Dr. Danny Akin Commenting on a New Exciting Biblical Commentary Series
At the SBC in Phoenix last year, David Platt, Tony Merida and I sat down with the great folks at Broadman & Holman to dream and brainstorm about the possibility of an expositor’s preaching commentary that would be both expositional and Christ-centered. In other words we talked about how faithful, verse by verse, exposition of the whole Bible could properly point to Christ as Jesus Himself taught us in text like John 5:39, Luke 24:25-27 and Luke 24:44-47. Well, that vision has come to fruition.
In the spring 2013 the 1st of a 40-volume preacher’s commentary entitled “Christ-Centered Exposition” will be published. David Platt, Tony Merida and I have the great honor of serving as the editors of the project as well as authoring together the first volume. The initial volume will be “Exalting Jesus in the Pastoral Epistles.” David will produce 1 Timothy, Tony will write 2 Timothy and I will pen Titus. The goal is for the entire series to be complete in 10 years! We certainly need your prayers for that goal to be met!!!
By God’s grace we have enlisted an incredible array of contributors for the series. We thought you might be encouraged and excited by the list of authors who are currently assigned to help us in this significant project, so I have listed them below. It will be apparent that the authors are all committed evangelicals, the majority are Southern Baptists, and most are on the younger side when it comes to age. That was by intention. Further, the Southern Baptists contributors represent the healthy diversity of theological perspectives that exist within our convention of churches within the parameters of the BF&M 2000. And, 6 of the contributors are African-Americans which is a real plus in my judgment.
Now, we recognize in a project of this magnitude there may be some adjustments along the way, but as of today those are the men who will participate and the book(s) they have been assigned.
Our goals in all of this are several. Above all we want to exalt and honor King Jesus. Second, we want to model faithful, biblical exposition. In this context we are excited to show the appropriate differences that exist within in this preaching model. Third, we want a strong missional thread running throughout the series. Building Christ’s Church and extending the gospel to all the nations will be a consistent focus of this series. Finally, for all who preach and teach the Bible, it is our hope and prayer you will be helped in your own ministry of the Word. These are exciting days for the Church of the Lord Jesus. The faithful preaching of His Word, as always, is essential to the health and vibrancy of His Body. May our Lord by His grace and for His glory, use this series for the fame of His Name and the great good of His people.
The Old Testament
|Genesis Volume I||Russ Moore|
|Genesis Volume II||Russ Moore|
|Judges / Ruth||Eric Redmond / David Platt|
|1 & 2 Samuel||J. D. Greear / Heath Thomas|
|1 & 2 Kings||Tony Merida / Jim Hamilton|
|1 & 2 Chronicles||Danny Akin / Adam Dooley|
|Ezra / Nehemiah||Tony Merida / Jim Hamilton|
|Psalms Volume I||Danny Akin / Josh Smith|
|Psalms Volume II||David Platt/ Jim Shaddix|
|Psalms Volume III||Danny Akin / Tony Merida/ Johnny Hunt|
|Proverbs||Jon Akin / Danny Akin|
|Song of Solomon||Danny Akin|
|Jeremiah / Lamentations||Steven Smith|
|Hosea / Joel||Kevin Smith|
|Amos / Obadiah||Greg Heisler|
|Jonah / Micah||Eric Redmond / Bill Curtis|
|Nahum / Habakkuk||Ken Fentress|
|Zephaniah / Haggai||Micah Fries|
|Zechariah / Malachi||Stephen Rummage / Robby Gallaty|
The New Testament
|Sermon on the Mount||Tony Merida|
|Acts||David Platt / Jimmy Scroggins|
|1 Corinthians||James Merritt / Danny Akin|
|2 Corinthians||Eric Mason|
|Galatians||Tony Merida / David Platt|
|Colossians / Philemon||Matt Chandler / Danny Akin|
|1&2 Thessalonians||Mark Howell|
|1&2 Timothy / Titus||Tony Merida / David Platt / Danny Akin|
|James||David Platt / Francis Chan|
|1 Peter||Mark Dever|
|2 Peter / Jude||Mark Dever / Danny Akin|
|1st, 2nd, 3rd John||Danny Akin|
About Danny Akin: Daniel L. Akin [follow on Twitter] is the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in theology, preaching, and hermeneutics. Danny was previously the senior vice president for academic administration and dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including A Theology of the Church, God on Sex, and the volume dedicated to 1, 2, 3 John in the New American Commentary Series. He also contributed a chapter to The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Time. Danny is married to Charlotte, is the father of four boys, and is a proud grandfather of four. The Akins are members of Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Danny’s personal website can be found at DanielAkin.com. The article above is adapted from the June 12, 2012 edition of http://betweenthetimes.com/index.php/2012/06/12/excited-to-announce-the-launch-of-christ-centered-exposition-exalting-jesus-in-every-book-of-the-bible/
I never heard of J. D. Greear before reading this book; but after reading this one, I immediately purchased his only other published book called “Breaking the Islam Code” and can’t wait to get started on that one. I’m sure many more books from Greear will follow – because he is an exceptionally gifted theologian/pastor – he is astute, cogent, and practical in his biblical and cultural exposition of the gospel as revealed in the Scriptures.
I’ve been a Christian since I was six years old, but even as a so-called “professional” pastor for the past 25 years and yet I still feel like a baby in my understanding of the depths of the gospel. It has been exciting for me to see how pastors like Tim Keller and a new generation of young pastors have come along who are theologically astute and Christ centered and able to show the relevancy of Christ and the gospel and how it works not only in the past, and in the future, but especially in the NOW. We are the NOW generation, and the best way to live in the NOW is to apply the gospel daily.
It’s hard to improve on Tullian Tchvidjian’s description of the book from the inside cover:
“He [Greear] powerfully and probingly shows the gospel is just as necessary and relevant after you become a Christian as it is before because the gospel doesn’t simply rescue us from the past and rescue us for the future; it also rescues us in the present from being enslaved to things like fear, insecurity, anger, self-reliance, bitterness, entitlement, and igsignificance. J. D. makes the clear case that when the word of the gospel—Christ’s love for us without strings attached—grips our hearts, it sets us free and changes everything.”
In three powerful sections in the book Greear shows how “the gospel can do what religion cannot”; how to daily live out the gospel (the longest section of the book – absolutely fantastic); and how to develop a gospel-centered understanding of life.
Get two copies of this book – one to read year after year – and another to give away. I hope this book receives a wide reading, reception of, and application of the “revolutionary” gospel!