After 50 years of pastoral ministry, Tony Evans has released “The CSB Tony Evans Study Bible” and “The Tony Evans Bible Commentary” with LifeWay’s B&H Publishing. In doing so, he became the first African American to publish a study Bible and one-volume Bible commentary.
“I’m humbled. I’m from urban Baltimore. I would never have thought I would be in this place,” said Evans. “I know God could have used someone else. The fact that He’s allowed me the opportunity to do this with my weaknesses and with my flaws, it shows me grace, it shows me mercy, it shows me gratitude.”
Due to the historic nature of the study Bible and commentary, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., has informed Evans they will be placing the publications on display in the future.
Evans said he wanted to create “The Tony Evans Study Bible” and “The Tony Evans Bible Commentary” to “show the kingdom thread throughout all the books of the Bible and to help readers see how eternity and history are connected by this unifying theme of the glory of God through the advancement of His Kingdom.”
For Evans, “you should study the Bible to find out what the King is up to and how you fit into this Kingdom program,” he said. “Now you’re not just studying the Bible, you’re finding out how you fit into the Bible.”
He is the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and the founder of The Urban Alternative, a media ministry whose radio broadcasts are heard by millions each week on more than 1,400 radio outlets across 130 countries.
Evans has been breaking racial barriers for much of his ministry. In 1982, he became the first African American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
“To be the first of anything is an honor,” said Evans. “But you want to handle honors in the right way — to carry yourself in a way that recognizes you are a tool that God didn’t have to use. You are privileged because He used you. That ought to make you a better servant, not a bigger star.”
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Source: Baptist Press