Bibliography for Becoming Real: The Sermon on the Mount

When I conclude a sermon series, I usually share resources I utilized in my study and preparation for sermons. Here is the bibliography for our recent series, “Becoming Real,” which is the third part of an extended walk through the Gospel of Matthew, focusing on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7.

Bibliography for “Becoming Real: The Sermon on the Mount” [Gospel of Matthew, part 3]

Dale C. J. Allison. The Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination. New York: Herder, 1999.

Augustine of Hippo. Augustine: Sermon on the Mount. NPNF, series 1, vol. 6. Ed. by Philip Schaff. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994.

Kenneth E. Bailey. Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Discipleship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 4. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001.

Jeannine K. Brown and Kyle Roberts. Matthew. The Two Horizons New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018.

Michael Joseph Brown. “The Gospel of Matthew.” In True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, edited by Brian K. Blount, 85-120. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2007.

John Calvin. A Harmony of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke, Volume 1. Trans. By A. W. Morrison. Calvin’s Commentaries. Ed. by David W. Torrance and Thomas F. Torrance. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1972.

John Chrysostom. Chrysostom: Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew. NPNF, series 1, vol. 10. Ed. by Philip Schaff. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994.

R. T. France. The Gospel of Matthew. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.

Jeffrey P. Greenman, Timothy Larsen, and Stephen R. Spencer, eds. The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries: From the Early Church to John Paul II. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007.

Romano Guardini. The Lord. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1954.

Robert A. Guelich. The Sermon on the Mount: A Foundation for Understanding. Waco, TX: Word, 1982.

Craig S. Keener. Matthew. IVPNTC. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1997.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.

Amy-Jill Levine. The Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven. Nashville: Abingdon, 2019.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1960.

Martin Luther. The Place of Trust: Martin Luther on the Sermon on the Mount. Ed. by Martin E. Marty. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1983.

Scot McKnight. “Matthew, Gospel of.” In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, edited by Joel B. Green, Scot McKnight, and I. Howard Marshall, 526-541. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

________. Sermon on the Mount. The Story of God Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013.

F. B. Meyer. Blessed Are Ye: Talks on the Beatitudes. New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1898.

Jonathan T. Pennington. The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2018.

Manlio Simonetti, editor. Matthew 1-13. ACCS. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001.

G. N. Stanton. ”Sermon on the Mount/Plain.” In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, edited by Joel B. Green, Scot McKnight, and I. Howard Marshall, 735-744. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

John R. W. Stott. The Sermon on the Mount. The Bible Speaks Today. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1978.

Charles H. Talbert. Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2004.

Helmut Thielicke. Life Can Begin Again: Sermons on the Sermon on the Mount. Trans. By John W. Doberstein. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1963.

Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr. Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels, 5th edition. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1992.

Miroslav Volf. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1996.

Dallas Willard. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1998.

Hallowed Be Your Name [30 Days of Prayer]

Summer of Prayer Ads_Banner“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’” (Matthew 6:9)

If one of the first steps of prayer that we must work out is to whom we are praying, then one of the next steps is to understand who we are in prayer. When Jesus teaches His disciples to pray, He begins with attention on the Father, and then, within the first request of the prayer, asks that God’s name be hallowed in our midst.

We do not have many “hallowed” things in our world today, but there are a few still left, such as the hallowed halls of learning or hallowed places where we remember lost lives. We view such places or things as set apart from the ordinary.

This is how the Jewish people viewed God’s name. When reading the Hebrew Bible, the personal name of God, YHWH, could not be pronounced aloud, instead replaced by the Hebrew Adonai, which means ‘Lord.’ In His teaching about God’s name being hallowed, Jesus is telling His hearers about the holy uniqueness of the name of God. If the name represents the character of one’s being, then we discover that God’s character is set apart from the ordinary. God’s name is hallowed: unique, different, holy, or consecrated.

In light of this reality, Jesus’ teaching on prayer is a crash course in humility. The first request of the Lord’s Prayer takes us beyond sentimentalism or flippant spirituality and into the depths of God’s holiness and “other”-ness.  We quickly realize that we are not hallowed and neither have we dealt with God as a hallowed Being with a hallowed Name. We are confronted with the great distance between us and God at the very beginning of this prayer. As Helmut Thielicke writes:

Nobody can say ‘Father’ who does not at the same time say, ‘I come to thee from a far country and I am not worthy to be called thy son. Father, I have not hallowed thy name; I have betrayed it a hundred times.’[1]

If God is holy and powerful, yet still our Father, we approach prayer with the bended knee of humility, simultaneously reaching out for the grace found in Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can traverse the impassable chasm between us and the transcendent God of the hallowed Name. Only Jesus can lead us from overpowering consciousness of our limitations into the brightness of God’s marvelous light. So we begin our prayer with the powerful request that God’s name be set aside as hallowed in us and in the world.

Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be Your Name.
O Almighty God, I cry to You
in full awareness of my need before You.
Jesus, lover of my soul,
hide me in Your gracious sacrifice.
Even as forgiveness covers me,
lead me by Your grace
to worship You in spirit and truth –
in the splendor of Your holiness –
that Your Name might be hallowed
  in me and through me today.


[1] Helmut Thielicke, Our Heavenly Father: Sermon’s on the Lord’s Prayer (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960), 44.

[This post is part of the “30 Days of Prayer” devotional. Read other posts here.]