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New study Bible and commentary birthed from travail

Perseverance is so often the process through which significant breakthroughs happen. The recent publishing of the Tony Evans Study Bible and the Tony Evans Bible Commentary  are prime examples. They culminate a half century of ministry and promise to leave an enduring legacy.

On the eve of their release, Dr. Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, and founder of The Urban Alternative, paid tribute to Lois Evans, his wife of 50 years. Her final desire was to see these books come to fruition. She recently passed away after a long and courageous fight against cancer.

At a recent meeting of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), Dr. Evans recited the opening line of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to describe the euphoria of writing the books and the simultaneous and sobering effect of losing his wife during that process. “‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,’” he said.

“Whatever is written about the life and legacy of Tony Evans, look for Lois’ footprints. They will be there in our family, they will be there in our relationship, they will be there with our church, and they will be there with the Urban Alternative because she started it with me. She birthed it into an organization,” Evans said.

“In 1986, my first opportunity to speak at this august gathering, Lois stood up to champion that moment when many of you opened your hearts and your radio stations to our voice and to our ministry. So, whatever impact God allows our ministry to have on your audience, whatever good news that we bring through you to them, remember that behind it all and smiling in heaven is, Lois Evans,” he said. During the writing, Dr. Evans also lost several other close family members, including a niece and his father. Priscilla, a daughter, underwent surgery to remove a cancerous part of a lung and has recovered.


Handwritten, digital, easy read

Evans, one of today’s most influential church leaders, has faithfully studied and preached the gospel for over 50 years. He painstakingly handwrote every word of commentary himself. Nonetheless, it is also the most digitally compatible commentary on the market today.

The study Bible, developed by more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations, features text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). B&H Publishing, makers of the Holman CSB Bible, says the translation stays as literal as possible to the Holy Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, which makes it easier to share with others.

Features include:

  • An elegant design
  • Study notes crafted from Evans’ sermons and writings
  • 40 inspirational articles
  • 50 “Lessons on Kingdom Living”
  • Plethora of “Questions & Answers”
  • Numerous “Hope Words”
  • Over 150 videos of sermons accessible via Quick Response (QR) coding
  • Devotionals and teaching from his cross–reference system
  • Theological and doctrinal charts, and other study helps
  • Concordance
  • Bible reading plan
  • Full–color maps


Video devotionals

Brief videos on various topics can be found throughout the text and accessed on mobile devices using the provided QR codes. Some videos are devotional; others are segments from Evans’ sermons. Each video is designed to enhance the study experience by helping readers dive into a topic or by providing encouragement.

Evans has served as chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. As the first African American to graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named by Baylor University as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English–speaking world.

Evans, who is also the first African American to publish a study Bible and commentary, said, “I 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.”

Due to the historic nature of the study Bible and commentary, the Museum of the Bible curator announced that the publications will be put there on display.

by Warren L. Maye

Dr. Tony Evans is the proud father of 4, grandparent of 13, and great grandparent of 2. His radio broadcast, “The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans,” can be heard on more than 1,300 U.S. outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit

Dr. Evans’ history with The Salvation Army includes being a former Boys’ Club employee as a college student in Atlanta, Ga. Today, he is frequently a keynote speaker at the Army’s various National Advisory Organizations Conferences. Three of his adult children, Priscilla, Anthony, and Jonathan, have ministered at Salvation Army men’s, women’s, and youth events.

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