The Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series is a newer commentary series from Holman Reference edited by David Platt, Daniel Akin and Tony Merida. The editor’s goal is “to present an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary” and “to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible.”
In the introduction the editors lay out four distinguishing characteristics for the series.
This series seeks to display exegetical accuracy. The desire is to handle God’s Word faithfully, even while every volume may not be verse-by-verse commentary.
The series has busy pastors in view by presenting its material in a readable, pastoral style rather than academic.
A desire to be known for the “inclusion of helpful illustrations and theological driven applications.
To exalt Christ in every book of the Bible. They carefully state that, “we are not commending wild allegory or fanciful typology. We must be constrained to the meaning intended by the divine Author Himself, the Holy Spirit of God. However, we also believe that the Bible has a Messianic focus, and the authors in this series will exalt Christ from all of their texts.”
Some of the authors that will contribute to this series that is projected to be 48 volumes are: David Platt, Daniel Akin, Tony Merida, Al Mohler, Eric Mason, Mark Dever, Russ Moore, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Thabiti Anyabwile, J.D. Greear and Paige Patterson. This is a very respectable list of pastors and authors to contribute to this series.
Exalting Jesus in John by Matt Carter & Josh Wredberg holds to the above mentioned characteristics well. The feature of this commentary (and others in the series) that most impresses me is the “readable, pastoral style.” The commentary is very readable, presenting doctrine and practical application in a way that most readers will not be intimidated by. In the past I have been able to recommend this series to Christians who were looking for a deeper study of a particular book of the Bible, but may have been intimidated by a larger, more technical commentary.
Overall, I continue to be impressed with this series. I have now read multiple volumes in this series and each has been a blessing. This is one of the most accessible commentaries that I have come across. I was blessed by this commentary and found it very helpful and look forward to future volumes in this series. Overall, excellent work! I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.