New Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: A Review

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If you’re looking to add a time saving conservative commentary on the Pastoral Epistles to your library look no further than Dr. John Kitchen’s new work, The Pastoral Epistle for Pastors. This 600 page commentary has many useful tools included in it with hard working pastors and diligent church leaders clearly in mind.

The author of this new commentary is the pastor of Stow Alliance Fellowship and has been in pastoral ministry since 1987. He holds degrees from Crown College, Columbia Biblical Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. John Kitchen has authored five previous books, including Proverbs: A Mentor Commentary.

Let me begin by reviewing the end of this book first. Kitchen includes 5 helpful appendices at the end of his verse by verse commentary. Appendix A is a Pastor’s Self-Guided Study of the Pastoral Epistles. Appendix B is a Training Manual for Mentoring and Discipling Future Local Church Leaders. Appendix C is a Topical Index to the Ministry Maxims (practical helps). Appendix D contains many useful Preaching and Teaching Outlines. Appendix E has a profitable Annotated Bibliography section in it to assist the reader with future commentary purchases.

It appears to me that Kitchen is trying to bring the best of 3 commentary worlds into one helpful volume with this commentary (exegetical, expositional, and devotional styles). In the opinion of this reviewer Dr. Kitchen has succeeded. This is a book that every preaching pastor will want to have in his pastoral library collection. My copy has either been on my desk or on my shelf next to Mounce, Fee, & Towner’s commentaries.

Do not take my word for it however.   Here is another review from well known commentator Simon J Kistemaker. “Here is an excellent conservative commentary that aids pastors and counselors who preach and teach the Scriptures to church members and others. It is designed to coach the reader into digging deeper by asking and answering pointed questions that apply to one’s spiritual life. The appendices are a treasure that proves to be eminently helpful.”

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you, Caleb, for your review of my commentary! I appreciate your words and your help in getting word about the commentary out to pastors. May the Lord bless you with a great weekend of ministry!

  2. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on March 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I just used this commentary last week as i preached through 1 Tim 3:1-7 and found it to be so helpful. It is an invaluable help for those of you who like me are not Greek grammar experts. Please add this one to your libraries!

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