AIM Resources/Bibliography

Current AIM Resources and Bibliography

AIM RESOURCES 

2020-2022

Main Series
AIM+
1. New Testament Survey
7. Family Life
1. Practical Ministry

2. New Testament Interpretation

+1 Practical Ministry (summer series)

8. Old Testament Interpretation
2. Missions/Church Planting
3. Spiritual Life 9. Counseling and Psychology
3. New Testament Exposition - Hebrews
4. Doctrine/Holy Spirit 10. Church History 4. Old Testament Exposition - Amos
5. Apologetics/Evangelism 11. Homiletics

6. Old Testament Survey

+2 Missions / Church Planting (summer series)

12. Worldviews

(1) NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY (DEC 2019-MAR 2020)

Required:
1. The entire N.T., in a version that is not your preferred translation. Must be read in the 12 months before the conclusion of NTS.
2. 
Book: Douglas Jacoby, A Quick Overview of the Bible (Chapters 16-23) (Spring, Texas: IPI, 2019). Also available as an e-book (Kindle or ePub/Apple/Android).
3. The 
Bible Project: Watch 20 short videos (to be specified once you’ve registered for the course). Links supplied in course website. Each video is 5-10 minutes long. Keep a log and take notesto be presented to your instructor(s).
4. 
iFaith: Watch 135 minutes of iFaith video sermons from the New Testament. For example, nos. 2-9, 20-27, and 32-35. Note that the short introductory videos do not count (nos. 1, 19, 31, etc). Each video sermon is 13-15 minutes. Keep a log and take notesto be presented to your instructor(s). The general link is https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTipLYSAbO2OLLNjSZG43sIg4cYNjOqja.
5. 
Classes at North River on Saturday 1 FebruarySession 9:30-2:30.
6. 
Scripture location memory: Learn the locations of 100 useful N.T. passages after watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txphClCeAHg

Recommended:

(2) NEW TESTAMENT INTERPRETATION (MAR-MAY 2020)

Required:

1. Gordon Fee & Douglas StuartHow to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, 4th ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1993)—only the sections pertaining to the New Testament.
2. Tom A. Jones and Steve BrownThe Kingdom of God, Vol. I: The Future Breaks In. Spring, TX: IPI, 2011

3. Classes at North River on Saturday 28 March. Session 9:30-2:30.

Recommended:


[Summer training unit on Practical Ministry (no exams for this unit]

(3) SPIRITUAL LIFE (JULY-SEPT 2020) 

Required: 

  1. R. Kent Hughes, Set Apart: Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life (Wheaton: Crossway, 2003), 978-1- 58134-491-2.
  2. J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment to Excellence for Every Believer (Moody 2007), ISBN: 0802482279, ISBN-13: 9780802482273.
  3. Helmut Thielicke, A little exercise for young theologians (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980, ISBN: 0802811981).
  4. Classes at North River on Saturday 19 September. Session 9:30-2:30.

Recommended: 

  • Edward J. Anton, Repentance: A Cosmic Shift of Mind and Heart. IPI, 2005.
  • Stephen Arterburn & Stoeker, Fred. Everyman’s Battle: Every Man’s Guide to Winning the War on Sexual
    Temptation One Victory at a Time.
    Colorado Springs, Colorado: WaterBrook Press, 2000.
  • Augustine, The Confessions
  • Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. New York:
    Penguin Press, 2011.
  • Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel. West Monroe, Louisiana: Howard
    Publishing Co., 2004.
  • John Bunyan. The Pilgrim’s Progress. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1967.
  • D. A. Carson. A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers. Grand Rapids: Baker
    Books, 1992.
  • Shane Claiborne. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical. HarperCollins, 2006.
  • Larry Crabb. The Safest Place on Earth. Thomas Nelson, 1999.
  • Gene Edwards. Crucified by Christians, SeedSowers Publishing House, 1994.
  • _____. A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness. Tyndale House, 1992.
  • Gordon Ferguson. The Power of Gratitude. Woburn, MA: DPI, 1999.
  • _____. The Power of Spiritual Thinking. Woburn, MA: DPI, 2000.
  • Garry Friesen and J. Robin Maxson. Decision Making and the Will Of God: A Biblical Alternative to the
    Traditional View
    . Multnomah, 1980.
  • Michael J. Gorman, Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
    2001.
  • Randy Harris. Life Work: Confessions of an Everyday Disciple. Abilene, TX: Leafwood, 2014.
  • ____. Soul Work: Confessions of a Part-Time Monk. Abilene, TX: Leafwood, 2011.
  • Roy Hession. The Calvary Road. CLC Publications, 1980.
  • Charles E. Hummel, The Tyranny of the Urgent. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1994.
  • ______. Freedom from the Tyranny of the Urgent. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1997.
  • Douglas Jacoby. Thrive! Using Psalms to Help You Flourish. Spring, TX: IPI, 2014.
  • _____. When God is Silent: The Problem of Human Suffering. Spring, TX: IPI, 2018.
  • Thomas Jones, Ed., A Man in All Seasons: A Handbook for Faithful Living, Volumes 1-2 (DPI, 2001).
  • _____. Strong in the Grace: Reclaiming the Heart of the Gospel. Billerica, MA: Discipleship Publications
    International, 2004.
  • _____ and Michael Fontenot. The Prideful Soul's Guide to Humility. DPI, 1998.
  • _____ and Sheila Jones. Teach Us to Pray. Woburn, MA: Discipleship Publications International, 1995.
  • Thomas Kelly. A Testament of Devotion
  • Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. Wilmington, Delaware: Michael Glazier, Inc. 1984.
  • Sam Laing, Mighty Man of God: A Return to the Glory of Manhood (DPI, 1999).
  • _____, Be Still, My Soul: A Practical Guide to a Deeper Relationship with God (DPI, 1998).
  • _____. Mighty Man of God. Woburn, MA: Discipleship Publications International, 1999.
  • _____. The Seven People Who Help You to Heaven. Spring, TX: Illumination Publishers, 2017.
  • William Law. A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life. London: The Aldine Press, 1955.
  • Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God. New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1982.
  • Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World (Nashville: Oliver Nelson, 1985).
  • J. Tyrone MarcusUnbeatable: Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, ISBN-10: 1709692987, 
    ISBN-13: 978-1709692987, Independently published, 2019.
  • Jim McGuiggan, The God of the Towel. Lubbock, TX: Montex, 1984.
  • Calvin Miller. Once Upon a Tree: Answering the Ten Crucial Questions of Life. Howard Books, 2002.
  • Henri Nouwen. The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society. New York: Doubleday, 1972.
  • Larry Osborne. Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous
    Faith.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.
  • Juan Carlos Ortiz. Disciple. Carol Stream, IL: Creation House, 1975.
  • David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from The American Dream. Colorado Springs: Multnomah
    Books, 2010.
  • Francine Rivers. And the Shofar Blew. Tyndale House, 2004.
  • Ronald Rolheiser. Sacred Fire: A Vision for A Deeper Human and Christian Maturity. New York, NY:
    Image, 2014.
  • Richard Taylor, The Disciplined Life: The Mark of Maturity (Grand Rapids: Baker House, 2002).
  • John Ortberg. Eternity is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught About
    Salvation, Eternity, and Getting to the Good Place.
    Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2018.
  • Mike Taliaferro. The Killer Within. DPI, 1997.
  • _____. The Lion Never Sleeps: Preparing Those You Love for Satan’s Attacks. Woburn, MA: Discipleship
    Publications International, 1996.
  • Richard S. Taylor, The Disciplined Life: The Mark of Christian Maturity, 2002.
  • Elizabeth Laing Thompson, When God Says Wait: Navigating Life’s Detours and Delays Without Losing
    Your Faith, Your Friends, or Your Mind.
    Uhrichsville, Ohio: Imprint of Barbour Publishing, 2017.
  • Phyllis Tickle, The Divine Hours. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Miroslav Volf and Matthew Croasmun. For the Life of the World: Theology That Makes a Difference.
    Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2019.
  • Charlie Walton. When There Are No Words: Finding Your Way to Cope with Loss and Grief. Pathfinder,
    1991.
  • Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.
  • Lanelle, Waters. The One Another Way. Gainesville, FL: 1979.
  • Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God. New York: HarperCollins,
    1998.
  • _____. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God. Downers Grove: InterVarsity
    Press, 1999.
  • _____. Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ (Designed for Influence).
    Tyndale House, 2002.

