This year at Cite, Andrew Leslie (Moore Theological College) led us in considering “the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.” Affectionately known to us as Statement 7 of the AFES Doctrinal Basis.
Andrew has kindly provided us with a summer reading list to continue learning and reflecting on the role of the Holy Spirit in applying the work of Christ to the believer. The books all cover much of the same material with the order they appear intending to be suggestive. The first is something of a classic, but older.
1. John Murray, "Redemption Accomplished and Applied" (Eerdmans, 2015 (orig. 1955))
2. Robert Peterson, "Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ" (Crossway, 2015)
3. Robert Letham, "Union with Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology" (P&R, 2011)
4. Richard Gaffin, "By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation" (P&R, 2013)
5. Marcus P. Johnson, "One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation" (Crossway, 2013)
6. Constantine Campbell, "Paul and Union with Christ" (Zondervan, 2012)
7. J. Todd Billings, "Union with Christ" (Baker, 2011)
8. J.V. Fesko, "Beyond Calvin: Union with Christ and Justification in Early Modern Reformed Theology" (1517-1700) (V&R, 2012) [historical]
9. John Owen, "Pneumatologia: or a Discourse Concerning the Holy Spirit" (Works of John Owen Volume 3: Banner of Truth, 1968)
On the ministry and mission front, Stan Wallace also mentioned several books, all of which come with a hearty Simeon Network recommendation. All of these books are interesting and encouraging, 1-4 being largely cultural analysis and 5-6 being increasingly practical about life at university. (A note on "Christ and Culture": There are many and varied responses to this book, all detailing how it misses this or that and handles the Bible badly, etc. It’s an excellent book and worth the read just to know what everyone is talking about; however, take it for what it is, a broad typology for how parts relate to wholes.)
1. H. Richard Niebuhr, "Christ and Culture" (HarperCollins, 2001)
2. Andy Crouch, "Culture Making" (IVP, 2013)
3. George M. Marsden, "The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship" (Oxford, 1998)
4. George M. Marsden, "The Soul of the American University" (Oxford, 1996)
5. Paul Gould, "The Outrageous Idea of the Missional Professor"
6. Mike Romanowski and Teri McCarthy, "Teaching in a Distant Classroom” (IVP, 2009)
7. Joseph McRea Mellichamp, "Ministering in the Secular University" (Lewis & Stanley, 1997)
8. Richard J. Mouw, "Called to the life of the mind", (Eerdmans, 2014)