Dennis Johnson's Philippians: To Live is Christ is a treasured contribution to P&R's Reformed Expository Commentary series. Johnsons experience as a preacher and teacher of preachers not only makes these messages wonderful models of exposition, but also his expertise in Biblical Theology permeates every page. The Christ-centered focus is beautifully and powerfully interwoven throughout.
I am always glad to see commentaries that will help preachers. This one is sure to do that. It is beautifully and clearly written; that will help a preachers style. It is theologically, historically, and canonically accurate; that will help a preachers faithfulness. It pays great attention to details in the Greek text without being pedantic but it also shows how these little parts fit together to make a whole; that is what preachers are called to do. It is rich with individual insights that preachers will enjoy sharing. Its titles, captions, illustrations, and applications model what preachers should aspire to. Its courageous tackling of contemporary aberrations such as prosperity teaching will stiffen pastoral backbones to do the same. It condenses some of the best insights from other commentators and that will save a preachers precious time! I highly recommend it for preachers and those who listen to them.
Pastors aspiring to preach expositorily (as all pastors should preach), take note! Philippians by Dennis E. Johnson is as good a source for such preaching as youll ever getand as good an example of it as youll ever get, for it represents his own preaching. The commentary has everything youd want: not only uncluttered exegesis, cross-references to the rest of Scripture, and theological integration, but also historical background and parallels, literary references, illustrations from and applications to modern life, allusions to pop culture, local color, and warmth of personal testimony. The chapter titles alone will whet your appetite. Use this commentary both for Philippians and also as a template for pastoral exposition of other biblical books.
As a student of Dr. Johnsons, I came to admire his insight into Scripture and his pastoral heart. Exemplifying the model of proclaiming Christ from all of the scriptures, this outstanding commentary on Philippians unpacks the treasures of the apostles teaching with profound skill that captivates the heart.
"Anything written by Dennis Johnson is well worth reading. He has been thinking about, preaching and teaching from Philippians for many years, so this work is all the more worth reading. It is filled with valuable insights into the biblical text and its practical consequences. This book is a true gem just like the man who wrote it."
It is truly a delight for me to recommend Dennis Johnsons Philippians: To Live Is Christ. Only rarely does one come across a work that so successfully blends scholarship with clarity of exposition and pastoral application. One quickly becomes aware that the author has done his homework and done it well, carefully examining the exegetical options and reaching thoughtful conclusions. No fanciful flights of imagination here. In an admirable way, however, the commentary itself is free from distracting technicalities, so that the reader comes away with a clear understanding of each section as a whole. Moreover, Johnson refuses to treat Philippians as an antiquarian document to be interpreted in isolation from contemporary culture. Instead, he approaches the epistle from the point of view of the modern reader and, as a result, manages to communicate its contents as a living message. In contrast to most commentaries, this work can easily and with pleasure be read through in a few sittings. Anyone who does so will not be disappointed.