I don’t use many commentaries, but the one volume commentary I use the most is Adam Clarke. The one volume commentary by Jamieson Fausset and Brown is a pretty good one-volume commentary as well.
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The smallest congregation I’ve been to is the one I’m presently a member of – the Montana St. congregation. We run between 15-20 members each Lord’s Day. In the 1960′s the congregation had over 600 members – standing room only – filled both the auditorium and balcony. We can plainly see the decline in spiritual priorities over the past 50 years. A sad commentary indeed.
1) Today’s Nudge: “From 1-2 Corinthians, choose a favorite verse or short passage and explain why it’s special to you”:
My favorite verse in 1-2 Corinthians is 2 Corinthians 10:5:
“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
This verse provides us the key to living a successful Christian life. We must be willing to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Paul obviously employed this principle in his life, for he stated in Galations 2:20:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
2) “Name a commentary or book on some part or the whole of these two letters that you find especially helpful”:
I’ve used the Bible as its own best commentary in this article http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/09/the-6-8-10-principles/, emphasizing the “6-8-10″ principles found in 1st Corinthians Chapters 6, 8, and 10.
The main evil that lurks near me (as well as many other folks), is the evil found in Juarez, Mexico:
Many innocent people have died because of the various drug cartels constant fighting over their territorial domains, and will continue unabated, until something is done about it. A sad commentary on Mexico.
Writing a commentary with good, useful information is wonderful. Yet, there is more to the job. One of the key functions of a commentary is to be quoted. However, if the writing is sloppy, then no one will quote you and probably not read your work. Yet again, laziness is counterproductive. Find an editor!