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Understanding the Times: Living in the Light of the Arrival of the King Paperback – May 20, 2009
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It is a very wonderful expostion of Matt. 8 ff, with illumination, instruction and rich reward in every paragraph. To me it is exactly what a Bible commentary ought to be. In one of his 'preachers' notes he lamented the standard turgid (my word, not his) stuff detailing specialist (and uniformly unhelpful) theorising, and in another he urges the necessity to 'seek the logic' - i.e. discern the mind of the Holy Spirit. To me this is what commentating is 'all about'. (Alec Motyer ~ (1924-2016) Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer)
Studies 3 key chapters in Matthew
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Taylor, the pastor of St. Helen's Bishopgate in London, and former Royal Army officer, wants his readers here to see that Jesus calls for people to proclaim his word and to offer 'gut wrenching' compassion to the watching world. So he does apply an approach where word and deed work together, driven by words spoken, but complementary to one another. This book is reworked sermons on the text, but it works well here, because the sermons themselves were exegetical and not so specifically topical to a particular congregation, that the general reader should feel out of place.
The writing is pastoral here, which means it is at times gentle and at times jarring, with real expectations asked, appropriately so, I think. The study questions at the end of each chapter are certainly thought provoking and should turn an individual or group to consider the text that Taylor is teaching on, seriously and with hope for long lasting 'spiritual food', beyond the discussion of the material itself.
As a tool for study, this is an ideal work, because the text is calling the reader to bring the content up to present day and have the Biblical text work on them in ways that they may not foresee. It is highly recommended.