Recommended Resources

As a pastor and a continual student I do a lot of resourcing, especially on Biblical and theological subjects. Below you’ll find an alphabetical list of subjects with the resources I recommend. Be aware that some of these are academic resources and may not be accessible to everyone. Resources prefixed with an asterisk are “must haves” on the subject.



*Keller, Timothy J. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.

Kreeft, Peter, and Ronald K. Tacelli. Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Crucial Questions. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, ©1994.

Existence of God:

*Craig, William Lane. Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics. 3rd ed. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, ©2008.


Old Testament:


*Davis, Dale Ralph. Joshua: No Falling Words. Focus On the Bible. Fearn: Christian Focus, 2000

Howard, David M. The New American Commentary. Vol. 5, Joshua. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, ©1998.

Woudstra, Marten H. The Book of Joshua. New International Commentary On the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, ©1981.


Cundall, Arthur Ernest, and Leon Morris. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Vol. 7, Judges and Ruth: an Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008.

*Davis, Dale Ralph. Judges: Such a Great Salvation. Focus On the Bible. Fearn: Christian Focus, 2000.

Wilcock, Michael. The Message of Judges: Grace Abounding. The Bible Speaks Today. Leicester, England: InterVarsity Press, ©1992.

*Block, Daniel Isaac. The New American Commentary. Vol. 6, Judges, Ruth. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, ©1999.

Webb, Barry G. The Book of Judges. The New International Commentary On the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.

Younger, K Lawson. Judges and Ruth. The Niv Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, ©2002.

New Testament:

Gospel of John:

*Carson, D A. The Gospel According to John. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1991.

Hughes, R Kent. John: That You May Believe. Preaching the Word. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1999.

*Köstenberger, Andreas J. John. Baker Exegetical Commentary On the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2004.

Towns, Elmer L. The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. Chattanooga, TN.: AMG Publishers, 2002.


Church History:


*González, Justo L. The Story of Christianity. 2nd ed. New York: HarperOne, 2010.

Discipleship/Spiritual Formation:

Bible Reading (lectio divina):

*Peterson, Eugene H. Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. pbk. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Pub Co., 2009, ©2006.


*Keller, Timothy. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. New York: Dutton, Penguin Group USA, 2014.


*Keller, Timothy. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. New York: Dutton, Penguin Group USA, 2014.



*Feinberg, John S., and Paul D. Feinberg. Ethics for a Brave New World. 2nd ed. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2010.

Holmes, Arthur F. Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions. second ed. Contours of Christian Philosophy. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

Rae, Scott B. Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, ©2009.


Sexual Ethics:

*Heimbach, Daniel R. True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, ©2004.

Yahweh War/Just War Theory:

*Copan, Paul. Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, ©2011.

Cowles, C S. Show Them No Mercy: Four Views On God and Canaanite Genocide. Counterpoints. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, ©2003.

Thomas, Heath, Jeremy A. Evans, and Paul Copan, eds. Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.


Philosophy of Religion:

Meister, Chad V. Introducing Philosophy of Religion. London: Routledge, 2009.


Corduan, Winfried. No Doubt About It: The Case for Christianity. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman, ©1997.

*Sire, James W. The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog. 5th ed. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2009.


Systematic Theology:

Akin, Daniel L. A Theology for the Church. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2014. Accessed September 30, 2015

Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2013.

*Grudem, Wayne A. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994.

Doctrine of Revelation:

Geisler, Norman L., and William E. Nix. A General Introduction to the Bible. rev. and expanded. ed. Chicago: Moody Press, ©1986.

*Saucy, Robert L. Scripture: Its Authority, Power, and Relevance. Swindoll Leadership Library. Nashville, Tenn.: Word Pub., ©2001.

Theology Proper:

Feinberg, John S. No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God. [rev. ed. Foundations of Evangelical Theology. Wheaton. Ill.: Crossway Books, 2006.

Doctrine of Humanity:

Doctrine of Christ:

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Doctrine of Salvation:

*Demarest, Bruce A. The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of God. Foundations of Evangelical Theology. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2006.

*Keathley, Kenneth. Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach. Nashville, Tenn.: B & H Academic, ©2010.


Doctrine of the Church:

Revival, Renewal, and Awakening:

*Lovelace, Richard F. Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal. Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press, ©1979.

Doctrine of the Last Things: