dr. tom

dr. tom

Senior Pastor of a Baptist church in FW.
Occupation Senior Pastor
Education M. Div. Beeson Divinity School; D. Min. Southwestern Baptist Theo. Sem.

Libraries

Reviews

Boice, James Montgomery. The Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5-7. JMB. Baker Books, 2006.
dr. tom dr. tom July 19, 2009
I am preaching through Matthew and have extensively used a number of commentaries. This is an enjoyable read. The two volumns are worth the money but they are not techincal at all. Since these are Boice's sermons, there are sermon ideas with the text but I look to several commentaries first in sermon prep. They are excellent hidden nuggets in this text (Sermon on the Mount) as well as Boice's 2 Volumns on Matthew.
Boice, James Montgomery. The Gospel of Matthew: Volume 1 The King and His Kingdom: Chapters 1-7. JMB. Baker Books, 2006.
dr. tom dr. tom July 19, 2009
I am preaching through Matthew and have extensively used a number of commentaries. This is an enjoyable read. The two volumns are worth the money but they are not techincal at all. Since these are Boice's sermons, there are sermon ideas with the text but I look to several commentaries first in sermon prep. They are excellent hidden nuggets in this text (2 Vol. on Matthew) as well as Boice's Sermon on the Mount.
Morris, Leon. The Gospel According to Matthew. PNTC. Eerdmans, 1992.
dr. tom dr. tom July 19, 2009
I am preaching through Matthew and have extensively used a number of commentaries. I find this commentary to be good. The author handles the material well. He doesn't dwell too long in any one place but doesn't leave anything short either. It is a solid work that I use every week.
Lenski, Richard C. H. The Interpretation of St. Matthew's Gospel 1-14. LCNT. Augsburg Fortress Press, 2008.
dr. tom dr. tom July 19, 2009
As I mentioned in my review of Lenski's commentary on Acts, his works are "must have's." Matthew is his second best work (behind John). His exposition of Greek is one of the most practical of which I am aware. I cannot imagine a serious preacher who wouldn't deeply appreciate this work in sermon preparation or consider purchasing it to be disappointing.
Hendriksen, William. Matthew. HK. Baker Academic, 1981.
dr. tom dr. tom July 19, 2009
I would suggest that every preacher consider purchasing the Hendriksen/Kistemaker New Testament set. It is affordable and extremely beneficial. It isn't highly technical, but gets deep enough. Keep in mind that this comes from a Reformed background. This commentary on Matthew is the second best of the series (behind Luke). Whenever, I found deficiencies in Keener or Wilkins, I found that Hendriksen picked up the slack. The three compliment each other very well. This series helps preachers to personalize the message of the New Testament.
Wilkins, Michael J. Matthew. NIVAC. Zondervan, 2004.
dr. tom dr. tom July 19, 2009
I am preaching through Matthew and have extensively used a number of commentaries. Most of the time Wilkins' commentary is one of the first I go to, but like Keener some sections are oddly unuseful. At 1000 pages, he had to limit his material. His way of doing so was to cover large sections on Scripture at one time. Overall the NIVAC format is excellent, but not when covering large sections of text; however, this is a very practical commentary for preachers.
Keener, Craig S. Matthew. Eerdmans, 1999.
dr. tom dr. tom July 19, 2009
I am preaching through Matthew and have extensively used a number of commentaries. Of all of the commentaries on Matthew, this is the most interesting - but not necessarily the most helpful. The scope of work is amazing and at times, it is so incredibly detailed. Yet, there are a few sections that I didn't find useful at all (odd when considering the detail scope of the entirety of the work - I guess he had to limit his work is some places) and I just put the work back on the shelf. He does a great job of outlining Matthew and placing the information in beneficial clumps. His writing might be the best and most readable of all of the commentaries on Matthew.
Lenski, Richard C. H. The Interpretation of the Acts of the Apostles 1-14. LCNT. Augsburg Fortress Press, 2008.
dr. tom dr. tom June 8, 2009
Lenski is almost impossible to beat. This commentary by a conservative Lutheran is basically over sixty years old but (like all of his works) it is still a "must have." His knowledge, translation, and "contemporary" use of Greek is second to none. He is very thorough and very technical. This is a perfect set for any evangelical pastor or educator. One of Lenski's books stands out as his best though - and that would be John.
Boice, James Montgomery. Acts. JMB. Baker Books, 2006.
dr. tom dr. tom June 8, 2009
Boice's sermons on Acts are still helpful today. He does a good job of maintaining the story line throughout his commentary. He presents the material is such a way that would benefit any pastor preparing for a sermon.
Boice, James Montgomery. Genesis. 3 Vols. JMB. Baker Books, 2006.
dr. tom dr. tom June 8, 2009
As all of Boice's "commentaries" are, these are really a collection of his sermons on these texts. It is not technical, but can still be very useful in generating thoughts in sermon preparation. He was especially good at making the narrative and/or characters come alive.
Waltke, Bruce K. Genesis: A Commentary. Zondervan Academic, 2001.
dr. tom dr. tom June 8, 2009
This is a concise work that does a good job of covering the material. It is not as involved as NAC or NICOT, so it can be very useful when you do not have "digging deep" time.
Mathews, Kenneth A. Genesis. 2 Vols. NAC. Broadman & Holman, 1996.
dr. tom dr. tom June 8, 2009
Along with the complimentary volumn on Genesis by Dr. Matthews, I rank this as one of my favorite commentaries that I own (overall, not just on Genesis). It scores high as being practical, excellent for sermon prep, technical, yet an enjoyable read. NAC has some excellent commentaries and some forgetable ones. These two are in the top three or four.
Kistemaker, Simon J. Acts. HK. Baker Books, 1991.
dr. tom dr. tom May 9, 2009
Kistemaker has continued Hendriksen's legacy of writing a commentary that makes the text alive and personal. The reader can easily find him/herself in the story line. Although this comes from a Reformed tradition, it would be a very good pick up for any line of faith (the whole series can now be had for less than $100).
Bruce, F. F. Fee, Gordon D. ed. The Book of Acts. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1988.
dr. tom dr. tom May 9, 2009
This commentary is well-tagged as a cross between technical and pastoral. Bruce does a great job of handling the technical aspect while mining practical nuggets for use by preachers.
Polhill, John B. Acts. NAC. Broadman & Holman, 1992.
dr. tom dr. tom May 9, 2009
Good solid commentary that gets right to the point that blends good academics with useful functionality.
Fernando, Ajith. Acts. NIVAC. Zondervan, 1998.
dr. tom dr. tom May 9, 2009
This is a very practical commentary. It is one of the best NIVAC. Every now and then it seems that the author finds a soap box on an issue, but very useful.
Stott, John R. W. The Message of Acts: The Spirit, the Church, and the World. BST. Inter-Varsity Press, 1994.
dr. tom dr. tom May 9, 2009
It is easy to pull profitable material from Stott's commentary that is meaningful both personally and in sermon/lession preparation.