First of all, I hope everyone had a blessed and merry Christmas. I was fortunate to be able to spend the Christmas weekend with my family in a cabin on Mt. Hood here in Oregon. As I descended the mountain this morning I was struck by the startling realization that I begin my M.Div program next Monday. With course work only a week away, now would be the right time to purchase some books! This is where I need your help.

I am taking a course about maximizing the Church’s redemptive influence. This class allows the student to select a book to read from an extensive list provided. I thought I would list a few of these to get some help about selecting one or two. Here are some that caught my interest:

  1. Niebuhr, H. Richard. Christ and Culture
  2. Guiness, Os.  The Case For Civility
  3. Webber, Robert. Ancient-Future Faith
  4. Budziszewski, J. Evangelicals in the Public Square
  5. Carson, D.A. Christ & Culture Revisited

Any input that I can get would be appreciated. I am sure my book selection will affect everyone reading this blog in some way, since I will be blogging about what I am learning. Am I foreseeing a trip to Powell’s Books today?