About Best Bible Commentaries
Best Bible Commentaries was born out of a love for books that help people understand the Bible, especially Old and New Testament commentaries. Over the years, many of my undergraduate students have found it humorous when I describe myself as a “commentary nerd,” which is meant to be funny, but it is also a badge I wear happily because it describes my passion for the wonderful resources that God has graciously given the Church.
My heart beats for Jesus Christ. While the number of people who say “I love Jesus, but not the Church” is rising (George Barna, May 2017), I am convicted to help strengthen the Body of Christ, in large part by promoting and encouraging Christ-centered, biblically-based preaching and teaching.
I am a graduate of Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. I have been in Christian ministry over 20 years, serving in local churches as a Lead, Associate, and Youth Pastor. For five years, I served as a writer and editor on Christianity for a major religion website, a role I resigned from, in part, to develop Best Bible Commentaries.
I have been blessed to teach almost 30 different undergraduate courses in Bible and theology at two evangelical liberal arts universities. My favorite courses to teach are Pentateuch, Genesis, Life of Christ, Christology and Soteriology, Hamartiology, and Theology of Worship. I am currently the Director of Academic Services at an evangelical liberal arts university. Best Bible Commentaries is my own independent project.
On this webpage, I have attempted to find the balance between telling interested readers about myself to establish trust, yet I also desire to maintain some level of internet privacy. Under the right circumstances, and for the right purpose, I would be happy to share more about myself via email. The authors I correspond with often learn more about me in the course of conversation, so perhaps it would be helpful for readers to understand that these scholars and pastors are comfortable interacting with me and participating in Questions and Answers.
You may contact me at [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can you explain your no-ad commitment?
I have decided not to show ads on BBC for three reasons: (1) to maximize a positive user experiences for my readers, (2) because revenue is not what drove the creation of this website, and (3) because I used to be in the role of writing about Christianity online and trying to generate income from the on-page ads and, even though that project was moderately successful, it was stressful and didn’t feel like a ministry to me. BBC is a labor of love. While this means I personally have out-of-pocket costs to sustain this website, I consider this a ministry.
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Yes. BBC desires to build relationships with authors, publishers, pastors, professors, readers, and other ministry-minded webmasters. I am open to creative ways to partner with other Christ-honoring ministries and websites if it aids the user experience.
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Please don’t duplicate content I worked hard to create, but linking to my pages is welcomed and appreciated. Please don’t re-publish Questions and Answers, as authors have agreed to have those posted on BBC, but liking to those pages is welcomed and appreciated.
Partial quotations are permissible with full hyperlinked citation.
Please contact me at the email address above with additional questions.