My Advice to Students — John Byron Gives 3 Solid Pieces of Advice for Mid-Semester

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9780310327264 (1)By now we’re nearing the middle of the semester, so it’s a good thing we’ve got some timely advice from John Byron, author of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. He has three things to share:

Don’t be in such a rush. Students often see school as a hinderance to fulfilling their calling. Here’s what he tells them: “You only have this opportunity once in your life.” So take advantage of it. The habits you form now will follow you later. Some of these habits include: rushing; frustrating professors; skimping on writing papers.  “These habits will most likely follow you in the pulpit, and you may find you’re frustrating the very people you’re trying to minister to.” Take control of your education. While your institution has required courses, Byron says “Don’t just…

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What One Theme Does 1 & 2 Thessalonians Boil Down To?

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Not such a hard question when it comes to Romans and Galatians. Justification by faith or the righteousness of God, perhaps?

But what about the so-called “stepchild of the Pauline corpus,” 1 and 2 Thessalonians?

That’s how John Byron describes this oft overlooked Pauline letter in his new 1 & 2 Thessalonians commentary in the groundbreaking Story of God Commentary series. And in today’s video he boils down the main theme of the letters to one word: hope.

“What you really do end up with in the letters to the Thessalonians is Paul’s desire to infuse hope into a difficult situation.” He explains the Thessalonians were lacking in hope, for a variety of reasons, and they needed hope for daily living.

Listen to Byron…

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Why Do We Need Paul’s Epistolary “Stepchild”? For Its 2 Stories — An Excerpt from John Byron’s “1 & 2 Thessalonians” (SGBC)

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When you think of Paul you probably don’t immediately think of 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

That’s because they are what John Byron calls “the stepchild of the Pauline corpus.” (1)

In his new commentary on the letters, Byron explains that, while they are often overlooked and neglected, we need them because of their two stories. As Byron describes in the excerpt below:

The first story is about us as much as it is about the Thessalonians, because it’s about a group of believers “struggling to understand their identity in God and the way the church functions in a world that is often hostile toward them.” (1) The other story is about God: “it is not a story that starts with Thessalonica. The Story of God begins…

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New Releases Today — Ordinary, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Mark, and Scripture & Counseling

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This fall sees the release of several informative, engaging, challenging titles that will enhance and equip your teaching and ministry.

Four of those titles release today. Here’s a quick overview:

1) Ordinary

In recent years several books have urged Christians to live a radical, crazy, transformative faith. But what if the Christian life was more mundane and…ordinary? That’s the premise of Michael Horton’s new book. He believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. This book is your people’s guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves them empty with unfulfilled promises. Using this book in…

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How Do Paul’s Thessalonian Letters Connect to God’s Larger Story?

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It isn’t too difficult to see how heavy-hitting books such as Romans and the Corinthians fit within God’s larger Story, given their theological motifs of law vs. grace, Jew vs. Gentile, circumcision vs. uncircumcision.

For books like 1 & 2 Thessalonians it’s a different story. How are they part of God’s larger Story—an ancient story that begins with Israel and has expanded to include the church?

Revealing that is part of John Byron’s goal in his new commentary on these oft overlooked letters that’s part of the unique, innovative The Story of God Commentary series.

What I love about this commentary series is how it deliberately connects each passage to God’s larger narrative movement. It helps students of Scripture do three things:

listen to the passage in concert with the wider biblical witness; explain

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