Sunday, April 06, 2008

Top Ten Books on my Shelf(s)

In no particular order:

1: Stanley Grenz' Theology for the Community of God, (Eerdmans 2000). Even though he does not agree with Pentecostalism and says so in this book, the rest of it is really good and his strongest contribution, in my opinion, is implications of the Trinity for the Community of Faith.

2. Gordon Fee's God's Empowering Presence: the Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, (Hendrickson, 1994). This is hands down the best book on Pauls views and understanding of the Holy Spirit.

3. George Eldon Ladd's A Theology of the New Testament, Revised Ed, (Hendrickson, 1993). It might be a bit dated now, but is still considered a top level NT Theology. I'd like to complement it eventually with I. Howard Marshall's NT Theology.

4. Luke Timothy Johnson's The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, (Augsburg Fortress Publishers; Pap/Cdr edition, 2002). Johnson takes a more thematic approach in this NT intro and makes and awesome complement to the more standard or technical NT Intro such as R. Brown or Carson Moo Morris.

5. Richard Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, (Eerdmans, 2006). The best out on Jesus and its fun to listen to everyone scrambling for cover as their anonymous communities theories of the Gospels comes crashing down.

6. John Stott's The Cross of Christ, IVP, 1986. I have to confess, most of what John Stott writes just makes my heart sing. What else could be better than reading on the cross?

7. Arthur Glasser's Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of Gods Mission in the Bible, (Baker Academic, 2003). This is a great overview of the Bible from the viewpoint of salvation history and the role of God's mission in the Bible.

8. F.F. Bruce's Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free, (Eerdmans, 2000). Who else better to read on Paul than Bruce? This more or less follows from Paul's conversion to the end. Still a standard on Paul.

9. C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, (Touchstone Books edition, 1996). Couldn't leave this one out - Lewis what not a theologian but seemed to "get it" better than most theologians in in my opinion.

10. Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship, (Touchstone; 1 edition, 1995). This is the classic on discipleship to Jesus and should be read regularly in my estimation.




At 5:05 PM, Blogger Glen Davis said...

Excellent list. Thanks for sharing it!

If you haven't read Bonhoeffer's Life Together, I highly recommend it (even over Cost of Discipleship).

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Yeah, I need to get that one too. I had to opportunity a while ago and botched it - next time I see it it will be purchased.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger mike said...

That's a good list!

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Nick Norelli said...

Anything that Fee, Bauckham, or BRuce touches, is as good as gold.

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Rhea said...

May I suggest God's Greatest Passion by H.L. Hussman? It's about all about evangelism...the first half deals with the "why" regarding it, and the second half deals with the "how" aspect, giving many very practical ways to share your faith. H.L. works with the XA at Murray State University. Here's the website for the book:


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