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Review: The NKJV Vines Expository Bible

Dr. Jerry Vines, a veteran pastor and Bible scholar, has combined his decades of insights from studying and teaching the Bible to create The Vines Expository Bible. There are four main features in this text:

  • Presenting the Message, outlines from Vines' personal teaching archive that can be used in preaching.
  • Living the Message, short stories that can be used as sermon illustrations.
  • Applying the Message, suggestions to make the text come alive in one's personal life.
  • Discerning the Meaning, brief word studies on key terms in a passage.
This is not necessarily a study Bible; it is more of a devotional Bible. To be sure, pastors and teachers will find much utility in Vines' trove of insights; however, it should not be a substitute for personal study. Vines' teaching is valuable and presented in a friendly, pastoral manner. As a Baptist preacher, Vines may not theologically align with all in the Christian tradition. This Bible also features an extensive index, concordance, book introductions, and maps.

Overall, this is an excellent Bible for those seeking to engage the Word at a deeper level. The typeface is large and easy to read (using the new ComfortPrint font); however, the margins are somewhat narrow. Nevertheless, pastors and parishioners will enjoy learning from Jerry Vines' relationship with God's Word. It's like listening in on his conversation with God!

(My thanks is given to Thomas Nelson for providing a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review.)


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