Welcome to 2009. We are back in the saddle in the Northern hemisphere.
An unexpected pleasure for me while in Sydney, Australia, was spending two hours with David Peterson, formerly of Oak Hill College in London, now a staff member at Moore College, Sydney.
Steve Brading and I greatly enjoyed our time with David as we discussed a wide range of subjects. He also mentioned that his new commentary on the book of Acts will be published by Apollos/IVP in April in the Pillar series of commentaries. He mentioned that it had been a 15-year labour of love and I, for one, look forward very much to getting my copy.
Pillar has maintained a very high standard of commentaries which I have been very happy to recommend from time to time. I have just obtained Douglas Moo’s commentary on Colossians. His excellent commentary on Romans means that I will look forward to reading his on Colossians very much.
Starting the New Year one always wonders what books might be coming out and I was very interested to see on the Between Two Worlds blog on 30th December (http://theologica.blogspot.com/2008/12/forthcoming-nt-commentaries.html) a fascinating list of anticipated commentaries for the coming year.
It is particularly extraordinary to notice that three commentaries on the book of Galatians will be published this year – one by DA Carson, one by Thomas Schreiner and one by Douglas Moo. One can hardly wait! This should be a hard year for legalists! Also those who sadly distort the heart of the gospel by wanting to revert to an emphasis on Jewish practices would do well to read any one of these no doubt excellent commentators on this vitally important book.
I would already recommend Grace in Galatia by Ben Witherington III, and The Triumph of Abraham’s God by Bruce Longenecker. Both of these are superb Galatians commentaries.
It’s so important for those of us who are thrilled with the grace of God to be well versed in such books as Galatians that so undergird this vital subject.
When you see how frequently DA Carson’s name appears on the list of upcoming commentaries you wonder how the dear man finds time to eat. I must remember to ask him at New Word Alive this spring. What a mighty servant of God he is.
As we go into 2009, happy reading!