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NIV Application Commentary: Hardcover Giveaway and ebook Sale


From now until the coming Sunday, every NIV Application Commentary eBook is on sale for just $4.99, with even bigger discounts when you buy bundles (I highly recommend the Pentateuch one! I bought each of those volumes individually the last time the series is on sale). Click here to see all the volumes and deals.

The NIVAC series helps you understand the Bible’s ancient message and see how it speaks powerfully today. When I am preparing a Bible study or sermon, I always turn to this series for help in crafting applications. I’m pretty good at the nerdy stuff like exegesis, but I need help connecting what the text meant to what it means.

Notable volumes in this series include:

Check out all the deals here! Sale ends on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11:59pm EST (11/13/16).


Enter to win the NIVAC on Psalms by Gerald Wilson! Entries can be gained the following ways (just comment saying you did it. Comment separately for each option  to receive separate entries. I’ll be drawing a winner from the comments):

  1. Visit the sale website.
  2. Follow me on Twitter
  3. Tweet the giveaway.
    • sharing on any social media platform will gain additional entries, just comment separately
    • additional entries can be gained each day by mentioning the giveaway on social media
  4. Follow my blog

Giveaway ends at noon EST on November 13, at which time a winner will be announced. That way those interested in the Psalms volume who do not win still have an opportunity to purchase it at the sale price.

*Open to residents of the contiguous U.S.*

Thanks to my friends at Zondervan for the giveaway copy!


Giveaway Winners – No God But One (Nabeel Qureshi)

While I initially said that I’d run three successive giveaways for the three copies I have, I’ve decided to just draw three winners at once. If you didn’t win, there’s still time to preorder No God But One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity for some freebies. Find out more about the book and the preorder deals here. Also, check out an interview with Nabeel about the book on the Bible Gateway blog. While Nabeel wrote the book primarily for Muslims who are seeking (open to Christianity) as well as Christians who are considering Islam, this book is also a fantastic resource for evangelism/apologetics, particularly for Christians who have a heart for Muslims. Now, without further ado, the winners:


Congratulations to Jonah Langenderfer, Todd Schreiner, and Will Klauber! Please fill out the comment form with your address and I will ship the book to you in a few days.

Giveaway – No God But One (Nabeel Qureshi)

NGB1No God But One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity is Nabeel Qureshi’s follow-up to his NYT Bestseller Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Qureshi contrasts these two books by describing Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus as the heart of the story and No God But One the mind of his story; whereas the former is largely a testimony, the latter is a tremendous apologetic resource. No God But One is a fantastic book to help Christians understand the core tenets of Islam and the foundational differences between Islam and Christianity. As such, it’s both a must-read for Christians  seeking to grow in their understanding of Islam and their ability to engage their Muslim friends in spiritual conversation, as well as for Muslims who are questioning their faith and asking questions about Christianity.

As a former Muslim, Qureshi has a rare insider’s perspective. As an apologist on the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaking team and a New Testament Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University, he is well-equipped with first-rate training on the subject matters pertinent to No God But One. These two factors combine to make the book a superb resource on the differences between Islam and Christianity. The arguments are robustly defended and winsomely presented, and Qureshi’s passion for the gospel and for his kinsmen according to the flesh to come to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is pervasive throughout the book. This really is a book that every Christian with a passion for evangelism/apologetics should read, but especially those with a burden to see Muslims come to faith.

Zondervan and the No God But One publicity team have sent me a number of copies to give away, and I’m excited to give away three copies on my blog. Instead of running one giveaway and selecting three winners, I’m going to run three separate giveaways in succession. Whenever I post announcing a winner, that post will also be the way to enter the subsequent giveaway. I will also post a full review with the last giveaway.

The book officially releases on August 30. Check out the website for an overview about the book, quotes, a video, as well as some sweet preorder offers.

Giveaway Details:

***Giveaway is now closed and winners will be announced shortly.

Each of the following gets an entry, just comment saying you did it (comment separately for each method for them to count as separate entries). This first giveaway will close this Friday at noon EST, at which time I will choose a winner from the comments using a random number generator. Giveaway open to residents of the contiguous US.

