I was hoping to share what new book I am reading each week, but fell behind on the blog. So here are the last three week's worth. Each of them were fantastic.
What's So Great About The Doctrines of Grace? by Richard D. Phillips
This introduction to the "five points of Calvinism" is biblical, winsome, and easy to read. A lot of the newcomers to our church are not familiar with Reformed theology, and they often want something to read by way of introduction. This is now our standard giveaway.
The Pastor's Justification by Jared Wilson
What Jared has written here is, for me, an instant classic. I have a list of required reading for men entering the ministry that include Richard Baxter, Charles Bridges, C.H. Spurgeon, and many others. Jared Wilson is now on this must-read list with The Pastor's Justification. This is a refreshing book that both encourages and challenges. Jared pastors pastors (and others in ministry) by grounding them in Christ and his word.
The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology by Pascal Denault
There is a long (though largely forgotten) history of in-house debate between paedo-baptists and credo-baptists concerning covenant theology. Denault's book is a must-read for anyone wanting to better understand the different perspectives in covenant theology. This is written from a baptist perspective, but will not only be helpful for baptists. Our presbyterian brothers and sisters would also benefit from reading this as it gives a historically faithful presentation of particular baptist federalism. To my baptist friends, if you have only read O. Palmer Robertson, Horton, Murray, Witsius, etc. concerning covenant theology let this be your first step in reading a thoroughly baptist approach. In fact, it is our understanding of the covenants that leads us to be "baptist."