Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pastor Vocab's Top 10 Most Influential Books

Pastor Vocab's Top 10 Most Influential Books 

I mainly include books that are, in some way, paradigm shakers - even if it's only one big idea I takeaway. My list has books that have strongly shaped the way I think about things; "big picture" books (no, not books with pictures).


1. The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John M. Frame
Good biblical introduction to epistemology and other philosophical issues, all from a theological persepective.


2. Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling
by Jay E. Adams
Sparked a revolution in pastoral care. Still the most plain, most straightforward, and most convicting introduction to biblical counseling.

3. Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper
Will ignite a passion for missions in the Christian's soul! Provides a biblical and God-centered view of missions and evangelism.

4. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
Clear, user-friendly and fun-to-navigate. A resource to turn to again and again. Fair, balanced, and based on Scripture.

5. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
by Gregory Koukl
Equips the Christian for wisdom and effectiveness in conversational evangelism. Learn how to ask questions to make people think about what they are saying.


6. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chappell
No other approach to preaching has influenced me as much as this one. Biblical, practical, pastoral, gospel-centered, and Christ-focused.

7. One Race, One Blood: A Biblical Answer to Racism by Ken Ham and A. Charles Ware
Genesis, creation, history, Adam and Eve, the imago dei, DNA, biblical anthroplogy and more - this book brings it all to bear on the question of racism, unity, and humanity.

8. Rhythms of Grace: How the Church's Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel by Mike Cosper
Why do we worship? How do we worship? How do we tie together creativity, church history, liturgical elements, and the gospel into our music and worship?

9. Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by J.P. Moreland
Challenges pastors, congregations and all Christians to take seriously the life of the mind in relationship to Christian discipleship, growth and our sanctification.

10. The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
This book shows how a skilled communicator can make important apologetic issues engaging and interesting for a wider audience. Covers all the basic categories about Jesus.

Note: 
I did not include Scripture in this list, as it stand in a different category altogether. The Bible has influenced me differently and more significantly than any book on the above list - by far.


Bonus Six:
  1. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper
  2. The Forgotten Trinity: Recovering the Heart of Christian Belief by James White
  3. Science and Grace: God's Reign in the Natural Sciences by Don Petcher and Tim Morris
  4. Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith by K. Scott Oliphint
  5. Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption For Christian Families and Churches by Russell D. Moore
  6. Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books by Michael J. Kruger
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Vocab Malone is Pastor of Teaching and Outreach at Roosevelt Community Church in downtown Phoenix.
Vocab has a Master’s Degree from Phoenix Seminary and is a Doctoral student at Talbot. He hosts Urban Theologian Radio and has more than a dozen recorded debates. He is married and has four children who have been adopted. Vocab performs hip hop/slam poetry, blending freestyle rapping with evangelism. His hobbies include reading (lots), coffee (lots), and enjoying geek culture (some).

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