Archive for January, 2014


Stop Reading the Bible?

January 14, 2014

Okay, I must admit, I said a few challenging things on Sunday. I’m not, necessarily, suffering from preacher’s remorse, but I do want to make a few follow up comments. I stated that, for some of us, ‘we need to stop reading the Bible.’ This represents an intentionally shocking statement for a pastor to make, but I followed it with the comment, ‘we need to start studying it – stop reading, start studying.’ For some of us, we have read the book of Romans 6 times, but we’ve never taken the time to dig beneath a surface reading of the text.

Obviously, an  immediate objection arises, ‘Where is the time’? ‘I’m not a pastor or bible teacher!’ That is true, so allow me to help you. Let me point you towards some resources with the encouragement to redeem your commute, or your choirs around the house by combining it with learning from great preachers and teachers on-line. In addition, I recommend some theological and devotional resources below.

Podcasts & On-Line Resources

If you have a smart phone get the Reformed Theological Seminary App. There are free courses there.

Websites/Blogs There are podcasts here as well as good articles.

Theological Books

The Cross of Christ – John Stott

Doctrine – Mark Driscoll

Basic Christianity – John Stott

Created For Community – Stan Grenz

Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

Hard Questions, Real Answers – William Lane Craig

Biblical Commentaries

Ephesians – John Stott (any commentary by John Stott is worth reading)

Paul For Everyone – N.T. Wright

The NIV Application Commentary

Devotional/Lifestyle books

Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung

Blue Like Jazz– Donald Miller

Dying to live – N.D Wilson

The Gospel – J.D Grear

Jesus plus nothing equals everything – Tullian Tchividjian

Jesus is _______ – Judah Smith

Things Unseen – Mark Buchanan

You God is too Safe – Mark Buchanan

I can lend you most of the above books (first come, first serve). But I hope the websites in particular help encourage you to dig into the word of God in a deeper way than ever before!