Dave’s Reading List – God, Love and Sacrifice

Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding opened up a whole conversation about  what God is like, what it means to say that God is Love, what love is and why exactly Jesus came -is it enough simply to say that his death was sacrificial? What does this mean, was it simply an example, a demonstration of love or something more?

The sermon got people talking and so it’s a great opportunity for evangelism. However, it’s also a good opportunity for us to be challenged and stretched in our thinking. As we share the Gosple we want to do so effectively and accurately, as we worship God we want to do so truthfully.

So, here’s my latest suggested reading list that will pick up on that subject

Books about who God is and what he is like

Dave Williams, Who is God? This is one of our own E-books available from the Resources section of Faithroots

Michael Reeves, The Good God -a short, accessible introduction to the Trinity

Tim Chester, Delighting in the Trinity -another short, easy to read book

Robert Letham, The Holy Trinity – a longer engagement with what the Doctrine of the Trinity is taking time to trace the bible’s teaching n this and some of the historical debates especially in the first few centuries of the church

Michael J Ovey, Your Will Be Done – picks up specifically on the Son’s relationship to the Father. Ovey presents Jesus as the loving and obedient Son who comes to save us. This picks up on a specific controversy about how we ensure that we affirm the equality, unity and distinction of the persons within the Trinity.

Don Carson, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God – I bet you didn’t expect “Love” to be described as a difficult doctrine did you? Intrigued?

John Frame, The Doctrine of God

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics Vol 2: God and Creation

The last two books are part of larger “Systematic Theology” series and provide a more challenging read but are worth it for those who want to go further. Both are from a Reformed perspective but there are differences particularly relevant in the light of recent discussions within Reformed Theology about how we describe and understand God’s Nature

Christ’s Sacrifice

John Stott, The Cross of Christ – this is a classic for those wanting to gain a richer understanding of the atonement

Steve Jeffrey, Michael J Ovey and Andrew Sach, Pierced for our Transgression -earlier in the 21st Century, Steve Chalke reignited controversy around the atonement arguing that “Penal Substitution” amounted to “cosmic child abuse.” This book refutes that charge and shows why it is glorious and vital to know that Jesus died in our place for our sin.