(4) DOCTRINE/HOLY SPIRIT (OCT-DEC 2020) 

Required: 

Books: 1. Douglas Jacoby and Joey Harris, Informed: Untangling Destructive Interpretations of Scripture (Spring, Texas: Illumination Publishing, 2019).
2. Douglas
Jacoby, The Spirit (IPI, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2015).
3. David W.
Berçot, Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity (Scroll Publishing). 

4. Scripture: Learn the locations of 24 useful passages on doctrine and the Holy Spirit. 5. Visit: Neo-Pentecostal church.
6.
Classes at North River on Saturday 3 December. Session 9:30-2:30. 

Recommended: 

  • Francis Chan, Forgotten God: The Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009.
  • David Bercot. In God We Don’t Trust. Amberson, PA: Scroll Publishing Co, 1950.
  • David Brakke, Gnosticism (24 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The Teaching Company)
  • _____ and Ronald Herzman. Francis of Assisi (12 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The
    Teaching Company)
  • Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine (24 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The
    Teaching Company)
  • Larry W. Hurtado, How on Earth Did Jesus Become God?: Historical Questions About Earliest
    Devotion to Jesus.
    Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2005.
  • Louis Markos, The Life and World of C. S. Lewis (12 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The
    Teaching Company)
  • Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, and Craig D. Atwood. Handbook of Denominations in the United
    States,
    13th edition, 2010.
  • Elliot Miller and Kenneth B. Samples. The Cult of the Virgin: Catholic Mariology and the
    Apparitions of Mary.
    Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992.
  • Joseph Tkach, Transformed by Truth. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Books, 1997.
  • Leonard Verduin, The Anatomy of Hybrid: A study in Church-State Relationships. Grand Rapids:
    Eerdmans, 1976.
  • B.B. Warfield, Counterfeit Miracles. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1918.
    [END OF YEAR 1]

(5) APOLOGETICS / EVANGELISM 

Required: 

  1. Douglas Jacoby, Compelling Evidence for God & the Bible (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 2010). Also available as an e-book (Kindle).
  2. Gregory Koukl. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 978-0-310-28292-1.
  3. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____

Note: This is a double-unit 

Recommended: 

