Three B&H titles were recently featured in Preaching Today’s 2016 Book Awards.
Thomas R. Schreiner, Commentary on Hebrews (Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation)
“We, at Preaching Today, are really excited about this new commentary series from B&H! This is one we would highly recommend keeping your eye out for as each new volume become available. Here are some of the highlights that we really appreciate in this series. The series as a whole seeks to put each book’s themes in the context of the entire canon, hence the title Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation. This alone would make it the top of our list, but the content is academic and weighty, while being understandable and readable. We have finally found a commentary that is easy to read and understand! We really like the outline of each section as well—Context, Exegesis, and Bridge. Very straightforward way to treat each section, in this case the book of Hebrews. The “Bridge” section is extremely valuable to pastors who are preaching through entire books of the Bible, as it helps set up what has just been exegeted and what will be discussed in the next sermon.”
“Incredibly helpful in navigating the muddy waters of interpreting and preaching the various literary genres.”
— Jim Shaddix
“There is a difference between preaching from the Bible and preaching that allows the Bible to drive the substance, structure, and spirit of the sermon. A text-driven sermon allows the structure of the text to become buoyant, to come to the surface so that the sermon can be built around that structure. In this way the word of God (the meaning of the text) is presented in a way that is influenced by the voice of God (the genre of the text).
“In Recapturing the Voice of God, veteran preacher Steven W. Smith teaches how to preach genre-sensitive, text-driven sermons—to allow the structure of the text to be the structure of the sermon. To do so, one must understand the genre of the literature in which God has chosen to reveal Himself. After a brief defense of genre-sensitive preaching, Smith categorizes Scripture genres according to their structure: story, poem, or letter. From these macro-level genres, each individual genre is explored for its unique features. Smith then offers practical help in structuring a sermon like Scripture and includes sample sermons to demonstrate.
The Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series, edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida
“Very helpful insights into biblical text from guys who practice biblical exposition; great models of pastoral exposition without too much of the academic baggage.”
— Jim Shaddix