Titus: A Video Commentary

The Island of CretePaul the Apostle left his coworker Titus on the Greek Island of Crete for a specific purpose (Titus 1:5). Now Paul is writing to Titus with additional instructions regarding how Titus should go about his appointed task. Although written almost 2,000 years ago Paul’s short, but very powerful epistle still has much to say to God’s servants today.

Over the last ten months Digital Sojourner has been publishing brother Stephen Baker’s video blog series on this wonderful book. Each week brother Baker has been taking us through Paul’s letter with a short, helpful video~~ essentially on a verse, by verse basis.

The following listing of links is presented as an index, or table of contents, to help you quickly navigate this helpful resource.

Thank you brother Baker. To God be the glory!


Titus Chapter 1


Passage   Link to Video Commentary
Titus 1:1     Intoduction: Who Was Titus?
Titus 1:1     Overview of Paul’s Letter to Titus
Titus 1:1-4     Digging Into Chapter 1
Titus 1:2-4     Why God Called Paul to be an Apostle
Titus 1:5     Tasked With Things To Do In Crete
Titus 1:6-9     A Closer Look At Elders
Titus 1:10-11     Why Such High Standards for Elders?
Titus 1:11-12     Liars, Beasts, and Gluttons
Titus 1:13-14     Faceing Reality
Titus 1:15-16     Faith vs. Religion


Titus Chapter 2


Passage     Link to Video Commentary
Titus 2:1-10     An Overview of 2:1-10
Titus 2:1-2     Walking the Walk
Titus 2:3     The Power of the Role Model
Titus 2:4-5     Passing on Wisdom
Titus 2:6-8     Timless Principles
Titus 2:9-10     A Job Well Done
Titus 2:11     Salvation Is Available To All
Titus 2:12     The Gospel Training Curriculum
Titus 2:13     The Happy Hope
Titus 2:14a     A Priceless Purchase
Titus 2:14b     The Church – A Purchased and Separated People
Titus 2:14d     Zealous For Good Works
Titus 2:15a     Authoritative Teaching
Titus 2:15b     Do Not Despise Those Who Serve God


Titus Chapter 3


Passage     Link to Video Commentary
Titus 3:1     Good Citizenship
Titus 3:1     The Delegated Power of Politicians
Titus 3:1-2     Radical Christianity in the Community
Titus 3:3     What We Were By Nature
Titus 3:4     The Reason For The Change
Titus 3:5a     Saved by Grace
Titus 3:5b     New Life & New Power
Titus 3:6     The Holy Spirit in Conversion
Titus 3:7     Heirs With Christ
Titus 3:8     Rock Solid Truth
Titus 3:8b     Christians Should Do Good Works
Titus 3:9     Focus On Truth
Titus 3:9-10     Helping Habitually Disobedient People
Titus 3:10-11     Avoiding Division in the Church
Titus 3:12     We All Need Each other
Titus 3:13     The Lawyer and The Preachers
Titus 3:14     A Course in Kindness
Titus 3:15     No One Excluded


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Best Commentaries For Studying Romans: Case Study on Bible Study Tools

I’ve been doing this series on Bible Study tools and was focusing on commentaries. In this post, I am going to list my commentary methodology, and a recommendation, with one book of the Bible: Romans.

I’ve read it quite a few times. Repeatedly. Taken notes on my perfect Bible and backed them up. Each time I find myself thinking “well, still don’t fully get it!” Paul had quite the brain.

But Paul was also in a certain culture. And Paul was also writing to a people in that culture. And he used words that were distinct to that culture.

Now don’t get me wrong: I’ve done hard work in the text. I’ve got an idea of the thought-flow. I have some fifty posts on Romans—and those are just the ones I’ve taken a chance to organize and post online! But there are some debatable things that stop me while I’m reading. Since I want to be faithful to what the God is saying in the inspired text, I get nervous. I had better consult my teachers with the questions that stop me.

For example: what was the socio-cultural milieu when Paul wrote Romans? How would they understand that whole section on the Law and divorce in Romans 7? What have other believers in Church History believed about the text? How would they struggle with Romans 3 and the justification by faith passages? How have they read Romans 9-11? Has the treatment of the passage always been the same? What would this mean today? How can it be properly applied?

Then I consult my Romans Collection (here’s a link to WorldCat if you wanted to try picking them up at the library or store: there are about 60). Witherington’s Socio-rhetorical commentary is self-explanatory. Newell tries to deal with the text verse by verse but seems to focus more on summarizing. Luther reflects the fire of the reformation. Calvin underscores a careful exegesis. MacArthur is constantly applying after dealing with the text. Barth looks like he’s responding to something (when you can understand him). Cranfield deals with the text as it stands. Hodge gives you a strong post-reformation exegesis. Augustine, Chrysostom and Origen reflect how the early church dealt with the text. Ironside tries to encourage the regular reader; Darby meditates on what the text is saying and tries to apply it.  Wright and Dunn give you another way to read the text if their historical references are right.  Moo counteracts many of their uncareful exegesis by upholding the traditional reading.

Now I’m careful. I take more care with the ones that make assumptions with the text, or with history, or with the original languages. The devotional ones, or the ones that are talking to the Regular Joe, might say things confidently without defending them and that’s a road fraught with error. I think it’s better to focus on what the text says than to focus on some flowery application that someone has made on the text. But I’m also careful with the ones who spend their time hovering over the text and creating a culture that changes the reading of the text. No good telling me the text doesn’t say what it says just because of some hypothetical historical drama.

All these commentators—giants of Biblical exegesis, theology and church history—sit around my office and discuss the text. And I let them talk.

So if you had to buy two commentaries on Romans, Moo and Cranfield are the best. Moo is easier to read and up to date with its argumentation; Cranfield often writes in Greek without bothering to translate but I think he’s more faithful with the text even if he doesn’t deal with New Perspective on Paul stuff.  If you only had to buy one, I’d say buy Moo since Cranfield’s is two volumes.

I didn’t recommend anything for the other books of the Bible since you should now have a tool for that. But remember this: if you’re going to study Scripture, especially if you plan to teach it, you had better be doing some serious work with the text and that should include consulting those people that have spent lifetimes struggling with it throughout Church history.We’re not alone.

Crossposted at The Bible Archive.





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