"Letters Along the Way: A Novel of the Christian Life" by D.A. Carson and John Woodbridge (283 pp) is must-reading for all Bible college students and seminarians, although they are not the only ones who would benefit from this book. I mentioned Carson in the last post, but he is professor of New Testament, and Woodbridge is professor of church history, both at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). This is a set of fictional letters between Timothy Journeyman and Dr. Paul Woodson, professor of systematic theology at TEDS. Timothy became a believer, went to Princeton, Cambridge, Trinity, then Yale for a year, then back to Trinity where he graduated with an Masters of Divinity before pastoring his first church. Dr. Woodson was a friend of Tim's dad before he passed away and became a life-long mentor to Tim when be became a believer. Some of the topics covered in the letters are:
assurance, saving faith, carnal Christians, Lordship salvation, TBN, naturalism, theistic evolution, evangelical life in Britain, the secularization of France, temptation, repentance, sexual sin, communism, universalism, revelation, evangelism, dissatisfaction, psychology, preaching, political involvement, self-fulfillment, what makes a good pastor, how to pick a seminary, the call to ministry, engagement and marriage, apologetics, Reformed epistemology, inerrancy, seminary life, mind and heart, academic responsibility, pluralism, building a theological library, being prepared for pastoral ministry, liberation theology, evangelical scholars, humanism, women's ordination, the already/not yet, battling heresy, lay ministry, time management, church discipline, sports and recreation, worship, HIV, homosexuality, the new spirituality, prayer, evangelical unity, criticism, revolutionary events in the Soviet Union, Marxism, culture shift, barrenness, Darwinism, the new perspective, and dying well
So if you would like "personal" advice and reflections on these issues and more from Carson and Woodbridge, this book is for you. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.