Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reading Lists for both the Pastor and the Laymen from 9Marks

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Reading List: Pastors
Pastors are shaped by what they read (2Tim 2:15). To develop in a healthy way, that reading needs to be selected with discernment. Not all books at the Christian bookstore deserve to be read, and some are neglected that should be required. A pastor's reading needs to be diversified across disciplines. Interdisciplinary reading develops intellectual and pastoral agility. The following reading list is not intended to be exhaustive but we believe these books will serve well as useful entry points into The Great Conversation, and as welcome companions on the long road of ministry.

Reading List: Laymen
Careful reading is not just the pastor's task. In fact, the members of Christian churches are charged with the responsibility of discerning error in their pastors' teaching, and of choosing teachers who will not simply tickle their ears (Gal 1:6-9; 2Tim 4:3). Reading solid books is a great way to develop your appetite for theology and your ability to discern truth and error. These are not lofty books - but they are deep. Again, this is not an exhaustive list. But it will serve you well as a launching point for future growth and usefulness in the local church.

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