  • Abbot, Edwin, A. Flatland. Oxford: Blackwell, 1875.
  • J. N. D. Anderson, Evidence for the Resurrection. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1984.
  • Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitness: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony. Grand
    Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2006.
  • ________. Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies of the New Testament’s
    Christology of Divine Identity.
    Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2009.
  • David Berlinksi, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. New York, NY:
    Perseus, 2009.
  • Craig L. Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, 2007.
  • Derrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace. Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to
    Unseat the Biblical Christ.
    Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2007
  • Robert Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski. Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of
    Christ.
    Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2007.
  • F. F. Bruce, Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament. London: Hodder & Stoughton,
    1974.
  • _____. New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1984.
  • James H. Charlesworth, The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon Press,
    2008.
  • C. John. Collins, The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God’s Action in the World.
    Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000.
  • Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (ISBN 9-780743-
    286398).
  • Philip Wesley Comfort (ed). The Origin of the Bible. Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale, 1992.
  • Paul Copan, A Little Book for New Philosophers: Why and How to Study Philosophy. Downers
    Grove IL: IVP Academic, 2016.
  • _____. Is Everything Really Relative?
  • ____. Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Grand Rapids: Baker,
    2010.
  • _____. How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong? Responding to Objections that Leave Christians Speechless. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.
  • _____. A Little Book for New Philosophers: Why and How to Study Philosophy. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.
  • _____. Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion. Chalice Press.
  • _____. That’s Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.
  • _____. True for You but Not for Me. Bethany House, 2009.
  • _____. When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics. Baker, 2008.
  • _____. and Matthew Flannagan. Did God Really Command Genocide? Coming to Terms with the
    Justice of God.
    Baker, 2014.
  • _____ and Kenneth D. Litwak. The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul’s Mars Hill Experience
    for Our Pluralistic World.
    Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014.
  • William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, Third Edition. Wheaton,
    IL: Crossway Books, 2008.
  • Michael J. Denton, Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe.
    New York: The Free Press, 1998.
  • Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity? Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing,
    2007.
  • Craig A. Evans, Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL:
    InterVarsity, 2006.
  • Darrel R. Falk, Coming to Peace With Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology.
    Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004.
  • John S. Feinburg, Can You Believe It’s True? Christian Apologetics in a Modern & Postmodern
    Era.
    Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. Advanced.
  • Jack Finegan, The Archeology of the New Testament: The Life of Jesus and the Beginning of the
    Early Church. Princeton
    : Princeton University Press, 1992.
  • Norman L. Geisler and Ronald M. Brooks. When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences.
  • Gary R. Habermas and Michael R. Licona. The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Grand Rapids:
    Kregel Publications, 2004.
  • Ron Highfield, Christianity: Is It Really True? Responsible Faith in a Post-Christian Culture. Los
    Angeles: Keledei, 2017.
  • _______. Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans
    Publishing, 2003.
  • Douglas Jacoby, From Facts to Faith I: Evidences in Defense of the Faith (audio lessons). Spring,
    TX: IPI, 2005, rev. 2011.
  • _____, Science & Faith: Enemies or Allies? (DVD, 2013).
  • _____. Answering Skeptics: Sharing Your Faith with Critics, Doubters, and Seekers. New York:
    Morgan James, 2017.
  • _____. Campus Core: How to Have an Impact on Your Campus, Get Good Grades, and Figure Our
    Your Future.
    Spring, TX: Illumination Publishers, 2018.
  • _____. Compelling Evidence for God and the Bible: Finding Truth in an Age of Doubt. Eugene,
    Oregon: Harvest House, 2010.
  • _____. Does God Exist? (DVD) Debate with Michael Shermer. (Many other debates are also
    accessible.)
  • _____. How the Bible Came to Be (5 podcasts), at www.douglasjacoby.com. 2015.
  • _____. The Problem of Human Suffering (DVD). Spring, TX: Illumination Publishing, 2013.
  • _____. Science and Faith: Enemies or Allies? (DVD). Spring, TX: Illumination Publishing, 2014.
  • _____. When God is Silent: The Problem of Human Suffering. Spring, TX: IPI, 2018
  • _____ and Paul Copan. Origins: The Ancient Impact and Modern Implications of Genesis 1-11. Nashville:
    Morgan James, 2018.
  • Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. London: Dutton, 2008.
  • Peter Kreeft & Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics
  • Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity: A Revised and Enlarged Edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
    N. T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
  • _____, Miracles: How God Intervenes in Nature and Human Affairs. New York: Touchstone Books, 1996.
  • Neil Lightfoot, How We Got the Bible
  • C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: A Revised and Enlarged Edition. New York: Simon & Schuster,
    1997.
  • _____. The Problem of Pain: The intellectual problem raised by human suffering, examined with
    sympathy and realism.
    New York: Touchstone Books, 1996.
  • Licona, Michael R. The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. Downers Grove:
    InterVarsity, 2010.
  • Lightfoot, Neil R. How We Got the Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988.
  • McCallum, Dennis. The Death of Truth. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1996.
  • McGrath, Alister. Intellectuals Don’t Need God and Other Modern Myths: Building Bridges to
    Faith Through Apologetics.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993. ISBN 0-310-59091-4 and 978-0-310-
    59091-0.
  • _____ and Joanna Collicutt McGrath. The Dawkins Delusion: Atheists Fundamentalism and the
    Denial of the Divine.
    Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.
  • McGrew, Lydia. Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts.
    Chillicothe, OH: DeWard, 2017.
  • McGuiggan, Jim. If God Came: An Approach to Christian Evidences. Lubbock: Montex, 1980.
  • Morison, Frank. Who Moved the Stone? Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1987.
  • Murray, Michael J. (ed). Reason for the Hope Within. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Neufeld, Thomas R. Yoder. Recovering Jesus: The Witness of the New Testament. Grand Rapids:
    Brazos Press, 2007.
  • Olson, Roger E. Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.
  • Philips, J. B. Your God Is Too Small. New York: Macmillan, 1997.
  • Polkinghorne, John and Nicholas Beale. Questions of Truth: Fifty-One Responses to Questions
    About God, Science, and Belief.
    Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006.
  • Price, Randall. The Stones Cry Out: What Archaeology Reveals about the Truth of the Bible.
    Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 1997.
  • Roberts, Mark D. Can We Trust the Gospels: Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke,
    and John.
    Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007.
  • Rowland, Wade. Galileo’s Mistake: A New Look at the Epic Confrontation between Galileo and the
    Church.
    New York: Wade Rowland, 2001.
  • Satterthwaite, Philip E., Richard S. Hess, and Gordon J. Wenham, eds. The Lord’s Anointed:
    Interpretation of Old Testament Messianic Texts.
    Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995.
  • Schaeffer, Francis A. How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and
    Decline of Western Thought and Culture.
    Crossway, 2005.
  • _____. The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview (5 Volume Set), 1985.
  • Sheler, Jeffery L. Is the Bible True?: How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of
    the Scriptures.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999.
  • Sire, James W. The Universe Next Door: A Basic World View Catalog, Third Edition. Downers
    Grove, InterVarsity, 1997.
  • Sparks, Kenton L. God’s Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Bible
    Scholarship.
    Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.
  • Stott, John R. W. Basic Christianity. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986.
  • Story, Dan. Defending Your Faith: How to Answer the Tough Questions. Nashville: Thomas Nelson,
    1992.
  • Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998.
  • _____. The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward
    God.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.
  • _____. The Case for Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.
  • _____. The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of
    Christ.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.
  • Ward, Keith. God, Chance and Necessity. Boston: Element, 1996.
  • Willard, Dallas. The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. New York:
    Harper One, 2015.
  • Winter, David. But This I Can Believe. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1980.
  • Wright, N. T. Evil and the Justice of God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006.
  • _______. Paul: A Biography. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 2018.
  • _______. Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
  • _______. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.
  • _______. Who Was Jesus? Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1993.
  • Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud. Grand Rapids, MI:
    Zondervan, 1997
  • _____, The Jesus I Never Knew, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995
  • _____ Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? New York: HarperCollins, 2010
  • _____ Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find? Grand Rapids: Zondervan,
    2000
  • _____ Where Is God When it Hurts? Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1997.
  • Davis A. Young, The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church’s Response to the Extrabiblical Evidence.
    Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Zacharias, Ravi. Can Man Live Without God? Dallas: Word, 1994.
  • _____. A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990.
  • _____, Deliver Us from Evil
    Creation & Evolution
  • Kathryn Applegate and J. B. Stump. How I Changed my Mind about Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science. Downers Grove, IL, 2016.
  • Henri Blocher, In the Beginning. Downers Grove, IL.: InterVarsity Press, 1984.
  • Richard G. Colling, Random Designer: Created from Chaos to Connect with the Creator. Bourbonnais, IL:
    Browning Press, 2004.
  • Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. New York: Free
    Press, 2006. (This is the same volume mentioned in the section above.)
  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of
    Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
    London: Penguin, 1968.
  • Michael J. Denton, Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe.
    New York: The Free Press, 1998.
  • Darrel R. Falk, Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology.
  • Gordon J. Glover, Beyond the Firmament: Understanding Science and the Theology of Creation.
    Chesapeake, Virginia: Watertree Press, 2007.
  • Alan Hayward, Creation and Evolution: Rethinking the Evidence from Science and the Bible. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1995.
  • Denis O. Lamoureux, Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2008. Comprehensive; not for beginners.
  • _____. Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. Compact.
  • _____. Science & Religion 101 (online course). https://www.douglasjacoby.com/excellent-science-
    religion-course-denis-lamoureux/
  • Kenneth R. Miller, Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God
    and Evolution.
    New York: Harper Perennial, 1999.
  • Ronald L. Numbers, The Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism. Berkeley: University
    California Press, 1992.
  • Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearly. The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age
    of Earth.
    Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
    For more evidences books, see the “Helpful Books” document at https://ww.douglasjacoby.com.

