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John Volume 1 (EP Study Commentary)
John Volume 1 (EP Study Commentary)
by Gordon Keddie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Both readable and academic!, 21 July 2014
The EP study commentary series managed to combine both scholarly approach to the material with a reasonably straightforward engagement with the text. As such, Gordon Keddie has managed to keep that balance here as this is readable enough and yet has enough in the way of depth and technical engagement with the text to keep the reader who requires this happy. What is also useful and stops the commentary from just being dry and academic is that each section ends with some practical application which gets the reader to engage with the text even more. This is particularly useful if one is preaching through John's Gospel or preparing Bible studies on it as it encourages much in the way of practical application for listeners of sermons or those involved in Bible studies.


Shining in the Darkness (Welwyn commentaries)
Shining in the Darkness (Welwyn commentaries)
by Michael Bentley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Enough to get you started., 19 July 2014
This is a very reasonable commentary from Michael Bentley and as is usual with the Welwyn series it is very reasonably priced. If you're aiming to preach through Philippians, lead Bible studies on it or are just interested in studying it for your own benefit them this is a very good commentary for getting the feel of the book. Its real strength is its overviews of the chapters in some detail and certainly brings out the themes of the book. It will certainly get you started in any study you are doing, although I would recommend using it alongside a slightly more academic commentary as well as this would probably be necessary to really connect with the text particular your preaching it. However, this will be very good to use after sufficient prayer and your first read through of the text.


Treasury of David - A Commentary on the Psalms  (in 3 volumes)
Treasury of David - A Commentary on the Psalms (in 3 volumes)
by C. H. Spurgeon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't preach the Psalms without it!, 18 July 2014
Spurgeon's 'Treasury of David' is a must have for anyone who is serious about preaching through the Psalms. Why is that so? Because it is written with the preacher in mind. Spurgeon was often referred to as the 'prince of preachers' and a quick reading of this will show you why. Not only is the text explain very carefully and thoroughly but there is much in the way of warm pastoral application. Also this covers the book of Psalms very thoroughly with plenty of space given to each Psalm. Often a major issue with one or two volume commentaries is that they don't have the depth, but that is clearly not the case here. So this is a must have if you are going to be looking at the Psalms any time soon as it is ideal for preparation for preaching or preparing Bible studies.


Calvin's Old Testament Commentaries: Ezekiel 1 (Chapters 1-12) Bk. 18 (Rutherford House Translation)
Calvin's Old Testament Commentaries: Ezekiel 1 (Chapters 1-12) Bk. 18 (Rutherford House Translation)
by Jean Calvin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Theological gold!, 18 July 2014
Calvin starts his commentary on Ezekiel by claiming that the vision of chapter 1 is particularly perplexing and hard to understand. However, even if that was the case in a time when Babylonian culture was not as well researched and understood as it is today he proceeds to inject his commentary with what can only be described as theological golden. There is no doubt that John Calvin was one of the greatest theologians of his age or any age that matter as he brings that considerable theological knowledge to bear on what he can understand of the text. There is much that is good here and it's best summed up in that Calvin deals with any issues with translation in the text and so is good on the technical side of this commentary but his main aim is to teach and bring out pastoral aspects. That said, it's a pity nehever got to write a commentary on the rest of Ezekiel as I'm sure it would have been as valuable as this was when I was preaching through the book a few years ago. Well worth having on your bookshelf if you're serious about preaching the first 12 chapters!


Salvation Begins: Reading Genesis Today
Salvation Begins: Reading Genesis Today
by Andrew Reid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful overview., 16 July 2014
This is a very useful overview of the book of Genesis which I have used recently when doing some study for some written work on Jacobs wrestling with God (chapter 32). It is not so much a commentary but an overview and it does include some very useful background information showing how important the events in Genesis are to the rest of the Bible (particularly the early chapters). This alone makes it worth reading if you're doing any preparation for Bible study or talks on Genesis. When doing in preparation is always useful to have at least one book like this so that you are probably orientated and have sufficient background and context before preparing whatever section or chapter you're working on. Overall these features make it a very useful book.


