272 pages | $22.99 | Hardcover | Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
Summary: Douglas O’Donnell shows, in this redemptive-historical, biblical, practical, and expositional commentary, that Ecclesiastes answers two key questions that worry everybody in the depths of their minds. The first is “What does man gain from all the toil at which he toils under the sun?”—the answer being “nothing.” The second follows: “In light of such vanity—the fact that our work and knowledge and pleasures and possessions are ultimately made futile by death—how then should we live this temporary life under the sun?” The answer is surprisingly simple: we are to abandon human illusions of self-importance, put aside all pretense of pride, and embrace divine wisdom. “The Preacher” of Ecclesiastes says that this is “the end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (12:13). O’Donnell explains how these two key ideas inform the text of Ecclesiastes and the practical instruction that flows from them.
About the Author:
Douglas Sean O’Donnell (MA, Trinity Evangelical Division School; MA, Wheaton College Graduate School) is the Senior Pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is also the author of God’s Lyrics: Rediscovering Worship through Old Testament Songs.
288 pages | $24.99 | Hardcover | Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
Summary: Many Christians around the world today face severe persecution, while others daily feel the weight of cultural pressure against them. The apostle Peter speaks to this as he reminds us that Christians are aliens and exiles in an often-hostile empire. Yet we are simultaneously the chosen of God, equipped by Jesus’ works for us and in us to live faithfully in our dual identity.
In this exposition of 1 Peter, Daniel Doriani explains how the work of Christ enables Christians to live with hope, joy, and faithfulness in a pagan world. He also explores Peter’s emphasis on the kind of life that pleases God – a life that includes respect for authorities, just or unjust; godly behavior as a wife, husband, or elder; and, by God’s grace, good deeds, courage, and a firm stand in the face of trials.
About the Author:
Daniel M. Doriani is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. Previously he was senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Missouri.
The Reformed Expository Commentary Series:
As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, these expositions are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.