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A Personal Theological Library

   These books will give you a powerful jumpstart on a personal journey to deeper biblical knowledge, theological understanding and spiritual growth.  Whether you’re studying to go into full-time ministry or you’re a seasoned preaching minister–this collection of biblical books would be a powerful asset to your library.

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(An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler.)

C.S. Lewis: This link takes you to a page dedicated to this insightful author.

Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning

Carl Ketcherside: The Twisted Scriptures


Cottrell: Baptism: What Does the Bible Say, and Does It Really Matter?

Cottrell: The History of Baptism

Miller: A Study on Baptism

Redick: Synecdoche and Salvation

Smith: 41 Reasons to be Baptisted

Survey of the Bible

John Haley: Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible - Addresses questions surrounding common misunderstandings of Scripture.  This book is essential for your personal library because it explains questionable passages, and helps answer skeptics' questions.

Henry Hampton Halley:  Halley's Bible Handbook

Joseph Hill:  Whole Bible Study Course

J.Sidlow Baxter: Explore The Book

          Vol. 1 Genesis to Joshua

          Vol. 2 Judges to Esther

          Vol. 3 Job to Lamentations

          Vol. 4 Ezekiel to Malachi

          Vol. 5 The Gospels

          Vol. 6 Acts to Revelation

Bible Study

Halley’s Bible Handbook – illustrations, maps and diagrams bring information to light making it more easily understood.

A.T. Robertson: Word Pictures in the New Testament – English translation from Greek with nuances and meanings explained.

Word Pictures In The New Testament Vol 1 Matthew-Mark

Word Pictures In The New Testament Vol 2 Luke

Word Pictures In The New Testament Vol 3 Acts

Word Pictures In The New Testament Vol 4 Epistles of Paul

Word Pictures In The New Testament Vol 5 John and Hebrews

      Word Pictures In The New Testament Vol 6 General Epistles and Revelation

Old Testament Study Resources

Robert Lowth: Lectures on the sacred poetry of the Hebrews

Charles A. Briggs: General Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture

George B. Gray: Forms of Hebrew Poetry

John T. Willis: The World and Literature of the Old Testament

John William McGarvey: Class Notes on Sacred History, Vol. I

John William McGarvey: Class Notes on Sacred History, Vol. II

New Testament study resources:

Gareth L. Reese, D.Min.




  2 Corinthians

  Paul's Prison Epistles

  Timothy and Titus


  James and 1,2,3 John

  1 & 2 Peter, Jude

Who is Joseph of Armiathea

Bethlehem College & Seminary: New Testament Survey

Bob Utley:  New Testament Survey



Rupert C. Foster: The Life of Christ

                        : The Destruction of Jerusalem [Matthew 24]

William B. Gulick: What Christ Taught, a Study in the Life of Christ

Harry Rimmer: TheMagnificence of Jesus

Frederick Edward Marsh:  The Resurrection of Christ: Fact or Fiction.

Alfred Edersheim:  The Life and Times of  Jesus the Messiah

Richard Halveson: The Timelessness of Jesus Christ

Seth Wilson: Learning from Jesus

Christian Evidence

Christian Living



John Foxe: Foxes Book of Martyrs  – Worth reading.

Isaac Errett: Our Position

Marian M. Davis

               How then Disciples Began and Grew

               The Restoration Movement of the 19th century

               First Principles

Lancelot Oliver: New Testament Christianity

Charles Dailey          

              1. Small American Movements.     

              2. The Campbells in Ireland.     

               3. The Campbells in America.    

               4. Four Great Lieutenants.     

               5. Stone-Campbell Connections.    

Frederick D. Kershner

          How to Promote Christian Union

          Vol. 01 - The Restoration Handbook

          Vol. 02 - The Restoration Handbook

          Vol. 03 - The Restoration Handbook

          Vol. 04 - The Restoration Handbook

Donald A. Nash: Why the churches of Christ/Christian Churches are not a denomination.

