Challenged to name some books that have influenced me I’ve
pondered a few book lists over the last couple of days. So here is a list of
books, that don’t require a degree in theology to understand, which influence how
I do ministry.
Resident Aliens. Hauerwas’ approach
to ethics and the task of the church has a significant influence on my thinking of mission and ecclesiology.
- Dan Kimball The
Emerging Church. Perhaps not the greatest book ever on post-modernity, the
church and emerging culture but Kimball sets out many of the key questions and
suggests answers that come from his experience of church leadership.
- James Torrance Worship,
Community, and the Triune God of Grace. This book more than any other
opened my mind to what worship is.
- Tony Jones The Sacred
Way. Jones is one of a number of writers who have helped me to see
spirituality in a broader context and awakened a desire to keep growing in the
- John Colwell The
Rhythm of Doctrine. One of the few books of doctrine which I find myself
dipping into again and again when preaching.