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.
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.
Wow… 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