Reformed Theological Seminary Reading List

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Note: from Reformed Theological Seminary 29 November 2011.


  • Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible

Bible Content and Interpretation

Essential Reading
  • God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible, Vaughan Roberts
  • Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind, Tremper Longman III
  • According to Plan: the Unfolding Revelation of God in in the Bible, Graeme Goldsworthy
  • Playing by the Rules, Robert H. Stein
  • Survey of the Bible, William Hendricksen
Further Reading
  • Christ of the Covenants, O. Palmer Robertson
  • He Gave Us Stories, Richard Pratt, Jr.
  • Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Christopher Wright
  • Let the Reader Understand, Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton
  • The Progress of Redemption, William Van Gemeren
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • Biblical Theology, Geerhardus Vos
  • Introduction to the Old Testament, Raymond Dillard and Tremper Longman III
  • The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, Vern Poythress
  • Introduction to the New Testament, Carson, Moo, and Morris
  • The Coming of the Kingdom, Herman Ridderbos
  • New Testament History, F.F. Bruce
  • Hermeneutics, Authority and Canon, Carson and Woodbridge
  • Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, ed. Moises Silva

Spiritual Growth and Calling

Essential Reading
  • The Call, Os Guiness
  • Called to the Ministry, Edmund Clowney
  • A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson
  • Confessions, St. Augustine
  • Grow in Grace, Sinclair Ferguson
  • Pray With Your Eyes Open, Richard Pratt, Jr.
  • If God Already Knows, Why Pray?, Douglas Kelly
  • Born Free, Steve Brown
  • The Lord’s Prayer, Derek Thomas
Further Reading
  • Studying Theology As A Servant of Jesus, John Frame
  • The Godly Man’s Picture, Thomas Watson
  • The Disciplines of Grace, Jerry Bridges
  • The Way of Life, Charles Hodge
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  • The Ascent Psalms, Derek Thomas
  • Cry of the Soul, Dan Allender
  • The Pleasures of God, John Piper
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • Holiness, J.C. Ryle
  • The Religious Life of Theological Students , B.B. Warfield
  • An Introduction to Theological Studies, William Cunningham
  • Finding the Will of God, Bruce Waltke
  • Decision Making and the Will of God, Garry Friesen
  • The Enemy Within and Through the Looking Glass, Chris Lundgaard
  • A Resilient Life, Gordon MacDonald
  • The Devoted Life, Kelly Kapic and Randall Gleason

Systematic Theology

Essential Reading
Further Reading
Advanced/Comparison Reading

Philosophy and Christian Thought

Essential Reading
  • Building a Christian World View (Vol. 1-2), W. Andrew Hoffecker and Gary Scott Smith
  • Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy, Jostein Gaarder
  • The Christian Mind, Harry Blamires
  • The Universe Next Door, James Sire
  • World Views in Conflict, Ronald Nash
  • God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation fo Faith and Reason, Thomas V. Morris
Further Reading
  • The Gravedigger File, Os Guiness and Nick Butterworth
  • Longing to Know, Esther Meek
  • The Way of the World, Craig Gay
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn
  • Reason Within the Bounds of Religion, N. Wolterstorff
  • Ideas Have Consequences, Richard Weaver
  • Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper

Church History

Essential Reading
  • Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley
  • Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, Mark Noll
  • Church History, Volume 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation, Everett Ferguson
  • A Religious History of the American People, Sydney Ahlstrom
  • The Story of Christian Theology, Roger Olson
  • Historical Theology, Alister McGrath
Further Reading
  • Augustine of Hippo, Peter Brown
  • The Thought of Thomas Aquinus, Brian Davies
  • Luther, Heiko Oberman
  • Calvin: A Biography, Bernard Cottret
  • Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • The Early Church, Henry Chadwick
  • Early Christian Doctrines, J.N.D. Kelly
  • Christianity and Western Thought, Volume 1, Colin Brown
  • Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages, R.W. Southern
  • The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (5 vols.), Jaroslav Pelikan
  • The Medieval Theologians, G.R. Evans
  • A World History of Christianity, Adrain Hastings

