Part one of a panel discussion on the importance of books and building a theological library. The panel begins by discussing the book medium and its importance and then moves to general principles in building a library. Part one concludes with book recommendations for the theological encyclopedia.
- General mindset
- Books are more important than your television. Read Amusing Ourselves to Death (no, there’s not a video version on youtube).
- When you hear of a great book that you would like to read, put it on a wishlist. The next time you have a handful of books on your list and can spare the money, buy them.
- Building a general library
- You don’t want to waste your money
- Bigger isn’t necessarily better
- Why build a library?
- This might be the only theological library you have access to.
- As a pastor, your congregation will probably be asking you to borrow books.
- You’ll have something to pass on to your children.
- Types of books to get
- Average churchgoer
- Elder/deacon/well-informed church member
- Commentaries – check out Longman and Carson’s commentary surveys
- Build with the classics, not the trendy, e.g. Get James Bannerman’s The Church of Christ before you get Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Church (if you must get it all)
- Scholar (you should call in and tell us)
- Where to buy
- Amazon.com (use our links, help pay our web hosting fees)
- Credo Books
- eBay / half.com
- Jim Cassidy
- Jeff Waddington
- Camden Bucey
- Green Baggins
- Against Heresies
- Christianity: Doctrine and Ethics
- Building Old School Churches
- Building a Theological Library
- Reformata Reading Plan
- Ligonier Recommended Commentaries
- Westminster Recommended Reading List
- Abe Books
- AddAll Used Book Search
- Book Jacket Covers
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