Last post I gave a little update about myself and my family. In this post, I’ll get back on theme and talk about my reading experience.

Books of the Year

I’m not going to restrict myself to books released in 2014 for three reasons: 1) There are plenty of books from this head that I haven’t (yet?) read, so 2) this is no attempt to be a prophetic list of objectively “best” books and 3) the age of a book alone shouldn’t determine it’s quality. This is instead a subjective list of books that impacted me most this year, and a little on why.

  1. Thomas Schreiner – Romans (my review)
    To say that studying and teaching Romans this year was impacting is an understatement. Though I used a handful of helpful commentaries, Schreiner’s was truly an incredible resource and blessing for me.
  2. Andrew Streett – The Vine and the Son of Man (my review)
    Streett’s revised dissertation on Psalm 80 was a surprise thrill for me to read. Who knew that plowing such an overlooked psalm could unearth so much!
  3. Peter Gentry & Stephen Wellum – Kingdom Through Covenant
    Idiosyncratic and unwieldy in places, and I certainly don’t agree with everything, but nonetheless, KTC was impacting on me. I learned a ton, especially about the covenants (unsurprising) and their interrelationships. It also stands as proof that there are viable options out there than basic dispensationalism and covenant theology.
  4. Stephen Westerholm – Justification Reconsidered (my review)
    Westerholm is an excellent and entertaining writer and this is a great example of both. A short and fruitful study on justification and its would-be revisionists.
  5. Clinton Arnold – Powers of Darkness (my review)
    I’ve been a little fixated with what the Bible teaches regarding the spiritual realm this year, and this book helped me discard my own natural skepticism and take the first steps towards reclaiming a biblical worldview on the unseen realm.
  6. Larry Eskridge – Gods Forever Family
    A history of the Jesus people Movement, in which Calvary Chapel played a significant role. It’s always good to know where you came from, as that helps you see where you are and the direction you’re headed! I was struck at how messy these “glory days” really were.
  7. Phil Metzger – A Story of Grace (my review)
    An encouraging in-house history of Calvary Chapel churches in Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary. Since I have spent some time in these places, it was great filling in the missing pieces in my experiences there, and to see more of what The Lord has been doing.
  8. Daniel Block – Obadiah (my review) / Kevin Youngblood – Jonah
    A great one-two punch from what looks to be a truly excellent commentary series.
  9. Michael Rydelnik – The Messianic Hope (my review)
    A great introduction to the various approaches for finding Jesus in the OT, and a powerful appeal to adopt the direct prophecy approach.
  10. Andrew Wilson – Unbreakable (my review)
    A short and sweet study on Jesus’ opinion of the Bible, and how that should inform our own.

Stay tuned for our regular programming in 2015!