I wish I had From the Pen of Pastor Paul by Daniel Hyde when I was teaching through 1 and 2 Thessalonians last year. This book is not simply a commentary on the epistles, it is also a work of pastoral theology. While many focus in on Paul’s eschatology in these epistles, Hyde unfolds Paul’s pastoral heart and love for the Thessalonian church.
Hyde’s purpose isn’t to provide a technical commentary and so he does not bog himself down with the latest debates and interaction with the newest commentaries. Instead what he has written is a devotional and pastoral commentary with a great deal of application for those serving as pastors. He draws from the Puritans and Reformers to help illustrate and illuminate what is found in the text.
While it is not an exhaustive commentary this commentary would be beneficial for any pastor preaching or teaching through 1 and 2 Thessalonians. It would be useful simply in exploring what it means to have a pastors heart. The chapters are of such a length where one will not get stuck in what feels like a never ending chapter. If you’re a pastor I would recommend picking up this book, it gives great insight to the heart of pastoral ministry.
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