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

(Required)
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.

(Additional)
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

(Required)
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.

(additional)
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

(required)
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.

(additional)
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.