Best Reads of 07'

Continuing the short tradition, I thought I'd post my top ten reads of the year in no particular order:
  • By Faith Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation by Richard Gaffin - This book is the best work on soteriology (doctrine of salvation) that I have ever read. Gaffin is an excellent systematic theologian in the CalvinVos/Ridderbos/Murray tradition who sees exegesis as the life-blood of theology. Union with the risen Christ is central, where it ought to be.
  • The Bible and the Future by Anthony Hoekema - This book is must reading for all eschatology students. Ribblebarger has updated this work in some ways but Hoekema is still must reading. His other two monographs, Created in God's Image and Saved by Grace are phenomenal as well.
  • The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen - This is an excellent book primarily on biblical theology with an emphasis on worldview and missional living. These guys have drunk deeply from the N.T. Wright and Leslie Newbigin wells for an insightful and enjoyable book. Read my review here.
  • The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John Frame - This one is not for the light hearted but is a very helpful and theocentric book on theological and apologetic method and theological epistemology. Review here.
  • The Servant King: The Bible's Portrait of the Messiah by T.D. Alexander - Another one on biblical theology, tracing the theme of kingship from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Van Til's Apologetic by Greg Bahnsen - This book is encyclopedic in regards to presuppositional apologetics. This volume includes Bahnsen's writing and tons of excerpts of Van Til's writing with analysis in footnotes by Bahnsen. Read my review here.
  • The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective by Michael Bird - In light of the current justification controversy, this is a very helpful book. Bird seeks a via media between the Reformed tradition and the best of the new perspective on Paul. Justification includes covenant membership, imputation located in union with Christ, righteousness not simply forensic in Paul all the time, etc. Read my review here.
  • Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey - This one is philosophically heavy-going at times but is must reading for all Christians. She covers many topics well in this book: culture, apologetics, history, feminism, evangelicalism, Darwinism, Christian worldview, etc.
  • Creation Regained: Bibilcal Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Albert Wolters - The subtitle says it all. Its a classic and the updated version has a great addition by Michael Goheen, who did his dissertation on Newbigin's missional ecclesiology. Short review here.
  • Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible by Stephen Dempster - Using the ordering of the Hebrew Bible Dempster walks through the storyline of the Old Testament tracing the two unifying themes of dominion (geography, land) and dynasty (seed, genealogy). This is probably my favorite book on biblical theology and definitely one of the most important!