I’ve had a number of people ask me what my favorite books are or who my favorite authors are, so I figured it was due time to post this on my blog.
Though I certainly don’t agree with each of them in a number of areas, some of my favorite authors are Clark Pinnock, Karl Barth, and Jürgen Moltmann.
Since I most love systematic theology, my favorite books are, of course, systematic theology books. And most of them fit within my primary areas of research.
Barth’s major multi-volume work, Church Dogmatics, is quite lengthy. However his short one-volume version is a great entry to his work:
Barth, Karl. Dogmatics in Outline. trans. G. T. Thomson. London: SCM, 1949.
Other systematic theologies I much appreciate include:
Grenz, Stanley, Theology for the Community of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. (Canadian Baptist, Arminian)
Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004. (Presbyterian, Reformed)
Some other favorite books include (again, I find these books inspiring, but it doesn’t mean I agree with everything they say):
Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics. [vol. II, part 1, Chapter 6 “The Reality of God”= pages 257-678]. Translation edited by G. W. Bromiley and T. F. Torrance. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1957.
Edwards, Denis. Breath of Life: A Theology of the Creator Spirit. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004.
Macchia, Frank D. Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.
Moltmann, Jürgen. The Spirit of Life: A Universal Affirmation. Translated by Margaret Kohl. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1992.
Moltmann, Jürgen. The Trinity and the Kingdom: The Doctrine of God. Translated by Margaret Kohl. San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1981.
Pinnock, Clark H. Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1996.
Welker, Michael. God the Spirit. Translated by John F. Hoffmeyer. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1994.
And don’t forget…🙂
Gabriel, Andrew K. The Lord is the Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Divine Attributes. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011. (especially chapter 4-7!)
In case you missed it, I don’t agree with everything the above authors say.
And my favorite journals are:
Pneuma: The Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies (3 volumes a year for $84 – see here)
Journal of Pentecostal Theology (2 volumes a year for $43 – see here)