(6) OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY

Required:

  1. Douglas Jacoby, A Quick Overview of the Bible (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2012 or Spring, TX: IPI, 2019) —chapters 1-15.
  2. Douglas Jacoby, Exodus: Night of Redemption (Spring, TX: IPI, 2016)—entire book.
  3. The entire OT, if you have not read it through completely at least once in the previous 3 years.
  4. Visit synagogue or listen to presentation by rabbi.
  5. Learn the locations of 100 useful O.T. passages.
  6. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____

Recommended: 

  • The OT Apocrypha, in the translation of your choice.
  • Brevard Childs, Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1979.
  • Hayim J. Donin, ed., To Be a Jew: A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary Life (Revised ed.)
  • Walter Kaiser, Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations.
  • William La Sor et al., Old Testament Survey (Eerdmans)
  • Tom Olbricht, He Loves Forever (Joplin, Missouri: College Press, 2000).
  • John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews, and Mark W. Chavalas. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old
    Testament.
    Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2000.
  • Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook. The Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation. San
    Francisco: Harper, 1996.
    [Summer unit (no testing) on Missions/Church Planting]

(7) FAMILY LIFE 

Required: 

  1. Douglas & Vicki Jacoby, Principle-Centered Parenting: Christian Parenting in a non-Christian World (IPI, 2017). (This edition is a revision of The Quiver, 2005. Either book is permissible.)
    OR
    Sam & Geri Laing, Raising Awesome Kids in Troubled Times, Reloaded version (DPI, 2008).
  2. Guy Hammond, Caring Beyond the Margins: What Every Christian Needs to Know About Homosexuality.
  3. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____

Recommended: 

