Back to School

Session 1

After a 5 year break since finishing a Masters I have decided to hit the books again. In January I go Back to LU to extend my MAR into a MDiv. Then, Lord willing will enter a Doctoral Program at Southern.

Session 2

I first heard the name Mark Dever when my former college professor demonized him for propagating an opposing theological position. A few months later heard a prominent voice in the SBC speak negitivly about him. So one day I’m in Jesus-mart and see his name on a book… “The Gospel and Personal Evangelism”… Hmmm…  So hunker down in the store and read a few chapters… it’s good really good. Of course, I google him… He is the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church a mere 30 miles from my house, he went to Cambridge, Southern, Duke… He’s Reformed, started Nine Marks and T4G.

dr-deverWow… what’s not to like?

Since then Dr. Dever has risen to prominence, published a boatload of great books and has been very influential as a mentor to young aspiring theologians and pastors.

A few months ago, after having lunch with Dr. Dever and a few of his staff members I emailed him asking if he would consider allowing me to learn from him, or if he could find time in his schedule to meet with me on a regular basis (I know, it’s a long shot but it never hurts to ask). I didn’t hear any thing for a few months, then out of the blue – a phone call from his office offering me the opportunity I asked for!

So from August – December of 2009 I will be joining six other guys ever Thursday to learn from Dr. Dever. Here’s a little sample of the books we will be reading and discussing.

  • When People are Big and God is Small, Ed Welch
  • Theology of the Reformers, Timothy George
  • The Reformation, T.M. Lindsay
  • “Church History Lectures,” delivered by Michael Lawrence
  • “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” (sermon), Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • “Christianity and Race Prejudice” (sermon), Francis Grimke
  • 9 Marks of a Healthy Church (booklet), Mark Dever
  • Called to the Ministry, Edmund Clowney
  • Display of God’s Glory (booklet), Mark Dever
  • The Reformation of the Church, Iain Murray
  • The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges
  • The Bruised Reed, Richard Sibbes
  • Polity, Mark Dever ed.
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever
  • Worship by the Book, Don Carson
  • The Deliberate Church, Mark Dever and Paul Alexander
  • “Ecclesiology” chapter by Mark Dever in A Theology for the Church, edited by Danny Akin
  • By Whose Authority? (booklet) Mark Dever
  • Give Praise to God, edited by Phil Ryken et al
  • Engaging with God, Eugene Peterson
  • The Worship of the American Puritans, Horton Davies
  • Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, Don Carson


  1. Reply
    Character Education says

    hi, i am related to teaching profession. You are really participating in a very ordinary Group. Good Luck and I got some very good name of books. Thanks

  2. Reply
    Jamie Limato says

    Awesome opportunity. Hope that us as your friends get to glean from you and what you are learning as you will be learning from Mark. Keep at it my friend. There is no doubt that you are “yoda Smart” so this will just enhance the amazing gifting that God has already blessed you with. Thanks for sharing your like in your blog as I miss getting to be around you. blessings and you are in our prayers!

  3. Reply
    dave fauth says


    Congratulations. I have a couple of those books if you prefer to borrow rather than buy.


  4. Reply
    Brian Metz says

    I have no idea what the last comment was about.

    However, I am now going to repent of the envy that has swelled in my heart regarding this awesome opportunity for you. On the other hand, I am glad for you. Don’t Waste Your Dever.

  5. Reply
    Michael says

    A little musical inspiration for you…

  6. Reply
    clintclifton says

    Nice, Thanks for the inspiration… That should keep me going. I’m gunna have that song stuck in my head all day now.

  7. Reply
    Michael says

    Hey man, it’s better than Dora the Explorer.

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