I wanted to list the books next to me right now that I looked at to, by day. I do this exercise to show I take being a Christian a serious matter. I have read and thought long and hard on what it means to be a Bible believing Christian/disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature" Galatians 6:14,15.
books by my desk tonight
1. "Worshiping With The Church Fathers" by Christopher A. Hall
2. "The First Thousand Years: A Global History Of Christianity" by Robert Louis Wilken
3. "Language For God In Patristic Tradition: Wrestling With Biblical Anthropomorphism" by Mark Sheridan
4. "Reading Scripture With The Church Fathers" by Christopher A. Hall
5. "Reading The Old Testament With The Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought" by Ronald E. Heine
6. "Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis And Interpretation" by G. K. Beale
7. "History and Spirit: The Understanding Of Scripture According To Origen" by Henri De Lubac
8. "A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology" by J. Richard Middleton
9. "Following the Footsteps of the Invisible: The Complete Works of Diadochus of Photike"
10. "The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement" by Michael J. Gorman
11. "Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd
12. "Commentary On Hebrews" [Biblical Theology For Christian Proclamation] by Thomas R. Schriner
13. "Salvation Applied By The Spirit: Union with Christ" by Robert A. Peterson
14. "Moral Reflections on the Book of Job" Volume 1 Preface and Books 1-5 by Gregory the Great
15. "God Has Spoken: A History Of Christian Theology" by Gerald Bray
16. "We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord" Volume 3 [Ancient Christian Doctrine]
17. "Luke" New Testament III [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Beth Kreitzer
18. "Baptism In The Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries" by Everett Ferguson
19. "Reading Scripture With The Reformers" by Timothy George
I go by the sufficiency of Scripture/the authority of Scripture is what I say over and over to our son Josiah. I remember these words of the apostle Paul written to Timothy his son in the Faith-
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scripture, which is able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" II Timothy 3:13-17.
I will close to rest my brain. Tomorrow is a Wednesday in the flow of Plan of Redemption. "Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; then shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet" 1 Corinth. 15:24,25