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Recent Books of Significance or Help

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I am going to be leading a workshop in a couple of weeks at the Annual Conference of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches. The title for this workshop is "Whatcha' Reading?" (I did not come up with the title :) ).

As part of that workshop I want to discuss/consider some recent books of which pastors (in particular) should be aware - either because of their significance or because of their helpfulness.

I realize that people will have vastly different opinions of what is significant and what is helpful, but the more suggestions I can get on this, the greater help it will be as I seek to lead the discussion.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Just my thoughts,


(P.S. I am aware that Chris Anderson at My Two Cents has asked a somewhat similar question in a recent post. I will also be monitoring those responses, but this question is slightly different and may elicit some different responses.)


Andy Efting said...


One book that really has me thinking right now is David Peterson’s Possessed by God: A New Testament Theology of Sanctification and Holiness. Here is what he says in his conclusion:

“The popular view that sanctification is a process of moral renewal and change, following justification, is not the emphasis of the New Testament. Rather, sanctification is primarily another way of describing what it means to be converted or brought to God in Christ and kept in that relationship. It would be more accurate to say that renewal and change flow from the regeneration and sanctification that God has already accomplished in our lives.”

I would say it is worth a read.

I also like Coming to Grips with Genesis, edited by Terry Mortenson and Thane Uty. This book approaches the creation debate from a much stronger foundation than the typical creationist fare in that it looks to the Bible as the primary source for refutation of evolution and support for Young Earth Creationism (YEC). I really believe this is the right approach to the topic.


Frank Sansone said...

Thanks, Andy. I had not heard of either of these books.


Frank Sansone said...

Thanks, Andy.

I had not heard of either of these books.