This is an annotated bibliography of the various texts and written works I have read and studied over the years.
Ashton, John, F. (2013). Evolution Impossible: 12 Reason Why Evolution Cannot Explain the Origin of Life on Earth. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
This is an excellent quick reference text for addressing issues related to non-believers acceptance of evolution as the answer to questions about the origin of life. It makes for an excellent starting point for those spreading the Gospel who need to be able to handle challenges skeptics may have based on evolution theory.
Behe, Michael, J. (2006). Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. New York, NY: Free Press.
An outstanding scholarly text addressing subject related to the theory of evolution and its flaws. Behe is referenced by many apologists and creationists in their arguments against the use of evolution as the creating mechanism of life. Makes for an excellent starting point in addressing challenges to Christian beliefs from the standpoint of evolution theory.
Blackaby, Henry, T., Blackaby, Melvin, D., & Blackaby, Norman, C. (2007). Encounters with God: Transforming Your Bible Study. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
This texts provides a short and useful guide to Bible study. It teaches sound Hermeneutical principles for ensuring proper study of the Bible.
Blanchard, Ken, & Hodges, Phil. (2003). The Servant Leader: Transforming Your heart, Head, Hands, & Habits. Nashville, TN: J. Countryman.
A short text that provides wonderful insight and Biblical guidance in forming one’s self into a servant leader. Makes for a regular read for the servant leader as a quick reference to keep one’s self in check.
Blomberg, Craig, L. (2009). Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd Edition. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group.
An excellent text providing exhaustive information on the Gospels. Makes for an excellent starting point for exegetical reference and sermon preparation.
Brisco, Thomas (1998). Holman Bible Atlas. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group.
A Bible Atlas which provides excellent information for proper historical context and geographical reference for study of the Bible.
Brooks, James, A. (1991). The New American Commentary: Mark. (Vol. 23). Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group.
An excellent Biblical Commentary on the Gospel of Mark. Excellent starting point for sermon preparation and exegetical reference.
Capes, David, B., Reeves, Rodney, & Richards, E. R. (2007). Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters, and Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
A reference text that provides a wealth of information regarding the historical context, cultural context, and other considerations in relation to the work of the Apostle Paul. Makes for a wonderful starting point in preparing sermons on the letters of Paul.
Cargal, Timothy, B., et. al. (2010). The Chronological Guide to the Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc.
Excellent, full color text that places the books of the Bible and the historical events in it in chronological order. It also provides tremendous insight on various difficult passages in the Bible from an archaeological perspective with several references to new discoveries that improve contextualization of the Bible to its origin.
Cederblom, Jerry, & Paulsen, David, W. (2012). Critical Reasoning: Understanding and Criticizing Arguments and Theories, Seventh Edition. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, CENGAGE Learning.
An excellent text on Critical Reasoning. This text greatly improved my comprehension and understanding of critically reviewing arguments presented by others. Though a secular text, the knowledge and practice it teaches is absolutely essential to the practice of Apologetics.
Comiskey, Joel (2008). Leadership Explosion: Multiplying Small Group Leaders to Reap the Harvest. Houston, TX: Touch publications.
A text on the development of a Small Group ministry that is focused on building leaders in the congregation. Another text I will be using to develop a Small Group ministry at the church God gives me to as pastor.
Crockett, Kent (2012). Pastor Abusers. Prattville, AL: Kent Crockett.
A text intended to provide support to Pastors facing trouble in a congregation. This makes for a wonderful guide to Pastors who want to be sure that they handle those who may be inciting actions against them from in their congregation.
Foreman, Mark, W. (2014). Prelude to Philosophy: An Introduction for Christians. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
This text makes for an excellent introduction to Philosophy for the Christian student. This text can be used as a reference for introducing young believers to philosophy and its use within the Christian worldview.
Foster, Richard J. (1988). Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row.
A wonderful guide to the spiritual life of a Christian. A text I will constantly reference in life to ensure I am maintaining my own personal spiritual discipline and will use to teach others the same.
Foster, Richard, J., & Griffin, Emilie (Eds.). (2000). Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
A collection of various literary works by a variety of authors regarding the twelve spiritual disciplines. Provides wonderful perspective and insight into the practice of the disciplines.
Geisler, Norman, L., & McCoy, Daniel, J. (2014). The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
This text provides guidance to the ultimate failure of atheist arguments against the existence of God and the Christian way of life. It is a brutally honest text that provides many references to multiple influential atheists that can aid the reader in understanding the atheist perspective. This text provides arguments for the Christian Apologist that address the root flaws of atheism.
