6 Surprising Things You Need to Know about Matthew’s Christmas Story
There are two versions of the Christmas story: the one reflected in Christmas carols and pageants; the other version most forget—Matthew’s Christmas story.
“Matthew’s version of our favorite holiday,” Rodney Reeves explains in his new Matthew commentary (SGBC series), “is hardly recognizable except for the star and the three wise men. Joseph nearly divorcing Mary, Herod’s diabolical ploy, the slaughter of the innocents, the flight to Egypt, waiting for a wicked king to die—none of these things make the cover of Christmas cards” (61).
Yet we need this story for the things Matthew wants to tell us about Immanuel’s story.
In his commentary on Matthew 1:18–2:23, Reeves outlines several important insights into the passage. Below we’ve given you six surprising things you need to know about Matthew’s Christmas story this…
What is the Purpose of the Book of Daniel? An Excerpt from the Story of God Bible Commentary
“The book of Daniel is often read for its contribution to our understanding of end-times events, but sometimes Christians have been so obsessed with this that we have missed its main message…”
The book of Daniel is often read for its contribution to our understanding of end-times events, but sometimes Christians have been so obsessed with this that we have missed its main message: God is in control, no matter how things look, and his kingdom will one day fill the earth. This message grows out of the…
How You Can Preach the Purpose and Theology of the Book of Daniel
With so much global uncertainty and unease, it’s easy to forget what the book of Daniel reminds us: God is the King of kings!
Old Testament scholar Wendy L. Widder explores this crucial anthem in her new Daniel commentary (Story of God Bible Commentary series). While Christians have been obsessed with how Daniel reveals end-times events, she argues we’ve often missed its pivotal message—one we need now more than ever:
God is in control, no matter how things look, and his kingdom will one day fill the earth. (14)
Widder explains that this message grows out of the book’s primary theme: the kingdom of God. “The book reveals why God is the king of all kings, and it offers perspective on how citizens of his kingdom should live while they…
Special Access and Endurance – An Excerpt From Romans (The Story of God Bible Commentary Series)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)
Approaching Holy Week brings our thoughts to the implications of Christ’s work on the cross. In his new commentary on Romans (The Story of God Bible Commentary Series) Michael Bird leads through the text of Romans 5 with humor and depth of insight into the great gift we are given and the hope that results.
Reflect on this excerpt of the commentary from Romans 5:1-11:
The summative nature of Paul’s language easily lends itself to application in both the ancient Roman churches and in the contemporary ones, especially in relation to the real meaning of our salvation and how it proves to be transformative for our own character…
What One Theme Does 1 & 2 Thessalonians Boil Down To?
(Can’t see the video? Watch it here)
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…
A New Bible Commentary for the Global Church (Video with Michael Bird)
The Story of God Bible Commentary series may be the most diverse commentary series in evangelical history.
Listen to these comments from Michael Bird, one of the Associate Editors for the commentary's volumes on the New Testament.
The contributors to this series come from a diverse array of backgrounds. This is a broad evangelical project with an unprecedented number of women [as contributors]…
There's a real diversity. Gender…but also race, in terms of ethnic background and in terms of global experience. Because we're writing this for the global church. And I think diversity in unity is a good thing—and if you don’t believe me, go read 1 Corinthians.
It's good to get this cacophony of voices, this harmony…when you get different kinds of people together, reading Scripture, in the context of the…