I realize that it has been over a month since I have written a post on Blue Collar Theology, but I hope to get back at it soon. In fact, I have been talking to a friend here at Southern about coming on to help me develop this series. He has a great passion for the Word and for teaching and training lay people in Scripture. More on that later.

But for now, I want to direct your attention to four books on Jesus that have recently been published. They are all different in their own respect, but they all are putting the spotlight on Jesus which I love.

In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life by Sinclair B. Ferguson (Orlando: Reformation Trust, December 2007). 256pp. $18.00.

Use: This book is laid out in 50 short chapters (2-4 pages usually) which is a great supplement to your devotional reading. A great read for understanding what it means to be “in Christ” and how the gospel works in our lives from one of the most well-respected authors and scholars of our day.

Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears (Wheaton: Crossway, February 2008). 256pp. $19.99.

Use: This book is a great introduction to the person and work of Jesus Christ, especially those of the younger generation. Driscoll and Breshears have done a fine job in communicating Christ to an emerging generation faced with the question, “Who do you say that I am?”

Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ by Robert M. Bowman Jr. and J. Ed Komoszewski (Grand Rapids: Kregel, August 2007). 392pp. $18.99.

Use: This is a very helpful apologetic for the deity of Jesus Christ made accessible and understandable through the H.A.N.D.S. acronym (honors, attributes, names, deeds, seat) in which the book is structured. Consider reading this especially when dealing with Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, or anyone else who denies the deity of Christ.

Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Introductory Christology by Fred Sanders and Klaus Issler (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Academic, October 2007). 244pp. $24.99.

Use: For those who want to go deeper into Christology (don’t let the “introduction” part fool you!), consider this compilation of essays on Christ in his relation to the Trinity. In particular, check out Bruce Ware’s essay, “Christ’s Atonement: A Work of the Trinity.”

These are four very different approaches by four different publishers (and multiple authors); nevertheless, I am encouraged by the quality and variety of books being published on Christological matters. If there are other books on Christology, new or old, feel free to chime in and share them with others in the comments (and why you like them as well).