For those of you who are unaware of D.A. Carson’s work, here is a “soundbite” video which gives a small insight into his academic credentials and the standard of his commentary. (note, I’m not inviting discussion on this video, it’s just being used as an example!)
D.A. Carson: How Do We Know God Exists?
Don’t worry, he doesn’t always use big technical terms, but it’s reassuring to know he’s conversant with them!
Regarding his methods for exegesis… this is a telling quote from one of his books:
“Start with the structure of the sermon, and thus how it fits together. My father used to tell me that a text without a context becomes a pretext for a proof text, so when I was still quite young I learned to look at the context.”
I’ve found his commentaries very useful, connecting academic insight with simple practical implications and thought-provoking reflections. Remember, you can download them for free, but I recommend buying For The Love of God vol. 1 ASAP.