Wednesday, April 30, 2008

J.I. Packer on Studying God...

Most anyone who reads this blog has some interest in theological issues and the study of the Bible. In addition to this general assumption, I am aware that several of my readers are currently seminary students, soon to be graduates, pastors, and other leaders among God's people. In light of this, I thought I would share a quote that has been a helpful reminder to me regarding the manner in which we should seek to study the Bible and theology:

"We need to ask ourselves:  what is my ultimate aim and object in occupying my mind with these things?  What do i intend to do with my knowledge about God, once I have got it?  For the fact that we have to face is this:  that if we pursue theological knowledge for its owen sake, it is bound to go bad on us.  It will make us proud and conceited.  The very greatness of the subject-matter will intoxicate us, and we shall come to think of ourselves as a cut above other Christians because of our interest in it and grasp of it; and we shall look down on those whose theological ideas seem to us crude and inadequate, and dismiss them as very poor specimens. For, as Paul told the conceited Corinthians, 'knowledge puffs up...if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows not yet as he ought to know (1 Corinthians 8:1-2).  To be preoccupied with getting theological knowledge as an end it itself, to approach Bible study with no higher motive than a desire to know all the answers, is the direct route to a state of self-satisfied self-deception.  We need to guard our hearts against such an attitude, and pray to be kept from it...There can be no spiritual health without doctrinal knowledge; but it is equally true that there can be no spiritual health with it, if it is sought for the wrong purpose and valued by the wrong standard.  In this way, doctrinal study really can become a danger to spiritual life, and we today, no less than the Corinthians of old, need to be on guard here."

J. I. Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1973), 17.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Because He Himself Suffered When Tempted...

“None so tender-hearted and sympathising with sick souls as Jesus Christ; he is one that can have compassion, because he has had experience. If I must come unto the surgeon’s hands with broken bones, give me one whose own bones have been broken, who has felt the anguish in himself.

Christ knows what it is by experience, having felt the anguish of inward troubles, the weight of God’s wrath, and the terrors of a forsaking God, more than any or all the sons of men: this makes him tender over distressed souls.”

- John Flavel, The Method of Grace

(HT: Of First Importance)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

When you Preach, Redeem the Time

"There is a famine of seeing and savoring the glory of God in the pulpits of America. Almost all contemporary church growth strategies are taking us in the opposite direction of sensing the weight of the glory of God. It is so hard to turn a corner of doing slapstick for the first ten minutes then try to talk about the seriousness of the glory of God. Pastors are afraid of the serious. Why do we think the only healthy atmosphere is funny?"
John Piper, Together for the Gospel, 2006.

(HT: Adrian Warnock)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Preaching With Conviction and Passion

Too much of the communication that takes place around the pulpits in America is cool and detached from the awesome realities that are at stake. I was recently reminded and convicted by the following quotes related to the awesome responsibility of preaching:

"Preaching is not conversation or teaching; preaching is a heralding of a message. It can be any topic that is then taken into the blazing center of the glory of God. Many people say such belitting things about preaching because they have never heard it [they have] never heard real preaching."
"The mantle of preaching is soaked in the blood of Jesus and singed with the fires of Hell. Are you wearing that mantle?"
--John Piper, Taken from a sermon at the 2006 "Together for the Gospel Conference"

When You Preach, Preach Christ

"[W]hatever topic you preach on and whatever text you choose, there ought not to be in your whole repertoire a single sermon in which from beginning to end you do not convey to your hearers the impression that what you want to impart to them, you do not think it possible to impart to them in any other way than as a correlate and consequence of the eternal salvation of their souls through the blood of Christ, because in your own conviction that alone is the remedy which you can honestly offer to a sinful world."
--Geerhardus Vos, A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 5:7

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Preaching and the Aroma of God's Greatness

"People are starving for the greatness of God. But most of them would not give this diagnosis of their troubled lives. The majesty of God is an unknown cure. There are far more popular prescriptions on the market, but the benefit of any other remedy is brief and shallow. Preaching that does not have the aroma of God's greatness may entertain for a season, but it will not touch the hidden cry of the soul: 'Show me thy glory!'"

