seminary books thus far

I get asked all the time about what books I read. I have started to write book reviews here on the blog and I have started using, but some still ask about what I am reading in seminary. 

So I thought I would share all the books I have read thus far in seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Here they are (I have broken them down by class for your convenience):

New Testament 1: Jesus and the Gospels
Mark L. Strauss – Four Portraits, One Jesus

J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hays – Grasping God’s Word
Graeme Goldsworthy – Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics
Grant R. Osbourne – The Hermeneutical Spiral

Christian Philosophy
Norman Geisler & Peter Bocchino – Unshakable Foundations
Anthony Kenny – An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy
Richard M. Weaver – Ideas have consequences 
David F. Wells – Above all earthly powers

Church Planting
Roland Allen – The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church
David Garrison – Church Planting Movements
George Patterson & Richard Scoggins – Church Multiplication Guide

Old Testament 1 & 2
Peter Enns – Inspiration & Incarnation
Andrew E. Hill & John H. Walton – A Survey of the Old Testament
John H. Sailhamer – The Pentateuch as Narrative

Intro to Great Commission Studies/Evangelism
Scott Dawson – The Complete Evangelism Guidebook
A. Scott Moreau – Introducing World Missions
Kent Philpott – Are you really born again?
Alvin Reid – Introduction to Evangelism

Biblical Greek 1 & 2
The Greek New Testament
Bruce M. Metzger – Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek
William Mounce – Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook

Christian Theology 1, 2 & 3
Daniel Akin – A Theology for the Church
Randy Alcorn – Heaven
St. Athanasius – On the Incarnation
Jonathan Edwards – Religious Affections
Stanley J. Grenz – Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms
John Hammett – Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches
John Stott – The Cross of Christ

the Ministry of Worship
Arthur G. Bennett – The Valley of Vision
Bob Kauflin – Worship Matters
David Peterson – Engaging with God
John Piper – A Hunger of God: Desiring God through fasting and prayer

Baptist History
Barry Hankins – Uneasy in Babylon
Bill J. Leonard – Baptist Ways: A history
Gregory A. Wills – Democratic Religion


conan celebration

With Conan O’Brien ending his run on Late Night (because he is moving to 11:30 pm),  I simply wish to point out that I am going to miss staying up late and seeing his show. 

I have always loved his show and I can’t wait till it is on earlier so I can see it more.  He is a great comedian and one of the best interviewers I have seen. 

So for Conan’s special occasion check out this video:

Also check out this article on Time magazine’s website.

jeremiah 29:13

Have you ever noticed that when you are searching for something, that thing always seems to allude you? 

But when you cease to look for it, you seem to find it. 

Right now, there are many people who don’t have jobs.  Many who don’t know how to pay the bills for next week.  Many who can’t seem to find contentment in the things they do with their life.  Many who are always reaching for what they ‘know’ will bring them happiness, yet that ‘thing’ is always further than their hands can grasp. 

I am one of those people at the moment. 

And honestly, I have been realizing that I was in this category for most of my life. 

However, the striking thing about life is that God always seems to push you to the point where you break. 

He, in fact, wants to bring you to the place where you cease to trust in yourself and completely put your trust in Him. 

I am now in this spot.  I am being forced to learn to rely on God in ways that I never have before.  I don’t know what is next for me, but right now I don’t have the strength to be concerned with that anymore. 

I have only enough strength to rely on God. 
For sustenance.  
     For hope. 
          For joy. 
               For love. 
                    For the capacity to wake up each morning and keep going. 

Now is, also, the time for you to realize that life should not be about reaching for that ‘thing’ to bring you completion.  But to reach up to God. 

He is all we need and all that we can truly search for and truly find as He says in His word in Jeremiah 29:13 – “You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”

the echo within

echowithin1New book to post for you. 

This one is from Random House Publishing. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I believe that you can too. 

Here is some of the information I found out about the book:


The Echo Within is a profoundly affecting, honest look at the myriad ways we are drawn into our life’s best work.  Written out of his own lifelong search for and response to the calling voice of God, Robert Benson recounts his discovery of the meaning of vocation, work, and purpose through the ups and downs inherent in family life, professional choice, and spiritual experience. With clarity and insight, and in the elegant prose for which he is known, he gently invites and encourages readers to find such deep truths for their lives as well. In particular, he illuminates the way for readers to explore:

 ·         ways to sense the Holy in our pursuits, both in the pursuits themselves and within ourselves.

·         how to fall into our vocation and chart a course toward it at the same time.

·         how to love the work we do, and the process of doing it.

 For anyone beginning a new career or sensing a needed change in their life or wrestling with a transition suddenly thrust upon them, Robert Benson delivers wisdom, humor, and heart in what he’s learned about listening for The Echo Within—and how it can help us discover our calling.

Here is a little info about the author. 

Robert Benson
has written more than a dozen books about the discovery of the sacred in the midst of our ordinary lives, including Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, Home By Another Way, and Digging In. His work has been critically acclaimed in a wide range of publications from The New York Times and USA Today to Spirituality & Health and The Benedictine Review. He is an alumnus of The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation and was recently named a Living Spiritual Teacher by He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

look to the cross

I was reading for seminary today out of the book, The Cross of Christ by John R. W. Stott and a quote he had hit me from Martin Luther to a monk in distress about his sins:

Learn to know Christ and him crucified.  Learn to sing to him and say ‘Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin.  You took on what was mine; yet set on me what was yours.  You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not.’ “

This quote is something we all need to be reminded of from time to time.  As we face each trouble of each day, we must remember that God sent His Son to die on the cross for us.  As my favorite Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that we might in Him become the righteousness of God.” 



Well life has been quite interesting over the past few months.  As some of you are aware, I recently got engaged.  And quit my job. 

I was working as a car salesman and hating it.  Not because of the selling aspect, but because of the long hours (which conflicted with school) and long waiting (which drove me nuts). 

Don’t fret for me because I am going to be working various odd jobs and substitute teaching, which might come in handy for helping me decide if I truly wish to be a teacher.  Who knows where my life will head now? 

However, God is sovereign and I am trusting that He will point me in the right direction.  But for now, I could use your prayer to discern the right path to take.

intimate issues

Periodically, I will get emails from various book publishers telling me about some great books.  And sometimes I will even get free books, which is always good. 

I recently received a copy of the book Intimate Issues: 21 Questions Christian Women ask about sex. 

This is a book that is obviously not for me.  But I enjoyed reading some of the chapter titles.  I did pass along this book to a female friend who seems to like it and it actually sparked interest in other women that heard about it. 

 So here is the information for the book:
Intimate Issues answers the twenty-one questions about sex most frequently asked by Christian wives, as determined by a nationwide poll of over one thousand women. Written from the perspective of two mature Christian wives and Bible teachers–women who you’ll come to know as teachers and friends–Intimate Issues is biblical and informative: sometimes humorous, other times practical, but always honest. Through its solid teaching warm testimonials, scriptural insights, and experts’ advise, you’ll find resolution for your questions and fears, surprising insights about God’s perspective on sex, and a variety of practical and creative ideas for enhancing your physical relationship with the husband you love.
With warmth and wisdom, authors Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus speak woman to woman: examining the teachings of Scripture, exposing the lies of the world, and offering real hope that every woman’s marriage relationship can become all it was intended to be in God’s design.

If you are a women struggling with intimacy in marriage, I believe that this book could help you.  You can order the book here.