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Commentary Sale — New American Commentary Series on Kindle

Today the New American Commentary series is on sale on Kindle, with most volumes for only $2.99 each! I already own multiple volumes in this series and hope to buy more. (I’ve marked with an asterisk* in the list below the ones I already own.)

This series is conservative evangelical in its stance, basically Baptist. It is published by the B&H publishing group (formerly known as Broadman and Holman), who also publishes the Holman Christian Standard Bible. This series is rarely ground-breaking and sometimes too dry or prone to Dispensationalism for my taste. But sometimes a cautious theological approach is exactly what is needed, and this series does include some really excellent volumes.

Here, based on my previous research, are some “must-buy” volumes in this series:

Note: Please double-check prices, as they can fluctuate unpredictably!

Judges, Ruth
1 and 2 Kings
1, 2 Peter, Jude

And here are some more that have been well received:

Genesis*  (I have read these 2 volumes through.)
Exodus*  (I have read this through.)
1 and 2 Samuel (Apparently not available on Kindle)
1 and 2 Chronicles
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
Haggai, Malachi
Matthew (By Craig Blomberg, a name I value.)
Luke (By Robert Stein, another name I value.)
1 Corinthians* (Too new for many reviews, but I’ve liked  it.)
2 Corinthians*
1, 2, 3 John

For more volumes, click through one of the links above and do an Amazon search.

Once again, prices are fluctuating as I prepare this post, so double-check before you buy to avoid paying full price when you think you are getting a sale price.

For Christ and his Church,

Have you used any of these commentaries? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Disclosure: These are Amazon affiliate links. I will make pennies if you purchase a book! 🙂

ESV Audio Bible on Sale

Dear blog readers,

Welcome back to me after a wonderful trip to Canada, Dominican Republic, and Haiti! Highlights of the southern leg of this trip included a beautiful Caribbean wedding, a Haitian airline that took our money and flew ran, visits with Open Hands groups and national leaders in Haiti, and losing my glasses in the ocean.

Since this is not a travel blog, I’ll leave the rest to your imagination–except to say that our trip brought opportunities to ponder churches and money in more contexts. I learned anew, for example, that nationals often learn church giving patterns, for better or for worse, from foreign missionaries. In Haiti I heard of one foreign mission agency whose primary work, I understand, is to go around building churches buildings for Haitians. What do you think? Is this helpful? Sometimes? Always? Rarely? And in the Dominican Republic I listened as the wife of a long-time pastor described how nationals in their local church went about starting an evangelistic outreach in a neighboring town: they assumed that they should build a church building for the residents of the town and send them clothing. They did this, I understand, before many converts had even been won to Christ. Evidently they learned well from the foreign missionaries who helped start their own church. What are we teaching, intentionally and otherwise?

I also rejoiced to see Haitians providing for themselves with responsibility and dignity through the Open Hands program, and heard Christian workers from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico describe an urgent need for similar financial teaching in their own nations.

I do not mean to be critical in my questions above. Even our best efforts often have unintended negative consequences. And thankfully, God takes even our imperfect efforts and wins children for himself! That said, this might be a good place to plug a book on missions and giving that many are finding helpful: When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.

I enjoyed reading your comments on my series about church giving. I’ve responded to each in the comments threads and will consider this series done for the present. Thanks for your interest!

Now, as my title promised: The ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible is on sale at  Since this website exists to build up the Church of Jesus Christ by helping her listen carefully to the Scriptures, I thought you’d like to know. This is my favorite audio Bible, and it comes on sale for this price only once or twice a year. (Many other audiobooks are also on sale.)

You can download it for only $7.49 here:

If you’ve never used an audio Bible, I encourage you to try it. I’ve found that listening to the Bible provides some benefits that reading doesn’t (and vice versa).  In most historical periods, including biblical times, more people have heard the Bible than read it. God’s Word is designed to be heard!


Kindle Sale: NIV Application Commentaries

The NIV Application Commentary series is on sale on Kindle today! ($4.27-$4.99 each.) Note: Several volumes were release on Kindle for the first time only about a week ago.

Click here for the sale. [Note: You may need to narrow Amazon search results to “Kindle Store” (select this from the drop-down menu beside the search window). You should find 44 results for this sale.]

Sunday school teachers: Christian Light Publications has us studying Job for two months in January/February. Walton’s commentary might help: [amazon text=Job NIV Application Commentary&asin=0310214424]. (Choose Kindle version for best deal.)

This series is designed to (a) briefly examine the “original meaning” of each passage, (b) identify some “bridging” concepts that connect the original context to today’s world, and (c) suggest some applications that Christians today should be drawing from the passage.

The series is somewhat uneven. It’s rarely the best help for detailed study, and on most Bible books there are other commentaries I like better. But some of the volumes are superb (Guthrie on Hebrews, Jobes on Esther, etc.) , and for the price it’s a great portable library to help you think about Bible interpretation! I had most volumes already and bought more today.

Based on commentary research I did this spring, I know these volumes have been well-received by evangelicals pastors and/or scholars: Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy [very good], Joshua, Judges/Ruth, Samuel, Chronicles, Esther [often called the best conservative commentary on this book], Psalms, Ecclesiastes/S of S, Isaiah [very good], Jeremiah/Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Haggai/Zechariah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, [John’s not rated quite as high but I like it], Romans, 1 Corinthians [but I think he’s very weak on chap. 11], 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians/Philemon, Thessalonians, Hebrews, 2 Peter/Jude, 1/2/3 John, Revelation.

More would be on this list, but are too new to be well-known.

Just to be clear, I am most certainly not recommending these as the last word on every passage! We can learn from imperfect people (like each other) as we compare and test all things.