Of the reading of several books...
This time last year, I asked the good folks over at genevanet for suggestions of some substantial books to read in 2011. The were very helpful. And I didn't read any of them...
This year, these books are my targets to begin with; alongside them, I expect to read many lesser books.
First, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 'Born of God' - sermons on John Chapter 1. Lloyd-Jones is THE hero for me; I was awakened under his preaching, trained at the seminary he set up and am doing my doctoral research into his evangelistic ministry at Westminster Chapel. I have at least two full shelves of his books, maybe more; but the publisher promises that this is one of his most significant yet.
Then, Packer on 'Serving the People of God' - vol. 2 of his shorter writings. Dr. J.I. Packer was my first theological teacher - I'll never forget the impact his 'Introductory Essay' to Owen's 'Death of Death' had on my thinking, nor the sweetness 'Knowing God' had for me on first reading - and still has.
Third, Conrad Mbewe's 'Foundations for the Flock' - a newly published collection of his teachings on church and ministry. Conrad himself helped me get hold of a copy (from here), and they couldn't have been more helpful - it arrived yesterday, and the 'dipping' has started. (Definitely a dipping, not a sprinkling - a Baptist reading a Baptist book...)
Finally, Andrew Atherstone's and David Ceri Jones' editing of 'Engaging with Lloyd-Jones' - necessary reading for my doctoral research, but much more than that. Interesting not least because DCJ used to be something of a Ll-J fanatic, I'm told, but now - well, isn't; while Atherstone is an Anglican who think Lloyd-Jones read the situation well in 1966! On this one, at least, I plan to let you know what I think, if the Lord wills. Keep reading.
And that's it for today. A little light-heartedness on Monday, I hope, followed by some serious postings next week. Meanwhile, the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you this Lord's Day - whether you're preaching or listening, may it be 'as the oracles of God.'