John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching (Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books,2004)13.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Free Seminary Classes Online Through Gordon-Conwell

Do you want to go to seminary but don't have the time or money?  Need a review of what you learned in seminary?  Just interested in learning more about the Bible, theology, church history, missions etc?  If so, the following will be of great interest to you!   Gordon-Conwell Seminary is currently offering the following courses online for free (As you scroll down the list the ten courses are highlighted in bold and the class description is in italics). Click Here for more information

Biblical Interpretation
with Dr. Douglas Stuart
When you read the Bible, you interpret the Bible. Thus it is vital to hold some foundational concepts of biblical interpretation to guide your study of the Scriptures. In this course, Dr. Douglas Stuart, Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell and co-author of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, lays a foundation for understanding that will help you get more out of the Bible.
Creation, Covenant, and Kings
An Old Testament Survey from Genesis to Song of Songs
with Dr. Douglas Stuart
Creation. Covenant. Kings. Behind those three words lie the beginning of time and the start of the unfolding of God’s eternal plan of redemption. Dr. Douglas Stuart, professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell, takes you through the foundational material of the Old Testament as he surveys Genesis through Song of Songs.
Prophets and Promise
An Old Testament Survey from Psalms to Malachi
with Dr. Douglas Stuart
The story of God’s wandering people, Israel, and the prophets who call out to them can seem complex and confusing. In the continuation of his survey of the Old Testament, Dr. Douglas Stuart will help you gain an understanding of the structure and meaning of the second half of the Old Testament, as he provides an overview from the Psalms through book of Malachi .
Christ and His Church

A New Testament Survey of the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles
with Dr. T. David Gordon
The New Testament was not written in our age, but is for our age. How can we properly understand this ancient text that is relevant for today’s world? Join Dr. T. David Gordon, professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College, as he lays a foundation for studying the New Testament and begins to unfold the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.
Letters to God's People

A New Testament Survey from Romans to Revelation
with Dr. T. David Gordon
The letters of the New Testament are a fascinating collection of writings from God to His Church. Beginning in Romans, Dr. T. David Gordon continues his survey of the New Testament through the book of Revelation – helping you to better understand this part of the New Testament and apply its teachings to your life.
God's People Through the Ages I
A Church History Survey from Pentecost to the Reformation
with Dr. Garth H. Rosell
The Church has a long and colorful history , beginning two milenia ago in Jerusalem. Join Dr. Garth Rosell, professor of Church History at Gordon-Conwell, as he highlights key events and people of the first 1500 years of Church history and see how the Churrch’s history is relevant to the Church today.
God's People Through the Ages II
A Church History Survey from the Reformation to the Present

with Dr. Garth H. Rosell
Much has happened in the Church over the last 500 years – for good and for ill. Beginning with one of the pivotal events of church history, the Reformation, Dr. Garth Rosell continues his historical survey up to the present day – concluding with a look at the challenges that face the church in this hour of history.
Theology Matters I
What Christians Believe and Why It Matters - Part One

with Dr. David Wells
Far from being a dry, academic discipline, theology applies to our daily lives in rich and fruitful ways. In this course with Dr. David Wells, professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell, you will encounter the doctrines of the nature of God, Scripture, and sin. And along the way, you will be challenged to consider how theology affects your world.
Theology Matters II
What Christians Believe and Why It Matters - Part Two
with Dr. David Wells
Continuing on in his survey of foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, in this course Dr. David Wells examines the life, ministry, and character of Jesus Christ and His work of redemption. And he explores the Church – its current work as God’s agent and its glorious future as Christ’s bride.
Loving a Lost World
Evangelism and Missions

with Dr. Timothy Tennent
The message of Christianity is for every person – regardless of location, culture or language. Join Dr. Timothy Tennent, professor of World Missions at Gordon-Conwell, as he provides a biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspective on missions and challenges you to be a “world” Christian.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Stephen Charnock on God's Holiness

