I love books on homiletics and preaching. My library is full of them. I’m really appreciating The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God by Phillip D. Jensen and Paul Grimmond. As I spend time and energy preparing to preach this coming Sunday on Gal 2:20, this little tidbit from Jensen and Grimmond is encouraging:
“Why should we spend so much time seeking to understand God’s word truly? Why should we spend years honing our craft and learning to speak wisely and well in light of the culture that we live in? Why will we prech the gospel when people want to hear it and when they do not? The biblical answer is love. As Paul puts it:
…the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, we regard no-one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer (2 Cor 5:14-16).”
Like many in the Reformed world, I have for many years loved and learned the ESV Bible. Now, if I would just live it! I actually bought the original ESV Classic Reference Bible on the very day it came out, back in 2001. Then, I bought the ESV Reformation Study Bible on the very day it was released. Same strategy when I bough the ESV Study Bible. I am currently journaling through the ESV Journaling Bible, which, when completed, will contain my own section-by-section handwritten commentary and prayers from a Daddy/pastor to his children, to be a keepsake gift for Luke and Lyda. It’s a labor of love that will span a couple of years. I have used the ESV pretty much exclusively for my preaching and teaching for many years, now. I also build my Accordance Software primary workspace around the ESV.
With all this said, while this has been available for some time now, I thought I would pass along a little info about a free online ESV Bible, that offers some cool functionality. Go here www.ESVBible.org/about/ to find out about this online study tool. Then, click on over to www.ESVBible.org to sign up. Enjoy!