Pastor’s Recommended Reading List

General Theology:

Johnson, Darrell W. Experiencing the Trinity. Vancouver: Regent, 2002.

Knowles, Michael. The Unfolding Mystery of the Divine Name: The God of Sinai in Our Midst. Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2012.

Old Testament:

Goldingay, John. The Theology of the Book of Isaiah. Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2014.

New Testament Studies:

New Testament Commentary Picks

Ladd, George Eldon. The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1959

McKnight, Scot. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

McKnight, Scot & Joseph Modica (editors), Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies. Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2013.

Wright, N.T. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.


Wright, N.T. Jesus and the Victory of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996.


Gorman, Michael. Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

Keener, Craig S. Paul, Women & Wives: Marriage and Women’s Ministry in the Letters of Paul. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004.

Kirk, J. R. Daniel . Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011.

Wright, N.T. What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of ChristianityGrand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

The Book of Revelation:

Gorman, Michael. Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness, Following the Lamb into the New Creation. Eugene: Cascade, 2011.

Systematic Theology:

Grenz, Stanley. Theology for the Community of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

The Person and Work of Christ:

Athanasius. On the Incarnation Word.

Gorman, Michael. The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement. Eugene: Cascade, 2014.


Date, Christopher et. al. (eds). Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism. Eugene: Cascade, 2014.

Middleton, J. Richard. A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.

Church, Mission, & Ministry:

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life TogetherSan Francisco: HarperOne, 1978.

Nelson, Gary V. Borderland Churches: A Congregation’s Introduction to Missional Living. St. Louis: Chalice, 2008.

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission. (Revised Edition). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Nouwen, Henri J. M. The Wounded Healer. New York: image Books, 1979.

Volf, Miroslav. After Our Likeness: Church as the Image of the Trinity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Zylla, Phil. The Roots of Sorrow: A Pastoral Theology of Suffering. Waco: Baylor, 2012.

Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Disciplines, Prayer etc.:

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. New York: Touchstone, 1959.

Chan, Francis. Crazy Love. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2008.

Martin, Jonathan. Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think? Tyndale Momentum, 2013.

Peterson, Eugene. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Ware, Kallistos. The Orthodox Way. Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2003.

Church History and Historical Theology:

Aulen, Gustaf. Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of Atonement. A.G. Hebert (Trans). Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2003.

Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (Revised and Expanded Edition). New York: Oxford, 2007.

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church (New Edition). London: Penguin, 1997.

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