January 2019

Read notes on John 1:34ff from Calvin, Cyril of Alexandria and the excellent modern commentator Frederick Dale Bruner; also sermons by Chrysostom and Augustine. Augustine has several interesting things to about Nathanael and his interaction with Jesus.

Michael J. Kruger, ed., 2016. A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Wheaton: Crossway. A collection of well-written introductions to each New Testament book. Always helpful. I’m using this right now as one of my prep-resources for the NT Survey class I’m teaching.

Thomas Foxcroft. 1733. The Divine Right of Deacons. Boston: Green for Henchman and Phillips.

Isaac Watts. 1747. The Rational Foundation of a Christian Church and the Terms of Christian Communion. To Which Are Added Three Discourses, Viz. Disc. I. A Patter for a Dissenting Preacher. Disc. II. The Office of Deacons. Disc. III. Invitations to Church-Fellowship. London: Rose and Crown in the Poulty and Buck in Pater-Noster Row.

James T. Dennison, Jr., ed. 2014. Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation. 4 vols. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books. Useful again and again. This time I’ve combed through these volumes reading all I could find on the diaconate and almsgiving. Reading these confessions one after another reveals surprising insights.

Anon. 1641. Reasons Why the Hierarchy or Governement of the Chvrch by Arch-Bishops, Lord Bishops, Deanes, Arch-Deacons, Chancellor’s and their Officers, exercising Sole or Superior Authoritie in Ordination and Jursidations may and ought to be Removed. [Subscription required.] Gives three main reasons and answers various objections.

James M. Wilson. 1869. The Deacon: An Inquiry into the Nature, Duties and Exercise of the Office of the Deacon, in the Christian Church. 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: William S. Young.

Keller, Timothy J. 1997. Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road, 2nd Edition. P & R Publishing.

Kibbe, Michael. 2015. From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research. IVP Academic. Easy to read, to the point, and very helpful. This is my third time reading it; I’m pretty close to having it internalized.

Mills, C. Wright. 2000. “On Intellectual Craftsmanship.” In The Sociological Imagination, 40th anniversary, 256. Oxford University Press. This essay explains what it means to do good work as a sociologist, but it applies well to anyone engaged in “knowledge work,” as it is called today. It is brilliant and full of good advice. Older books on pastoral theology have sections that sound very similar to this essay. I came across it when learning about the zettelkasten method of note taking, which I’m going to try and employ using the Notebooks App.

Christopher Chelpka @christopherchelpka