"The holiness of God in his hatred of sin appears in our justification, and the condition of all that would enjoy the benefit of redemption.  His wisdom has so tempered all the conditions of it, that the honor of his holiness is as much preserved, as the sweetness of his mercy is experimented by us; all the conditions are records of his exact purity, as well as of his condescending grace.  Our justification is not by imperfect works  of creatures, but by an exact and infinite righteousness, as great as that of the Deity which had been offended:  it being the righteousness of a Divine person, upon which account it is called the righteousness of God; not only in regard to God's appointing it, and God's accepting it, but as it is a righteousness of that person that was God, and is God.  Faith is the condition that God requires to justification; but not a dead, but an active faith, such a 'faith as purifies the heart' (James 2:20; Acts 15:9).  He calls for repentance, which is a moral retracting our offences, and an approbation of contemned righteousness and a violated law; an endeavor to gain what is lost, and to pluck out the heart of that sin we have committed.  He requires mortification, which is called crucifying; whereby a man would strike as full and deadly a blow at his lusts, as was struck at Christ upon the cross, and make them as certainly die, as the Redeemer did.  Our own righteousness must be condemned by us, as impure and imperfect:  we must disown everything that is our own, as to righteousness, in reverence to the holiness of God and the valuation of the righteousness of Christ.  He hath resolved not to bestow the inheritance of glory without the root of grace.  None are partakers of the Divine blessedness that are not partakers of the Divine nature:  there must be a renewing of his image before there be a vision of his face (Heb. 12:14).  He will not have men brought out into a relative state of happiness by justification, without a real state of grace by sanctification; and so resolved he is in it, that there is no admittance into heaven of a starting, but a persevering holiness (Rom. 2:7)"
Stephen Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God: On the Holiness of God, 138.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Role of the Preacher

In a recent conversation that I had with a friend he was lamenting to me about the lack of "weightier" issues being addressed from his church's pulpit. A few hours later I re-read the following quote by Piper, from The Supremacy of God in Preaching, and thought it was particularly helpful in addressing this disheartening reality:

"God himself is the necessary subject matter of our preaching, in his majesty and truth and holiness and righteousness and wisdom and faithfulness and sovereignty and grace. And by that I don't mean we shouldn't preach about nitty-gritty practical things like parenthood and divorce and AIDS and gluttony and television and sex. What I mean is that every one of those things should be swept right up into the holy presence of God and laid bare to the roots of its Godwardness or godlessness. It is not the job of the Christian preacher to give people moral or psychological pep talks about how to get along in the world. When that is needed, someone else can do it. But most of our people have no one, on one in the world, to tell them, week in and week out, about the supreme beauty and majesty of God. And so many of them are starved..."

John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, (Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2004) 15.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Krister Stendahl, 1921-2008

Krister Stendahl died on Tuesday, April 15, 2008.  Most people are familiar with Stendahl due to his influential work The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West.  Below are a couple of links reflecting on his life and influence:

Tim Keller Interview

The following is a great five minute clip on Tim Keller and his recent book The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Who Did the Notes for the Upcoming ESV Study Bible?

Crossway has recently revealed the contributors to the notes of the upcoming ESV Study Bible. They are listed below in alphabetical order. (Looks like a great list)

