There is a multitude of resources available for pastors and teachers, a countless number are available with a variety of emphases—the exegetical, hermeneutical, homiletical, and practical. But there are few published that contain the variety of the necessary arenas for preaching and teaching. Some contain one or two of the important elements, but not all. The all-in-one volume is an almost extinct commodity.
To fill that gap (to the “rescue”) comes Kregel Publications with a commentary series entitled Kerux (KAY-ruxs). Kerux is specifically designed and written for busy pastors whose everyday responsibilities do not allow for the time-consuming task of sermon of preparation.
The current and first of the series is Philippians: A Commentary for Biblical Preaching and Teaching. Next on the schedule is Daniel. The final count is projected to be forty-five in the series. The theological bent of the series is intended to be conservative. And we pray that future authors do not stray from that.
Each volume will have two authors. One focuses on the exegetical and theological analysis of the passage and the other, a preaching expert, focuses on the preaching and teaching aspects. For this volume on Philippians, the authors are Thomas Moore (exegetical) and Timothy D. Sprankle (homiletical).
This (and each) volume begins with an “Introduction” which contains all of the vital background information of the book being studied – authorship, place and date occasion, recipients, historical background. Included throughout the text is additional information in the form of sidebars, charts, maps and pictures.
The “meat” of the volume is divided into “bite-sized” and logical preaching and teaching segments. For instance, this one on Philippians contains eighteen individual preaching/teaching segments. Each segment includes “Literary Structure and Themes,” “Exposition,” which is verse-by-verse and heavily into the original language, “Theological Focus,” and “Preaching and Teaching Strategies” which contains application of the text. To receive the maximum understanding of the Exposition, it would be necessary to have some knowledge of the original language.
In short, this concept and volume is a gem. And although the series is targeted toward the pastor, it can be used in a multitude of ways: a kick start to a sermon or Wednesday night Bible study, a guide book for a group Bible study, a teaching series on an individual book of the Bible, or even for individual study. If you want to dig deep into Philippians, this is an excellent book to have at your side as you go through the text virtually word-by-word.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by Kregel Publications for a fair and honest review.