Geisler, Norman, L., & Brooks, Ronald M. (2013). When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
This text makes for an excellent reference for any course in Apologetics. Utilizing this text as the source for developing a course on Apologetics for a congregation would be superb, and I plan on doing just that.
George, Carl, F. (1995). Prepare Your Church for the Future. Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell.
A book that provides an excellent resource for developing Small Group Ministries. The approach is practical and this text provides some great history to aid in understanding the development of a Small Group Ministry.
Gerkin, Charles, V. (1997). An Introduction to Pastoral Care. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
An academic text that provides a wealth of knowledge regarding the history and practice of Pastoral care. Excellent reference for the Pastor seeking knowledge on addressing specific issues faced by members of the congregation.
Guillen, Michael (1983). Bridges to Infinity. Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.
This text provides interesting perspective from the world of mathematics as it relates to questions about God and the Cosmos. It makes for truly interesting reading and can be an excellent source for preaching the Gospel to those with the gift for mathematics.
Gushee, David P., & Jackson, Walter, C. (Eds.) (1998). Preparing for Christian Ministry: An Evangelical Approach. Grand Rapids, MI: BridgePoint Books.
A collection of writings by various authors that provide guidance and spiritual support to the starting minister. This makes for a good resource in those times of uncertainty in ministry.
Harbin, Michael, A. (2005). The Promise and the Blessing. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Comprehensive survey of both the new and the old testaments. Great quick reference for historical and exegetical information when reviewing Bible passages for sermon development. Great starting point for further research.
Hodge, Bodie. (2014). Confound the Critics: Answers for Attacks on Biblical Truths. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
This text is a collection of the author’s responses to various emails he had received from both believers and non-believers challenging him in his faith. This book makes for an excellent reference to find arguments defending the Christian way of life to specific challenges.
––––––––––– (2013). Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
A wonderful perspective on the Tower of Babel and the historicity of the Biblical story of ancient history. While I do not agree with all of his points, the additional information he provides makes for an excellent reference for teaching the story to believers and non-believers.
Howe, Leroy. (2000). A Pastor in Every Pew: Equipping Laity for Pastoral Care. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press.
This text provides wonderful guidance in developing a program to raise up members of the congregations as pastoral care-givers. I will be using this to develop such a course for the congregation God gives me to in the future.
Icenogle, Gareth, W. (1994). Biblical Foundations For Small Group Ministry: An Integrational Approach. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
An extensive, scholarly review of Small Group ministry with tons of information about the growth of churches through a variety of Small Group like ministry programs. A great resource for looking for fresh ideas and perspective in developing and sustaining a Small Group ministry.
Jones, Kirk, B. (2001). Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and other Caregivers. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press.
A Self-Care text that provides guidance on sustaining one’s spiritual strength and well-being while meeting the duties and obligations of a Pastor. A good book to read through during times of feeling overly stressed and in need of healing.
Keller, Timothy. (2008). The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.
This text provides extensive information related to the issues surrounding Christian beliefs and the atheist arguments and perspectives regarding them. The text is comprehensive and well detailed and makes for an excellent source of knowledge in preparing arguments for addressing questions of non-believers when attempting to minister and spread the Gospel to them.
Klein, William, W. (2004). Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Excellent guide to interpreting the Bible. Provides guidance to sound hermeneutics for each of the literary types in the Bible, making it a wonderful standard of measure for sermon development.
Koukl, Gregory. (2009). Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
This text provides approaches to handling challenges to the Christian way of life. It provides a variety of considerations in responding to questions and accusations about our faith and makes for an excellent reference in preparing for a debate or discussion with a non-believer to aid in bringing the Gospel to them.
Lapin, Daniel (2010). Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
A wonderful book to find Biblical inspiration and guidance in living a professional life. This text provides excellent guidance in developing a Biblical strategy to improving your well-being and growing your wealth.
––––––––––– & Lapin, Susan. (2012). Buried Treasure: Secrets for Living from the Lord’s Language. Mercer Island, WA: Lifecodex Publishing, LLC.
An excellent resource for a deeper understanding of Hebrew words from Genesis. I found this text to be very informative and supportive of the Christian message.
Lewis, Clive, S. (2002). The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
The collected works of C.S. Lewis make for wonderful inspirational literature and provides insight into Christian Apologetics. C.S. Lewis’ arguments remain strong to this very day and he is a man with whom I share a kindred spirit given our similarities both in background and life experience. Excellent resource for finding the answers to challenging spiritual questions.
