"Although there are many commentaries on the Gospel of John, there are far too few that combine careful scholarship, deep theological reflection, and a pastoral heart. Thankfully, this commentary by Rick Phillips is one of them. Clearly born out of many years of preaching and teaching, this commentary is a must-read for modern day pastors who not only want to understand the text but also want to apply it to the lives of their congregation.”
—Michael Kruger, President, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte Campus
“Richard Phillips’ exposition of John explains the text clearly, but it also sings, marvels, and gets its hands dirty in real life illustrations. What a great combination of biblical exegesis, doctrine rooted in the Reformation, and practical application! This is a great sermon commentary for pastors, and an extremely helpful book of all Christians desiring to grow in their love for Him who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’”
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Rick Phillips’ two volumes of expositional commentary on the Gospel of John will become constant friends and “go-to” companions for those charged with the daunting task of preaching the depths of the fourth gospel. The whole of Phillips’ work maintains an unwavering focus on the apostle’s grand purpose of leading his readers to believe that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God’ -- so that each exposition is Gospel-rich. Calvin himself would be pleased with the commitment to lectio continua wherein each text is treated in the salutary sequence of its context so that the truths of the gospel unfold in their spirit- breathed richness. The fact that these expositions have been delivered in the living context of the church, give them and depth and piquancy that many of the standard commentaries lack. Those who preach the Word will also find these twin volumes full of fresh insights and homiletical inspiration – good friends indeed.
—R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus College Church in Wheaton