Like a Box of Chocolates

Following last week’s intro, I am writing to clarify the blog I’ve created: You won’t see a lot of fluff or creativity but if you desire to peer behind the desk of a lifelong learner, you will likely be entertained. A hodgepodge of postings the reader will find excerpts from class notes, insights from Bible reading and study, or studies I’ve put together (requiring scripture reading). To use the analogy of Forrest Gump, My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

There will be no particular routine to the posts so your best way to catch them will be the email subscription. New posts will appear on Facebook and will be shareable. For time’s sake, I’m keeping things simple and I ask that you give a little grace with editing. If you missed the intro, you can find it here:

If you’re curious about what’s on my desk today, I’m filing away class notes from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Another class is finished and the next is not yet released.) I’ve also been compiling my summer reading and reference list. I am cautious and careful in my reading choices, many of which spill over into ministry.  Some titles I will voraciously read from cover to cover; others I will skim. In no particular order, these are my choices: 

God’s Word, Our Story – Learning From the Book of Nehemiah by D.A. Carson and Kathleen B. Nielson

Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life by Sam Allberry

Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End by David Gibson 

Maturity: Growing Up and Going On in the Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson

Knowing Christianity by J.I. Packer

Believing God – 12 Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept by R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith by Joel Beeke

The Religious Life of Theological Students by Benjamin B. Warfield

Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John’s Gospel by Andreas Kostenberger and Scott Swain

The Deep Things of God – How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders

None Greater – The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett

Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue by Andreas Kostenberger

Godly Jealousy: A Theology of Intolerant Love by Erik Thoennes

All That is in God by James E. Dolezal

Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves

God the Son Incarnate – The Doctrine of Christ by Stephen J. Wellum

The Sanctity of Moral Law by John Murray

Principles of Biblical Interpretation by Louis Berkhof

God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment: A Biblical Theology by James Hamilton

The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls – Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective by Matthew Barrett

Delighting in the Law of the Lord by Jerram Barrs

A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible by Tim Challies and Josh Byers

Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee

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