  • George Barna, Generation Next: What You Need to Know About Today's Youth. Regal, 1996.
  • Joe Beam and Nick Stinnett. Fantastic Families: 6 Proven Steps to Building a Strong Family, 2008.
  • Lee Boger, But What About the Children? Livermore, California: Bookshelf Press, 2005. ISBN 1-59594-
    008-1.
  • Shmuley Boteach, Shalom in the Home: Smart Advice for a Peaceful Life. Des Moines: Meredith Books,
    2007, ISBN 978-0-696-23507-8.
  • David M. Brodzinsky, Marshal D. Schechter, and Robin Marantz Henig. Being Adopted: The Lifelong
    Search for Self.
    New York: Random House, 1992. ISBN 0-385-41426-9.
  • Ross Campbell, How to Really Love Your Teen. Colorado Springs: Cook Communications, 2004. ISBN 0-
    7814-3913-2.
  • Robbie Castleman, Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship. Downers Grove:
    Intervarsity, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8308-3777-9
  • Dudley Chancey and Ron Bruner. Owning Faith: Reimagining the Role of Church & Family in the Faith
    Journey of Teenagers.
    Abilene, TX: Leafwood Publishers, 2017.
  • Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. The Five Love Languages of Children. Chicago: Northfield, 1997.
    ISBN 1-881273-65-2.
  • Henry Cloud and John Townsend. Boundaries in Marriage.
  • _____. Boundaries with Kids. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001. ISBN 0310243157.
  • Andy Crouch, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place. Grand
    Rapids: Baker Books, 2017.
  • Brent Curtis & John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God. Nashville:
    Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997.
  • James Dobson, Love Must be Tough: New Hope for Families in Crisis. Dallas: Word, 1996. ISBN 0-8499-
    1341-1.
  • _____. The New Dare to Discipline. Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale, 1996. ISBN 0-8423-0506-8.
  • _____. The New Hide or Seek: Building Self-Esteem in Your Child. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001. ISBN 0-
    8007-5680-0.
  • _____. The New Strong-Willed Child. Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale, 2001. ISBN 0842336222.
  • _____. Parenting Isn’t for Cowards. Dallas: Word, 1987. ISBN 0-8499-40140-1.
  • _____ and Gary Bauer. Children At Risk. Dallas: Word, 1990. ISBN 084-9935-849.
  • Debra Evans, Kindred Hearts: Nurturing the Bond between Mother and Daughter. Wheaton: Tyndale,
    1997. ISBN: 1-5617-9437-6.
  • Eva Marie Everson and Jessica Everson. Sex, Lies, and the Media: What Your Kids Know and Aren’t
    Telling You.
    Life Journey. ISBN 6781441951.
  • Steve Farrar, King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2005. ISBN 0-8024-3319-7.
  • Paul Faulkner, Raising Faithful Kids in a Fast-Paced World. West Monroe, Louisiana: Howard, 1995. ISBN 1-878990-52-7.
  • Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ. New York: Bantam, 1995), ISBN 0-553-37506-7.
  • Willard F. Harley, His Needs, Her Needs.
  • _____. Love Busters: Overcoming Habits That Destroy Romantic Love, 2013.
  • Joshua Harris, Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2000.
  • _____. I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Romance and Relationships. Colorado Springs,
    CO: Multnomah, 1997.
  • Danielle Hitchen and Jessica Blanchard (pictures). Holy Week: An Emotions Primer. Eugene, OR: Harvest
    House, 2019. (Ages 0-4, although the book’s material can easily be adapted for children many years older.)
  • _____, Psalms of Praise: A Movement Primer. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2019. (Ages 0-4, although the
    book’s material can easily be adapted for children many years older.)
  • Kevin Huggins, Parenting Adolescents: A Biblical Model for Parents. Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress,
    1989. ISBN 0891096973.
  • _____ and Phil Landrum. Guiding Your Teen to a Faith That Lasts: A Blueprint for Building a
    Relationship with God,
    1994.
  • Lynda Hunter, A Comprehensive Guide to Parenting on Your Own. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997. ISBN
    0-310-21309-6.
  • Tim Konzen & Dr. Konzen, Jennifer. The Art of Intimate Marriage: A Christian Couple’s Guide to Sexual
    Intimacy.
    San Diego, CA: Konzen Publishing, 2016.
  • Sam Laing, The Five Senses of Romantic Love (DPI, 2008)
  • _____ and Geri Laing. Friends and Lovers: Marriage As God Designed It. Woburn, Mass: DPI, 1996.
  • _____ and Elizabeth Laing Thompson. The Wonder Years: Parenting Preteens & Teens. Billerica, Mass.:
    DPI, 2001. ISBN 157782599.
  • Elizabeth Laing Thompson, Glory Days: Real Life Answers for Teens. Woburn, Mass.: DPI, 1999. ISBN 1-
    57782-060-6.
  • Paul Lewis, 40 Ways to Teach Your Child Values. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997. ISBN 0-3102-1699-0.
  • Michael and Chuck Misja, Thriving Despite A Difficult Marriage. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2009.
  • The One Year Book of Devotions for Kids #1. Wheaton: Tyndale, 1993. ISBN 084235087X.
  • The One Year Book of Devotions for Kids #2. Wheaton: Tyndale, 1995. ISBN 0842345922.
  • The One Year Book of Devotions for Kids #3. Wheaton: Tyndale, 1997. ISBN 0842346627.
  • David Ramsey, Financial Peace Revisited. New York: Viking, 2003, ISBN 0-670-03208-Ω.
  • John Rosemond, John Rosemond's New Parent Power! Andrews McMeel, 2001.
  • _____. Making the "Terrible" Twos Terrific, 1993.
  • _____. Parenting by The Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child, 2007.
  • _____. Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager. Kansas City: Andrews
    McMeel Publishing, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7407-1021-6.
  • Leonard Sax. The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups,
    2015.
  • Laura Schlesinger, Parenthood By Proxy: Don’t Have Them If You Won’t Raise Them. New York:
    HarperCollins, 2000. ISBN 0-06-019125-2.
  • Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. San Francisco: Harper Collins,
    2002. ISBN 0-395-97789-4.
  • Lois Schmitt, Scriptures to Grow On: A Family Handbook, 2000.
  • Jeanie Shaw, Jacob’s Journey. Billerica, Mass: Discipleship Publications International, 2001.
  • Gary Smalley, The Key to Your Child’s Heart. Dallas: Word, 1992. ISBN 0-8499-0947-3.
  • Adam and Bethany Smith, Singlehood Redefined. Spring Hill, TN: Discipleship Publications International,
    2012.
  • Nick and Nancy Stinnett, and Joe and Alice Beam. Fantastic Families: 6 Proven Steps to Building a Strong
    Family.
    New York: Howard Books, 1999. ISBN 1-58229-080-6.
  • Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make us Holy More Than to Make us
    Happy?
    Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000.
  • Paul David Tripp, Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1997.
    ISBN 0-8755-2605-5.
  • Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9663786-0-1.
  • Nancy Verrier, The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Lafayette, California: Nancy
    Verrier, 1993. ISBN 0-9636480-0-4.
  • Bruce H. Wilkinson, Family Walk: 52 Weekly Devotions for Your Family. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991.
    ISBN 0-310-54241-3.
  • Tom and Lori Ziegler, As For Me and My House: 50 Easy-to-Use Devotionals for Families. Woburn,
    Mass.: DPI, 2003. ISBN 1-5778-2187-4.
    Divorce & remarriage
  • David Instone-Brewer, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible and in the Church.
  • Jerry Jones, Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage: Seen Through the Character of God and the Mind of Jesus,
    2016.
  • Rubel Shelly, Divorce and Remarriage: A Redemptive Theology (Abilene, Texas: Leafwood, 2007). ISBN:
    978-089112-519-8.
    Blended families
  • Ron. L. Deal, The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family (rev. ed.) Bethany House, 2014.
  • Gina. Debrincat, Matrix of the Blended Family. Word Alive Press, 2010.
  • Steve and Donna Houpe, Becoming One Family: Bringing Blended Families Together. Tulsa: Harrison
    House, 2008.
  • Maxine Marsolini, Raising Children in Blended Families: Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions, & True
    Stories.
    Kregel, 2006.
  • Sandi Patty, Life in the Blender: Blending Families, Lives and Relationships with Grace. Thomas Nelson,
    2009.
  • Laura Petherbridge, 101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom: Expert Advice from One Stepmom to Another.
    Bethany House, 2014.

