Additional Book Studies to Enrich Your Reading
Fortunately, we have no lack of additional media to enjoy our favorite pastime – books. The proliferation of podcasts, blogs and additional materials enable a deeper, richer experience of hearing others’ thoughts on the text.
This section is a directory of book studies as they are found online. This is not meant to be exhaustive, just the ones that I find and like. However I am open to your suggestions if you have found any to be beneficial.
A Puritan Theology; Beeke, Jones
As one of the largest books I’ve bought in recent memory (size-wise, it’s nearly comparable with my Works of Shakespeare), it also has to be one of the most rewarding. Comparable with the size, it is also a sizable contribution to an understanding of the Puritans and how their theology developed and expounded. Beech does a masterful job of weaving thoughts, writings and opinions both in a Systematic Theology, and in an Applications section.
I picked up the book when Tim Challies was offering a blog series on the Theology in Practice section of A Puritan Theology. To add to the attraction, Dr. Joel Beeke also contributed to the articles in a Q&A format.
This is a great way to get a sense of the Puritans and their foundational contribution to your faith. Start here with the practical applications, and then work your way to the beginning of then book and jump into the Systematic Theology – which I found to be a rich vein of pure theological gold.
A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life
Walk Though the Classics series at Challies.com:
Biblical Theology, by Geerhardus Vos
God’s Revelation of Himself
Eventually, one has to leave the small, shallow streams and jump into the deep end of theology. Geerhardus Vos’ Biblical Theology is one of those dense, heavy theological treatise that rewards the reader for his diligence.
Starting from the foundation that the Bible is God’s revelation of himself to us, and not a collection of stories and traditions of men to explain natural phenomenon. Writing against that postulation, Vos develops the revelation of God starting in the Old Testament, though each revelation of himself and the developing story to the climax of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Camden Busey’s Reformed Forum podcast is an excellent resource for those who would like to work through this great work with a little help from their friends. The discussions that take place surrounding each section are helpful in many ways to the reader.
The discussions surround Vos’ purpose and the cross-current theology of his day. The discussions between Busey and Dr. Lane G. Tipton highlight the mountain peaks of each section, and also fill any gap. The discussion always supplements the section with additional insight and application for the reader.
The podcasts for each episode can be found here: http://reformedforum.org/category/series/vos-group/
(Of course, being a blog format it is listed in ascending order. Go to the last page to start with the first podcast.)
There is also a Google+ community for ongoing discussion: https://plus.google.com/communities/117534371116792016424
For more biographical information on Geerdardus Vos, Here is a snapshot at Credo Magazine: http://www.credomag.com/2012/09/17/the-father-of-reformed-biblical-theology-geerhardus-vos-1862-1949/