Saturday, December 14, 2013

So What am I Reading?

I had a friend ask me recently about my book list, and what I had on it. Well, a lot of things. I tend to skim books like some people tend to argue: very quickly and with the purpose of highlighting for later. These days, I'm brushing up on many related and unrelated topics, mostly in preparation for Fuller. While my attendance date is up in the air, prospects are looking bright. In between studying Greek and drinking a lot of coffee, below are the books I'm currently reading.

1. The Eternal Generation of the Son by Kevin Giles

The Trinity and the contemporary gender debate has been around, at least in my circles, since Biola. When I first began to question my views on the ordination of women, one of the first arguments lobbed my way was in regards to the Trinity. Of course, this text isn't about gender roles, but I've made a point of studying the doctrine in as much depth as possible.

2. Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica

This very tense debate is simmering over at Fuller, as is the pacifism/just war debate. I love McKnight and many contributors in this text, so I think I've chosen ... wisely.

3. The World of the New Testament by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin MacDonald

Allison and I were graced by a free autographed copy of this text by one of the editors, Dr. MacDonald. Although I didn't particularly enjoy history at Biola, now I've become so drenched in the world of the New Testament that history has begun to breathe for me.

4. Paul: A Critical Life by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

While I don't agree with everything here, Murphy-O'Connor has shown me multiple new ways of considering the apostle Paul.

5. The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann

Love Moltmann, and finding his Christology to be intriguing as well as eminently quotable.

6. Theological Diversity and the Authority of the Old Testament by John Goldingay

Goldingay reads as smooth as a syrup milkshake, with plenty of protein for thought thrown in there. Distinguishing between formal contradictions and differences helps a lot.

7. God's Word in Human Words/ Sacred Word, Broken Word by Kenton Sparks

Mostly, these texts deal with historical criticism and the effect it has/ought to have on evangelical theology. Sparks sometimes seems to bite off more than he can chew, but there is a lot of interesting material here. I prefer GWiHW over SWBW.

8. Pauline Christology by Gordon D. Fee

So far, a marvelous and heady and exhaustive treatment of the Pauline texts.

What's on your list?



  1. I've been reading an older book called Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith by Matthew Lee Anderson. I definitely recommend it because it directly addresses physicality from a Christian perspective and I think does a great job of it. I'm also starting the new NT Wright book on Paul - obviously a lot of people are right now. The other book I'm working on is The Kingdom of God by John Bright. Definitely going to check out some of these on your list. Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. Thanks Joe! I plan on meandering towards Wright when I have time anbd a hefty amount of disposable income. :)

  2. How do you read so many books? Yesterday, I started the NT Wright 4-part volume on Paul. Probably won't finish that for 5 years. Just finished Lynn Cohick's Women in the World of the Earliest Christians. I usually get bogged down with academic books but I loved this one. Really enjoyable read, good look at the reality of what we can and can't know about women in the ancient world. Critiques some of the common beliefs and myths perpetuated by scholars. This year, if I ever finish NT Wright, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is next, then The Story of English in 100 Words and The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language. And maybe I'll finally finish the Brothers Karamazov. I'd like to tackle The Eternal Generation of the Son. Read parts of it in the past, but not the whole thing. I'm not sure I'm smart enough...

    1. I tend to skim and highlight on the first read, then return and really dig into it on the second read. Its the only way I can really digest the material. :)

      I just bought Lynn's book for Allison. I must admit, I'm getting more mileage out of that book than she is at the moment! A marvelous text. Have you had a chance to read S. Scott Bartchy's book on slavery? It was his dissertation in the 70s. He's the first one to really delve into 1 Cor. 7:21. A provocative and compelling read. Under 200 pages, if I recall correctly.