Reading Proverbs In the Context of the Old and New Testament

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9780310491132One of my seminary professors used to cheekily refer to common Christian devotional practices as our “daily bread crumb.” Meaning: we often take a verse or even part of a verse and spin out a comforting crumb of exhortation at the expense of the whole loaf of biblical bread—whether the surrounding pericope or greater.

Perhaps with no other place in Scripture do we do this than with Proverbs. Ryan O’Dowd offers an important reminder in his new commentary on Proverbs (Story of God Bible Commentary) when studying this book:

such casual study of individual proverbs can be shortsighted, both because it is apt to overlook the endless depth of each saying and also because the sayings take on a whole new life in the…

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Christian Behavior in a Hostile Environment – An Excerpt from 1 Peter (SGBC)

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In today’s excerpt from 1 Peter, the newest installment of the Story of God Bible Commentary series, Dennis Edwards teaches us about behaviors that foster Christian unity, and how we are expected to behave in a hostile environment.

9780310327301First: LISTEN TO THE STORY

1 Peter 3:8–12

The sideways glances, insults, and dismissive attitudes that Christians sometimes face in our North American context are far from what might be called persecution, but they can still hurt. The way that we respond to those who demean us says much about the nature of our faith. When we respond well, we display the character of our Lord Jesus himself. Responding well means taking a “high road” when bullied and not retaliating in kind. Peter echoes the…

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What Does Genesis 12:1–3 Mean, Why Does It Matter?

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GenesisEarlier this year, we released another volume in the landmark The Story of God Bible Commentary series, written by none other than venerable Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III.

In Genesis, Longman helps pastors and teachers help those they shepherd live and apply the Story to real life. It also offers them a sturdy resource for hearing the voice of God in the text and finding an accessible explanation of its passages.

Let’s look at how Longman explains and applies Genesis 12:1–3—an important set of verses to be sure!

“One cannot overestimate the importance of these three verses not only for the Abraham story and the Pentateuch but for the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments.” (159)

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Is Noah’s Flood Still Relevant? Longman Offers 6 Ways to Live the Story

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GenesisA few weeks ago, another volume in the landmark The Story of God Bible Commentary series was released. And by none other than the venerable Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III.

Genesis offers pastors, students, and interested Christians a sturdy resource for hearing the voice of God in the text and finding an accessible explanation of its passages. But like all SGBC volumes, this one goes further than most Genesis commentaries: Not only does it help us hear and explore the Story, it helps us live it.

Reading the Bible is not just about discovering what it meant back then; the intent of The Story of God Bible Commentary is to probe how this text might be lived out today as that story continues to march on in…

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Why Did Paul Write Romans? Michael Bird Offers 5 Possible Reasons

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9780310327189Like many practitioners, my shelves groan under the weight of a cohort of Romans commentators, including: Cranfield, Dunn, Fitzmyer, Jewett, Moo, Nanos, Schreiner, and, of course, Luther, Calvin, and Barth.

It’s time to add another: Bird.

Michael Bird’s new Romans commentary is a worthy addition to our shelves. Not only because he exploits Romans’s narrative world and situates the letter within the broader biblical story. But because of how he views Romans, which informs his commentary:

Romans is a word of exhortation, a masterpiece of missional theology, culturally savvy apologetics, christological exegesis, pastoral care, theological exposition, and artful rhetoric… (11)

His Romans-In-Brief helps answer our question. So does the history of interpretation…

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Tremper Longman on Genesis’ Theological Message and the Story of God

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GenesisGenesis. What a fascinating book. And not a little controversial! It’s also profoundly “theologically rich,” according to Tremper Longman III.

In his new Genesis commentary in the ground-breaking Story of God Bible Commentary series Longman argues, “it provides a foundation for the knowledge of God and his human creatures’ relationship with him.” (13)

He goes on to reveal how “varied and profound” its theological teachings are. Each part contains a “unique focus” and makes an “important theological contribution.” Which is why we’ve provided commentary from Longman on Genesis’ theological message and its relationship to the Story of God.

It will help you grasp the significance of reading Genesis in its Old Testament context, from…

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Live The Story – An Excerpt From Romans (The Story of God Bible Commentary Series)

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Continuing after last week’s excerpt from the Genesis commentary, this week we will read an excerpt from the Romans commentary on Romans 12:1-2. The Story of God Bible Commentary aims to set each passage within the context of Scripture as a whole. As it wrestles with the passage, the author leads the reader to (1) “Listen to the Story,” (2) “Interpret the Story,” and (3) “Live the Story.”

Enjoy this week’s reading from the Story of God Commentary on Romans, as Michael F. Bird encourages us to “live God’s Story” by sacrificially living to serve others.


sgbc-romans-150In its barest elements Romans…

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A New Bible Commentary for the Global Church (Video with Michael Bird)

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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…

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Matthew 6:25-34: Radical Words for Trusting God for Life’s Ordinaries — An Excerpt from McKnight’s “Sermon on the Mount” Commentary

Jeremy Bouma on 4 years ago. Tagged under ,.

9780310327134"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." —Matt. 6:25, 34

Most of us have read these words ten-fold. Many of us have preached these words ten-fold. Yet how many of us grasp their significance, in a way that matters to our own lives as much as for the lives of our people?

In his new Sermon on the Mount commentary, an inaugural volume in an important new series, The Story of God Bible Commentary, McKnight says "These are words for radicals about a radical lifestyle of trusting God for the ordinaries of life while devoting oneself unreservedly toward the kingdom mission."

Yes they are. Read the excerpt below and pass it along to your church email list, small group, or Facebook friends so that they understand how they themselves can trust God for life's ordinaries.


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Introducing “The Story of God Bible Commentary”: Listen to, Interpret, and Live God’s Story

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We are pleased to introduce to you a new line of Bible commentaries we hope will draw people deeper into God's Story and serve the Church as she retells that Story. The series is called The Story of God Bible Commentary, with Tremper Longman III and Scot McKnight serving as General Editors.

The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. The first commentary series to do so, SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. Its story-centric approach is ideal for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and laypeople alike.

Our new commentary series will cover the Old and New Testaments across 43 volumes over the next 10 years. The first two commentaries release October 2013: The Sermon on the Mount (Scot McKnight, PhD) and Philippians (Lynn Cohick, PhD).

In the meantime, you can read a column that engages McKnight's explanation of Jesus' ethic in the sermon on the mount; watch an introductory video that explains the nature and scope of this new series; and read the below series introduction to see how this new resource will equip you to serve your people by teaching and applying God's Word.

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