Books read: Jan/Feb 2010

  • Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck:  This book is a great defense of the local church.  It follows their first book, Why We’re Not Emergent, ad focuses on much of the issues but from a positive perspective.  Both of these books are a must read for pastors, elders and the normal church-member.
  • The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall & Tony Payne: This book succinctly explains my approach to ministry.  We need to focus on people not programs.  Amen.
  • Christ & Culture Revisited by D.A. Carson:  Carson is so much smarter than me.  His basic premise is that Niebuhr’s work Christ & Culture misses the mark and can be strengthened by a robust biblical theology.
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: Still working through this book again in a Sunday School class.  I like the way Lewis writes.  His illustrations are masterful.  He does have some views that are incompatible with orthodox Christianity (destiny of the unevangelized, his ‘perfect repentantant’ theory of the atonement), but he is not a theologian.  He is a very good writer that is providing his best apologetic for basic Christianity.
  • Red, Black, White by Ted Dekker:  I read these fictional stories at the insistence of one of my elders.  Dekker is an excellent writer.  Very complex storylines that drew me into this trilogy (or whatever it is Bob, :)) His character development is outstanding as well.  Would recommend this series for evening reading.
  • Obsession by Ted Dekker:  This book is Dekker’s modern-day retelling of the parable of the hidden treasure.  Interesting read, did not like this one as well as the other Dekker books. 
  • Ike By Michael Korda:  Excellent biography of the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Massive book that captures Ike and Mamie’s personality well.
  • Humility by C.J. Mahaney:  Ouch, this is one of those books that exposes my sin.  I love the practical nature of this book.  He not only identifies pride, but he also gives tangible ways in which he has battled pride throughout his life and ministry.  Very good book to give your pastors and elders.
  • What is a Healthy Church by Mark Dever:  Dever is such a clear writer.  He handles the Scriptures with precision and is able to articulate the importance of good ecclesiology for the pastors/elders and laypersons.  I would love for those who are attending/using the church to read this book.  It adds fuel to the fire in my belly for the church to be a place in which people serve together to display God’s glory to the watching world.
  • Emerging Church books:   I re-read five books from authors such as Pagitt, Jones, Bell, McLaren.  I also read a few newer ones from these authors.  I did so for a seminar I co-taught with one of our elders at MCCC.  A couple of good things (community, tie in with the community of faith over the millenia) but really bad theology that is not orthodox (especially the soteriology).