Monday, February 15, 2016

Pen of Pastor Paul: 1-2 Thessalonians

US Price $14.99
Author Daniel R Hyde
Pages 336

We hear about it regularly: pastors resigning the ministry, people leaving their churches, churches splitting because of internal discord, and Christians fighting against one another. Paul's letters to the Thessalonians open up his pastoral heart and theology in a way that addresses contemporary church life, and here Daniel Hyde presents warm exposition with careful application. This is a fine commentary, but it is much more: any Christian will gain from reading the Thessalonian letters alongside this book.

My Impressions

From the Pen of Pastor Paul: 1-2 Thessalonians is written in a warm and welcoming fashion with great wisdom and discernment. I loved how the root of this book started out as an actual set of sermons he was giving at his own church. It is a reminder how the lessons we learned from Thessalonians still apply to each church out there, no matter the location. I loved how Mr. Hyde spent time emphasis the hope we can find and embrace in Christ's return and keeping our focus on Him.  

The only really negative things I could say about the book is that at times it was a bit repetitive. Even though  understand that these were sermons he was preaching, it would have been helpful to pull the repeated sections out. Other than that little nuance, the book was wonderful and insightful.   

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

About the Author

Rev. Daniel R. Hyde--"Pastor Danny" to the members of Oceanside United Reformed Church--has an eclectic past: he was baptized Roman Catholic, was converted in a Foursquare church, attended an Assemblies of God college where he flirted spiritually with Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism before he discovered the riches of the historic Protestant and Reformed Christian faith. All of this prepared him to minister in the diverse religious culture of Southern California. In 2000, while still in seminary, Danny planted the Oceanside United Reformed Church (United Reformed Churches in North America) in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California. Fifteen years on later he continues as pastor and is married with four children. He and his wife enjoy showing hospitality in their home for meals, prayer, and to study the Word.

Pastor Danny has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Vanguard University, Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Westminster Seminary California, and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. His Th.M. thesis was entitled, "Of Great Importance and of High Concernment: The Liturgical Theology of John Owen (1616-1683)," and was read by Drs. Joel Beeke, Derek W. H. Thomas, and Mark Jones. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Some of Danny's favorite authors and books are John Calvin (Institutes of the Christian Religion), J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit), John Owen (The Glory of Christ), the poetry of John Donne, the writings of John Steinbeck, the works of J. C. Ryle, and the writings of Hughes Oliphant Old (e.g., The Patristic Roots of Reformed Worship), Michael Horton (e.g., In the Face of God), and John Williamson Nevin (e.g., The Anxious Bench) on worship.

He also serves as Adjunct Instructor of Systematic Theology and Missions at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Adjunct Instructor of Ministerial Studies at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and as a member of the Advisory Council for Word & Deed, which is an international organization that exists to address the spiritual and physical needs of people in the developing world in accordance with biblical principles.
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