Finally, A Commentary by South Asian Scholars for South Asian Readers
Several years ago an American friend worked with pastors in Ukraine, offering ministry encouragement and strategic insights. At his first meeting he was greeted by a baseball diamond diagram popularized by an American book helping churches supercharge their ministry. They were using it to help guide their Eastern European churches.
He thought the baseball analogy was contextually out of place. Instead of importing American ministry strategies, he encouraged these leaders to create contextual ones for their indigenous ministries.
The same could be said for Bible commentaries.
Biblical insights from Western commentaries can be helpful elsewhere. Yet non-Western churches need resources to explain the Bible, relate its meaning to specific contexts, and apply Scripture to their life and ministry. Now we have such a resource for South Asia.
The new South…
D. A. Carson Explains the Essence and Importance of Biblical Theology
The major contribution of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is that it focuses on a biblical theology for personal Bible reading. Recently, D. A. Carson, general editor, was interviewed on John Piper’s podcast about this freshly-conceived study Bible. He explored the essence of biblical theology and why it matters to the devotional life of ordinary Christians.
First, he explained the two foci of biblical theology:
You work carefully with each book or corpus (e.g. the Synoptics) to understand what God is saying through that corpus at the time before exploring how it contributes to the canon. You track themes that run through the Bible, tying them together. There are 20 large themes and 60 smaller ones, which include atonement, covenant, messiah, and kingdom.
Carson closes by explaining why a study Bible that emphasizes biblical theology is important for lay readers. He…
Meet the Scholars Behind the NIV Zondervan Study Bible
One of the strengths of the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible is that it’s been forged and fashioned through the contributions of sixty scholars, drawn from around the world and across the denominational and theological spectrum. Contributors include:
Kevin DeYoung Tim Keller Karen Jobes Bruce Waltke Henri Blocher Craig Blomberg Simon Gathercole
Stewarding the notes and in-depth essays was a committee of five OT and NT scholars, including: D. A. Carson, Doug Moo, Richard Hess, T. D. Alexander, and Andy Naselli.
“While all good study Bibles shed light on the biblical text,” Alexander explains, “the NIV Zondervan Study Bible offers something fresh. It does so by drawing on the experience of gifted scholars who have a common desire to teach the word of God faithfully.”
Watch D. A. Carson introduce some of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible’s contributing scholars,…
Biblical Theology, Harry Potter, and the NIV Zondervan Study Bible
What do Harry Potter and the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible have in common? Assistant professor and assistant editor Andy Naselli explains. In the four insightful videos below Naselli tells the story of this freshly-conceived study Bible, revealing its benefits and explaining its uniqueness.
First, Naselli explores a distinctive feature of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible and how it fits with the 5 theological disciplines. Where some study Bibles focus on systematic theology, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible focuses primarily on exegesis and biblical theology. “In general exegesis analyzes, and biblical theology synthesizes. Exegesis helps you read the Bible’s storyline with precision, and biblical theology helps you exegete with the Bible’s storyline in view.” Watch him share how this new study Bible executes this mission.
Next, he explains how Harry Potter helps illustrate biblical theology. As he tells it, the…
Understand the Bible and God Better with the NIV Zondervan Study Bible
Last month, Zondervan was pleased to release a ground-breaking new study Bible built on the most widely-read English Bible translation, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. In the two videos below, general editor D. A. Carson explains its scope and benefits.
One of his more insightful revelations is the framework of the ZSB: Where other study Bibles have chosen to build upon systematic theology, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is rooted in biblical theology. Not only do the notes follow this trajectory. Twenty-eight essays at the end pick up certain themes and follow them through the whole Bible as well.
As Carson explains, “It’s not looking at the Bible’s themes from a distance giving a summarizing view, but it tracks the themes throughout the Bible as they go.” Some of those themes include: Kingdom, Jerusalem, the consummation,…
10 Practical Steps for Living as an Ecclesial Theologian
As we begin another seminary school year and restart our church ministries post-summer, I’d like to recommend a vision of pastoral leadership and ministry that’s sorely lacking in the contemporary church:
The pastor theologian.
