Five Books I Am Looking Forward to Reading This Year

18 May

Today I wanted to share with you a brief word about five books I am interested in reading in the next few months.  If you’ve read any of these, or if you have any other good suggestions for reading, let me know in the comment section.  In addition to the Bible, good Christian reading is a great encouragement to me.

1. Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament

Dan Wallace is the editor of a new series called The Text and Canon of the New Testament and this is the first book in that series, to be released June 30.  This volume focuses on textual criticism, especially on how the scribes were involved in the revising the text of the New Testament.

2.  The Heresy of Orthodoxy

Andreas Kostenberger and Michael Kruger team up in this book to attempt to refute the idea that orthodox Christian belief arose out of multiple Christianities in the early church.  The authors will contend instead that doctrinal consensus in the church came before, not prior to, heresies.

3.  God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment

“In an era when centers in general no longer hold, Hamilton makes a strong case for the centrality to biblical theology of what C. H. Dodd called the ‘two-beat rhythm’ of biblical history: salvation through judgment. Hamilton discovers this theme in every book of the Bible and argues that it is the heartbeat of God’s ultimate purpose: the publication of his glory. In seeking to do justice to scriptural unity and diversity alike, Hamilton’s work represents biblical theology at its best.”
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School

Note:  If you own a Kindle, this book is much less expensive (about $8 vs. $26) on the Kindle than in paper form.

4.  For the Fame of God’s Name

This looks like a great series of substantive essays, written in honor of John Piper.

5.  The Hole in Our Gospel

This book will probably stretch me and send me out of my comfort zone, but I have heard good things about this book, so I am going to give it a read.  Chuck Colson says,  “With passionate urging and earnestness, Rich Stearns challenges Christians to embrace the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ by embracing the neediest and most vulnerable among us. After reading the moving stories, the compelling facts and figures, and Stearns’ excellent application of scripture and his own experiences at World Vision, you will no doubt be asking yourself: What should I do?”

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