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A Few Good Books

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in blog links, books | 6 comments

A Few Good Books

My friend Dan at “The Ekklesia in Southern Maine” asked “What to Read?” I offered the following list of books about the church that I enjoyed reading over the last few years. Obviously – as with any book – I didn’t agree with everything in all of the books. But in each book, I found something interesting and exciting about the church as described in Scripture.

(These are in no particular order)

Paul’s Idea of Community by Robert Banks

Engaging with God by David Peterson

Church Without Walls by Jim Peterson

When the Church was a Family by Joseph Hellerman

Reimagining Church by Frank Viola

The Rabbit and the Elephant by Tony and Felicity Dale

What books about the church would you add to this list?


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  1. 9-21-2010

    The Misunderstanding of the Church by Brunner
    The Baptist Identity by Walter Shurden
    And, weirldy enough Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard

  2. 9-21-2010

    Iin no particular order, and with the same caveat you gave on content:

    God’s Work in God’s Way -Bill Dillon, 1957

    The New Testament Order for Church and Missionary -Alexander Hay, 1947

    Body Life -Ray Stedman, 1972

    Rethinking the Wineskin -Frank Viola, 1997

    MISSIONARY METHODS: ST. PAUL’S OR OURS? -Roland Allen, 1912, 1927

    The Early Church -Gene Edwards, 1974

    Sharpening the Focus of the Church -Gene Getz, 1975

    Going to Church in the First Century -Robert Banks, 1980

    The Problem of Wineskins -Howard Snyder, 1975

    The Church Comes Home -Robert & Julia Banks, 1998

    Community and Growth -Jean Vanier, 1979, 1989

    The House Church -Del Birkey, 1988

    Authentic Relationships -Wayne & Clay Jacobsen, 2003

    Toward a House Church Theology -Steve Atkerson (Editor), 1996

    Come to the Table -John Hicks, 2002

    Making a Meal of it -Ben Witherington, 2007

    A Harmony of the Life of St Paul -Frank Goodwin, 1951

    Dictionary of Paul and His Letters -Hawthorne & Martin, 1993

    Finally, two most recent reference works I picked up are turning out to be quite helpful:

    Paul the Missionary -Edward Schnabel, 2008

    The Greco-Roman World of the NT -James Jeffers, 1999

  3. 9-21-2010

    I’m glad to see Jim Petersen’s Church Without Walls on the list, it’s a favorite of mine. I once got to have lunch with Jim, and it was a wide-ranging conversation indeed.

    I’ll add Pagan Christianity Frank Viola and George Barna, and The Jesus Paradigm Dave Black (though I still think The Downward Path of Jesus was a much better title for it).

  4. 9-22-2010

    I would add all of Viola’s books. They kind of piggy-back on each other.

    Houses That Change the World – Wolfgang Simson
    I second When the Church was a Family
    For my charismatic brothers I recommend Post Charismatic by Rod MacAlpine.

  5. 9-22-2010

    Here are two more:

    Church 3.0 and Organic Leadership by Neil Cole.

  6. 9-23-2010

    Ekklesia: To the Roots of Biblical Church Life by Steve Atkerson