Seminary Reading

This week starts, Lord-willing, my final year at Southern Seminary. Our time here has been invaluable. I have loved the vast majority of my classes. I have been formed and re-formed by the Scriptures. I realize that a seminary education is merely meant to be a foundation upon which to build for the rest of one's ministry. I fear though, that many students do not sufficiently value life-long learning. Having said that, I am a little disappointed in what we have not been required to read. Granted I still have a year left, but as of yet none of my classes have required any of the following 'classics': Justin Martyr's Apology or Dialogue with Trypho, Athanasius' On the Incarnation, Irenaeus' On the Apostolic Preaching, Augustine's Confessions or City of God or On Christian Teaching, Thomas A' Kempis' The Imitation of Christ, Luther's Bondage of the Will, Calvin's Institutes, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Packer's Knowing God, or anything by John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great, very little of Aquinas & Jonathan Edwards, Whitefield, Wesley, Boyce, Owen, Lewis, Stott, or Lloyd-Jones. In my humble opinion, there are a few contemporary books that could be replaced by the older stuff (Lewis would probably agree). I don't intend this post to be a knock on the school, but an exhortation to future preachers to join me in adding these classics to your reading list if you graduate without having read them. We will have no shortage of good stuff to read throughout the rest of our lives.