(8) OLD TESTAMENT INTERPRETATION

Required:

  1. Re-read Fee & Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Chapters. 5, 9-12, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.
  2. Douglas Jacoby and Paul Copan, Origins: The Ancient Impact and Modern Implications of Genesis 1-11. Nashville: Morgan James, 2018.
  3. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____

Recommended: 

  • D. A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996)—only if not read for NTI.
  • Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002),
    SKIM pp. 1-268 (the half dealing with the Old Testament only).
  • Philip Yancey, The Bible Jesus Read (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999).
    [END OF YEAR 2]

(9) COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGY

Required: 

    1. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, To Take Control of Your Life (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992).
    2. Peter Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003) or The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives. 2010.
    3. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____
  • Recommended:
  • Arbinger Institute. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict. Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2015.
  • Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton, Toxic Faith: Experiencing Healing from Painful Spiritual Abuse.
    Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 1991.
  • Gene Edwards, Exquisite Agony: Healing for Christians Who Have Been Hurt by Other
    Christians.
    Jacksonville, FL: The SeedSowers, 1995.
  • Edwin H. Friedman, Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue (New York,
    NY: The Guilford Press, 1985).
  • Roberta M. Gilbert, Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking about Human
    Interactions
    (Minneapolis, MN: Chronimed Publishing, 1992).
  • John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.,
    1992.
  • Archibald Hart, Coping With Depression in the Ministry and the Other Helping Professions (Dallas: Word,
    1984).
  • Timothy R. Jennings, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life.
    Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.
  • _____ . The God-Shaped Heart: How Correctly Understanding God’s Love Transforms US. Grand Rapids,
    MI: Baker, 2014.
  • M. Scott Peck, People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil. 1998.
  • R. Paul Stevens and Phil Collins, The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational
    Leadership
    (Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1993).
  • Mike Shapiro and Mary Shapiro, Rejoice Always: A Handbook for Christians Facing Emotional
    Challenges
    (DPI, 2000).

(10) CHURCH HISTORY 

Required: 

  1. Tim Dowley, Introduction to the History of Christianity (Fortress Press) sect. I, II, V.
  2. Gary Holloway and Douglas Foster, Renewing God's People (Abilene Christian University Press).
  3. Early Church History (DVD set, Bercot/Jacoby/Staten/Harris 2008). About 11 hours in length.
  4. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____

Recommended: 

