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Reformed Expository Commentary Upgrade (5 vols.)

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Overview

The Reformed Expository Commentary is attuned to the biblical text. Each volume is written from a Reformed perspective and focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history. Each volume applies the Bible to our contemporary setting in ways that assist modern Christians to live out the gospel.

With Logos, you can use these volumes more efficiently for research and sermon preparation. Every word from every book has been indexed and catalogued to help you search the entire Reformed Expository Commentary series for a particular verse or topic. With Logos, this series will integrate into the passage guide. Whenever you enter your passage and click go, results from this commentary series will appear on the text you’re studying. This gives you instant access to exactly what you’re looking for in less time than it would take you to walk over to the bookshelf and begin flipping through a print volume.

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Key Features

  • Provides doctrinal, redemptive-historical, and practical commentary
  • Includes doctrinally Reformed expositions by pastor-scholars
  • Offers material well suited for pastors and students

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Ecclesiastes

  • Author: Douglas Sean O’Donnell
  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 262

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Ecclesiastes raises questions that face all people everywhere: We live in a busy world, but does our busyness have a purpose? Will the tyranny of time render all our labor pointless? If our efforts are doomed by death, how are we supposed to live in the meantime?

Douglas O’Donnell turns to Ecclesiastes to show us that lives of seeming futility “under the sun” become filled with joy and meaning if we live “under the rule of the Son.” O’Donnell argues that wisdom literature is best seen through the teachings of Jesus, who said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) Abandoning illusions of self-importance, putting aside all pride, and embracing divine wisdom are central and meaningful preaching themes found in Ecclesiastes.

Witty, insightful, and exceptionally well researched, Doug O’Donnell’s new commentary is one that I enthusiastically recommend. If you’re a preacher who is interested in communicating the truth of Ecclesiastes in a fresh way, this is a must-have volume for your library.

—Scott A. Wenig, Haddon Robinson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Denver Seminary

Douglas O’Donnell’s new commentary is a delight to read. . . . This commentary will serve preachers well. . . . It will provide them with many sermon ideas, solid exegesis and applications, illustrations, and quotations from numerous books, songs, and movies.

—Sidney Greidanus, professor emeritus of preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary

Exhibits a masterly tracing of the exalted, Christ-infused, intercanonical connections that will aid the reader in focusing on Christ Jesus, the only answer to an empty life. . . . The author’s engaging style makes for superb reading as well as study. Doug O’Donnell’s Ecclesiastes is a masterwork that will be read for generations to come.

—R. Kent Hughes, senior pastor emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, IL

Ecclesiastes is a book for our time: its relentless examination of the source of meaning and relevance finds echoes in every facet of contemporary life and its restless pursuit of happiness. Douglas Sean O’Donnell’s treatment of Ecclesiastes is both fresh and thorough. . . . A wonderful achievement.

—Derek W.H. Thomas, professor of historical and systematic theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta; editorial director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Douglas Sean O’Donnell (MA, Trinity Evangelical Division School; MA, Wheaton College Graduate School) is the senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois.

John, vols. 1 & 2

  • Author: Richard D. Phillips
  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 1,480

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John’s Gospel is filled with thorough discussions of single topics and embeds its teaching in conversations. These unique themes distinguish the Gospel of John from the other three Gospels. Explore doctrines and concepts written to promote practical application to the reader’s life.

Richard Phillips highlights John’s focus on the deity of Christ, the gospel witness of the church, and salvation through faith in Jesus. Phillips clearly communicates the person and work of Christ with pastoral insight and demonstrates how to present evangelistic appeals from the pulpit. His scholarly treatment of each passage is ideal help for preparing sermons, while his nontechnical language makes this commentary suitable for Bible teachers and devotional reading.

Rick Phillips’s two volumes will become constant friends and ‘go-to’ companions for those charged with the daunting task of preaching the depths of the fourth Gospel. The whole of Phillips’s work maintains an unwavering focus on the apostle John’s grand purpose of leading his readers to believe that ‘Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God’—so that each exposition is gospel-rich. . . . The fact that these expositions have been delivered in the living context of the church gives them a depth and piquancy that many of the standard commentaries lack. Those who preach the Word will also find these volumes full of fresh insights and homiletical inspiration—good friends indeed.

—R. Kent Hughes, senior pastor emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, IL

Richard Phillips’s exposition of John explains the text clearly, but it also sings, marvels, and gets its hands dirty in real-life illustrations. What a terrific combination of biblical exegesis, doctrine rooted in the Reformation, and practical application! This is a great sermon commentary for pastors and an extremely helpful book for all other Christians who desire to grow in their love for the one who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’

—Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

Although commentaries on the Gospel of John abound, far too few of them combine careful scholarship, deep theological reflection, and a pastoral heart. Thankfully, this commentary by Rick Phillips is one of those few. Clearly born out of many years of preaching and teaching, this commentary is a must-read for modern-day pastors who not only want to understand the text but also want to apply it to the lives of those in their congregations.

—Michael J. Kruger, president and professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.

