The Best Books on Prayer
The Best Books on Worship
Worship Evangelism by Sally Morgenthaler
A great book that explores the power that your worship services (particularly the songs we sing) has on impacting those who don’t know Jesus. It is a call for the church to truly worship and in the midst how that will be a catalyst of attraction to see tangible affects of Christ’s love.
Emerging Worship by Dan Kmball
Exploring the creative ways we can express our worship. A great how to book of inspiration.
Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
A required reading for all my worship leaders. Helps get to the heart of leading a congregation.
The Oxford History of Christian Worship
This is not for the faint of heart. Great for research and knowing the history of different movements within Christianity.
The Unquenchable Worshipper by Matt Redman
My favourite book on worship. It touches the heart. It draws us closer to God. It is timeless. It challenges us to greater intimacy with God.
The Best Commentaries
In this episode of MY FIVE, we look at my top five favourite commentaries and why. What are some of your favourite resources? Watch above or read below.
To find these resources click on the books below for the links.
- The Bible Knowledge Commentary by Walvoord & Zuck
This is great commentary that doesn’t go too deep, but gives enough information to give you a strong grasp of the Scripture. It is my usual go to.
Jewish New Testament Commentary by David Stern
A great commentary for getting a…(surprise) Messianic Jewish perspective on New Testament passages. It is always important to get a different perspective than your own. Stern helps me take a different perspective to get a well rounded view.
- Smart Guide To The Bible ed. Larry Richards
Smart Guide is easy to read, has the scriptures in the text, and has thoughts from different people. This is a simple interpretation, but sometimes that’s all you need. This is great as a first commentary or even as a devotional.
- The Gospel of John A Commentary by Craig Keener
This is not for the faint of heart. In this commentary Keener goes deep! If you really want to understand a text in a rich way Keener’s commentary is for you. Don’t think you can simply breeze through. It’s heavy, but it’s good. Keener isn’t a boring writer.
- John Calvin Commentaries/Keil-Delitzsch Old Testament Commentaries
While I do enjoy these two commentaries from time to time the point is not the commentaries (however, they are good). The point is that you need something that is outside of your context. For me Calvin is from a different time period, country, and theological persuasion. The same can be said of Keil-Delitzsch. What is important, and as I stated earlier, in order to have a well rounded view you must engage in different perspectives. That means your current, 21st Century, (maybe) Western/Northern hemisphere, racial/gender perspective needs to look outside the voices just like it. After all neither Jesus, Paul, Peter, or Moses were from our century, Western/Northern, or race of most of the commentators out there.
There are so many great tools. I know I am always looking for more. What are some of your favourites? Comment below!