Recommended Reading

Here is a list of Christ-centered and gospel-saturated resources that I have found helpful.


Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck, Why We Love the Church.

Timothy Witmer, The Shepherd Leader.

Michael Emlet, CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet.

Michael Lawrence, Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church.

Colin Marshall & Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine.

R. J. Gibson, ed., Interpreting God’s Plan: Biblical Theology and the Pastor.

Mark Dever, The Deliberate Church.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile, What Is a Healthy Church Member?

Paul Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.

Tim Chester, Total Church.

D. A. Carson, The Cross and Christian Ministry.


Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer.

Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace.

__________, The Gospel for Real Life.

__________, The Bookends of the Christian Life.

C. J. Mahaney, Living the Cross-Centered Life.

__________, Humility.

Tim Lane & Paul Tripp, How People Change.

Greg Gilbert, What is the Gospel.

Sinclair Ferguson, The Christian Life.

Paul Miller, A Praying Life.

Elyse Fitzpatrick, Because He Loves Me.

Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say I Do.

Biblical Theology

D. A. Carson, The God Who Is There.

Graeme Goldsworthy, According to Plan.

__________, The Goldsworthy Trilogy.

T. Desmond Alexander, From Eden to the New Jerusalem.

__________, The Servant King.

Vaughn Roberts, God’s Big Picture.

Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, The Drama of Scripture.

Mark Strom, The Symphony of Scripture.

Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology.

Herman Ridderbos, The Coming of the Kingdom.

O. Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants.

Michael D. Williams, As Far as the Curse is Found.

David Helm, The Big Picture Story Bible (for kids).

Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible (for kids).


Dennis Johnson, Him We Proclaim.

Graeme Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture.

Sidney Greidanus, Preaching Christ From the Old Testament.

Edmund Clowney, Preaching and Biblical Theology.

__________, Preaching Christ in All the Scripture.

Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching.

Old Testament

Peter Leithart, A House for My Name.

Charles Drew, Ancient Love Song: Finding Christ in the Old Testament.

Stephen Dempster, Dominion to Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible.

William Dumbrell, Covenant to Creation: A Theology of the Old Covenants.

__________, The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament.

Edmund Clowney, The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament.

Gareth Crossley, The Old Testament Explained and Applied.

Vern Poythress, The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses.

O. Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Prophets.

T. Desmond Alexander, From Paradise to Promised Land.

Christian Theology

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics (4 Volumes).

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology.

John Frame, Salvation Belongs to the Lord.

__________, A Theology of Lordship (4 Volumes).

D. A. Carson, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God.

Peter Lewis, The Message of the Living God.

J. I. Packer, Concise Theology.

Peter Jensen, The Revelation of God.


John Reisinger, Abraham’s Four Seeds.

Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.

Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton, Let the Reader Understand.

D. A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies.

Graeme Goldsworthy, Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics.

  1. Carlo Saulzallido
    December 27, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    Hi there, out of curiosity, have you ever consulted any works by the late Prof. Meredith G. Kline?

  2. Chad
    December 28, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Yes, I do have Kline on the list above. There are many other excellent books by Kline that I have not put on the list, but are worth reading. I tried to keep this list geared toward an introduction to BT and related topics.

  3. Carlo Saulzallido
    December 28, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Sorry about that, and thanks for the clarification đŸ™‚

  4. January 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Chad. I was looking through your site and thought I would suggest these books for your list. they were helpful to me at variuos points of the BT journey:
    Richard Gaffin, Resurrection & redemption
    Richard Gaffin, Perspectives on Pentecost
    Richard Gaffin, By faith, Not By sight
    Greidanus, Sola Scriptura
    c. Trimp, Preaching and the History of Salvation
    Derke Bergsma, Redemption: The Triumph of God’s Great Plan
    Howard Griffith & John Muether, Creator, Redeemer, Consummator: A Festschrift for Meredith G. Kline
    Theophilus J. herter, The Abrahamic Covenant in the Gospels
    William D. Dennison, Paul’s Two-Age Construction and Apologetic
    Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit
    Ned Stonehouse, Witness of the Synopic Gospels to Christ
    Oscar Cullmann, Christ and Time
    Oscar Cullmann, Salvation in History
    Leonard Goppelt, Typos
    Andrew Lincoln, Paradise Now and Not Yet

  5. Cari Rasmussen
    March 3, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Hey Chad. Thanks for the resources. I was wondering about your opinion on the Jesus Storybook Bible for kids. I see you have it listed, but have you read through it? We just finished it with our kids and found that we were uncomfortable with some of the details the author chose to add to the stories as well as how she portrays a few of the stories. In a nutshell, she tends to dance around man’s responsibility for sin and almost paints as a mere obstacle that God has to “figure out” a plan for in order to “win His people back” (her words). I think there are many redeemable aspects of this book and my kids really loved it. It’s just that Matt and I often found ourselves rephrasing things on the fly (as we were reading out loud) so as to be faithful to the Biblical accounts. Really, all I’m asking is for someone else’s take on this. If I need to lighten up, then please tell me. Thanks for your insight!

  6. March 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm


    Yes, I hear your concerns. There are some liberties taken with the stories at times. Obviously, I don’t know her intent with some of her language, but when it comes to “win his people back,” I think she is emphasizing the categories of God’s people, place, and rule and how God is going to restore each of those “categories” unto himself. Although, I found her book helpful, I prefer Helm’s book, “The Big Picture Story Bible.” It is also listed above.

  7. Joseph Kelly
    August 19, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Terence Fretheim, God and World: A Relational Theology of Creation
    Walter Brueggemann, Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy
    Jon Levenson, Sinai & Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible
    James Barr, The Concept of Biblical Theology: An Old Testament Perspective
    James Mead, Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes
    Leo Perdue, Reconstructing Old Testament Theology: After the Collapse of History

    You list is a fine one. It is, however, one sided. Some of the above books could help.

  8. Chad
    August 19, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Hi Joseph. Thanks for the suggestions. I am aware of many of those authors you cite and while they do make a contribution to the overall study of Biblical Theology, my aim with the list is to recommend books that specifically approach BT from a Reformed RH perspective.

  9. Joseph Kelly
    August 19, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Mead’s book is the first comprehensive survey of the entire field of Biblical Theology in thirty years. He includes the discussions taking place in Reformed, RH approaches to the field and would fit well in your list.

  10. Ken
    October 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I see you haven’t included the Bible as a reference? Interesting how many graduate ministers/pastors are always reading books about the Bible but seldom the Bible itself. In fact their sermons often display their ignorance of the word; sad really as they are supposed to be shepherds of the flock. Didn’t Jesus say “–the Spirit— will guide you into all truth”

  11. Chad
    October 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Ken, thanks for visiting my blog. In my mind reading, studying, and praying through the Scriptures is a given. These are simply resources that have encouraged me in my Christian life. I think you’re making a big leap when you equate a list of recommend resources as ignoring or minimizing Bible reading.

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