Last weekend in San Francisco Scot McKnight hosted a discussion with two pastors about commentaries. Scot asked these pastors to speak to scholars about the realities of their sermon preparation and what they find really useful in commentaries.
They highlighted commentaries that deal with difficult textual issues in plain language and that give some helpful hints about appropriating the biblical text for a post-Christian audience.
It was a tremendously helpful discussion.
So, I’m wondering, especially for people in ministry, but I’d love to hear from anyone and everyone: What do you find useful and most helpful about commentaries? Think especially about commentaries like the NIV Application Commentary series–if you could sit down with one of those authors and tell them what you’d like to see in one of those volumes, what would it be?