Author: Randy A Brown

Commentary of the Gospel of John

Commentary of the Gospel of John, Ancient Christian Texts is a translation of the commentary by Theodore of Mopsuestia from InterVarsity Press. It is part of their Ancient Christian Texts series. The Ancient Christian Texts series are translations of commentaries and sermons by early Church leaders. The ACT series is the first time these works are translated into English. They are written mostly for general and non-professional use by those that study the Bible on a regular basis. They allow anyone to study the writings of the early Christian writers. Commentary of the Gospel of John, Ancient Christian Texts is a translation of a commentary on the book of John from the late 4th to early 5th century. These writings were written in what is considered the Ecumenical Catholic Age (325-787 A.D.). It is expected that a commentary written within this time-period will defend against doctrines that were prominent at that time, or perhaps be colored by them. It was very interesting to read the views of someone in the 4th and 5th centuries. The commentary itself is largely theological. The book includes a lot of history surrounding Theodore’s writings, setting the scene of the time-period and showing the types of conflicts and opposition that Theodore faced with his theological views. For example, in his descriptions of the Godhead he spends a lot of effort showing the differences between...

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Chronological Guide to the Bible, Thomas Nelson

Chronological Guide to the Bible is the book form of the study notes from the Chronological Study Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishers. This book has the added advantage of working with any Bible. It includes the chronology of every book of the Bible and has information about people, places, and events, making this book indispensable for both chronological and archaeological study. Contents include chronological reading guides, book introductions, and outlines for every book of the Bible. The book is divided into nine epochs, which build a time-line from the beginning of time until the end. The epochs remain interesting through to the end of the book. This is a beautifully made book. It has full color on every page and the pages are a thick, glossy paper. The articles are very enlightening about the history behind each book, and of the cultures and customs of the time. This is a well written book. The information is easy to follow and understand, and held my attention. It contains plenty of Biblical paintings, pictures, maps, and time-lines, and makes chronology a very interesting topic. I highly recommend the Chronological Guide to the Bible.   Thomas Nelson Publishers provided this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.  ...

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Publisher Focus – Local Church Bible Publishers

Local Church Bible Publishers (LCBP) started in the early 90s publishing some of the best quality Bibles in print as part of a ministry to preserve the text of the King James Version. They also reprint old books. They do not believe in making money on God’s Word; instead, they sale their Bibles at the cost of production. This is a ministry of their church and the ladies in the shipping room are volunteers and deserve a love gift if possible. Be sure to click on the Missionaries tab. This tab explains how they are able to keep their prices low and tells all of the processes that are done by volunteers. LCBP offer Bibles in genuine leather from $40-50, top-grain cowhide from $45-55, and calfskin for $50-57. Amazing. And the quality is as good or better than anything on the market. The calf-skin is about the softest cover that I’ve seen on a Bible at any cost. I recommend any Bible from LCBP. You can watch a nice video on their website the shows the book-bindery process: Local Church Bible Publishers Home Page...

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Family Life Marriage Bible, NKJV

The Family Life Marriage Bible is published by Thomas Nelson Publishers and is written by Dennis and Barbara Rainey, co-founders of FamilyLife. It is a nice devotional Bible for couples with a focus on building stronger families and family relationships. This devotional Bible has lots of content including devotionals for couples, articles, answers to parenting questions, romantic tips, faqs, quotes, notes, and more. It contains many insights on building stronger relationships and it even includes tips on strengthening the romance in your marriage. The amount of advice in the Bible is amazing. The Family Life Marriage Bible is published in the New King James Version. The NKJV lends itself well to devotional Bibles and is the perfect choice for this type of content. One of my favorite features was the romance FAQ. Let’s face it- us guys are clueless. We don’t know that it matters if we take out the garbage or not.  For use, that doesn’t compute into romance. That’s not a cause-and-effect that we understand. We think in terms of ‘push the button’ or ‘pull the lever’. For example, ‘kiss cheek, move on to step 2’. The romance FAQ, along with all of the helps in this Bible, help guys and girls understand each other, and understand each other’s needs. The text is not too small even in personal size hardcover. It is not red-letter. The paper...

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Dad’s Bible, The Father’s Plan, NCV

Dad’s Bible, The Father’s Plan, is a New Century Version Study/Devotional Bible that contains notes written to guide fathers in their role of strengthening and leading their families to have a closer walk with God. It shows fathers what it means to be the leader of the home. Some of the features include book introductions, Walking in Authority, Godly Character, Passing It On, Dads in the Bible, Building Your Children, Insights, Questions and Answers, and a Topical Index. The notes help to make this a good devotional Bible for fathers. The hard cover seems sturdy. The fonts are nice and readable. The font-size looks like 8-point. The border of every page has an aged style. There are a handful of pages in the back for notes. I don’t really like how the New Century Version reads. If the goal was to go with a modern version I would have preferred the NKJV. Some verses lose impact. For example, Acts 2:38 says ‘change’ rather than ‘repent’. It is still worth reading. I do recommend this Bible for its notes. The notes make this Bible worth using as a devotional Bible. It’s an excellent Bible for what it is and an excellent companion to the Moms Bible. Used together they would help parents grow and build stronger families. It fills a great need in today’s world. While children are being bombarded...

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