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John (St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary) Hardcover – December 11, 2009
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The St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series will be welcomed throughout the world. It promises to have all of R. C. Sproul's hallmarks: clarity and liveliness, humor and pathos, always expressed in application to the mind, will, and affections. Dr. Sproul's ability to focus on the big picture, his genius of never saying too much, leaving his hearers satisfied yet wanting more, never making the Word dull, are all present in these expositions. May they nourish God's people well and serve as models of the kind of ministry for which we continue to hunger.--Sinclair B. Ferguson: Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
R.C. Sproul, well-known as a master theologian and extraordinary communicator, now shows that he is a powerful, insightful, helpful expository preacher. This collection of sermons is of great value for churches and Christians everywhere.--W. Robert Godfrey: President, Westminster Seminary California
R.C. Sproul is a legend in our time. His preaching has held us in awe for half a century, and these pages represent the fruit of his latest exposition, coming as they do at the very peak of his abilities and insights. I am ecstatic at the prospect of reading the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series. It represents Reformed theology on fire, delivered from a pastor's heart in a vibrant congregation of our time. Essential reading.--Derek W. H. Thomas: John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
About the Author
Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder, chairman and president of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.
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Top Customer Reviews
So it was much to my relief to see that this commentary was very approachable and easy to read. In fact, it is possibly the most accessible book of its type that I've seen. I especially appreciated the format of this book.
Rather than write a verse-by-verse exposition, as many commentators do, Sproul has broken John's gospel into 57 chapters, focusing on individual events and encounters. He then writes his commentary in a very conversational style, often relaying personal stories and analogies to help teach the text. This writing style lends this commentary to reading just like one might read any other typical book, rather than requiring strenuous study like many other commentaries. It is highly recommended for students of Scripture at any level of spiritual maturity or theological experience!
However, the commentary on John is not his best work. While there were some good nuggets found in various chapters, the commentary lacked Sproul's engaging style, did not always completely cover the entire topic and the writing style seemed abrupt at times.
For instance, in the chapters on the "Woman at the Well", he never covers the last part of this section in Scripture and the end of Chapter 10 seems to abruptly and awkwardly end. Whether this is a result of poor writing on Sproul's part (which I doubt), the editor's poor editing, or his messages were poorly transcribed from his teachings at St. Andrew's Chapel, I do not know. The commentary is not "in-depth" and many of the practical applications will be familiar with those who have studied Sproul for many years.
There are some positives aspects of this commentary. Sproul tells good stories. Whether he is talking about a man with an IQ of over 180 (Chapter 11) or when Sproul caught a thief (Chapter 12), those who love listening to him can almost hear his voice as he is telling these stories.Read more ›
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If only the Lord gave RC Sproul another century to live and teach!Published 3 days ago by Robin M. Holmes
Great book. I wish he stayed on point a little better. He tends to stray a little.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you love verse by verse teaching as I do, then you will really enjoy this particular commentary on the Gospel of John. Each passage reads like a sermon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew A. Crawford
This is an excellent commentary in that Mr Sproul includes both well researched information and his own personal testimony regarding the Gospel of John. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Beach Beauchamp
Dr. Sproul starts each chapter with the passage being discussed, so you could study this without having a separate Bible with you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by salshortt
We thoroughly enjoyed going through this book as a family. The depth of information in a comprehensible format was like no other commentary on the Gospel of John. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rockhopper