Last week I received the welcome packet from Luther Seminary. It included a reading list designed to help me prepare for the entrance exams that will be administered during the last week of August. The letter states, “each exam assumes mastery of a stated bibliography.” Hmmm… define “mastery.”

Here’s the list of books I’m supposed to have mastery over by August. Guess where my nose will be for the rest of the summer 🙂

New Testament

Achtemeier, Paul J., Joel B. Green and Marianne Meye Thompson. Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997.
Green, Joel B., ed. Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation.Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Writings of the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986.
Roetzel, Calvin. The World That Shaped the New Testament. Revised edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.

History of Christianity

Dowley, Tim, ed. Introduction to the History of Christianity (revised ed., 1990) Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.
Hillerbrand, Hans. The division of Christendom: Christianity in the sixteenth century. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
Hudson, Winthrop and John Corrigan. Religion in America. Seventh ed. New York: Macmillan, 2004.
Irvin, Dale, and Scott Sundquist. History of the World Christian Movement (volume 1: Earliest Christianity to 1453) New York: Paulist Press, 2001.
Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (revised ed.)
New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Placher, William C. A History of Christian Theology: An Introduction Louisville: Westminister John Knox, 1983.

Systematic Theology

Braaten, Carl E. & Robert W. Jenson, eds. Christian Dogmatics. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.
Burtness, James. Consequences: Morality, Ethics, and the Future. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999.
Gill, Robin, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics. Cambridge UP, 2001.
Gunton, Colin. The Triune Creator. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
Hart, Trevor. Faith Thinking: The Dynamics of Christian Theology. London: SPCK, 1995.
Kärkkäinen, Veli–Matti. Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International and Contextual Perspective. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002.
McGrath, Alister. Christian Theology: An Introduction. New Jersey: Blackwell: 2001.
Moltmann, Jürgen. The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.
Peters, Ted. God: The World’s Future. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.
Schwarz, Hans. Christology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
Van Gelder, Craig. The Essence of the Church. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2000.

Congregational Mission & Leadership

Ammerman, Nancy T. et al. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1998.
Guder, Darrell et al. Missional Church. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998.
Hunsberger, George R. and Craig Van Gelder. The Church between Gospel and Culture. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1996.
Keifert, Patrick R. We Are Here Now: A New Missional Era. Allelon Publishing, 2007.
Newbigin, Lesslie. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. Eerdmans, 1989.
Simpson, Gary. Critical Social Theory: Prophetic Reason, Civil Society, and Christian
Imagination. Fortress Press, 2002.
Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995.
Van Gelder, Craig. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit. Baker Books, 2000.
________. The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit. Baker Books, 2007.
Van Gelder, Craig and Dwight Zscheile. The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation. Baker Books, 2011.

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