  • Peter Brown. The Rise of Western Christendom. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers Inc., 1996.
  • F. F. Bruce, F. F. The Spreading Flame: The Rise and Progress of Christianity from its First Beginnings to
    the Conversion of the English.
    Carlisle, U.K: The Paternoster Press, 1958.
  • Joel A. Carpenter. Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism. New York: Oxford
    University Press, 1997.
  • Phillip Cary. Augustine: Philosopher and Saint (12 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The
    Teaching Company)
  • Jean Comby, How to Read Church History: Tim Dowley, Introduction to the History of Christianity, rest of
    the book.
  • William Cook. The Lives of Great Christians (24 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The
    Teaching Company)
  • F. L. Cross, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Oxford. 2005.
  • ____, The History of Christianity (36 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The Teaching
    Company)
  • Philip Daileader, How the Crusades Changed History (24 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses
    (The Teaching Company)
  • Melvin E. Dieter, The Holiness Revival of the Nineteenth Century, 2nd edition. Lanham, Maryland and
    London: Scarecrow Press, 1996.
  • William R. Estep, The Anabaptist Story. Cambridge, UK: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1995.
  • John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Grand Rapids: Baker. 1999.
  • Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers
  • Peter Hoover, with Sergei Petrov V. The Russians’ Secret. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Benchmark Press,
    1999.
  • Richard T. Hughes, Reviving the Ancient Paths: History of the Churches of Christ in America (Grand
    Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996).
  • Luke Timothy Johnson. The Apostle Paul (12 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The
    Teaching Company)
  • Thomas A. Jones, In Search of a City, Spring Hill, TN: DPI, 2007.
  • J.N.D. Kelly, The Oxford Dictionary of Popes. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • Scott Kenneth LaTourette, A History of Christianity: Beginnings to 1500 Volume 1. Peabody, MA:
    Hendrickson Publishers, 2005.
  • _____. Volume 2. London: Les Editions du Cerf, 1986.
  • Mark A. Noll, Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker
    Academic, 2001.
  • From the Beginning to the Fifteenth Century, Volume 1. London: Les Editions du Cerf, 1984.
  • _____ and Diarmaid MacCulloch, How to Read Church History: From the Reformation to the Present Day,
  • The History of Christianity (A Lion Handbook). Chariot Victor Publishing. 1990.
  • Edward Peters, Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe. University of Pennsylvania Press Philadelphia, 1980
  • Bruce Shelley, Church History in Plain Language, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996.
  • Foster Stanback, Into All Nations: A History of the International Churches of Christ (IPI, 2005).
  • David Wilmshurst, The Martyred Church: A History of the Church of the East. London: East &
    West Publishing, 2011.
  • G.A. Williamson, The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine. Middlesex, England: Dorset Press,
    1965.
  • Morris M. Womack, The Church Through the Ages (2 volumes). Austin TX: R.B. Sweet Co. Inc., 1965.
    Early Church
  • Early Church History (DVD), with Berçot, Harris, Jacoby, and Staten. Spring, TX: IPI, 2008.
  • David Berçot, The Kingdom That Turned The World Upside Down. Tyler, TX: Scroll Publishing Co, 2003
  • _____. Let Me Die in Ireland: The True Story of Patrick. Tyler, TX: Scroll, 1999.
  • _____. The Pilgrim Road. Tyler, TX: Scroll Publishing Co, 1991.
  • _____. Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? Scroll, 1994.
  • Maire B. De Paor, Patrick: The Pilgrim Apostle of Ireland. New York: HarperCollins, 1998. Advanced.
  • Craig A. Evans, From Jesus To the Church. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.
  • Robert M. Grant, Augustus To Constantine: The Rise and Triumph of Christianity in the Roman World. San
    Francisco, CA: Harper & Row Publishers, 1970.
  • The Ante-Nicene Fathers (10-volume set), ISBN-13: 978-1565630826 and ISBN-10: 1565630823
  • Robert M. Grant, Augustus To Constantine: The Rise and Triumph of Christianity in the Roman World. San
    Francisco, CA: Harper & Row Publishers, 1970.
  • Andrew Gray, The Origin and Early History of Christianity In Britain. California: Artisan Sales, 1991.
  • Michael Green, Evangelism in the Early Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970.
  • Robert C. Gregg and William A. Clebsch, Athanasius: The Life of Antony and The Letter to Marcellinus.
    Mawah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1980.
  • Henry Hill, Light from the East: A Symposium of the Oriental Orthodox and Assyrian Churches.
    Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1988.
  • Justin Martyr & Mark Felix. We Don’t Speak Great Things—We Live Them. Tyler, TX: Scroll Publishing
    Co, 1989.
  • J. B. Lightfoot and J.R. Harmer (tr). The Apostolic Fathers (2nd Edition).
  • Ralph P. Martin, Worship in the Early Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1964.
  • Wayne A. Meeks, The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul. New Haven and
    London: Yale University Press, 1983.
  • W. M. Ramsay, The Letters to The Seven Churches. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1904.
  • Cyril C. Richardson, Early Christian Fathers. New York: Macmillan, 1979.
  • Richard E. Rubenstein, When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days
    of Rome.
    Orlando: Harcourt, 2000.
  • W. Brian Shelton, Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies. Grand Rapids, MI:
    Baker, 2018.
  • John Skinner, The Confession of Saint Patrick. New York: Doubleday, 1998.
  • Maxwell Staniforth, Early Christian Writings. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1968.
  • Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: A Sociologist Reconsiders History. Princeton, NJ: Princeton
    University Press, 1996.
  • J. Stevenson, A New Eusebius. London: The Camelot Press, 1957.
  • S. Thelwall, A Glimpse at Early Christian Church Life. Tyler, TX: Scroll Publishing Co, 1991.
  • William Wilson, Clement of Alexandria: The One Who Knows God. Tyler, TX: Scroll Publishing Co, 1990.
    Protestantism
  1. Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. 2013.
  2. Scott Kenneth LaTourette, Reformation to the Present Volume 2. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers,
    2005
  3. Jason K. Lee, The Theology of John Smyth: Puritan, Separatist, Baptist, Mennonite. Macon, GA: Mercer
    University Press, 2003.
  4. Martin Luther. Christian Liberty. Fortress Press, 1957
  5. Richard Marius, Martin Luther: The Christian Between God and Death. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
    University Press, 1999.
  6. Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
  7. _____, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. New York, NY:
    Viking, 2017.
  8. Holmes Rolston. John Calvin versus the Westminster Confession. Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1932.
  9. Lyndal Roper, Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet. Deckle Edge, 2017.
  10. Alec Ryrie, Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World. New York: Viking, 2017.
  11. Thieleman J. Van Braght, Martyrs Mirror (full title: The Bloody Theater, or Martyrs Mirror of the
    Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Upon Confession of Faith, and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus, Their Savior, From the Time of Christ to the Year A.D. 1660). Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1938.

Restoration Movement 

  • Leonard C. Allen, Things Unseen: Churches of Christ In (and After) the Modern Age. Siloam Springs, AR: Leafwood Publishers, 2004.
  • William R. Baker, Evangelicalism & the Stone-Campbell Movement. Downers Grove: IVP, 2002.
  • J.E. Choate, Roll Jordan Roll. Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1968.
  • Douglas A. Foster, The Story of the Churches of Christ. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2013.
  • W. Dennis Helsabeck, Gary Holloway, and Douglas A. Foster. Renewal for Mission: A Concise
    History of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.
    Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2009.
  • Gary Holloway and Douglas A. Foster. Renewing God’s People: A Concise History of Churches of
    Christ.
    Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2006.
  • Richard T. Hughes, Illusions of Innocence: Protestant Primitivism in America, 1630-1875. Chicago and
    London: The University of Chicago Press, 1988.
  • _____. Reviving the Ancient Paths: History of the Churches of Christ in America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
    1996.
  • Thomas A. Jones, In Search of A City. Spring Hill, TN: DPI, 2007.
  • Mark G. Tolouse, Gary Holloway, and Douglas A. Foster. Renewing Christian Unity: A Concise History
    of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
    Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2011. [no summer unit—allows more time for CH and WV reading]

(11) HOMILETICS: PREACHING & TEACHING 

Required: 

1. Haddon W. Robinson, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, Second Edition, 2001, ISBN: 0801022622)
2. Timothy
Keller, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism. New York, NY: Penguin, 2015. 3. Practicum in Preaching/Teaching. 

4. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____

Recommended: 

  • Graeme Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000).
  • Brandon Kelkey and Joe Hoagland, Preaching Sticky Sermons (Rainer Publishing, 2016).
  • Thomas G. Long, The Witness of Preaching, 3rd Ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.
  • D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching & Preachers (Trafalgar Square, 2000, ISBN: 0340206624).
  • John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching (Baker Books, 1990, ISBN: 0801071127).
  • John Stott, Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994,
    ISBN: 0802806279)–alternate subtitle: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century.
  • Robert Stephen Reid and Lucy Lind Hogan, The Six Deadly Sins of Preaching: Becoming Responsible for
    the Faith We Proclaim
    . Abingdon, 2012.
  • Torrey W. Robinson. It's All in How You Tell It: Preaching First-Person Expository Messages, 2003.
  • Lawrence O. Richards and Gary J. Bredfeldt, Creative Bible Teaching. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1998.
  • John Stott, Biblical Preaching Today (includes The Preacher’s Portrait and Between Two Worlds), 2001.
  • Roger E. Van Harn, For People Who Listen to Sermons: Pew Rights. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans
    Publishing Company, 1992.

