In Contextualizing the Gospel: A Homiletic Commentary on 1 Corinthians, Brian Harbour has responded to two deep needs within the church: the desire for “biblical” preaching and for help relating the church to a rapidly changing world.
A commentary in the traditional meaning of the word a critical explanation or interpretation of a text Harbour examines every part of Paul’s letter and seeks to explain and interpret each passage. He provides a rich resource for those seeking the deeper insights of God’s word, who want to struggle with both the difficult and the simple texts, who want to know how God’s wordall of itintersects with their lives today.
Brian L. Harbour has served as a pastor for forty-two years, including First Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida, Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, and First Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas. He received his Ph.D. from Baylor University and has taught at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Dallas Baptist University. He currently serves as the Winfred and Elizabeth Moore Visiting Professor at Baylor University and as president of the non-profit SeminaryPLUS, an organization that encourages pastors and church leaders. He is a popular author of three books (17 Roadblocks on the Highway of Life, Contextualizing the Gospel, and Jesus the Storyteller) and writes the weekly commentary for Smyth & Helwys’ Uniform Series Bible study. Brian has been married to Jan since 1966. They have four adult children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Harbour preaches from his heart as he teaches from his in-depth study of the scripture. This commentary applies the truths from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians to the challenges of life facing today’s Christians. Dr. Harbour’s work is practical, based on thorough Bible study, and encouraging, based on a pastor’s loving care for his congregation. I commend this commentary as a useful resource for laypersons, for Bible teachers, and for preachers seeking to give practical counsel from the authority of the scripture.
Professor of Religion and Director of
Ministry Guidance, Baylor University
Dr. Brian Harbor offers to us in this contemporary contextualized pastoral treatment of 1 Corinthians just what we have come to expect from him for a generation. Generous in pastoral wisdom, apt in memorable anecdotes, accessible in narration of the text - these characterize his able biblical exposition. He joins the past historic situation of Corinth with the present situation of today's church in an energetic and engaging conversation. To merge the horizons of long ago with the horizons of today is no easy thing and he has done this in a fresh way. This book is truly a text message for right now.
Joel C. Gregory,
Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Theological Seminary,
Baylor University and Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown College
I have great respect and admiration for my friend, Dr. Harbour, and he has led several very successful churches for over forty plus years. I have always had a deep interest in 1 Corinthians, and as a Sunday School teacher, I see this book as an excellent tool and resource. It will help me in my efforts to share His word.
Chairman of the McLane Group and
Chairman/CEO of the Houston Astros
Brian Harbour combines the best of critical scholarship with practical insights for weekly preparations. This commentary fills a critical gap between the library and the pulpit, offering contemporary application with depth and clarity.
William D. Shiell,
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
Have you ever puzzled over the Pauline letter known to us as 1 Corinthians? Have you ever pondered how this passage or that within the epistle might be preached with fidelity, clarity, and creativity? My colleagues, our students, and I certainly have. Fortunately, we now have Rev. Dr. Brian L. Harbour's “homiletic commentary” on 1 Corinthians to assist us in teaching and preaching this demanding, yet inspiring, apostolic missive.
Perhaps you have had the good pleasure of hearing Brian Harbour the “preacher.” I have had the honor of calling Brian Harbour “pastor.” In Contextualizing the Gospel, this able preacher and adroit pastor with limpid, lively prose lays bear truths from this ancient text for today. Before preaching or teaching from 1 Corinthians, read this book, for it is an invaluable resource for studying and explicating one of Paul's most valued and valuable epistles.
Todd D Still,
Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W.
Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
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