Living and Longing for the Lord is Michael Whitworth’s new commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Michael has already proven to be a talented commentator with his work on Genesis (The Epic of God, 2012) and Daniel (The Derision of Heaven, 2013). Living and Longing strikes a great balance between scholarship and devotional reading; making deeper exploration of the text available for people of varying biblical knowledge. Whether you are a seminary graduate with an M.Div., a high school student, a bible class teacher, or someone who is still trying to figure all of this out Living and Longing for the Lord is written in a way that you will gain much from it.
Michael is able to masterfully weave his humor, personal insights and experiences with New Testament scholars such as: F. F. Bruce, Gordon Fee, Bruce Metzger, Warren Wiersbe, Ben Witherington III, NT Wright, and many others to present a great work on 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
At 186 pages Living and Longing is a concise work that is able to convey the great truths of Paul’s Thessalonian correspondence without being overwhelming. Each chapter concludes with a “Talking Points” section to help solidify and further apply the information in turn making this a great text for use in the bible classroom as well as for personal study. Get your copy today, you’ll be glad you did!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Living and Longing for the Lord:
“The Thessalonians were simply a group of Christians trying to live out the radical implications of their faith in the midst of a hostile environment.” (26)
“God’s work is our greatest cause for gratitude.” (26)
“Given that the American church invests a lot of faith in the U.S. military and the Bill of Rights, Paul’s warning should convict us of so great an idolatry. Trust the government all you want, but know that such trust is utterly misplaced. The only thing that can save us from the greatest disaster the world will ever know is a radical, sincere confession of Jesus’ lordship and preparation for his return.” (97)
“I find joy in a large bag of M&M’s, a hot cup of coffee, or when my wife makes my favorite dessert. In the grander scheme of things, however, none of these delights matter nearly as much as what God has done for us in Christ. Christians can “rejoice always” because “setback” isn’t in God’s vocabulary (cf. Romans 8:31).” (115)