  1. Visit the book website
  2. Follow me on Twitter
  3. Tweet the giveaway (tag me please!)
    • sharing on any social media platform will gain additional entries, just comment separately
    • additional entries can be gained each day by mentioning the giveaway on social media
  4. Follow my blog

Thanks to Zondervan for the Advance Reader Copy and giveaway copies!

Preorder: Amazon

Giveaway Winner – Moo Festschrift

Before I announce the lucky winner, I’d like to comment briefly on my own appreciation for Dr. Doug Moo. Perhaps the most frequently mentioned item of appreciation in the comments for the giveaway had to do with his NICNT volume on Romans, and this is what I would have commented on as well if asked the question. This commentary was the first commentary I ever bought, so in a sense you could say that this was where it all started – my Bible nerdery.

For those who commented on Moo’s work and/or Pauline studies, I greatly enjoyed reading your answers. In my opinion there were many who were greatly worthy of the prize, but the random (under the sovereignty of God, of course 😉 ) number generator has spoken. CONGRATULATIONS, NATE PICKOWICS!! Send me your mailing address, and be sure to tweet a #biblioselfie and/or make a meme when you receive it.

Moo GiveawayP.S. In case anyone cares, the replies were not counted in the selection pool.

P.P.S. I can’t believe Jason Gardner did not win, as he was the only one to Tweet the giveaway just about every day.

P.P.P.S If you’re the type to actually search out the winning comment, you’ll notice that it was written by me. That’s because Nate said on Twitter that he couldn’t log in and therefore couldn’t comment, and he asked me to comment for him. When he won I cracked up because…well…in a way, I won. In light of my book-winning record, I just found this hilarious.


Giveaway – Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo

A few months ago I reviewed the Festschrift that was presented to Douglas Moo at last year’s ETS annual meeting (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3). This past weekend a friend gave me a goodie bag which contained a copy of this book, so I’m going to give it to one of you 🙂 Douglas Moo needs no introduction, and it’s obvious that this book is a treat for all Pauline studies nerds, especially those who appreciate the contributions of Moo. Since I don’t have a self-hosted site I can’t use one of those fancy giveaway widgets, so you’ll have to do a bit more work for entries. Here are the various ways you can enter (comment separately for each to gain more entries):

  1. Comment on one way Moo’s scholarship has impacted you
  2. Comment on one issue in Pauline studies that fascinates you
  3. Follow me on Twitter and comment saying you did
  4. Tweet the giveaway and comment saying you did
  5. Share the giveaway via any and any other social media platform and comment saying you did
  6. Subscribe to my blog and comment saying you did.

You can tweet the giveaway once a day for additional entries, just comment saying you did. The giveaway is open to residents of the contiguous US only (unless you’re going to the SBL annual meeting this year, in which case I can give it to you there if you win) and closes at 11:59PM EST on Thursday, May 21. I will use a random number generator to select the winning comment, and the winner will be announced on Friday, May 22. You can check out my reviews to whet your appetite if you missed them the first time around (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3). Below is the video of the presentation of the Festschrift.

Illustrated Life of Paul Giveaway Winner!

giveawayCongratulations to Laura for winning my first book giveaway! Thanks to all who entered. I especially enjoyed reading the responses to the question of “what is your favorite Pauline passage and why.” Laura, I’ll be emailing you at the address you entered when you commented to solicit your mailing address. Enjoy stepping into the world of Paul the Apostle!

Check out my review of Illustrated Life of Paul. At the end there is a link to a free excerpt from the publisher.

Review & Giveaway – Illustrated Life of Paul (Charles Quarles)

Charles L. Quarles. Illustrated Life of Paul. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2014. 300 pp. $29.99.

paulWhenever I’m asked the question of who I’d want to talk to first in Heaven besides God, I answer with “Paul.” For me there’s no biblical character more stimulating both intellectually and practically. I love studying Paul’s writings and theology academically. Yet his humility, Christ-orientation, missionary zeal, and courage and joy in the midst of unthinkable persecution and pain constantly drive me to prayer, imploring for these attributes to characterize my own heart and life in an ever-increasing measure.

