Books I am Currently Reading:
A Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp
Books I want to Read:
A Critical Examination of the Doctrine of Revelation in Evangelical Theology by Carisa Ash
Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption: A Developing and Diverse Tradition edited by Bingham and Krieder
Center Church by Timothy Keller
Collected Writings on Scripture by D.A. Carson
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam
Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults by Christian Smith with Patricia Snell
Books I recently read:
Exploring Christian Theology by Svigel and Holsteen
God with Us by Glenn Krieder
Basic Theology by Charles C. Ryrie
Zombies, Football, and the Gospel: At Least 10 Somewhat Irrefutable Game-Changers for Church Leaders and Whoever They Follow by Reggie Joiner
Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas
The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting by Brian Haynes
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni
Is God a Moral Monster: Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
My Response: This is a popular book by a well known atheist. Sam Harris simply lays out all the reasons by he has issue, not with the Christian faith, by with current American Christianity. Simply put, he is facing many false assumptions and misinformed experiences and ideas about Christianity. My response initially to Harris was, “you just need to see the real Christianity,” but then I thought maybe this is our fault. Maybe it is our fault that Same Harris looks at Christianity and comes to his conclusions. That’s what I appreciated about this book. It helped me to look in the mirror and ask myself if I am representing Christ to our culture.
Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll
My Response: One of the key historical books and a must read for all Christians. Want to know why evangelicalism is the was it is? Why our dealings with science, politics, and the seemingly manipulative culture presentations of the gospel exist? Noll’s work is an excellent read.
Retro Christianity by Michael Svigel (One of my favorite professors from DTS)
My Response: Dr. Svigel’s book is a close cousin to Noll’s. The purpose of the book is to deal with a great tension. On the one hand, churches desire to reach back into the past and retain the truth of the historical church. On the other hand, we need to be progressive and interpret the gospel in our present day context. To deny both is to stay stagnate. So, Svigel attempts to breach a proper and biblical way of handling this tension.
Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth by Alister McGrath
My Response: If you have never looked into the heresies of the past, you should. McGrath does a great job of briefly explaining and discussing the heresies of the early church. He also deals with many of the social factors and reasons why heresies arose and their origin. A great read, but if you have never heard of Arius or Marcion, you might get a little lost in the mix, so go slow.