This vision is offered to future pastors and existing pastors alike by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson in their new book The Pastor Theologian.
Their vision “represents a return to the day when pastors wrote theology that was richly theological, deeply biblical, historically informed, culturally aware, explicitly pastoral, and prophetic.” (86)
In particular, Hiestand and Wilson advocate resurrecting the pastor-theologian model exemplified by Irenaeus, Augustine, and Calvin: the ecclesial theologian.
Here is an overview of 10 practical ways you can live this calling…
Brueggemann, Gaventa, & McKnight Share Stories of Faith and Scholarship
I became a scholar (or teacher, or pastor) because of my professor, Professor x.
That’s the premise of a new collection of life stories by a diverse group of prominent Bible scholars, called I (Still) Believe.
It was the hope of editors John Byron and Joel Lohr “that more than anything the contributors present real stories, with all the complexities and struggles they may hold. And they do.” (13) The result is a deeply personal, at times surprising extended conversation with eighteen leading biblical scholars of our day.
Below are three stories of faith and scholarship, from Walter…
Prepare for Fall – eBook Sale
The store shelves filled with school supplies and dorm wares are a reminder that summer is coming to an end. For professors and pastors this means preparing hearts and minds for the coming academic and ministry year.
Here are a few recommendations for encouraging reads to help you ease from the last vestiges of summer into fall. This eBook sale features recently released The Emotionally Healthy Leader, now $7.99 (65% off!). Bestselling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how contemplative spirituality holds profound implications for surviving stress.
The Emotionally Healthy Leader | Peter Scazzero | $7.99 (65% off!) Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated and Expanded | Peter Scazzero | $3.99 (63% off) The Pastor’s Ministry…
Ministry and Mission [Awakening Faith]
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17)
Our Lord Jesus Christ appointed his apostles to be guides and teachers of the world and stewards of his divine mysteries. He asked them to shine out like lamps to cast their light not only on the Jews, but on every country under the sun and on people settled in distant lands. These holy men became the pillars of truth, and Jesus said that he was “sending them just as the Father had sent him” (John 17:18).
These words make clear the dignity of the apostolate and the glory of the power given to them, but they also give them a hint about the methods they are to adopt in their apostolic mission. For if Christ sent out…
A Taxonomy of the Term – An Excerpt from The Pastor Theologian
In chapter 6 of their recent release The Pastor Theologian, Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson take the opportunity to explain the three categories they refer to as “Pastor Theologian.”
The Pastor Theologian: A Taxonomy
In the previous two chapters, we detailed the negative effects on the church that have come about through the bifurcation of the theologian and the pastor. In sum, this divorce has led to the theological anemia of the church and the ecclesial anemia of theology. What, then, might be the solution to these twin dilemmas?
Our answer, of course, is a recovery of the pastor theologian. The return of theologians to the pastorate addresses the theological anemia that has plagued pastoral ministry since the Enlightenment. This, in turn, provides a vital and now-missing resource for deepening the theological integrity of the people…
Which Type of Pastor Theologian Are You: Local, Popular, or Ecclesial?
In their new book Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson have identified one of the more important crises of our day: the divorce of the theologian and the pastor. The result is theological and ecclesial anemia.
Their book offers an ancient antidote. It resurrects a vision for the ministerial vocation that’s theologically engaged yet pastoral in essence: the Pastor Theologian.
What is a pastor theologian, you ask? Every pastor is their congregation’s primary theologian. And all pastors are called to provide theological leadership. Yet there are “those within pastoral community who have unique theological interests and gifting.” (80)
These are whom Hiestand and Wilson have in mind. They engage with theology for the sake of their local church. They also construct and disseminate…
Rich in Grace [Awakening Faith]
They recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:10)
Therefore, when the apostle Peter was on his way up to the temple and was asked for alms by the lame man, he replied, “Silver and gold I have not; but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk” (Acts 3:6). What is more sublime than this humility? And what could be richer than this poverty? Though Peter cannot assist with money, he can confer the gift of a restored nature. With a word Peter brought healing to the man who had been lame from birth; he could not give a coin with Caesar’s image, but he…