Top 10 Reads of 2010

In no particular order:
  • Total Church by Tim Chester & Steve Timmis - The authors urge us to reshape church around gospel and community. I had read this one before and took our church through it this year. Very balanced.
  • Christless Christianity by Michael Horton - Horton critically examines contemporary Christianity and shows that it desperately needs theology with a heavy dose of teaching on the doctrine of justification.
  • To the Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson - Very well written biography of Adoniram Judson. What a faithful man of God!
  • Church Planting is for Wimps by Mike McKinley - McKinley is a young guy, but has wisdom beyond his years. I highly recommend this book to all pastors.
  • From Sabbath to Lord's Day ed. by D.A. Carson - Dense but very helpful treatment of this thorny issue. While not using the label, the authors argue for a "new covenant" view of the Sabbath.
  • The Mission of God by Christopher Wright - He argues we should read the Bible with the mission of God as our framework. With a focus on the OT, he unpacks the missional nature of Scripture, the God of mission, the people of mission, and the arena of mission. Good biblical theology.
  • Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson - Wow. By far the best read of the year. Not sure how to describe this book (maybe Donald Miller meets Cornelius Van Til meets BBC). Just get it.
  • Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross by Michael Gorman - "conformity to the crucified Christ." Sort of a neglected, but prominent theme in Paul's writings.
  • God the Peacemaker by Graham Cole - Great treatment of the atonement. His systematic theology is informed by biblical theology. God's plan is for God's people to be in God's place under God's rule living God's way enjoying shalom in God's holy and loving presence to God's glory. The cross is fundamental to that end.