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R. Kent Hughes was in pastoral ministry for 41 years, the last 27 as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned his B.A. from Whittier College (history), an M.Div. from Talbot Seminary and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kent is the author of numerous books, among them the best-selling Disciplines of a Godly Man. He is also editor of the projected 50-volume Preaching the Word series to which he has made numerous contributions.
I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Hughes and ask him to share how this series came about and to reflect about the role a commentary can play in a preacher’s study.
Of the 29 volumes of the Preaching The Word Commentary, you wrote 22 volumes.
How did this project start?
I was [the pastor] at College Church in Wheaton which had lots of students and academics. I was very careful about doing all of my work on my sermons and then making them come alive when I preached. Lane Dennis (President of Crossway) and I were at an event and he approached me about publishing my sermons. We came up with the name Preaching the Word, which comes from 2 Timothy 4:2.
As you wrote a particular commentary, what goals did you have in mind?
The commentaries are homiletically arranged with careful attention to history, background, words, structure, and theology and with a focus on clarity in how they are presented. It’s important to also know that the content of each commentary has been preached live before a congregation.
If you were to pick the type of person that The Preaching the Word series is aimed at, who would it be?
It’s aimed at pastors, small group leaders, and Bible study groups. For preachers, it’s not meant to be a substitute for personal study. It’s important that you do your own work first and then come to a commentary like Preaching the Word. If you come right to the commentary without doing your own study and outline first, then you’ll most likely end up preaching the commentary.
If I’m going to preach on a specific book of the Bible, what role should a commentary play in my sermon preparation?
If it were a small book like Philippians, I’d first read it 30-40 times through, mostly in my preferred translation but also in some others. If you’re able to, also read it in the Greek. Then I’d ask, “What is the big theme of the book?” and look at structure, turning points, and applications – just try to get the text inside of me. Then I’d try and think of how to break up the book homiletically – how many sermons, where to break up the passages, and do my best to outline it.
Then, having done that, I’d open up a commentary and modify my sermon where needed. You should use a commentary like Preaching the Word as a part of your sermon-prep process. But if you use a commentary to start your process, you will become a commentary cripple.
When you look back at your own preaching ministry, what are a few things you wish you would have known as a young preacher that you’d exhort other young preachers toward today?
This matter of doing your own work is very, very important. You can borrow from all kinds of people and not really do your own thinking. The hardest thing to do is to sit down with the biblical text and ask God to help you. Do your own work first and then you can use a commentary to help you adjust.
For many years the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary have served Bible readers worldwide. We’ve enhanced these great resources for The Bible Study App.
Here’s how: (screenshots are from an iPad 2 – click on an image for a expanded view):
ONE: Resource Guide
Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the ESV open in this example.) Tap the split window handle and drag it to a width or height you like. As I scroll through the Bible text, the resource guide keeps up with me and searches through all the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window.
If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “Commentaries”, “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”
Tap or click on the New Bible Commentary for the content relevant to the passage you are reading. With The Bible Study App, the scripture references are hyperlinked within the commentary text. All I have to do is tap the scripture reference to read it instantly. You can also view the new maps, diagrams, charts and tables that are included with each article.
For the New Bible Dictionary content, choose the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Aristarchus” in this example. The Bible Study App then brings you results from within the New Bible Dictionary. After you’ve tapped on the New Bible Dictionary, you can scroll down and read the entire article without having to leave your Bible text.
You can also tap the top right-hand corner of the pop-up window to bring up the option to open these hyperlinked references in the main window or the split window.
TWO: “Traditional Uses”
You can also utilize the New Bible Dictionary as a traditional dictionary in The Bible Study App. Just Tap/Click the “Go-To” button and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy encyclopedia.
As well as read the New Bible Commentary in the split window to follow along with the passage you are studying.
iOS EXTRA #1: Lookup Feature
In iPhone/iPad app, you also have two additional options. Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options to Copy, Highlight, Note, Bookmark, Share, Define, Lookup and More. Tap “Lookup” and you’ll find the New Bible Dictionary “hit” there that you can tap and read without having to leave your Bible text.
iOS EXTRA #2: Resource Guide on a Verse
Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options to Tap and hold on a verse number and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options Copy, Highlight, add a Note, Bookmark, Share, Guide, and More. Here you can see the relevant content for the New Bible Commentary, and the hits on the people/places/topics and relevant articles from the New Bible Dictionary.
As you can see, the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary are great resources that will help you deepen your Bible study. You can find the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary as stand-alone resources on the Olive Tree store, or save more by bundling the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary together.
We just released the Anchor Yale Bible Full 86 Volume Commentary Series! Watch the video below to see how these great resources look and work within The Bible Study App:
Today we highlight a great free commentary to enhance your study in The Bible Study App
The JFB is a classic Bible commentary written by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. First released in 1871, it provides Bible scholars with critical and explanatory notes on the whole Bible. It’s a good resource for all Bible students and you can find it the in-app store of The Bible Study App.
Also make sure and check out our special commentary sale happening right now!
The New International Commentary on the Old Testament and The New International Commentary on the New Testament are both great resources that help you unpack the scripture.
With the tools of The Bible Study App these expansive commentary sets have never been easier to use and access. Watch the video below to see them in action.
These commentary sets and others are a part of our special commentary sale happening right now!