I finished all the work related to my Master's of Divinity for Denver Seminary yesterday May 12. Now, all I have is to wait for commencement this coming Saturday May 15th. As I reflect on my time in seminary, I thought I would post a few book recommendations. First the top 10 assigned books, and then a second top 10 list of books read, but not assigned, during my time in seminary.
TOP TEN BOOKS ASSIGNED IN THE COMPLETION OF MY M.DIV DEGREE FROM DENVER SEMINARY (in no particular order):
1. Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by R. Kent and Barbara Hughes: a book that challenged me to be faithful, and trust any measure of success to come from God.
2. Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Second Edition by Craig L. Blomberg: a superb introduction to New Testament studies! The best part of it all is I took the class with Dr. Blomberg and not only enjoyed his teaching, but his personality and passion for the Lord.
3. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton: a simple book on how to make sure your walk with Christ is central to your ministry for Christ.
4. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman: a classic treatise on the dangers of living in a TV-image-driven, post-literary world.
5. Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice: Experiments in Spiritual Transformation by Dallas Willard: a book on what it really means to grow into Christ-likeness. This was another class in which i had the privilege of being taught by the author.
6. The Epistle to the Romans (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Douglas J. Moo: probably one of the best treatise of the greatest epistle ever written.
7. The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal, Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force .... by Rodney Stark: a fascinating sociological explanation on why Christianity was able to influence the pagan Roman Empire in deep and profound ways. It is also my opinion that the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ has the same potential today.
8. In The Shadow of Fame: A Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson by Sue Erickson Bloland: written by the daughter of the fame pscyhologist Erik Erikson, Bloland shows the dangerous effects of fame in a home. This is a must-read for every pastor in ministry.
9. Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George: a great history and theological guide to, in my opinion, the greatest centuries in Christian history since the Apostles walked the earth.
10. Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin: This short little book has a powerful punch on what it means to walk with Jesus in one's everyday life.