Contemporary Western Culture

Essential Reading
  • Engaging God’s World, Cornelius Plantinga
  • Christ and Culture, H. Richard Niebuhr
  • No Place for Truth, David Wells
Further Reading
  • Culture Wars, James D. Hunter
  • Resident Aliens, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon
  • A Primer on Postmodernism, Stanlye Grenz
  • Postmodern Times, Gene Veith
  • Pop Culture Wars, William Romanowski
  • Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark Noll
  • The Struggle for America’s Soul, Robert Wuthnow
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • The Culture of Interpretation, Roger Lundin
  • Total Truth, Nancy Pearsey
  • The Sensate Culture, Harold O.J. Brown


Essential Reading
  • Every Thought Captive, Richard Pratt, Jr.
  • God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis
Further Reading
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, John Frame
  • Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought, John Frame
  • Van Til’s Apologetic, Greg Bahnsen
  • Five Views of Apologetics, ed. Steve Cowan

Missions and Evangelism

Essential Reading
  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
  • Right With God, John Blanchard
  • Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless, C. John Miller
  • Tell the Truth, Will Metzger
Further Reading
  • Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper
  • Christian Mission, John Stott
  • An Introduction to the Science of Missions, J. Herman Bavink
  • The Pastor-Evangelist: Preacher, Model, and Mobilizer for Church Growth, Roger Greenway
  • Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns, D.A. Carson
  • The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, Lesslie Newbigin
  • Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?, Allen Rolland
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • Perspectives on the World Christian Movevment, Ralph Winter
  • Mission in the Old Testament, Walter Kaiser
  • Gospel and Mission in the Writings of St. Paul, Peter T. O’Brien
  • God’s Missionary People, Charles Van Engen
  • A Heart for Mission: Five Pioneer Thinkers, Ron Davies
  • What In the World is God Doing?, C. Gordon Olson

Task of Preaching

Essential Reading
  • How To Talk So People Will Listen, Steve Brown
  • The Supremacy of God in Preaching, John Piper
Further Reading
  • Between Two Worlds, John Stott
  • Biblical Preaching, Haddon Robinson
  • Preaching with Purpose, Jay Adams
Advanced/Comparison Reading

Pastoral Ministry and Leadership

Essential Reading
  • Jesus Christ Disciplemaker, William Hull
  • Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders
  • Working the Angles, Eugene Peterson
Further Reading
  • Shepherding God’s Flock, Jay Adams
  • The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
  • The Work of the Pastor, William Still
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges
  • The Making of a Leader, Robert Clinton
  • The Unnecessary Pastor, Eugene Peterson
  • Pastoral Theology, Thomas Oden

Christian Counseling

Essential Reading
  • The Care of Souls, David Benner
  • The Healing Path, Dan Allendar
  • Inside Out, Larry Crabb
  • Telling Secrets, Frederick Buechner
  • Connecting, Larry Crabb
Further Reading
  • Bold Love, Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III
  • The Cry of the Soul, Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III
  • Finding God, Larry Crabb
  • The Gospel According to Job, Mike Mason
  • The Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
  • Sacred Thirst, M. Craig Barnes
  • A Tale of Three Kings, Gene Edwards
  • When God Interrupts, M. Craig Barnes
  • The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen
Advanced/Comparison Reading
  • Ministry in the Image of God, Stephen Seamands
  • The Myth of Certainty, Daniel Taylor
  • The Awakened Heart, Gerald May
  • Yearning: Living Between How It Is and How It Ought to Be, M. Craig Barnes

Other Titles

Essential Reading
  • Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith, William Edgar
  • How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
  • Chosen by God, R.C. Sproul
  • Designed for Dignity, Richard Pratt, Jr.
  • God Has Spoken, J.I. Packer
  • The Church, Edmund Clowney
  • Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism, D.G. Hart and John R. Muether
Further Reading
  • Give Praise to God, Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas
  • With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in Our Worship, Reggie Kidd
  • Creation and Change, Douglas Kelly
  • The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther
  • Plan of Salvation, B.B. Warfield
  • Created in God’s Image, Anthony Hoekema
  • The Glorious Body of Christ, R.B. Kuiper

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