T. Desmond Alexander – Genesis

Ph.D., The Queen’s University of Belfast
Director for Christian Training, Union Theological College (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Clinton Arnold – Colossians, Philemon
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Professor of New Testament Language and Literature; Chair of the New Testament Department, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Brian Aucker – Joel, Micah, Haggai
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
David Baker – Zephaniah
Ph.D., University of London
Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary
Paul Barker – Deuteronomy
Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire
Vicar, Holy Trinity Doncaster; Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament, Ridley College, Melbourne
S. M. Baugh – Ephesians
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Professor of New Testament, Westminster Seminary California
Hans Bayer – Mark
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, Covenant Theological Seminary
Ronald Bergey – Ruth
Ph.D., Dropsie University
Professeur d’Hébreu et d’Ancient Testament, Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée (France)
David Chapman – Hebrews
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Archaeology, Covenant Theological Seminary
C. John Collins – Psalms, Song of Solomon
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Professor and Chair of Old Testament Department, Covenant Theological Seminary
John Currid – Leviticus
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC)
Iain Duguid – Daniel, Zechariah
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Professor of Religion, Grove City College
Mark Futato – Jonah
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Professor of Old Testament; Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL)
Simon Gathercole – Galatians
Ph.D., University of Durham
Lecturer in New Testament, University of Cambridge
Duane A. Garrett – Proverbs
Ph.D., Baylor University
John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wayne Grudem – Luke
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
Scott Hafemann – 2 Corinthians
D.Theol., Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen
Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Kenneth Laing Harris – Exodus, Proverbs
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Visiting Instructor in Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Paul House – Jeremiah, Lamentations
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Professor of Divinity; Associate Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
David M. Howard Jr. – Judges
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor of Old Testament; Dean, Center for Biblical and Theological Foundations, Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
Gordon Hugenberger – Malachi
Ph.D., C.N.A.A., College of Sts. Paul & Mary, The Oxford Centre for Post-Graduate Hebrew Study
Senior Minister, Park Street Church (Boston, MA); Ranked Adjunct Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dennis Johnson – Revelation
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Professor of Practical Theology; Academic Dean, Westminster Seminary California
Brian Kelly – 1 and 2 Chronicles
Ph.D., University of Bristol
Nobuyoshi Kiuchi – Leviticus
Ph.D., The Council for National Academic Awards
Professor of Old Testament, Tokyo Christian University
August Konkel – Job
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
President; Professor of Old Testament, Providence College & Seminary (Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada)
Andreas J. Köstenberger – John
Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Professor of New Testament and Greek; Director of Ph.D. and Th.M. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
V. Philips Long – Joshua
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Professor of Old Testament, Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
Dennis Magary – Micah
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages; Chair of the Old Testament and Semitic Languages Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Walter Maier III – Nahum
Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary (Ft. Wayne, IN)
J. Gordon McConville – Ezra, Nehemiah
Ph.D., University of Sheffield
Professor in Old Testament, University of Gloucestershire
Sean McDonough – Philippians
Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
Associate Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Colin Nicholl – 1 and 2 Thessalonians
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. – Isaiah
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Senior Pastor, Immanuel Church (Nashville, TN)
Grant Osborne – James
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Doug Oss – 2 Peter, Jude
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
Professor of Bible Exposition; Director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
John Oswalt – Amos
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Research Professor of Old Testament, Wesley Biblical Seminary
John Polhill – Acts
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Iain Provan – 1 and 2 Kings
Ph.D., Cambridge University
Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
Paul Raabe – Obadiah
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor of Exegetical Theology; Chairman of the Department of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary (Saint Louis, MO)
David J. Reimer – Ezekiel
D.Phil., University of Oxford
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, The University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College
Max F. Rogland – Ecclesiastes
Ph.D., Leiden University
Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Erskine Theological Seminary (Columbia, SC)
Thomas R. Schreiner – Luke, Romans, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jay Sklar – Leviticus
Ph.D., The University of Gloucestershire
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Andrew Stewart – Song of Solomon
M.A., Covenant Theological Seminary
Frank Thielman – 1 Corinthians
Ph.D., Duke University
Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
David Toshio Tsumura – 1 and 2 Samuel
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Professor of Old Testament, Japan Bible Seminary (Tokyo, Japan)
Ray Van Neste – 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor of Christian Studies; Director, R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University
Robert I. Vasholz – Hosea
Th.D., University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Barry G. Webb – Esther
Ph.D., University of Sheffield
Research Fellow in Old Testament, Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)
Paul D. Wegner – Daniel, Habakkuk
Ph.D., University of London
Professor of Old Testament, Phoenix Seminary
Gordon Wenham – Numbers
Ph.D., King’s College, London Univeristy
Adjunct Professor, Trinity Theological College (Bristol)
Michael Wilkins – Matthew
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Robert Yarbrough – 1, 2, and 3 John
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor of New Testament; Chair of the New Testament Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

(HT: Crossway via Between Two Worlds)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Potency and Impotency of Preaching

One of the ways that God has sustained, nurtured, encouraged, convicted, and strengthened his people since the closing of the Canon is through the preaching of the word. It is the preaching of the word that Paul exhorts Timothy to remain steadfast in regardless of the apparent fruitfulness of the task (2 Tim 4), it is through the preached word that God brings the "other sheep" into the fold (Romans 10), it is through the preaching of the word that the content of the gospel message is made known and pressed upon people's consciences. Thus, it is clear that one of the most potent tools that God has provided to the church is the preaching of the word. Nevertheless, preaching alone is impotent to provide all that God has for the nurture of His people.

