Need some Weekly Wisdom? Here are my favorite resources of the week.
Verse of the Week
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts [Jer. 15:16].
Book of the Week
I am finishing up preaching through Colossians this Sunday which means I have spent a lot of time reading commentaries on this wonderful book. As I finished the resources this week, these have been some of the most helpful commentaries I have used with each different benefits.
- Holman NT Commentary – Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians – The most balanced of those I read. It provided insight but with great application insights.
- MacArthur NT Commentary – Colossians and Philemon – He had some great organization to each chapter that provided helpful breakdowns.
- The Pillar NT Series – The Letter to the Colossians and to Philemon – This one had more detail with which to dig but easy to read.
- Word Biblical Commentary – Colossians-Philemon – This one went the deepest into original language but was clunky to read in portions.
- Be Complete – Colossians – Wiersbe – While this one isn’t as academic as the others, Warren Wiersbe’s ability to outline and organize books of the Bible is an incredible resource to the Church.
Podcast of the Week
My Midlife Crisis – And Counsel for Yours on Ask Pastor John
John Piper gives insight to his midlife crisis and advice to prepare for yours.
Quote of the Week
Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your god. -Martin Luther
Post of the Week
Waking Up to “Is He Worthy?”: An Apology
A few days ago (with the help of the good people at the Gospel Coalition) I released a music video for a song called, “Is He Worthy?” and just hours later I was sitting in my office with tears in my eyes. Not the good kind of tears. Among the very kind comments on social media were some painfully negative ones, pointing out that there was a conspicuous lack of racial diversity in the video. Someone actually said, “Man, that’s a lot of white people in one video!” Others said they wouldn’t or couldn’t share it with friends of color because it would cause them pain. The irony was that the song is based on one of the most gloriously inclusive passages in scripture, Revelation 5, which says, “From every people and tribe, every nation and tongue, he has made us a kingdom of priests to God to reign with the Son.”
Song of the Week
Absolutely beautiful song by Andrew Peterson. It is a breathtaking song written on a breathtaking passage of Scripture from Rev. 5. It is also a breathtaking video in the fact that it is one camera, one continuous shot. It also is beautiful how he apologized at the link above for an oversight of which he regretted.
Tip of the Week
Checking the Bible before checking social media. Many people want to read the Bible but have a hard time disciplining themselves to do it in the morning and the day just gets away from them. Many people tell me they lose their mornings because they get lost on social media for too long. The easiest way to combat this is to set your phone up on the Bible before you go to bed. If you read it on your phone (I still prefer physical copy), put that up on your phone as the last thing you see at night so that it will be the first thing you see in the morning.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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