1 & 2 Thessalonians

  • Author: Richard D. Phillips
  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 451

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Before the Apostle Paul wrote Romans or Ephesians, he sent a pair of letters to a new church in Thessalonica. Three concerns governed these letters: What makes a healthy church? How should we view God’s Word? What does the ideal Christian life look like? Richard D. Phillips considers Paul’s foundational emphases in a scholarly, pastoral, and practical manner. He also explores Paul’s end-times teaching—the clearest teaching on this subject in the New Testament. Through these clear studies, readers will find a refreshing description of what will happen before, during, and after the Second Coming. Just as importantly, by focusing on Paul’s other teaching in these letters, readers will encounter a joyful anticipation of Christ’s return and revive hope for living faithfully in a challenging world.

As Christians, Bible teachers, or gospel ministers, we take our first step in the study of the Bible by going directly to our copy of God’s Word. Then, seeking to plumb the depths of the text and avoid handling it wrongly, we secure accurate and thoughtful commentaries from trusted commentators. That is precisely what we have in Rick Phillips’s insightful, faithful, and instructive commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, which navigates Paul’s Holy Spirit–inspired treatment of wide-ranging, yet ever-relevant gospel issues for life and eternity.

—Harry L. Reeder, pastor/teacher, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL

The books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians have a crucial message for the world today, but they can be hard to understand. What does the Bible teach about the return of Christ? What should we think about the ‘rapture’? Who is the man of lawlessness? With theological precision and the care of a seasoned pastor, Richard Phillips reveals the sure biblical path through the underbrush of end-times confusion, and explains the relevance of Paul’s letters for today. Readers will be instructed and encouraged to follow Christ anew, trusting in the God who sovereignly directs history. Highly recommended.

—Brandon D. Crowe, assistant professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary; book review editor, Westminster Theological Journal

Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.

1 Peter

  • Author: Daniel M. Doriani
  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 279

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Many Christians around the world today face severe persecution. Others continually feel the weight of cultural pressure against them. The apostle Peter speaks to this circumstance as he reminds us that Christians are aliens and exiles in an often-hostile empire. At the same time, believers are simultaneously the chosen of God, equipped by Jesus’ work for us and in us to live faithfully in our dual identity.

In this exposition of 1 Peter, Daniel Doriani explains how the work of Christ enables Christians to live with hope, joy, and faithfulness in a pagan world. He also explores Peter’s emphasis on the kind of life that pleases God—a life that includes respect for authorities, just or unjust. Doriani also richly describes Peter’s teaching on godly behavior as a wife, husband, or elder. By God’s grace, Christians can perform good deeds, have courage, and take a firm stand in the face of trials.

Among the many expositions of 1 Peter, this REC volume stands out. It is exemplary in its careful handling of the text, theological robustness, and fresh writing. Unsurprisingly from the author of Putting the Truth to Work, which is the best treatment available on application, this exposition of 1 Peter is loaded with the best kind of application: faithful to the text, reflective, never forced, often telling.

—D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

What a breath of fresh commentary air! Reading Dan Doriani’s contribution to the Reformed Expository Commentary series was like sitting in a lush garden filled with the fruit of seasoned scholarship, the hope of the everlasting gospel, and the implications of God’s transforming grace. My other ten commentaries on 1 Peter will now have to vie for second on my list of favorites. Pastors and teachers, mature believers, and brand-new Christians will all greatly benefit from Dan’s work in explaining the text and making applications to real life.

—Scotty Smith, teacher in residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, TN

Martin Luther said that to understand Scripture, the first books to read are Romans, the Gospel of John, and—surprisingly—1 Peter. Doriani shows? us why. In eighteen always-solid and often-brilliant chapters, he holds this epistolary jewel up to the light and convincingly conveys the beauty there. Doriani deftly deploys the understanding of a seasoned scholar, the wisdom of a longtime pastor, and the reverence of a committed disciple.

—Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

Daniel M. Doriani is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. Previously he was senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Missouri.

1–3 John

  • Author: Douglas Sean O’Donnell
  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 239

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How can we know that we possess eternal life? The apostle John lays out the answer in his three eponymous epistles. John answers that we must first believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that Christ came in the flesh. Second, we are to obey God’s commandments. Third, we must love others.

In this illuminating and engaging commentary on John’s letters, pastor-scholar Douglas Sean O’Donnell illustrates and applies these three essential questions to the text and to modern Christian lives. He helps believers to know they possess eternal life and to grow in knowledge of Christ as Savior. His highly applicable exploration will help Christians know how to live in the light and to transform their life by the power of the gospel.

Written with wit, learning, and savvy, this is a commentary to read and savor. . . . Each chapter amounts to an informative, uplifting, and challenging appeal. If more pastors preached like this, and more believers saw these truths in Scripture, both church and society would be moving in far better directions. Read this book! You’ll find in John’s holy epistles fresh meaning, life, hope, and direction.

—Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

What do you preach—not only to plant a church but to help it to survive the invasion of false teachers, loveless strife, and immorality? This enduring question emphasizes the vital relevance of John’s letters for churches in every time and place. Written by a pastor for pastors, Douglas O’Donnell’s commentary offers a rich feast for the servers as well as their diners.

—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Creative storytelling and contemporary references combined with careful examination of the text make Douglas O’Donnell’s commentary on 1–3 John an essential resource for understanding and teaching these oft-neglected epistles.

—Nancy Guthrie, author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series

O’Donnell’s work is marked by solid exegesis, a knowledge of church history, and faithful theology. . . . I was helped and encouraged by this commentary, and I commend it gladly.

—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Douglas Sean O’Donnell (MA, Trinity Evangelical Division School; MA, Wheaton College Graduate School) is the senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois.