I've been reading modern biblical criticism for a few years am always more amazed how very smart people set out to contend for the most abstruse and convoluted theory, method or point of contention imaginable with so little result. The intention is contention from the start and it leads down the most elaborate corridors of speculation about (recent) speculation... on and on and on.
I stumble onto Barnhouse/Romans (For $20) and encounter another type of man from another generation who actually has reverence for scripture, God and coherence. So refreshing. SO REFRESHING!
Not ALL the theology checks out, the text is a little dated, the hymns and poetry are a little hokey... but the perspective! Written from the heart of a man who loves God and reveres His every word. And most importantly, this man understands the book of Romans theologically/devotionally. (Never mind the endless quibbles about the Greek, the word use, the contrast with Galatians, chronology, etc.) Reminds you of the time theologians received the Word with their heart and mind... not as an intellectual game board with (highly speculative) winners and losers.
A monumental work. Thank you CDB for publishing it.
Barnhouse has surprised me with his boldness and willingness to place Truth above popularity. This is the sign of a man of God that needeth not be ashamed. His illustrations bring the point home in ways that make recall easy. Romans is a thorough and systematic study of the Christian life and faith from the Fall to the Finish encapsulated and presented in an orderly, understandable progression. I believe it gives the book of Romans honor where honor is due. If you don't understand Romans, you don't understand your faith. This book will bring light and answers to many questions you have. Its worth your investment.
I had tried for awhile to buy these when they were still in a 4 volume set; but for whatever reason, it never became available. Barnhouse's very readable and insightful commentary on the epistle to the Christian church at Rome is such a joy to read. I was "fed" on every page, word after word, sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph. If I could choose a small handful of books that I could take with me into Eternity, these would definitely make the list. Aside from GOD's Word, never I have received so much for so little. I will be reading these again and again for years to come. Don't hesitate to buy these; who knows how long they'll continue to be published.