In one of the panel discussions at the 2011 Gospel Coalition Conference the speakers rifled off a number of recommended books. I have compiled a list of those books here.
The book in tribute to Don Carson is Understanding the Times; New Testament Studies in the 21st Century.
Helpful books on the theological discipline of preaching Christ in all of Scripture:
Sidney Greidanus, Sola Scriptura
Sidney Greidanus, the Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text
Graeme Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
Edmund Clowney, The Unfolding Mystery
Dennis Johnson, Him We Proclaim
A recommended commentary series that seeks to
Reformed Expository Commentary series
Helpful books from a pastoral angle on preaching Christ in all of Scripture:
Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace
Walter Marshall, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification
Samuel Bolton, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom
Tim Keller, The King’s Cross
Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods
Tim Keller, Prodigal God
Michael Williams, Far As the Curse is Found
John Piper’s 4 session preaching course from Re:Train is available at Desiring God, in video only (as far as I could find) which won’t be a problem unless you have an older iPod. This course was taught at Mars Hill Church in February 2010. Here is the course description:
The aim of this class is to strengthen the student’s confidence in the biblical centrality of preaching in the corporate life of the church, and to increase their ability to preach with biblical faithfulness, gospel-permeated exposition, Christ-exalting clarity, soulconverting power, culture-confronting courage, winsome humility, and love-producing effectiveness.
The Preacher as Prophet pt. 1 >>>
The Preacher as Prophet pt. 2 >>>
The Preacher as Prophet pt. 3 >>>
The Preacher as Prophet pt. 4 >>>
The syllabus >>>
Justin Taylor has posted what appears to be an exhaustive list of the Gospel Coalitions workshops and panel discussions.
TGC Workshops 2011 >>>
Carl Trueman and G K Beale joined forces at Desert Springs Church Clarus conference this year to speak about God’s speaking…in Scripture.
Trueman’s messages are:
The Prophetic Word: What Preaching Is (and Is Not)
Scripture’s Authority: An Ancient Doctrine
A Clear and Present Word: Luther and the Clarity of Scripture
Like Sheep Without a Shepherd
Beale’s messages are:
The Effects of Meditating on God’s Word
How to Guard the Good Deposit of Scripture
The Centrality of Scripture in Marriage
Receiving and Resounding God’s Word
Beale and Trueman also gathered for a panel discussion.
Clarus 2011 >>>
John Piper and Conrad Mbewe presented three messages and one Q&A to a pastors conference in Zambia. Piper’s messages were titled “Feel” and “Think”, two messages he has given at a previous Desiring God Pastors Conference, but nonetheless, wonderful to hear them again. And Conrad is an absolute pleasure to listen to, and his message “Christ and Him Crucified” is timeless.
Piper 2 Pastors >>>
Mark Dever, C. J. Mahaney, Darrin Patrick, and Dave Harvey gathered at Sovereign Grace’s PLANT Conference.
Plant! is about vision and action and ideas outside the box. Sovereign Grace Ministries is gathering church planting thinkers and doers from Acts 29, PCA, IX Marks, and the Southern Baptist Convention for conversation across the lines. It’s a conference, yes, but it’s so much more. Whatever your background, if you’re a church planter or ever hope to throw yourself into the mission of the gospel through church planting, you’ll love what you encounter at Plant!.
PLANT website >>>
PLANT Conf. Audio >>>
Daniel Hyde of Oceanside United Reformed Church has given a series of lectures on John Owen’s classic work, “The Mortification of Sin.” This is an incredibly important subject if we are to pursue lives of holiness, and Owen’s work is one of the best on the subject. If you wish to buy the book, the best edition is Kapic’s titled Overcoming Sin and Temptation.
Owen on Mortification of Sin >>>
Michael Reeves at the Theology Network has looked at the life and thought of Jonanthan Edwards in 4 messages. The messages are:
1. The Man and His Life
2. The Religious Affections
3. The History of the Work of Redemption
4. Edwards Theology of Everything.
If you’ve listened to Reeves before, you will know that his passion and knowledge of church history and it’s figures is incredibly engaging.
Introducing Jonathan Edwards >>>
Christian Audio is offering Tim Challies’ recently released book “The Next Story” for free download during the month of May.
Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this “instant message” culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.
In a manner that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:
• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?
Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.
The Next Story at Christian Audio >>>