But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Philip Ryken

Literary Study Bible

“What study bible do you recommend”? This is one question I get asked from time to time (along with the “what translation” question) and I’m humbled that some think enough of me to ask. While I have 5 study bibles that I am comfortable recommending I would like to take this time to promote my favorite, The Literary Study Bible (from here out referred to as LSB).

One day I’ll share all my recommendations but today I wanted to single out the LSB. This past week I was talking with Crossway (publisher of the LSB) and they informed me that this study bible will no longer be in print. With this information I’m not sure how long the above link will be available, but I encourage you to visit the site and check out the features and browse the notes (if still available).

I do not take my recommendations lightly. The LSB is an excellent resource and while I’m sure it has much better endorsements – it has ws harbor’s nonetheless.

Check your local bookstore for the LSB.

Also available at the following locations:



Westminster Bookstore


Loving the Way Jesus Loves

I am really enjoying Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Phil Ryken and it was brought to my attention that Amazon is offering their kindle edition at $4.99. Good value. Great extracurricular read.

ryken“We are nothing without love. But when we know Jesus, who does nothing without love, he will help us love the way that he loves.” p. 29

“He does not love us to merely love us but also to love others through us as we learn to love the way that he loves.” p. 34

“We are not what we once were – praise God! We will not remain what we are – praise him again, for this is the kindness of God.” p. 39

Publisher’s Description:

Most people are familiar with the “love chapter” of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13. Drawing on the earthly life and ministry of Jesus to illustrate Paul’s several statements about what love is and isn’t, Phil Ryken brings a Christological approach to this commonly quoted passage. These aspects of love are then illuminated chronologically through the story of Christ’s advent, teaching, miracle working, sufferings, crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension. This approach highlights the crucial truth that we are able to love only because Christ first loved us in this particularly profound, very real, and transformative manner.

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