Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Insights on Galatians and Ephesians

Several years ago Charles Swindoll set out on a grand project, to produce a 15-volume set of expository texts on the New Testament. After the fifth volume in the series was released, the publisher pulled the plug on the project because of poor sales. The issue was that the books were not written as lite, fluff pieces for quick consumption. They were written more as textbooks for detailed, in depth study. Thankfully, another publisher picked up the project and after a several year delay, the sixth volume was just released, which focuses on the apostle Paul's letters to the Galatians and Ephesians. What was originally called Swindoll's New Testament Insights has now been rebranded as Swindoll's Living Insights New Testament Commentaries. Apart from different cover artwork, the new books are unchanged in style and approach from those already released.

Insights on Galatians and Ephesians, the latest release, has been one that I have been tracking and looking forward to as these two books of the Bible have proven over time to be the most encouraging to me. Swindoll analyzes the letters verse by verse and then provides relevant insight, interpretation, and historical context that bring out the author's intent and the implications of the text. Swindoll's unique voice and expansive expertise bring the scriptures alive and make them approachable to everyone from the novice to the more experienced. A pure joy to spend time studying God's word through this text. I very much look forward to the next volume in this series, Insights on Acts, that is scheduled for release in the first half of 2016.