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All Endorsements by Dale Ralph Davis

1.

Bible Overview

Bible Overview
"Steve has a fever for the Bible and is desperate to infect you! Let him."

 

2.

How Does God Treat His Friends?

How Does God Treat His Friends?
"Here is an expository gem. Bob Fyall gives us a non-technical guide to Job that is both digestible and substantial, both clear and warm. This book is my first choice for anyone who wants to get a 'handle' on Job--and to meet the God of grace lurking in its pages."

 

3.

Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy
"He keeps the connectedness of the text before us and yet can dash off to capture a Hebrew participle or suffix, pilfer a bit of Near Eastern background, or serve up the succinct result of a word study - all to light up a passage."

 

4.

Teaching 1 Kings

Teaching 1 Kings
Reading Bob Fyall's Teaching 1 Kings is like walking into a hermeneutical candy store! He is a master at condensing the flow of a narrative, all the while keeping his finger on the jugular vein of the text. He is guilty of biblical over-stimulation. If you're planning on preaching First Kings (or preaching in it), get this book; if you're not planning to preach First Kings, get this book and you'll want to preach First Kings.

 

5.

Roots

Roots
"This is vintage Motyer; it is affectionate--the writer's sheer delight in 'the law of the Lord' tends to ooze out from behind the print; it is fresh--he's familiar with the scholarly waterfront but Jacob-like has wrestled and stewed over these texts himself (and his struggle is our gain); it is devious, for Alec clearly wants to hook you on the Old Testament! Huge kudos to 'Focus' for this format."

 

6.

Matthew Volume 1 (Chapters 1-13)

Matthew Volume 1 (Chapters 1-13)
"My head hurts when I think of how Knox Chamblin weighed and worried over every Greek word or phrase in every sentence of Matthew's Gospel and then has pulled it all together into a lucid and connected whole. And my heart is grateful for a commentary like this--that is thorough (he simply 'milks' the text), clear (both in its organization and in his positions), and 'pushy' (in driving us to worship). Chamblin clearly wants me to understand Matthew and to stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene. Knox Chamblin is in vintage form here: relentlessly nailing us to the text and always wobbling on the edge of doxology."

 

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Matthew Volume 2 (Chapters 14-28)

Matthew Volume 2 (Chapters 14-28)
"What, you might say, am I to do with 2 volumes and 1,400 pages on Matthew? Well, what should you do if given two million pounds? Spend it, of course--but not all at once. So with Chamblin's Matthew. Preach an Advent series--and use Chamblin on chapters 1-2; then preach from the Old Testament and come back to the Sermon on the Mount--and use Chamblin on chapters 5-7; then map out a series on Matthew's passion narrative--and use Chamblin on chapters 26-28. I'm not a hypocrite--I'm using him on Matthew 13 even as I write this!"

 

8.

Rich

Rich
"Not a safe book. Peter Dickson is a bit sneaky (the book is so engagingly written) and yet terribly stubborn (he refuses to offer you a bland, smooth, mass-market, shrink-wrapped Jesus). So reading it may make you savingly angry or fearfully grateful-either of which will be okay. I find so refreshing this combination of contemporary clarity and old, rugged gospel."

 

9.

Finding God in the Darkness

Finding God in the Darkness
I think there is a kind of 'undertow' one feels when reading through this book; one feels caught by a quiet assurance that all we've heard about God's strong grace is true.

 

10.

Coping With Change - Ecclesiastes

Coping With Change - Ecclesiastes
Perhaps the most helpful feature of Kaiser's treatment is that he believes the book has a discernible plan and a traceable argument and that Qoheleth was not a cynical old goat who drank Drano or vinegar for breakfast. That makes a difference in the way you understand Ecclesiastes. Buy your own copy and find out how.

 

11.

Preaching?

Preaching?
Alec's succinct and stirring treatise on preaching makes me wish wholeheartedly that I could start all over again-in that blessed privilege of preaching, praying and pastoring.

 

12.

The First Chapters of Everything

The First Chapters of Everything
Deceptively clear and digestible style... He is preoccupied with 'What is God saying to us here?' and refuses to allow the elephant of secondary issues to stand between us and the Genesis text (though he provides additional notes for the curious). Here is a book I found refreshing my spirit, stimulating my mind, and nourishing my soul.

 

13.

Prayer, Praise & Prophecy

Prayer, Praise & Prophecy
...a marvellous handbook to the Psalms. If I were teaching a course on the Psalms, this would be my textbook.

 

14.

Jeremiah Volume 1 (Chapters 1-20)

Jeremiah Volume 1 (Chapters 1-20)
This commentary is refreshing-it actually explains the text of Jeremiah. John L. Mackay knows the critical speculations about the text but doesn't bore us with them. He avoids nothing; he ploughs through every bit of the text and gives a lucid explanation of it. Mackay will not write your sermon for you but gives you what you need to write your sermon - a clear understanding of what the text says.

 

15.

Jeremiah Volume 2 (Chapters 21-52)

Jeremiah Volume 2 (Chapters 21-52)
This commentary is refreshing-it actually explains the text of Jeremiah. John L. Mackay knows the critical speculations about the text but doesn't bore us with them. He avoids nothing; he ploughs through every bit of the text and gives a lucid explanation of it. Mackay will not write your sermon for you but gives you what you need to write your sermon - a clear understanding of what the text says.

 

16.

Under the Thorn Tree

Under the Thorn Tree
Richard is both fervently pro-revival and utterly sane. Best of all, it's a book on revival with the gospel at the heart of it.

 

17.

Anthems for a Dying Lamb

Anthems for a Dying Lamb
Don't rush through this book; it should be savored bit by bit. You can bask in its fresh insights, squirm under its searching exposure - and all the while Dr Ross keeps you firmly tethered to Jesus. Here is a mind-filling, soul-nourishing, Christ-focused feast!

 


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