A Commentary Short?May 11, 2007
Preaching on Jeremiah’s prophecy one week and expounding Luke’s gospel the next has been an insightful experience for me. Not only have I found the content diverse (and certainly the preaching experience!) but I’ve noticed differences in preparation. For some reason it has been much easier for me to prepare the Old Testament material.
“I think with Luke we’re a commentary or two short”, I relayed to a colleague.
It seems that with Jeremiah we have a greater depth of more technical commentaries as well as a fair selection of books geared toward practical application. But with Luke, things are more limited. Once I’m through Marshall and Bock, Calvin and Morris, Hendricksen and Ryle, I’m there.
Yet more often than not, I still have some thinking to do. Some questions remain unanswered; or at least I’d like to hear one or two more perspectives. And since the weight of commentaries is toward the more technical end, I’ve also lacked valuable help in thinking about how to communicate the text today.
I don’t mean to suggest, of course, that commentaries are indispensable. Certainly not. But they can be a great stimulus. So, on the assumption that they can be useful, would you agree that we can read too few commentaries in sermon preparation?
* Feminism in Your Church and Home with Russell Moore, Randy Stinson, and C.J. Mahaney, over at Nine Marks interviews.
* A new Puritan’s website.
* So you’re thinking of being a pastor?
* Over at Shepherd’s Scrapbook, some links to Hughes Oliphant Old’s The Reading and Preaching of Scripture in the worship of the Christian church
* I hope this kind of thing never comes to British shores: Clowns Communion
* The Faithful Preacher (by Thabiti Anyabwile) gets reviewed over at Discerning Reader
* The next generation of i-pod waits in the wings (HT: Take your Vitaminz)