Tag: Devotional Books

The Importance of Devotional Reading for Pastors and Theologians

As a pastor, I make theological reading a priority. The truth contained in these books informs my teaching and writing, undergirds and permeates my counseling, and enables me to discern harmful doctrinal trends that may be influencing my people and the greater church.

Earlier this year I read The Holy Trinity by Robert Letham and Inerrancy and the Gospels Vern Poythress. These were followed by Ladd’s The Blessed HopeBiblical Hermeneutics: Five Viewsedited by Stanley Porter and Beth Stovall and The Pastor-Theologian by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson. I am currently reading  Sam Storms’ treatise on amillennialism, Kingdom Come and just finished Steve Wellum’s excellent book in the Five Solas series, Christ Alone. I also recently finished Barrett’s book in the same series, God’s Word Alone as well as Trueman’s Grace Alone. Peter Gentry’s little book Reading and Understanding the Biblical Prophets was helpful, and I am looking forward to tackling Matt Waymeyer’s response to amillennialism, Amillennialism and the Age to Come in the near future (no pun intended). Continue reading “The Importance of Devotional Reading for Pastors and Theologians”

23 Quotes from J.C. Ryle's 'Holiness'

Ryle - Holiness

Over the years I’ve found it helpful to read devotional books along with my daily reading of Scripture. By “devotional” I am not referring to books that focus on the emotional aspects of the Christian faith at the expense of clear thinking and theological substance. For whatever reason, the term “devotional” when used with reference to books or Bible reading has become synonymous with superficiality and doctrinal indifference. This trend is unfortunate because Scripture (and church history) shows that the height of our affections soar in proportion to the depth of our understanding of biblical truth. For me, “devotional” does not preclude doctrine, it demands it. Continue reading “23 Quotes from J.C. Ryle's 'Holiness'”