Paul’s staggering influence on the church is undeniable and is surpassed only by that of the Lord Jesus Himself. He penned thirteen out of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament (comprising approximately one-fourth of the total volume), and an additional sixteen chapters in the book of Acts focus on Paul’s life. Working ever to preach Christ where He was not known and refusing to build on another’s foundation, Paul evangelized much of the known western world during his lifetime. His God-inspired writings went on to influence giants in the history of the faith such as Augustine and Luther, whose effects on the Church are still felt today.

In his latest book, Illustrated Life of Paul, Dr. Charles Quarles (perhaps best known for the New Testament introduction co-written with Andreas Kostenberger and L. Scott Kellum, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown) provides a survey of this amazing man and his incredible story, following “solid evidence in reconstructing Paul’s life without becoming the detached and disinterested historian that was the ideal of modernism” (ix). With over 150 color images including maps and photographs of artwork, artifacts, and modern-day sites, this book helps readers step inside the first century Greco-Roman world of Paul.

As it guides us from Saul’s pre-conversion background to his Damascus Road conversion experience through each of his three major missionary journeys to his final years and ultimate martyrdom, this book does more than just narrate a chronology of the events of Paul’s life. Quarles also provides much insight into the cities that Paul visited, which is vital background for studying Paul’s epistles. He illuminates the background and themes and purposes of the letters as well.

In addition, there are also points at which Quarles gets into Paul’s theology. For example, when describing Paul and Barnabas’s ministry in Antioch in Pisidia, he notes,

The doctrine of justification is an important hallmark of Paul’s message in books like Galatians and Romans. Already at this point in his ministry, teaching on justification was prominent. Justification meant that sinners who believed in Jesus were pronounced righteous by God on the basis of Jesus’s sacrificial death.

(Quarles 51)

Quarles goes on to explicate five essential elements of Paul’s doctrine of justification: 1) no one could be judged righteous by God by the “works of the law”; 2) God freely justifies sinners who believe in Jesus; 3) justification is made possible only through the sacrifice that Jesus offered on the cross; 4) the free gift of justification requires faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ; and 5) justification by faith had been the means of salvation in the Old Testament era (51-53).

The last few pages of the book moved me deeply as Quarles reflects on Paul’s martyrdom, how the church’s loss was Paul’s gain (Phil. 1:21, 23), how his desire had been fulfilled at last, how his faith had finally become sight, how he had fought the good fight. Quarles reminds us that although those who study Paul’s life cannot help but be awed by him, Paul himself would be angered by such accolades because he lived ever to point to and boast in Christ.

Although this book has attempted to help readers better know the mind and heart of the apostle Paul, Paul himself would insist that this is not the point…Know him, Paul would say. Know Him…If knowing Paul stirs a yearning to know the One for whom he suffered, the One whose name he proclaimed, the One for whom he died, then Paul lived and died well

(Quarles 270)

Many thanks to Chris and B&H Academic for providing a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review!

Purchase: Amazon

Download the first two chapters for free from the B&H Academic blog.



B&H accidentally sent me two copies of this book, which means that one of you could be the lucky (I mean predestined, what was I thinking) winner of the extra copy! Unfortunately my blog can’t host the fancy giveaway widgets, so you’ll have to work a bit harder. You can enter the following ways: 1) Comment with your favorite Pauline passage/epistle, and tell me why it’s your favorite; 2) Follow me on Twitter; 3) Tweet the giveaway; 4) subscribe to my blog; 5) share the giveaway on Facebook and/or any other form of social media. Each social media share can be a separate entry. If you’re already following on Twitter or the blog, comment saying so for entries.

Here’s the key: for each entry method, leave a separate comment telling me you did it – this will increase your changes of winning. I’ll use a random number generator to select the winning comment.

Open to residents of the US & Canada. Giveaway closes this Friday, June 27 at noon EST, at which time I will select and announce the winner. May Providence be ever in your favor!