Mark Dever with 9marks ministries recently interviewed G.K. Beale. You can listen to the interview here. Towards the beginning Dever ask him about several books and I thought it may be helpful to have a list of those books with links to them. The list should include almost all of the books that either Beale or Dever said where worth looking at. Listen to the interview to hear Beale’s comments on each volume.
1. Gheerhardus Vos: Pauline Eschatology
2. Gheerhardus Vos: Biblical Theology
3. Edmund Clowney: Preaching and Biblical Theology, and Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
4. D.A. Carson and Douglas Moo: Intro to the N.T.
5. George Eldon Ladd: A Theology of the N.T.
6 George Eldon Ladd: The Presence of The Future
7.Herman Ridderbos: Paul: An Outline of His Theology
8. Graeme Goldsworthy: Gospel and Kingdom, Preaching The Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, and According to Plan
9. Eugene Merrill: Kingdom of Priest
10.Willem Vangemeran: The Progress of Redemption
11.Vern Poythress: The Shadow of Christ in The Law of Moses
12.N.T. Wright: The Climax of The Covenant, The New Testament and The People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, and The Resurrection of The Son of God
13. John Sailhamer: Intro to OT Theology, and The Meaning of The Pentatuch
14. Raymond Ortlund: God’s Unfaithful Wife
15. Sidney Greidanus: Preaching Christ From The OT, and The Modern Preacher and The Ancient Text
16. Vaughn Roberts: God’s Big Picture
17. Charles Scobie: The Ways of Our God
18. I. Howard Marshall: New Testament Theology
19. Frank Theilman: Theology of the N.T.
20. Allen P. Ross: Recalling the Hope of Glory, and Creation and Blessing
21. Christopher Wright: The Mission of God
22. Dennis Johnson: Him We Proclaim
23. Bruce Waltke: An O.T. Theology
24. Thomas Schreiner: N.T. Theology
25. Andreas Koestenberger: The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown
26. Jim Hamilton: God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgement
See also G.K. Beale’s Books and Mark Dever’s Books
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Him we proclaim comes from Colossians 1:27-28. This book teaches the reader why and how to see and preach Christ from all of scripture. Reading this as one who is not a preacher I had slightly different motives than most who will probably read it, but I am glad that I did. This book would be helpful for pastors to read but it is not beyond those in the pew, and the content is definitely for those in the pews as well. If pastors are to preach Christ from all of scripture, we out to be hearing Christ preached week in and week out. This book will help you know if you are preaching Christ and if you are hearing Christ preached. The book has two main parts the first is defending the case for apostolic christocentric preaching and the second is showing the how it was done by the apostles and how it is done today. The book can get tough a bit for one like me who is a man in the pew, but is also rewarding getting a better idea of what I should look for in a sermon and appreciation for good sermons and the time it takes a preacher to prepare. Most of all this book helps you to see Christ in the whole story of the Bible and just how great a Savior He is.
Publisher: P and R
Scripture Index: Yes
Person Index: Yes
Subject Index: Yes
Recommended Reading List: Yes
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33 Greek words are greater than 40 Arabic word in this case.
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Found this to be a helpful podcast episode from the men at Reformed Forum talking with a reformed baptist about paticular baptist history and theology. Listen or download here.
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Mohler’s book recommendations 2012
Tim Challies list Albert Mohler’s yearly book recommendations for pastors. Looks like some good ones.
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Leeman, Jonathan: Reverberation: How God’s Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People with forward by Matt Chandler
I would say this is the best book I have read all year, but it is only the second book I have read in 2012 so I will say it is in the top 3 best books I read in 2011 and would be high in my ranking of importance for all books I have read. When Thabiti Anyabwile says in his endorsement “Put this book into the hands of any Christian you wish to give a revolutionizing appreciation of God’s Word in the local church” he hit the nail right on the head. This book will revolutionize your thinking about God’s word, by that I would include all of God’s word spoken in history that brought creation into existence, written in the bible, and Jesus Christ who is the word. This book will also give you a greater appreciation for God’s word reverberated through the pastors’ preaching and Christians sharing the word with others. This book comes in at just under 200 pages, but pack a real punch that will give depth to any motivated reader’s theology.
Leeman divides the book into three main parts first “the word”, second “the sermon”, and thirdly “the reverberation”. In the first he convincingly forms a theology of the word of God that is not mainly concerned with the questions of scriptures inerrancy, infallibility, or historical reliability, although these are assumed. This book deals more with what may fall under the sufficiency of scripture. What is an absolute necessity for a church’s growth, Leeman argues it is the word of God. The second part talks about the method of presenting this word, he argues that God gives us his word in the bible and that we hear God’s word through the faithful preaching of it. He helpfully discusses how pastor should preach the word and how members can know they are hearing God speak through this deliver of the word. In the third and last part of the book Leeman looks at how the local church sings the word, prays the word, and disciples with the word. In the last chapter he looks again at evangelism and how the word scatters the church so that it can gather the church.
This book has a much needed theology of the word for the church today. The content is so great and to make it better it is presented in an easy to consume way, this is a book that doesn’t require a huge amount of former knowledge on this subject. I will recommend this book to younger and older Christians alike. This book will also be helpful to pastors who need this foundation to build there preaching methods upon. As a member of a Southern Baptist Association church it is exciting to see such a helpful book coming from the pen of another Southern Baptist, but don’t let that comment confuse you, this is a book for the church and any who know English I’m convinced would benefit from it.
Publisher: Moody Publishing
Scripture Index: No
Subject Index: No
Persons Index: No
Recommended Reading List: Yes given at the end of each chapter corresponding
Buy at WTS Books: $9.95
This book was given to me free of cost as part of a review program by Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review only to give my honest opinion concerning the book.
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If God is Good… Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil by Randy Alcorn
This is a book that should be read before you experience great suffering in your life if you have the opportunity. This is a read that will prepare you to suffer when inevitably you face some trials that all of us do. Randy Alcorn has provided a helpful book that will speak to a wide audience. In one sense it speaks to all because almost everyone will experience some leveling of suffering and this book deals with that issue, but those who will be most interested are Christians and those who are doubting there is a God because of evil and suffering in the world. A great help in the book is that Alcorn does the service of both answering the skeptic and growing the Christian comforting or preparing him for suffering.
The book has some very difficult concepts in it but is written in a way that any motivated reader can understand. The book has many stories of the authors own life and many others who have suffered, these stories mixed in with biblical teaching really allow one to keep a steady pace in reading this nearly 500 page book. At many times the stories may bring you to tears. Although I haven’t ready any Randy Alcon novels you can tell he is a talented writer in that style as well. While the stories make for a good read the real help of the book is in my opinion the strong emphasis on understanding suffering and evil through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the sovereignty of God. Although you may not agree with every nuance of Alcorn’s view of sovereignty of God and free will, his approach is balanced and helpful for understanding the issue of suffering. Knowing that God is in control even over our suffering is key to coming to grips with it.
One difficulty with the book may be its length for some. Although this is hard to change considering the subject being covered. Also I’m sure as I did some will have some minor differences of views with some of his thought especially in regard to God’s sovereignty and man’s free will. Overall this is a very helpful resource that many would benefit from, but don’t wait until you suffer to read this prepare yourself for what will happen in your life whatever it may be.
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Binding: Smyth Sewn
Dust Cover: Yes
Scripture Index: Yes
Topical Index: Yes
(This book was given to me by WaterBrook Multnohma Publishing for review, I was not required to give a positive review)
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