Loved for their easy to read style and deep analysis, BST commentaries are relied upon by teachers, preachers and individuals looking to better understand what God, through the Bible, is saying to their world today.
Bible Speaks Today isn’t a commentary series in the conventional sense. Rather than simply commenting on the biblical text, the contributors and overall series editors intend their work as guides to applying the Bible in practice, rather than merely understanding it in theory.
BST: Orange, Blue and Green
Distinguished by the colour of the lower half of their sunrise covers, the BST series divides into three complementary collections.
Those with blue covers, edited by Alec Motyer include the books of the Old Testament, while John Stott’s New Testament editions have orange covers. Green covers denote BST’s ‘Bible Themes’ collection edited by prominent pastor and Bible teacher, Derek Tidball.
Daniel: Is God Really in Control?
Latest additions to the BST series include a new exploration of The Message of Daniel by Dale Ralph Davis, former pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary.
On first reading, you won't find the book of Daniel an easy read - not as a Christian. Its message seems strange and at odds with your beliefs. It opens with God’s people in exile in Babylon and his everlasting promises apparently shattered.
Only one man seems to believe that the promises still hold and is determined to prove it by his own faithfulness, obedience and sacrifice. Sound like a more familiar story now?
Taking you beyond the Sunday school stories of the lions' den, the fiery furnace and the writing on Belshazzar's palace wall, Davis gives you the meaning of Daniel's visions and prophecies with the background, interpretative problems and the relevance of Daniel in today's world all explained for the average Bible reader.
The Church: On Its Way From Eternity to Eternity
As a parallel to Daniel, but in the BST Bible Themes collection, Vice Principal of Oak Hill College in London, Chris Green, begins his The Message of the Church, with a survey of the Church's continuing journey from eternity to eternity via Eden, exodus and exile and how, at each step, God gathers his people together, to speak to them, hear from them, and change them to be more like him.
Focusing on the Church’s life and ministry, through worship, unity, maturity, servants, gifts, holiness, boundaries and future, Green shows how the Bible begins and ends with God dwelling with his people; from Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, to the great multitude in the New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation, encouraging you toward a vibrant, loving, risk-everything outlook passionately committed to living out the values of God's Word.
Bible Speaks Today: To You Today
Like all of the BST Series, these books are for you if you take your personal study or public preaching seriously. All the books in the series are written by authors with practical, real world preaching and pastoring experience. Their first concern is communicating what the Bible says that will help you live out God’s message in the home, workplace, school and community in which you find yourself - today.
May 11th, 2013 - Posted & Written by Les Ellison