Z.T. Sweeney

     New Testament Christianity - Vol. 1

     New Testament Christianity - Vol. 2

     New Testament Christianity - Vol. 3

Lee Mason (Christian Restoration Association)

Roy Cogeill:  The New Testament Church (ACappella polemic)

Don DeWelt:  The Church in The Bible

W.L. Hayden:  Church Polity

T.W. Phillips:  The Church of Christ

R.B. Ryans:  New Testament Names

John H. Waddey:  Studies on the Restoration of New Testament Christianity


Why read debates?  Since we have NO fear of truth, debates usually allow us to see both sides of a controversary.  We then do our own study and research and reach our own conclussion.

J.J. Halley: Debates That Made History

Russell-White Debate - Charles Taze Russel debated the terms of salvation with Christian minister L.S. White.  The debate took place in Cincinnati in 1908. Some of the topics discusssed were the chance of repentance and salvation after death, whether the dead are conscious or unconscious, punishment of the wicked, the first resurrection, baptism for the remission of sins, and the second coming preceding the millennium.  If you are interesting in deepening your understanding of Jehovahs Witnesses, this is a must read.


Lee G. Tomlinson: Churches of Today in the Light of Scripture

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible by Robert Young - helps the reader to analyze more accurately the various uses of the original Hebrew and Greek words.

Strong’s Bible Concordance by James Strong. – necessary for your word study.

The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary – because you need it!

Wycliffe Dictionary of Theology

James Hastings:  A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing With Its' Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology

M.G. Easton: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

James Hastings: A Dictionary of the Bible

James Orr: International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

W.E. Vine: Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of OT and NT Words

Doctrinal Study

Jack Cottrell: The Faith Once for All: Bible Doctrine for Today. This is a fabulous systematic theology book.  The WebMaster HIGHLY recommends keeping it at hand for daily study.

Brian Jones: Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) A theologian reluctantly comes to accept the Biblical understanding of life removed from God’s presence.  Brother Jones was a student under Dr. Cottrell.  Order via Amazon Smile.

Louis Berkhof: Systematic Theology

James P. Boyce: Abstract of Systematic Theology – the premier handbook for Southern Baptists.  Boyce, a 19th century Baptist, [not to be confused with James Boice, the 20th century Presbyterian,] was an eminent Reformed Baptist theologian. His systematic theology is a standard for Baptist teaching in the Calvinistic tradition.

Benjamin Field: Handbook of Christian Theology (Benjamin Field, John C. Symons) - An Armenian counterpart of Boyce from the same time period.

Louis Gaussen: Theopneustia: The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures - This is Professor Gaussen’s brilliant discussion of God’s inspiring our Bible.

The Fundamentals

   Don’t let the name of this series throw you.  It is not the modern “Fundamental” movement, but rather a reasoned, moderate and rational statement of the basic of faith. The Fundamentals is a set of ninety doctrinal articles. It is widely considered to be the foundation of modern Christian Evangelicalism. Evangelical Christians can read them 100 years later and will welcome their approach to truth. From 1910 to 1916 they were distributed free of charge to churches in the United States, due to a grant from Milton and Lyman Stewart of Union Oil Company. In 1917 the Bible Institute of Los Angeles reprinted the set in four volumes under the editorship of Professor Doctor Reuben Archer Torrey.

          The Fundamentals - a testimony to the truth

                                        Vol. 1

                                            Vol. 2

                                              Vol. 3

                                                Vol. 4


Otis Gatewood: You Can do Personal Evangelism

Aniceto M. Sparagna: Practical and Doctrinal Suggestions of How to Win Catholics for Christ


Charles Baker:  The Book of Bible Geography of the Old and New Testaments

Lyman Coleman:  An Historical Text Book and Atlas of Biblical Geography

F. A. Cox:  The geography, topography, and natural history of Palestine

Thomas Hartwell Horne:  Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures:  Summary of Biblical Geography and Antiquities

Charles Foster Kent:  Biblical Geography and History

George H. Whitney:  Hand-Book of Bible Geography


What is Gnosticism?  Gnosticism is the most pervasive and popular alternatives to Christianity and is a Major Problem Facing the Church today!

Peter Jones: The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back: An Old Heresy for the New Age

Banner of Truth: Gnosticism

Douglas Groothuis: What is Gnosticism?

