Biblical Studies

Book Contributions

In the last several years, I have had the opportunity to be involved in contributing toward some published books. I am thankful to each of the authors for the blessing of being involved in their writing projects in various ways. Here is an overview so far:

THE JESUS OF THE GOSPELS (Andreas Köstenberger)

The Jesus of the Gospels
(Kregel Academic)

From the book description:

A reader-friendly guide to the life and teachings of the Jesus of the Gospels

The Jesus of the Gospels brings together the best elements of a survey of the Gospels and a commentary on the Gospels to help readers know Jesus and understand the good news. Drawing on decades of experience teaching and writing on the Gospels, Andreas Köstenberger presents a holistic portrait of Jesus by leading readers through an in-depth study of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Each chapter explores one gospel account, beginning with a short introduction that highlights the gospel’s individual distinctives, followed by an outline of the book. Köstenberger breaks each gospel into short sections, explaining the meaning and how it sheds light on Jesus and His mission. Numerous sidebars, maps, and diagrams highlight supplemental information, and regular “Recap” sections summarize key points. For those interested in further study, footnotes point to useful resources. In addition to helping readers follow the storyline and theology of each gospel, Köstenberger also emphasizes practical application, showing readers how to apply what they’re learning to their lives.

Ideal for those who are new to the study of the Gospels, and for instructors looking for an accessible introduction based on solid scholarship, The Jesus of the Gospels offers readers and students to the riches of the Gospels and a deeper knowledge of Jesus and the good news.

My contribution: at the time of writing, I was serving as Dr. Köstenberger’s research assistant. He included me in his working through the scope and layout of the book and I wrote the first draft for the chapter on the Gospel of Matthew.

You can find the book at: and through other major distributors like Amazon.


Planting Missional Churches (B&H Academic)

From the book description:

Planting a church is one of the most exciting adventures you’ll ever embark on. It’s also one of the hardest. It requires initiative, leadership, strategy, systems, and a lot of prayer. In this second edition of Planting Missional Churches, not only will you find a completely redesigned book with new content in every single chapter, but you will also find several new chapters on topics such as church multiplication, residencies, multi-ethnic ministry, multisite, denominations and networks, and spiritual leadership. So if you’re planting a church, be prepared. Use this book as a guide to build the needed ministry areas so that you can multiply over and over again.

My contribution: This is the second edition of this helpful resource for church planters. I worked with the authors (Daniel Im & Ed Stetzer) to rewrite and update six chapters.

You can find the book at: and through other major distributors like Amazon.


Matthew EGGNT
(B&H Academic)

From the book description:

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority.

Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume.

My contribution: Dr. Quarles included many of his PhD students (including me) in the proofreading and editing his commentary on the Greek text as part of a doctoral seminar. My contribution to this was very limited, but I wanted to be sure to recommend Dr. Quarles’ work to any Greek students looking to dig deeper into the Gospel of Matthew.

You can find the book at: and through other major distributors like Amazon.