Crossway Announces Greek New Testament Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

Crossway Greek NT TyndaleToday Crossway announced the publication of a new Greek New Testament. There is a web page entitled Introducing ‘The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge’ that explains the rationale for this work, including a brief video. Here is a portion of the announcement:

The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge was created under the oversight of editors Dr. Dirk Jongkind (St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge) and Dr. Peter Williams (Tyndale House, Cambridge). Together with their team of scholars, they have taken a rigorously philological approach to reevaluating the manuscripts—reexamining spelling and paragraph decisions as well as allowing more recent discoveries related to scribal habits in the earliest manuscripts to inform editorial decisions.

It definitely looks like a work that ought to be checked out. As always, we welcome input from our readers, so feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Steve Lawson Will Teach Expository Preaching at Grace Bible Institute of Pastoral Studies

Steve Lawson

Danny Thursby recently announced that Grace Bible Institute of Pastoral Studies will be hosing the Institute for Expository Preaching with Dr. Steve Lawson in August of 2018. Dr. Lawson will be talking about  “Preaching With Precision & Power” on Monday, Aug 13, 2018 1:00 PM – Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 1:00 PM CDT. You can register here.

Charles Spurgeon’s Verse Expositions Available For Free

Verse ExpositionsCharles Spurgeon’s Verse Expositions of the Bible are available for purchase in book form here (3 Volumes). However, they are also freely available online at StudyLight.org, as well as in the form a an e-Sword commentary module. Here is the description of the e-Sword module given by the folks at BibleSupport.com:

About Spurgeon’s Expositions of the Bible

Before delivering a sermon, Spurgeon read a portion of Scripture, often interrupting his readings with spontaneous verse by verse comments to expose the Scripture’s meaning and content. Many of these expositions were published at the end of his weekly sermons in The Sword and The Trowel.

However, they have never before been published as a work to themselves. Three volumes are here published under the title Spurgeon’s Expositions of the Bible containing a complete compilation of those expositions. While not every scripture of the Bible was covered in his transcribed expositions, this mammoth project has resulted in a ‘virtual’ concise Bible commentary.

At first glance, expositions of the same passage may appear repetitive, but you will find repeated expositions of the same passages to contain fresh comments each time that he read them. It is the most valuable Bible reference material made available to pastors in a generation, and its value as a family devotional is beyond measure. It is our prayer that these expositions will be blessed of God to the good of many for the glory of Christ.

Spurgeon’s passage expositions show a spontaneity of thought, and have a rhythmic presentation which his written sermons do not contain.

President James A. Garfield described them as “familiar and sensible.” They are also profound, demonstrating his burning desire and urgency to comfort God’s people in declaring the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.

e-Sword Edition

The 3 volumes and 30 megabytes of content are organized by exposition (breaking the material by verse would have broken with Spurgeon’s intent). Not every passage has a comment, but many passages have more than one comment, some more than 5 comments, and a few passage have more than 10 unique comments. It’s interesting to see different perspectives Spurgeon took as he revisited passages over the years.

Book Comments show which passages have comments (since e-Sword cannot provide the user with a top level view of comments).

Although Spurgeon’s sermons are filled with Biblical content and Christian wisdom, I wouldn’t necessarily list him as a good example of expository preaching. However, many of his exegetical insights are available in this resource, which offers the comments he made when he read the texts before preaching on them. They are like a brief, running commentary and are worthwhile reading, to say the least. I highly recommend checking out this resource to discover exegetical thoughts that are not often related in Spurgeon’s actual sermons.

Free Audio Download of ‘The Whole Christ’ by Sinclair Ferguson

The Whole ChristThis month’s free audio download from ChristianAudio.com is The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson. Here is the description from the product page:

Sinclair Ferguson leads readers to rediscover an eighteenth-century debate on law and gospel: the Marrow Controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.

I haven’t yet read or listened to the book myself, but it looks like it would be a good one, and I thought our readers would like to know about it. If you download it and listen to it, perhaps you could let us know what you think in the comments below.