Big Generator
Big Generator
Offered by beaches_music_canada
Price: £3.82

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not a classic!, 16 July 2014
This review is from: Big Generator (Audio CD)
After the great success of 90125 one might have expected Yes to bonce back with a very quick follow-up album. However, with a group like Yes things are never that simple. Hence the wait of nearly 3 years to follow-up it up and an album that took 18 months to record. That said, although some consider this a disappointing album the results aren't bad and there is much to like here despite the tensions in the group at the time (particularly between Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin over the different approaches to song writing). The album kicks off in great style with 'The rhythm of love' a track that easily could have appeared on 90125. But the rest of the album is markedly different which shows particularly with the hypnotic 'Shoot high aim low'. There are in the songs 'Final eyes' and 'I'm running' much more traditional Yes elements in the structure of the music with Tony Kaye's Hammond Organ making an appearance on 'I'm running'. Overall this is hardly as even in its composition as 90125 but it certainly doesn't deserve to be dismissed as a disappointing album. Perhaps it is best summed up as less consistent in its overall style than 90125.


PSALMS 101 150 REV ED HB: v. 21 (Word Biblical Commentary)
PSALMS 101 150 REV ED HB: v. 21 (Word Biblical Commentary)
by ALLEN LESLIE
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Rather academic., 15 July 2014
This commentary being the third volume on Psalms in this series has all the strengths of the other two. As a commentary this is definitely veering towards academic and so you will find plenty of a technical nature particularly when it comes to translation from the Hebrew text. The drawback, in my opinion, is that as a commentary it lacks narrative flow which makes it somewhat heavy going. Let's put it this way, if you're looking to do a bit of Bible study on the Psalms this is not the commentary to start with. However, it is a very useful aid if you are going to be preaching on Psalms, but it is best used a long side other commentaries!


John: v. 1: Expository Thoughts (Expository Thoughts on John)
John: v. 1: Expository Thoughts (Expository Thoughts on John)
by J. C. Ryle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.16

5.0 out of 5 stars JC Ryle's expository thoughts get even better!, 14 July 2014
JC Ryle's series of expository thoughts on the Gospels really comes into its own with the Gospel of Luke and particularly here with John's Gospel of which this is the first of three volumes There is the usual very helpful clear pastoral application of the passages which has been a feature of his previous works in this series which are not so much commentaries but whose strengths is this pastoral application. But here Ryle has added to his work on the passage with extra notes which presumably were made for later editions. He also includes useful comments from other writers. This increases the value of these thoughts on the Gospels tremendously and make them a rich resource if one is studying John gospel or preaching on it. These may have been written in the 19th century but they are incredibly easy read and at a very reasonable price they are excellent value for money and a valuable resource to have on your bookshelf.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A quirky Star Trek T-shirt!, 12 July 2014
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This is a very quirky Star Trek T-shirt and I love it. The figures are basically caricatures and are all recognisable, except perhaps Dr McCoy who is not so identifiable except for his medical Tricorder. That said it fits well and was bought with the birthday money my congregation had so generously given me.


Steeltown
Steeltown
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £3.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars Passion coupled with something to say!, 12 July 2014
This review is from: Steeltown (Audio CD)
One must give credit to Big Country in that they didn't take the safe option when producing their second album. 'Steeltown' is a much harder sounding album than 'The Crossing' and markedly different in style! What it does lack are the standout tracks that were on the first album. However, all is far from lost as there are some great tracks on this as well as some really innovative ones. For example the first single 'East of Eden' is hardly a conventional choice for a single but it works! The other two singles from this album 'Where the rose is sown' (one of the few tracks that could have turned up on the first album) and 'Like a shadow' are also class acts. There is also a lovely slower song 'The girl with grey eyes' which provides a contrast from the heavier up tempo songs. But perhaps the standout track is the title track which also like 'Like a shadow' very much captures the time this album was released in and is full of passion and justifiable anger at social injustices! If it doesn't quite reach heights the first album in it comes pretty close as the songs are a consistent standard so I'd gladly given another half start if I could.


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