Craig Carter:   The New Gender Gnostics

Dr. Richard John Neuhaus says: “Modern Day gnosticism is the natural religion of Americans, including American Christians…Feel-good religion and spiritual pills to elevate our consciousness and enhance our sense of comfort with our presumably ‘real selves - these are American specialities of long standing.” [Quoted from Fleming Rutledge: The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ]


William Hersey Davis: Beginner's Grammar of the Greek New Testament

J. Gresham Machen:  New Testament Greek For Beginners

Eberhard Nestle - Nestle 1904 Greek New Testament

Westcott & Hort - Greek New Testament

Russell Cottrell: Start Learning Ancient Greek  


A. E. Cowley:  Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar

James Kennedy:  Introduction to Biblical Hebrew


(Hermeneutics is the interpretation of biblical texts.)

John William McGarvey: A Guide to Bible Study

Bob Utley:  Hermeneutics Textbook

Robert Young (1910): Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible

Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Peter H. Davids, F.F. Bruce, Manfred T. Brauch:  Hard Sayings of the Bible  

Thomas Tailor (1816): Christ Revealed: Or the Types and Shadows of Our Saviour in the Old Testament Opened and Explained

Milton Terry:  Biblical Hermeneutics

Clinton Lockhart (1915): Principles of Interpretation

Theological Position of Better Known authors - compiled by The Master’s Seminary.



(Homiletics are the principles of public preaching.)

Emil Brunner

      Sowing and Reaping

      Faith, Hope and Love

      I Believe in the Living God

Benjamin Keach

     An Exposition of the Parables

    Troplogia, or, Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible

H.W. Beecher: Yale Lectures on Preaching

Andrew W. Blackwood: Preaching from the Bible  

John Broadus:

         On The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons

         Lectures on the History of Preaching

David R. Breed: Preparing to Preach

Philipps Brooks:  Lectures on Preaching

Don DeWelt: If You Want To Preach

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones:  Preaching and Preachers

J. H. Jowett:  The Preacher His Life and Work

Harold E. Knott:  The Preparation of Sermons    

F.B. Meyer: Jottings and Hints for Lay Preachers

T. H. Scambler: The Art of Sermon Construction

A. T. Robertson: The Glory of the Ministry

Wilder Smith: Extempore Preaching

C.H. Spurgeon:: Lectures to My Students


Mysticism Exposed

Many truths of Scripture are being distorted by a philosophy that places experience and emotions above the inerrant Word of God.  This philosophy is called mysticism. Because mystics rely on subjective, private, spiritual experiences for guidance and wisdom, they diminish the authority of Scripture.  Visions and spiritual encounters become more important than the truths found in God's Word.  Unfortunately, this philosophy is having a profound impact on the Lord's church.  Here are some excellent resources to counter this pernicious philosophy.

Arthur L Johnson: Faith misguided, Exposing Mysticism

Mike Atnip: Herbology and Christianity


(Pneumatology focuses on the study of the Holy Spirit.

Excellent resources on the speaking in tongues phenomenon are…

Nathan W. Bingham: The Ultimate Cessationism Resource

Nathan Busenitz: Pentecostalism Compared to Patristic Fathers

Thomas R. Edgar:  The Cessation of the Sign Gifts

Archie Miller: Speaking in Tongues and Spiritual Gifts…What you need to know

Gareth Reese: Speaking in Tongues

B.B. Warfield: Miracles, Yesterday and Today: Counterfeit Miracles

Don DeWelt: The Power of the Holy Spirit (4 volumes)

          Volume 1

          Volume 2

          Volume 3

          Volume 4

H. Leo Boles: The Holy Spirit_His Personality, Nature, Works

Spiritual Warfare

We are in the fight of our lives, but watching Jeopardy or your favorite evening TV program, you might hardly feel in danger.

Ben Alexander: Exposing Satan’s Power is a Christian ministry dedicated to exposing the powers of Satan through the truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ESP is led by evangelist Ben Alexander, a former spiritualist medium. By exposing Satan's power and at the same time teaching the love of God, Ben has brought thousands into Christ with his message.

K. Neill Foster, PhD:  Dangers in the Deliverance Ministry.  Dr. Foster is a minister with The Christian and Missionary Alliance , with a Ph.D. From Fuller Theological Seminary.  Widely known among the C.M.A. as a professor, evangelist, and minister.

C.S. Lewis’ classic work: The Screwtape Letters

Study Methods

World Religions

Paul E. Cantrell:  A Brief Study of Comparative Religions


Personal devotion: