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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 a seasoned preaching minister, studying to go into ministry, or eager to deepen your discipleship, this collection of biblical books would be a powerful asset to your library.
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C.S. Lewis: This link takes you to a page dedicated to this insightful author.
Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
Carl Ketcherside: Dedicated his latter life to the unity of the Restoration Movement.
Mortimer Adler: How to Read A Book
Lloyd C. Douglas: His books brought thousands to a life in Christ.
Charles W. Bennett: Christian Archaeology
Cottrell: The History of Baptism
Miller: A Study on Baptism
Redick: Synecdoche and Salvation
Smith: 41 Reasons to be Baptised
Halley’s Bible Handbook , 25th Edition. Numerous maps and diagrams bring information to light making the bible more easily understood.
A.T. Robertson: Word Pictures in the New Testament – English translation from Greek with nuances and meanings explained. These six volumes were published between 1947 and 1955, and took nearly a decade to complete.
E.M. Zerr: Bible Commentaries. Edward Michael Zerr’s commentaries were considered so worth while, that Carl Ketcherside at his own expense paid to have them published. Zerr comments in the preface “The only book which we recommend without reservation is the Bible! But Bible commentaries, when viewed merely as the results of many years of study by scholarly men, can be very helpful to one.”
Old Testament Study Resources
Charles A. Briggs: General Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture
George B. Gray: Forms of Hebrew Poetry
Isaac Leeser: Leeser's 1853 Jewish Translation. Isaac Leeser’s translation of the Jewish scriptures from the Massoretic tradition served as the definitive translation for half a century. Translated by the nineteenth century’s preeminent Jewish scholar, this 1853 edition of the Jewish Scriptures was the first to be published in English. The culmination of a lifetime of scholarly work in the Hebrew Scriptures, Leeser’s work is a highly valuable historical and scholarly resource for serious Bible students.
Robert Lowth: Lectures on the sacred poetry of the Hebrews
John William McGarvey: Class Notes on Sacred History, Vol. I
John T. Willis: The World and Literature of the Old Testament
New Testament study resources:
Samuel Davidson: An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament
Bethlehem College & Seminary: New Testament Survey
Bob Utley: New Testament Survey
Patrick Fairbairn: The Typology of Scripture
Survey of the Bible
John W. Haley: Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible -
Henry H. Halley: Halley's Bible Handbook– see also under Bible Study.
Joseph Hill: Whole Bible Study Course
J.Sidlow Baxter: Explore The Book
Jack Cottrell: The Divinity of Jesus the Christ
Rupert C. Foster: The Life of Christ
William B. Gulick: What Christ Taught, a Study in the Life of Christ
Jessee R Kellems: The Deity 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
See under Apologetics
A.W. Tozer: Knowledge of The Holy
Corrie ten Boom: The Hiding Place-
John Foxe: Foxes Book of Martyrs – Worth reading.
Isaac Errett: Our Position
Marian M. Davis
Lancelot Oliver: New Testament Christianity
Frederick D. Kershner
Donald A. Nash: Why the churches of Christ/Christian Churches are not a denomination.
Lee Mason (Christian Restoration Association)
Don DeWelt: The Church in The Bible
W.L. Hayden: Church Polity
T.W. Phillips: The Church of Christ
James Bannerman: (Free church of Scotland)
The Church of Christ vol 1
The Church of Christ vol 2
Roy Cogeill: The New Testament Church (ACappella)
Edward Arthur Litton: The church of Christ (Anglican)
R.B. Ryans: New Testament Names
John H. Waddey: Studies on the Restoration of New Testament Christianity
Lesslie Newbigin: Household of God (Anglican)
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
George M. Elliott and N.W.Kauble: Debate on Seventh Day
Alexander Campbell and John Walker: Debate on Christian Baptism (1820)
Alexander Campbell and Robert Owen: The Evidences of Christianity, A Debate (1829)
Alexander Campbell and John B. Purcell: A Debate on the Roman Catholic Religion (1837)
Alexander Campbell and D. Skinner: Discussion on Universalism (1837-
Alexander Campbell and W. L. MacCalla: Christian Baptism (1842)
Alexander Campbell and N. L. Rice: Design and administrator of baptism (1857)
James D. Bales and Woolsey Teller: The Existence of God (1947)
Otis Gatewood and Kenneth Farnsworth: Debate on "Mormonism" (1942)
Perry B. Cotham and Peter John: Debate on Miracles Today (1989)
J. R. Bradley and Archie Brown: Can the Sinner do Anything to be Saved (1903)
Benjamin Franklin and Joe Hume: Total Hereditary Depravity (1853)
Benjamin Franklin and James Matthews: Predestination and the Foreknowledge of God (1852)
Lee G. Tomlinson: Churches of Today in the Light of Scripture
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible by Robert Young -
Strong’s Bible Concordance by James Strong. – necessary for your word study.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary – because you need it!
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
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) -
Louis Gaussen: Theopneustia: The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures -
Edgar Young Mullens: The Christian Religion in Its Doctrinal Expression. Mullins was one of the most influential Baptist theologians of the twentieth century
The Fundamentals -
Don’t let the name of this series throw you. It is not the modern “Fundamentalistic” 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 (BIOLA) reprinted the set in four volumes under the editorship of Professor Reuben Archer Torrey.
Horatius Bonar: Words to Winners of Souls
Otis Gatewood: You Can do Personal Evangelism
Aniceto M. Sparagna: Practical and Doctrinal Suggestions of How to Win Catholics for Christ
Jesse R. Kellems: New Testament Evangelism
Paul Chitwood:Dissertation -
Charles Baker: The Book of Bible Geography of the Old and New Testaments
Lyman Coleman: An Historical Text Book and Atlas of Biblical Geography
Charles Foster Kent: Biblical Geography and History
George A. Smith: The Historical Geography of the Holy Land
George H. Whitney: Hand-
(Hermeneutics is the interpretation of biblical texts.)
Mark Moore: Principles of Interpretation
Rick Warren: Bible Study Methods -
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
Milton Terry: Biblical Hermeneutics
Clinton Lockhart (1915): Principles of Interpretation
Theological Position of Better Known Authors -
Dallas Burdette: Old Texts Through New Eyes
The Pilgrimage of Etheria: Etheria or Aetheria was a woman, widely regarded to be the author of a detailed account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This fourth century (A.D.) narrative of a Christian pilgrimage is the earliest such text which survives to us. It is an important source of information about early Christian practices.
The Pagan Religions that Influenced Augustine
Scholars have identified the pagan religions that influenced Augustine as Stocism, Neoplatonism, and Gnostic Manichaeism, all of which are extremely deterministic philosophies, opposed to “free will.” He spent years personally involved with these three extremely deterministic philosophies. Augustine changed the previous 400 years of church hermeneutics.
Augustine was deeply impacted by the pagan religion of Stocism. Augustine’s first work, in 386 AD, On Providence teaches Stocism.
Hendrik F. Stander: STOICISM
What is Gnosticism? Gnosticism is the most pervasive and popular alternatives to Christianity and is a Major Problem Facing the Church today! It undergirded the later Augustine (after 412 AD).
Roger Chamers, Ph.D.: Christianity and the Cults
Irenaeus: Against Heresies Complete -
Voddie Bacham: Ethnic Gnosticism
Banner of Truth: Gnosticism
Douglas Groothuis: What is Gnosticism?
Dr. Richard John Neuhaus says: “Modern Day gnosticism is the natural religion of Americans, including American Christians…Feel-
Pheme Perkins: Gnosticism
James W. Sire: Scripture Twisting. How often have you encountered some bizarre doctrine only to be stunned to hear a Bible verse quoted to support it? Dr. Sire gives 20 ways cults distort Scripute
: The Universe Next Door. As is stated in the preface: “I am convinced that for any of us to be fully conscious intellectually we should not only be able to detect the worldviews of others but be aware of our own – why it is ours and why, in light of so many options, we think it is true.”