Malphurs, Aubrey. (2007). A New Kind of Church: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
This text provides a helpful analysis and thought provoking perspective on the way ministry is conducted in modern times. This text would make for an excellent resource for the church undergoing a need for change to how it is organized and structured.
McGrath, Alister, E. (2011). Christian Theology: An Introduction, 5th edition. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
A comprehensive review of Christian Theology. Well referenced and filled with historical background and context of each of the major doctrines with the names of the major Theologians of Church history.
Morton, Scott. (2007). Funding Your Ministry: An In-depth, Biblical Guide for Successfully Raising Personal Support. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
A wonderful resource for information and guidance in funding a ministry. This book is focused on personal support for personal ministry, but its practices are helpful for any type of ministry.
Mulder, Karen, & Jurries, Ginger (2006). The Compassionate Congregation: A handbook for People Who Care. Grand Rapids, MI: Faith Alive Christian Resources.
An excellent reference text for care-givers in the ministry. This text would make for a great source text in providing education and training to active ministers focused on providing spiritual care to members of the congregation.
Muller, Wayne (1999). Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives. New York, NY: Bantam Books.
A personal devotional style text that provides spiritual guidance in finding rest through the practice of the Sabbath day.
Noll, Mark, A. (2012). Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, 3rd Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Review of Church history with a focus on the major events which defined the starting points of each period. Excellent quick reference for addressing subjects related to the history of the church.
Northouse, Peter, G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
An incredibly well done compilation of research and study into Leadership. Though a secular text, the knowledge that can be gained from it about leadership can aid in understanding the Biblical view of Servant Leadership. A great reference for Church leaders.
Ogden, Greg. (2003). Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
A wonderful text on the history of the church since the reformation with a focus on removing the hierarchical view of ministry. This text makes for a great reference to aid ministers in ensuring that power and authority in a congregation is not becoming centralized in the staff, and that all members know their great value and worth as ministers, co-equal with their pastors.
Oswald, Roy, M. (1997). Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, Inc.
A text that provides a collection of strategies and practices that can be utilized to balance one’s life between family, ministry work, and personal time. Another good text to reference when you need to figure out a way to balance your day to day life.
Qureshi, Nabeel. (2016). No God but One: Allah or Jesus? Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
This text is a wonderful work that introduces the perspective of a man who started as a Muslim but came to Christ. He provides the arguments and evidence that compelled him to deny the religion of Islam and that convicted him of the truth of Christianity. An excellent text to reference when preaching the Gospel to those of the Islamic persuasion.
Rima, Samuel, D. (2000). Leading from the Inside Out: The Art of Self-Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
This text provides information and practical knowledge for the growing leader. It makes for an excellent reference for keeping one’s self in check while in a leadership position.
Searcy, Nelson, & Thomas, Kerrick. (1996). Activate: An Entirely new Approach to Small Groups. Ventura, CA: Regal.
A text that provides another method or approach to leading a Small Group ministry. Provides interesting perspective and alternative approach to Small Groups should an active approach be failing.
Stanley, Paul, D., & Clinton, Robert, J. (1992). Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
A wonderful book on mentoring. This text would be a helpful handout to give to anyone seeking to be mentored or whom you may be mentoring. It is also a good reference to guide both a mentor and mentoree in their mentoring relationship.
Towns, Elmer (2007). Core Christianity: What Christianity is All About. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.
A simple and straightforward introduction to the nature of the Christian way of life and system of beliefs. Makes for an excellent book to hand over to a new believer to aid them in starting their journey in Christ.
Wagner, Glenn, E. (1999). Escape from Church, Inc.: The Return of the Pastor-Shepherd. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
A wonderful text providing insight and knowledge on the concept of the Pastor-Shepherd model. An excellent reference and resource for the pastor needing to ensure he is staying on track with God’s will for his shepherds.
Wiersbe, Warren, W. (2000). Real Worship. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
A guide to understanding the nature and ways of Biblical worship. This makes for an excellent read for those times where a Pastor may need to assess his leadership of worship in his congregation.
_____________ (2007). On Being a Servant of God, Revised Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
A great collection of inspirational writings by Wiersbe for the active minister. A good regular read to help keep one’s self in check and to ensure you are staying humble to your work for the Lord.
Wilkes, Gene, C. (1998). Jesus on Leadership. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale house Publishers, Inc.
A text that provides Biblical guidance on servant leadership with a focus on the example of Jesus. Another regular read for the active ministry leader who would like to ensure they are keeping themselves true to the Biblical model of leadership.