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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Dec 15 2010 1:18 AM

Could someone do me a favour and put an excerpt of Kent Hughes in this thread for me.  No sample pages on web page and I don't have the time to search thro Amazon to see what they have.  I'd be very grateful if someone would take the time to give me (and others?) a taster.

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 3:03 AM

I think you can find some excepts at Crossway.org.

Like this: http://www.crossway.org/books/2-corinthians-hcj/  - click Google Preview there.

http://www.crossway.org/search/?q=kent+hughes&sa= - all results.

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 3:48 AM

Thank you, Timothy.  Alas, I couldn't find a link for sample pages.  Guess I need to take the trouble to look it up on Amazon....

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 3:54 AM

Why?

I clicked the rounded button Google Preview and it works.

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 4:54 AM

I don't have google previews.  Maybe I need to adapt my google account?

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 5:00 AM

nicky crane:
I don't have google previews.  Maybe I need to adapt my google account?

Could you please log in to Google?  Through Email or whatever you have at Google, and then get back to Crossway's page.

Perhaps, Google Preview depends on that.  I am logged in to Gmail all the day.

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 5:25 AM

By the way, this article by Kent Hughes is included in every volume of the series "Preaching the Word"

http://www.sbts.edu/media/publications/sbjt/sbjt_1999summer5.pdf

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 5:30 AM

nicky crane:
I don't have google previews.  Maybe I need to adapt my google account?

A lot of Google previews are not available outside the US. I don't see the link either.

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John Graves | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 6:02 AM

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"You Shall Be My Witnesses"

Acts 1:1–11

One reason I love to study the book of Acts is its uniqueness. It is the sourcebook for the spread of early Christianity. Without it we would know little about the apostolic church except what could be gleaned from Paul’s epistles. It is the chronicle of the spreading flame of the Holy Spirit.

It is also a book with a splendid theme, tracing the work of the Holy Spirit through the birth, infancy, and adolescence of the Church. Its title could well be "The Acts of the Holy Spirit" or "The Acts of the Risen Christ Through the Holy Spirit Working Through the Church." Acts forms the perfect counterpart and contrast to the Gospels. In the Gospels the Son of Man offered his life; in Acts the Son of God offered his power. In the Gospels we see the original seeds of Christianity; in Acts we see the continual growth of the Church. The Gospels tell us of Christ crucified and risen; Acts speaks of Christ ascended and exalted. The Gospels model the Christian life as lived by the perfect Man; Acts models it as lived out by imperfect men.

The study of Acts is particularly important to us because it teaches us how to experience a stimulating, exciting life—how to make our lives count. One man said, "I have been a deacon in my church for years; built a church building, raised money, served on committees. But one thing my church never gave me was a relationship with Christ that would make my life exciting." 1 Rather than having an effervescent, relevant faith, this man found his life about as stimulating as a stale glass of ginger ale. He did not know the secret of Acts.

In our day one of the nicer things said about the institutional church is that it is "irrelevant." The book of Acts carries the remedy. Whether you are young and virile with Superman-like energy, or restless with what you have seen of a dull, ho-hum, business-as-usual Christianity, or at the age where you are receiving birthday cards that say things like "When it’s time for a dental checkup, do you send out your teeth?" the message of Acts is for you!

The author of Acts was Luke the physician, and he begins with a reference to his already completed work on the life of Christ, which we know as the Gospel of Luke:

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. (vv. 1–2)

Naturally Theophilus remembered, and his thoughts turned to Luke’s great scroll and its remarkable account of Christ’s life. He was thereby primed for what was to follow.

Then in verses 3–5 Luke continues with some new information as he tells Theophilus something more of the time after Christ’s resurrection:

After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (v. 3)

Luke is the only scriptural writer who tells us that Christ’s post-resurrection ministry covered forty days. Evidently Jesus appeared at intervals, coming and going from Heaven at will, showing miraculous signs and instructing his disciples "about the kingdom of God."

Luke’s record of the stunning encounter on the road to Emmaus is a typical example. Christ met the two followers in an altered physical form and "beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself" (24:27), so that they later said (v. 32), "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" The picture of those forty days is one of enraptured excitement, unfolding mystery, suspense, and anticipation.

Luke goes on in verses 4 and 5:

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

Christ’s conversation with the apostles must have been awesome! It may have even led to all-night rap sessions. What was this baptism "with the Holy Spirit"? Would Jesus take them to the Jordan and rebaptize them? Would they hear a voice from Heaven like Jesus did? Rabbis had said the restoration of Israel’s political fortunes would be marked by the revived activity of God’s Spirit. So now some of the disciples burned with the hope of a political theocracy. Would they themselves be given supernatural powers? Peter probably wanted to go through walls just like the Master had done. What would be their duties? Certainly each one would have a special mission marked with incredible power and great success. They were forbidden to leave Jerusalem for now, but then…How long before this would happen? Jesus said, "In a few days." They could not wait!

In the midst of this ongoing, frenzied speculation, Jesus called the eleven together at the crest of the Mount of Olives. The apostolic band was aflame with expectancy.

So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (vv. 6–8)

These were Jesus’ final earthly words. It has been 2,000 years, and Jesus has not during that time planted his feet on terra firma and audibly addressed his followers. Perhaps that silence is intended to prevent anything from obscuring Jesus’ last words, so they will continue to reverberate in the Church’s ears.

Our Lord has laid down in the clearest terms the mission for those who are to follow him. This is the mission of the church that would dare to call itself New Testament—the mandate of apostolic Christianity.

Verse 8 is the key verse of the entire book of Acts. Chapters 1–7 tell of the witness "in Jerusalem," chapters 8–11 the witness "in all Judea and Samaria," and chapters 12–28 the witness "to the ends of the earth." This is the foundation on which to build an effervescent, exciting faith.

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 6:08 AM

I find this set to be the best homiletical commentary sets. I know my pastor uses it extensively as some of his illustrations come from these commentaries. It is a great deal at today's 12 days of Logos price!

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Randy O'Brien | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 8:02 AM

I used it when I preached through Ephesians and found it very helpful. As a homiletical commentary he provides some good illustrations and outlines. Weak on application, but good on explanation of the text. Round this out with the NIVAC series and your homiletical commentaries are coming into good shape.

blessings,

Randy

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 15 2010 8:49 AM

Mark Barnes:
A lot of Google previews are not available outside the US. I don't see the link either.

Now I see.  I am using a U.S. proxy in my browser all the time.

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