: Naming the Elephant. The Universe Next Door has always lacked a complete definition of “worldview” and a thorough study of that concept itself. Sire writes Naming the Elephant, in an effort to fill this gap.
Augustine was deeply impacted by the pagan religion of neoplatonism.
Robert Berchman: Neoplatonism
Augustine was deeply impacted by the pagan religion of Manichaeism. He was involved with it for some ten years, and studied it deeply. It was Manichaeism that formed his theology that changed the teaching of the previous four hundred years.
Pheme Perkins: Manichaeism
(Homiletics Is that branch of theology which treats of homilies or sermons.)
Irenaeus: Proof Of The Apostolic Preaching. 2nd century defense of the Gospel
H.W. Beecher: Yale Lectures on Preaching
Daniel I. Block: Preaching Old Testament Apocalyptic to a New Testament Church
Andrew W. Blackwood: Preaching from the Bible
David R. Breed: Preparing to Preach
Philipps Brooks: Lectures on Preaching
Don DeWelt: If You Want To Preach
David Martyn Lloyd-
J. H. Jowett: The Preacher His Life and Work
Harold E. Knott: The Preparation of Sermons
John W. McGarvey: Broadway Church Sermons
Archibald McLean: Alexander Campbell as a Preacher_A Study
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
Floyd D. Shafer: And Preach As You Go
Wilder Smith: Extempore Preaching
C.H. Spurgeon:: Lectures to My Students
Ely V. Zollars: The Great Salvation
Mysticism & Mythology
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
William S. Fox: Greek and Roman [Mythology]
Conyers Middleton: Free Inquiry into Miraculous Powers
Prayer and Personal Devotions
Thomas aKempis: of the Imitation of Christ
E.M. Bounds. Edward McKendree Bounds, (August 15, 1835 – August 24,1913), was an American author, attorney, and minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is known for writing 11 books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer. E.M. Bounds did not support slavery. But, because he was a pastor at a congregation in the recently formed Methodist Episcopal Church South, his name was included in a list of 250 names who were to take an oath of allegiance and post a $500 bond. Edward saw no reason for a U.S. Citizen to take such an oath, he was morally opposed to the Union raising funds in this way, and he didn't have the $500. Bounds and the others on the list were arrested in 1861 by Union troops, and Bounds was charged as a onfederate sympathizer. He was held with other non-
Kent D. Berghuis, Ph. D. (Dissertation) -
J.H. Garrison: Alone With God. Subtitled “A Manal for Devotions.” He entered Abingdon College in 1865. Took the four years' course in three years and graduated in 1868. One week after graduation he married Judith Elizabeth Garrett, who graduated in the same class with him. At college he identified himself with the Disciples having been a member of the Baptist church since early boyhood. In 1869 he began his editorial career with J. C. Reynolds, on "The Gospel Echo"-
J. Gilcrist Lawson: Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians
Warren Wiersbe: 50 People Every Christian Should Know. Learning from spiritual giants. It pleases me that there is still an interest in Christian biography. One of the goals in my writing ministry has been to encourage Christians—especially pastors—to “dig again the old wells” (see Gen. 26:18) and get acquainted with the godly leaders of the past who kept the light shining long before we were ever on the scene. I have heard from people in different parts of the world who have read these studies and been helped by them. Many of my readers have especially appreciated the bibliographical information and have searched for these forgotten books. I hope they found them!
(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
A.L. 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)
H. Leo Boles: The Holy Spirit_His Personality, Nature, Works
R.A. Torrey: Is the Present “Tongues Movement of God?”
We are in the fight of our lives, but watching Jeopardy or your favorite evening TV program, you don’t 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: The Screwtape Letters his classic work. A MUST read!
Luis Lopez: Victory: Spiritual Warfare for the Last Generation. A personal account of being attacked.
Gary North: Unholy Spirits. Documented research on the occult invasion.
Mortimer J. Adler: How to Read a Book -
Paul E. Cantrell: A Brief Study of Comparative Religions
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