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best books: according to DSD

As staff member at Union University, I have had the privilege of seeing Dr. David Dockery’s (the aforementioned DSD) leadership up close for the past year.

dsdI have found Dr. Dockery to be a man of admirable character and leadership, measured of thought and wise in word and deed.  I have a great deal of respect for him and I am fully satisfied to find myself under his leadership.

The past year has presented some unbelievable tests.

For those of you who may not know already, February 2008 brought a powerful f4 tornado that destroyed on-campus housing for around 800 students and caused 40-50 million dollars in damage.

And all of us are perfectly aware of an economic crisis that is devastating our country and, especially, our nations’ higher education system (even Harvard has implemented a hiring freeze).

In these difficult times, Dr. Dockery has proved his character and his grit.  He is a good man and for that reason I wanted to pass along his recommended reading list for the last year (how incredible that a man could go through what DSD has experienced and have time for a book, let alone a list of books?)

Here is Dr. Dockery’s list for the year:

Baggett, David, Gary Habermas, and Jerry Walls. C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

Beale, Greg K. We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry.

Beale, G. K. and D. A. Carson. Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

Berding, Kenneth and Matt Williams, Editors. What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About.

Carson, Donald A. Christ and Culture Revisited

Colson, Charles with Harold Fickett. The Faith.

Coppan, Paul. When God Goes to Starbucks.

Crouch, Andy. Culture Making Recovering Our Creative Calling

D’Souza, Dinesh. What’s So Great About Christianity?

Dyrness, William A. and Veli-Matti Karkkaianen, editors. Global Dictionary of Theology.

Elshtain, Jean Bethke. Sovereignty: God, State, and Self.

ESV Study Bible

Flew, Anthony. There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.

Forster, Greg. The Contested Public Square: The Crisis of Christianity and Politics.

Garrett, James Leo. Baptist Theology: A Four Century Study.

George, Robert P. and Christopher Tollefsen. Embryo: A Defense of Human Life.

Harris, Alex. Do Hard Things.

Haykin, Michael A. G. and Kenneth J. Stewart, editors. The Advent of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuity.

Horton, Michael. Christless Christianity.

Jacobs, Alan. Original Sin: A Cultural History.

Jenkins, Philip. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—and How It Died.

Kaiser, Walter. The Promise-Plan of God: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments.

Keller, Tim. The Prodigal God.

Lindsley, Art. Love, The Ultimate Apologetic.

McGrath, Alister. Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith.

Mohler, R. Albert, Jr. Atheism Remix.

Morgan, Christopher W. and Robert A. Peterson, editors. Suffering and the Goodness of God.

Nichols, Stephen J. Getting the Blues: What Blues Music Teaches us About Suffering and Salvation.

Nichols, Stephen J. Jesus Made in America.

Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.

Poe, Harry L. Edgar Allan Poe.

Redmond, Eric. Where Are All the Brothers?

Schreiner, Thomas. New Testament Theology. [A MUST HAVE: Lee]

Schultz, Quentin J. and Robert H. Woods. Understanding Evangelical Media: The Changing Face of Christian Communication.

Smith, Christian. Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money.

Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age.

Toobin, Jeffrey. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

Wells, David. The Courage to Be Protestant.

Whitlock, David W. and Gordon Dutile, editors. A Noble Calling: Devotions and Essays for Business Professionals.

Wittmer, Michael. Don’t Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus is Not Enough.

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