Top Ten Books of 2012
Here are my top ten reads of 2012.
Kingdom Through Covenant, by Steve Wellum and Peter Gentry. Both of these men heavily influenced me in seminary. Their new position is called progressive-covenantalism. The most important chapters are the first three and the last two.
The Hole In Our Holiness, by Kevin DeYoung. This is a concise and practical book on holiness. DeYoung never divorces holiness from the gospel; and despite its short length, he manages to cover the topic of holiness quite well.
Dangerous Calling, by Paul Tripp. A challenging book to read; not from a literary standpoint, but from a pastoral standpoint. Tripp holds nothing back in his book. I found myself agreeing and lamenting throughout this book.
Everyday Church, by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. A follow-up to Total Church; Chester and Timmis exposit 1 Peter and lay out how the church is a community on mission. A lot of good and practical stuff in this book.
Christ-Centered Biblical Theology, by Graeme Goldsworthy. Although discernible in his past works, Goldsworthy has finally put together a volume in which he lays out his hermeneutical method. A very helpful book for thinking through issues of typology.
Church Membership, by Jonathan Leeman. A sorely needed book. Leeman manages to pack a lot into a little book. He uncovers the reasons why people object to membership, lays out the biblical reasons for it, and provides a lot of good practical stuff on membership.
Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets, eds., Mark Boda and J. Gordon McConville. This is the final volume of the IVP OT Dictionary Series. Many solid contributors and an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the OT prophets.
Gospel-Centered Discipleship, by Jonathan Dodson. Although this book is an expansion of his previous shorter work, Fight Clubs; Dodson identifies well the problems with most “models” of discipleship and provides some real depth and clarity to the topic.
Creature of the Word, by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger. This is a really helpful book on how the gospel must shape the theology, philosophy, and practice of the church. This is not just a book for church leaders, but all Christians.
Center Church, by Tim Keller. The format of the book is like a textbook, but it is far from boring. Keller lays out various dynamics of how to minister as a church in a post-Christian context. Although Keller serves in an urban context, the book is helpful for all.