Having begun this new semester, some asked about the books I am reading and classes I’m taking. Recently, I have been working on my reading plan and strategy. Unfortunately, I am not a speed reader and cannot concentrate for a long time, so in order to stay up on my reading requirements as well as enjoy some books outside of class schedule, I have to keep a steady regiment. This semester, I am taking three classes (compared to my usual four) for a couple of reasons. First, last semester I was not ministering as much as I would like and found myself frustrated with little fruit to show of it. I hope to invest more in the lives of my non-Christian friends as well as continue to benefit and (hope to) be an encouragement to the wonderful people God has placed in my life. Second, a major part of my academic passion lies in religious pluralism–a field of study our school does not major. Therefore, I have made it a point to study on my own this matter and try to write about it regularly. One of my biggest goals is to complete a lengthy project (250-300 pages) on inclusivism and saving faith. I have about a third of it done already but a lot left to do! So maybe a little more time during the week can help me make some progress in that matter. Finally, the three classes I am taking require a lot of time and attention with reading and research as it is. I have been told that one class in particular, Advanced Greek Grammar, is one of the toughest classes our school offers, so I will let that one count for two in my book. 🙂
In any case, here are my classes and the books I will be reading for each class. If you are interested in what books I am reading for religious pluralism, let me know and I will share those as well. Furthermore, you can expect (I presume) that I will be writing about some of the things that I have found thought-provoking or worthy of some discussion. The additional books are some personal selections I will read for consultation and further research.
Studies in Church History: The Life and Thought of James Petigru Boyce and Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Dr. Tom Nettles
Boyce, James Petigru. Abstract of Systematic Theology. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2006.
Broadus, John A. A Gentleman and a Scholar: A Memoir of James Petigru Boyce. Birmingham: Solid Ground Books, 2004.
Drummond, Lewis. Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1992.
Murray, Iain H. The Forgotten Spurgeon. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1966.
Murray, Iain H. Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1995.
Spurgeon, C. H. An All-Around Ministry. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2000.
Spurgeon, Susannah. C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Early Years, 1834-1859. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1976.
_________. C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Full Harvest, 1860-1892. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1973.
Fundamentalism & Evangelicalism – Dr. Shawn Wright
Carpenter, Joel A. Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Hart, D. G. That Old-Time Religion in Modern America: Evangelical Protestantism in the Twentieth Century. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2002.
Larson, Edward J. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.
Marsden, George M. Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism: 1870-1925. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980.
_________. Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.
Noll, Mark. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
Schaeffer, Francis A. The Great Evangelical Disaster. Wheaton: Crossway, 1984.
Wells, David A. No Place for Truth: Or, Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993.
Henry, Carl F. H. The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1947.
Lloyd-Jones, Martyn. What Is an Evangelical? Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1992.
Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1923.
Marsden, George M. Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.
Murray, Iain H. Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2000.
Niebuhr, Richard H. Christ & Culture. New York: Harper SanFrancisco, 1951.
Packer, J. I. Fundamentalism and the Word of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1958.
Advanced Greek Grammar – Dr. Peter Gentry
Blass, F. W., Debrunner, A., and Funk, R.W. A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.
Porter, Stanley E. Idioms of the Greek New Testament. Biblical Languages: Greek 2. 2nd ed. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1992, 1994.
Smyth, H. W. Greek Grammar. Revised by G. M. Messing. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1920, 1956.
Van Ness Goetchius, Eugene. The Language of the New Testament. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1965.
Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
Fanning, Buist M. Verbal Aspect in New Testament Greek. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.
McKay, K. L. A New Syntax of the Verb in New Testament Greek: An Aspectual Approach. Studies in Biblical Greek, Vol. 5. New York: Peter Lang, 1994.
Porter, Stanley E. Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament with Reference to Mood and Tense. Studies in Biblical Greek, Vol. 1. New York: Peter Lang, 1989.
Silva, Moisés. Biblical Words & Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics. Revised and Expanded Edition. Zondervan, 1983, 1994.