Chained Paul might be, this joyful prisoner of the Lord never wrote more warmly nor more wisely than in this letter to his friends in Philippi. Yet the apostle is not blind to faults, even of loyal brethren for whom he has a special affection. Evidently there was some dissension in this lively Christian community, due to personal jealousies and animosities. Unfortunately, the same can be just as true today. The Gospel is still at times preached from motives of selfish ambition and rivalry. All of us are still inclined to look after our own interests only. And fine Christian workers are still quarreling. This letter serves as a firm word of warning and a guide for right living.
Praise for the Print Edition
Commentaries. . . can be of great value. . . Most of all we need the help of those whose work is to feed, guard, and care for God's people week by week. Michael Bentley is just such an experienced pastor and teacher.
—R.C. Lucas, Rector of St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London
Once again, Michael Bentley displays his rare gift for communicating deep truths both clearly and simply. Easily accessible to the young believer, this commentary nevertheless contains insights that may well surprise and delight the busy pastor. Michael's relaxed, street-level style should not deceive us! This volume would make a seriously useful addition to any Christian's bookshelf.
—Jonathan Stephen, President-elect, Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches
- Title: Shining in the Darkness: Philippians Simply Explained
- Author: Michael Bentley
- Publisher: Evangelical Press
- Series: Welwyn Commentary Series
- Publication Date: 1998
- Pages: 192
About the Author
Michael Bentley is the pastor of Great Hollands Free Church in southern England, where he is also actively involved in the local community. Among other responsibilities he is Vice-Chairman of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education in the area, a director of the local Citizen's Advice Bureau and vice-chairman of a neighborhood mediation service. He is author of several titles in the Welwyn Commentary Series.