In many conservative Christian circles the preaching of the word is highlighted as the main way in which God is at work amongst His people. In light of this dogmatism, there are many churches who have moved away entirely from any kind of "preaching" of the word and focused on the more life-on-life type of Christianity that the New Testament commands (1 Cor 14:26, Heb. 3, etc..). For many conservative Christians this has become the definition of apostasy. However, could it not be that this expression of Christianity that removes a formal "preaching" of the word is just as harmful to the people of God as a type of Christianity that removes the real life-on-life Christianity. We must be both-and Christians who not only obey the command to have the word preached in our midst, but who also take seriously the more communal aspects of Christianity. In other words, a Christianity that so highlights the preaching of the word to the exclusion of the other massively important biblical commands for community life is in great danger of becoming a man-centered Christianity that offers a truncated view of what "ministry" is. It becomes man-centered because the only gift that is given expression is that of the "preacher" (i.e. the religious professional) and it is truncated in that it minimizes the importance of the other God honoring gifts that the Spirit supplies to God's people. All of which are for the edification of the body of Christ.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Goldsworthy on Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture

One of the most helpful books that I have ever read in regards to preaching from the Old Testament is Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture by Graeme Goldsworthy. I found the following quotes from the book particularly helpful:

"[T]here is much in the Bible that is strictly speaking not the gospel, there is nothing in the Bible that can be truly understood apart from the gospel." (95)
"...expository, biblical preaching is always an exposition of the gospel and its implications. While we don't always focus on the heart of the gospel, no text will yield its true significance unless it is understood in its organic relationship to the gospel." (96)
"Any sermon...that aims to apply the biblical text to the congregation and does so without making it crystal clear that it is in Christ alone and through Christ alone that the application is realized, is not a Christian sermon. It is at best an exercise in wishful and pietistic thinking. It is at worst demonic in its Christ denying legalism." (124)
"I maintain that no Christian preacher ever lets the Old Testament speak purely in and of itself. The Christian preacher who operates on this theory of direct application of Old Testament texts is presumably not imagining for one moment hat there is no distinction between his hearers and the original audience or hearers." (126)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Crossway to Release New ESV Study Bible

Crossway has just announced their plans to release a new ESV study Bible that will premiere this summer.  Many people have felt surprised by this announcement in light of the fact that the study Bible edited by Wayne Grudem is due out shortly.  When I heard the announcement I decided to call Lane Dennis, the president of Crossway, and see if I could get to the bottom of this.  Below is a "rough" transcript of our conversation*:

HS:  Lane, thank you for taking the time to meet with me over the phone regarding the new ESV study Bible.  Could you tell me a little bit about it?

LD:  Sure.  The new ESV study Bible is meant to meet an often overlooked nitche in the "Study Bible" realm.  All of the notes in this study Bible have been done by first year seminary students who just finished their first hermeneutics class and a couple semesters of Greek.

HS:  Wow! That is truly interesting.  I never would have thought there was a market for such a study Bible.  What was it that motivated you toward this vision?

LD:  Excellent question.  My primary motivation was that in so many of the study Bibles today the writers are so carefully nuanced in their comments that they actually don't say much at all.  In addition to this, too many people that read these study Bible begin to feel as though they can never understand the Bible as well as the scholars who have written the notes.  Because of these two things I wanted to produce a study Bible that would show people that they too could study their Bible.  For example, one of the contributing author's to the study Bible made the following comments on a phrase found in  2 Corinthians 1:1:  "To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:"   Author's Comment: What you will notice here is that the word Achaia comes from the Greek word "Achaia."  You can hear the English word "ache" in this word.  Paul is recognizing that these saints are "aching" and that by greeting them he can relieve this pain.  In fact,  Paul's name is related to the Greek word for "little stone" and this points to the fact that he probably used a type of massage technique with heated stones to alleviate the back pain that the saints in "Achaia" were experiencing.

HS:  I don't get it.   That seems to be such a blatant misread of the text not to mention a butchering of the Greek language.

LD:  Exactly!  What we are hoping to provide to the person who purchases this study Bible is a sense of confidence in their own ability to interpret the text. When they read a ridiculous interpretation like the one above, it will actually encourage them by showing them that they understand the text better than the so called "scholar."

HS:  Interesting approach.  When and where will people be able to purchase this study Bible?

LD: We hope to have it hit the shelves by mid May to early June.

HS:  How much will it cost?

LD:  Each Bible will cost around $500. 

HS:  Why such a steep cost?

LD:  All of the proceeds will go into a general fund that will provide scholarships to all of the contributing authors for vocational training in another field besides ministry.

HS:  Interesting.  Why will the money provide scholarships for other areas instead of ministry?

LD:  That is the double beauty of this project.  Not only will it help people who buy the study Bible by increasing their confidence in understanding the text, but it will also keep these "Greek scholars" from infecting the pulpits across the land.

HS:  Mr. Dennis thank you very much for your time.  

LD:  My pleasure.