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  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians

    from Keith Mathison Mar 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    The historical context of Paul's epistles to the Thessalonians is found in Acts 17:1-10. This narrative recounts Paul's work in the city of Thessalonica during his second missionary journey. While there he spoke in the synagogue, persuading some Jews and even more God-fearing Gentiles that Jesus was the promised Messiah. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Thessalonian epistles, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Homesick Pilgrims

    from Keith Mathison Mar 02, 2009 Category: Articles

    One of my favorite songs is "Caledonia" by Dougie MacLean. Dougie is from Scotland, and he refers to the song as a "wee homesickness song." Before reading further, click on the video clip below and listen to the song. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Jonah

    from Keith Mathison Feb 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    The style of the book of Jonah is distinctive among the prophetic books. Aside from portions of the book of Jeremiah and Daniel, all of the other prophetic books focus primarily on the message of the prophet. There are a number of helpful commentaries on Jonah, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Ligonier Academy D.Min. Course Descriptions

    from Keith Mathison Feb 26, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Here's a glimpse at the topics to be studied in our Doctor of Ministry program at the new Ligonier Academy. There's still time to enroll for the July courses with Drs. R.C. Sproul and Steven J. Lawson. Click here for more information. Keep Reading
  • Does the Center Hold?

    from Keith Mathison Feb 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    If I have heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: "A Calvinist evangelist? Isn't that an oxymoron? Calvinism undermines evangelism." This accusation has been repeated so many times that few make the effort to argue it. Instead, it is simply assumed. Never mind that some of the church's greatest evangelists have been Calvinists. One need only be reminded of men such as George Whitefield, David Brainerd, or "the father of modern missions," William Carey. "Yes," we are told, "these men were great evangelists and Calvinists, but that is because they were inconsistent." But is this true? Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of Colossians and Philemon

    from Keith Mathison Feb 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon were written by Paul during the early part of his Roman imprisonment. Paul apparently wrote to the Colossian church because he had heard that false teachers had come to the city and were spreading erroneous doctrine in the young church. There are a number of helpful commentaries on Colossians and Philemon, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Obadiah

    from Keith Mathison Feb 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of Obadiah, the shortest in the Old Testament, is a brief oracle against the nation of Edom. Edom represents all nations that are hostile to God and to his kingdom. Such nations will always be judged. There are a number of helpful commentaries on Obadiah, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Amos

    from Keith Mathison Feb 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    Amos prophesied at a unique time in the history of the divided kingdom. He preached to an affluent society that was deeply involved in false worship and in the mistreatment of the poor. These wealthy and powerful Israelites were confident and secure. Into the midst of this complacent society comes Amos, declaring that Israel has broken God's covenant. There are a number of very good commentaries on Amos, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Joel

    from Keith Mathison Jan 31, 2009 Category: Articles

    While most of the other prophets can be dated with some degree of accuracy, it is notoriously difficult to date the book of Joel. Suggestions have been offered ranging from the ninth century to the second century B.C. There are a number of good commentaries on Joel, and the following are five of the most helpful.    Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Philippians

    from Keith Mathison Jan 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistle to the Philippians is the last of the four "prison epistles" of Paul. This letter was not written for one single purpose. Paul had a number of reasons for writing. Most of all, however, he wrote to them because he had a deep care and affection for them. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the epistle to the Philippians. Keep Reading

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