Summer Reading

Well, classes continue.  And with classes comes reading.  This summer I’m taking two classes – Introduction to Family Ministry, June 1-5, and Pastoral Ministry, July 20-24 – these will have their respective books.  In fact, I’ve already put down 2 of the 6 for “Intro” with the help of the Lord.  The first, A Parent Privilege, by Steve Wright was a biblical articulation of the role of parents in the discipling of their children – primary! – and the means by which they can be equipped for this task.  I would call it a necessary book for the majority of parents in the body of Christ.  The second, Humility, by C.J. Mahaney is a much needed discussion on this biblical grace which he calls “true greatness.”  In a sentence, our Lord came not to serve but to be served, and thus, the character of each who abides in Christ is to be marked by such humble servitude.  A good, practical guide into the means of mortifying pride and cultivating Christ-like humility.

The remaining 4 books for the class include:

Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders, by Aubrey Malphurs (haven’t gotten riveting reviews on this one)

Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood, ed. Wayne Grudem and Dennis Rainey

Peacemaking for Families: A Biblical Guide to Managing Conflict in Your Home, by Ken Sande (this sounds like it could go either way, but you can’t judge a book by its cover)

Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders, by George Cladis (sounds interesting?)

Between June 6 and the second week of July – call it a month or so – and from July 25 (after my second class of the summer) through the second week of August, I will be reading (hopefully) the following “summer list” of books in no particular order (drum roll please):

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Psalms 1-50, Ezekiel, Habakkuk, Acts, Romans, Colossians in the Bible, by God

Biblical Theology: A History of Theology from Adam to Christ, by John Owen

The Supremacy of God in Preaching, by John Piper

Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible (New Studies in Biblical Theology), by Stephen Dempster

From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race (New Studies in Biblical Theology), by Daniel Hays

Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (New Studies in Biblical Theology), by Andreas Kostenberger and Peter T. O’Brien

The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (New Studies in Biblical Theology), by G.K. Beale

The Mission of God, by Christopher Wright

The Cross of Christ, by John Stott

Christ and Culture, by D.A. Carson

Augustine of Hippo, by Peter Brown or The Life and Diary of David Brainerd, by Jonathan Edwards (haven’t decided between these two for the biography of the summer)

The Faith of Israel, by William Dumbrell

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?, by David Wells

That’s all for now – I’ll let you know how I’m doing, what I’m gleaning, and how these agree or disagree with God’s Word – the standard by which all is judged.  Looks like a summer of fun and gracious expectation!

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