A Good, Brief Article on Calvin and the Servetus Affair

John CalvinJeffrey Stivason, the pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, has written an excellent article entitled Calvin’s Life: The Servetus Affair, in which he counters the common argument accusing Calvin of complicity in the death of Servetus. As he writes in his conclusion:

… how the death of Michael Servetus can be laid at the feet of Calvin is somewhat mystifying and yet it is. What is more, those who oppose Calvin behave much like the caricature they have drawn of him! I am obviously not saying that Calvin was perfect – he was not. However, to lay the death of Servetus at Calvin’s feet is simply to read the evidence of history through an anti-Calvinistic lens and that is not good history. Come to think of it – it’s not very gracious either.

I couldn’t agree more. I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read this article.

e-Sword Version 11.1 Is Available

e-Sword Predestinate

I have been a long time user of e-Sword (alongside BibleWorks) and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a free Bible study software program that rivals many that you would have to pay for and is better than most. This program also makes basic word studies a breeze and has been of great use to those in my congregation to whom I have recommended it. In fact, they often tell me that they love the layout and how user-friendly the program is. There is not a very steep learning curve with this program, so most anyone can catch on to it fairly quickly. The most recent update was made on August 25th and “includes the latest versions of third-party components used within e-Sword,” as well as “many little enhancements and bug fixes.” For those interested, here is a history of updates going back to version 5.

I Shouldn’t Be a Reformed Baptist

I am regularly asked why I don’t go to the largest, fastest growing church where most twenty somethings go in our town. It doesn’t make sense to some why my wife and I choose to be part of a simple average sized church. By Bible-Belt expectations, I shouldn’t want to go to church where the worship is boring and the teaching is irrelevant. However, I find the Reformed Baptist tradition and others like it not only compelling but needed for my generation in particular.

My generation grew up in a declining fundamentalism and a rise in “attractional” or “seeker sensitive” churches. Entertainment started being thrown at us every week in an effort to keep church relevant for teens who seemed to be leaving after having gone off to college. Now we are adults and an entertainment church with a program or ministry to offer for everyone is the assumed model. In this context, many are finding the Reformed tradition refreshing.

Substantive Theology

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

The answer for the restless young Christian is not deemphasizing doctrine but rather a theology that takes God seriously. This is evidenced in the rise of the “Young, Restless and Reformed.” Substance was found where something was obviously lacking.  Reformed theology was the answer to my discontented faith. I found a reasonable faith that not only answered my questions regarding Christianity but quenched a thirst for spiritual growth that lacked what was to be found in contiual substance. This led to an empowering knowledge and relationship with God that then led to experiential devotional practice.

Reformed theology presents us with a God who is more than we realized before, sin that is greater than we previously thought, grace that is even greater, and people who seek a real relationship with God. A real relationship requires that we learn about someone else. Don’t hear me wrong. I’m not saying that professional theologians are the only ones who can truly know God. Rather, I recognize that everyone is a theologian. We want to know God, the question is how are we attempting to know Him? We must find God through Scripture alone, through faith alone, by grace alone, in Christ alone, to God’s glory alone. Anything else will be found lacking.

Substantive Worship

God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24

At least from my experience, there seems to be a growing interest in a liturgical styled church service. Millennials in particular are often attracted to this format of worship and I don’t think it is due to hipster inclination. A simple but serious service is compelling when in most worship experiences casualness replaces reverence. Instead of showing up on Sunday morning to “experience worship” we arrive to participate in worshiping in spirit and in truth. Typically, Reformed churches follow a simple recipe for corporate worship that is Word-centered. Praying God’s Word, Singing God’s Word, Preaching God’s Word, Seeing the Word through Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, as well as fellowshipping around God’s Word. I found these simple but real acts of worship to be fulfilling on Sunday mornings. A Word-centered service that is simple, structured, repetitive, and consistent  becomes attractive because it is what we need.

From a cultural-Christianity perspective it is unlikely that I would be a Reformed Baptist. However unlikely, I am glad that the Lord has brought me to this tradition. Of course no tradition is perfect no matter how thankful we are to be a part. So let us all seek to know God through the scriptures, and worshiping together in spirit and in truth.

Grace and Peace,

Danny Thursby