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Recommended Reading

Pastor Care's Recommendations


Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion
by Richard J. Foster and Gayle D. Beebe

The Imitation of Christ
by Thomas A Kempis

Justice, Mercy and Humility
by Tim Chester
Justice, Mercy and Humility explores the challenge of integral mission among the poor today. It locates the Christian response within a world of alternatives — alternatives at the macrolevel of policies and advocacy, and the microlevel of lifestyle, and affirms the need to integrate ourselves within a total missional response to the poor. Combing case studies from around the world with Jesus' own teaching and ministry, the book considers what it means for the church to be a countercultural ministry, and in doing so raises new questions about what it means to be church.

Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger
by Ronald J. Sider
Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger is written for our times, when every day more than 34,000 children die of starvation and preventable diseases, and 1. 3 billion human beings live in relentless, unrelieved poverty worldwide. In Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger, Sider explains that poverty is the result of complex causes, and then he presents practical things that Christians can do to change the reality.
Let the Nations Be Glad
by John Piper
Piper draws on key biblical texts to show that worship is the ultimate goal of the church, and that proper worship fuels missions. The author addresses the role of prayer and the issues of universalism and annihilation, then reviews the incentives of sovereign grace for world evangelism, and the urgency of reaching unreached peoples.

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
by Shane Claiborne
Claiborne is insightful on the huge U.S. cultural and economic divide: the problem isn't that wealthy Christians don't care about the poor, he says, it's that they simply don't know the poor. A moving, often humorous account of a life of faith lived to the fullest.



Basic Apologetics

Mere Christianity ...........................................C.S. Lewis
Basic Christianity ...........................................John Stott
The Case for Christ .........................................Lee Strobel
Why I am a Christian.......................................Norman Geisler, Paul Hoffman
Examine the Evidence...................................... Ralph Muncaster
Evidence for Christianity................................... Josh McDowell
Without a Doubt..............................................Kenneth Samples

References

Handbook of Christian Apologetics.......................Norman Geisler
New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics...................W.C. Campbell, Gavin McGrath

Evolution/Intelligent Design

Darwin on Trial................................................ Phillip E. Johnson
By Design or by Chance.......................................Denyse O'Leary
Dismantling Evolution..........................................Ralph Muncaster
The Creator and the Cosmos...................................Hugh Ross
The Privileged Planet...........................................Guillermo Gonzalez, Jay Richards
The Design Revolution......................................... William Dembski
Signs of Intelligence.............................................Willian Dembski, James Kushiner
Icons of Evolution................................................Jonathan Wells

Biblical Studies

General Introduction to the Bible...............................Norman Geisler, William Nix
How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth......................Gordon Fee, Douglas Stuart
What the Bible is All About......................................Harriet Mears
Making Sense of the Old Testament.............................Tremper Longman
On the Reliability of the Old Testament........................Kenneth Kitchen
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels........................Craig Blomberg
The Canon of the New Testament................................Bruce Metzger
New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable...............F.F. Bruce
Can we Trust the Gospels?.....................................................Mark Roberts

References

Where to Find It in the Bible.....................................Ken Anderson
Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties......................Gleason Archer
The Origin of the Bible............................................Philip Comfort

The Historical Jesus

The Historical Jesus................................................Gary Habermas
Is Jesus the Only Savior?.........................................................Ronald Nash
Jesus Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?.........................................William Land Craig
The Resurrection of the Son of God...............................N.T.Wright
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah..........................Alfred Edersheim
Jesus Under Fire.......................................................Michael Wilkins, J.P.Moreland
The Battle for the Resurrection......................................Norman Geisler

Christian Worldview

Unshakable Foundations..........................................Norman Geisler, Peter Bocchino
The Complete Works of C.S.Lewis..............................C.S.Lewis
How Should We Then Live?...................................................Francis Schaeffer
Orthodoxy............................................................G.K .Chesterton
Introducing Christian Doctrine.....................................Millard Erickson
Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine.......................H. Wayne House
Lesslie Newbigin, Gospel in Pluralist Society

The Christian Mind

Love Your God With All Your Mind..............................J.P.Moreland
What We Can't Not Know...........................................J.Budziszewski
Fit Bodies, Fat Minds..................................................Os Guiness
How Now Shall We Live?..........................................................Charles
Colson, Nancy Pearcey Total Truth................................................Nancy Pearcey
Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self Worship.................Paul Vitz
Relativism, Feet Planted in Thin Air.................................Greg Koukl, Francis Beckwith
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