(12) WORLDVIEWS / EVANGELISM

Required:
1. Charles E. Farhadian, Introducing World Religions: A Christian Engagement, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015. [read sections on Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and choose 1 of (Jainism or Sikhism or Taoism/Confucianism)].
2. M. A. S. Abdel
Haleem, The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics) (selections: half the actual pages in your version of the Qur’an).
3. Douglas Jacoby, Jesus & Islam. Spring, TX: IPI, 2009.
4. James
Sire, The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, 5th Edition (if you already own a different edition, that’s fine).
5. Gregory KouklTactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 978-0-310-28292-1. [Note: If you've already read this book in the last year in Apologetics that counts too]
6. Visit a Hindu or Buddhist Temple or a Mosque.
7. Learn the locations of the useful Worldviews passages.
8. Classes at North River, 9:30-2:30 on Saturday ____

Recommended
Evangelism

  • Francis Chan and Danae Yankoski, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, 2008.
  • Robert E. Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism. Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell
    Company, 1963.
  • Jason Georges, The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures. Timē Press, 2017.
  • Michael Green, Evangelism in the Early Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970.
  • Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg, Becoming a Contagious Christian. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994.
  • Douglas Jacoby, Campus Core: How to Have an Impact on Your Campus, Get Good Grades, and
    Figure Our Your Future.
    Spring, TX: Illumination Publishers, 2018.
  • _____. Till the Nets Are Full: An Evangelism Handbook for the 21st Century (formerly Shining Like Stars,
    1987-2017). Spring, TX. IPI, 2018.
    Recommended:
  • Beaver, R.P. Eerdmans’ Handbook to the World’s Religions. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1982.
  • Bradley, David G. A Guide to the World’s Religions. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963.
  • Eerdmans’ Handbook to the World’s Religions. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1982.
  • Farhadian (entire book).
  • Goldsmith, Martin. What About Other Faiths? London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1999.
  • McDermott, Gerald R. Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?: Jesus, Revelation & Religious Traditions. Downers Grove, Intervarsity, 2000.
    Ancient religion
  • Lucilla Burn, Greek Myths (Legendary Past), 1990.
  • Bob Brier, The History of Ancient Egypt (48 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The Teaching
    Company)
  • Jane F. Gardner, Roman Myths (Legendary Past)
  • George Hart. Aztec and Maya Myths (Legendary Past), 1997.
  • Glenn Holland, Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World (48 audio lectures and book), in The Great
    Courses (The Teaching Company)
  • Karl Taube, Aztec and Maya Myths (Legendary Past), 1993.
    Islam
  • Abu Atallah, and Kent A. Van Til. From Cairo to Christ: How one Muslim’s Faith Journey Shows the Way for Others. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2017.
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel. New York, NY: Atria, 2007.
  • Eamonn Gearon, The Islamic Golden Age (24 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The
    Teaching Company)
  • Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb. Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross.
  • Al Ghazoli, Mohammed. Christ, Muhammad and I
  • M. A. S. Abdel Haleem, The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics) (selections: half the actual pages in your
    version of the Qur’an).
  • Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient
    World.
    London: Abacus, 2012.
  • Douglas Jacoby and Aziz Abu Sarah, Jesus & Islam. Spring, TX: IPI, 2009.
  • Erwin W. Lutzer, The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent: An Informed Response to Islam’s War With
    Christianity.
    Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2013.
  • John Man, Saladin: The Life, the Legend, and the Islamic Empire. London: Corgi, 2015.
  • Steven Masood, Into the Light
  • The Qur'an: A Translation from Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, 2001.
  • Nabeel Qureshi, Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.
  • _____. No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and
    Christianity.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.
  • _____. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Grand Rapids: Zondervan,
    2016.
  • Aaron D. Taylor, Alone With a Jihadist: A Biblical Response to Holy War
  • Mosan Hassan Y ousef, Son of Hamas
    Judaism
  • Shmuley Boteach, Judaism 101
  • Isaiah Gafni, The Beginnings of Judaism (24 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The Teaching
    Company)
  • Hayim J. Donin, ed. To Be a Jew: A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary Life (Revised ed.)
    Eastern Religions
  • Confucius, The Analects
  • Grant Hardy, Great Minds of the East (36 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The Teaching
    Company). Sacred Texts of the World (36 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The Teaching
    Company)
  • James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog (4th Edition). Downers Grove:
    InterVarsity, 2004.
  • Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message. HarperCollins,
    2002.
    Mormonism
  • John M. Oakes and Douglas A. Jacoby. Mormonism: What Do the Evidence and Testimony Reveal? Spring, TX: Illumination Publishing, 2013.
  • Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830.
  • Jerald and Sandra Tanner, The Changing World of Mormonism: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Changes in Mormon Doctrine and Practice. Wheaton: Moody, 1979. 

[END OF YEAR 3—which is the end of the program] 

AIM +

(1) PRACTICAL MINISTRY

Read as many of these books over the summer as you are able: 

Highly recommended: 

  • Jim Collins, Good to Great (New York: HarperCollins, 2002).
  • Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission
    (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995).
  • Gordon Ferguson and Wyndham Shaw, Golden Rule Leadership (DPI, 2001).
  • Douglas Jacoby, Till the Nets Are Full: An Evangelism Handbook for the 21st Century (formerly Shining
    Like Stars, 1987-2017). Spring, TX. IPI, 2018.
  • John Piper, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. Nashville:
    Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002.
    Recommended:
  • Patrick Allit, The Art of Teaching (24 audio lectures and book), in The Great Courses (The Teaching Company)
  • Ron Clark, Emerging Elders (Abilene, Texas: Leafwood, 2008). ISBN: 0891125698.
  • Stephen R. Covey, The Speed of Trust: the One Thing that Changes Everything
  • Gordon Ferguson, Prepared to Answer: Restoring Truth in an Age of Relativism.
  • Edwin Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix Michael Green, Evangelism
    in the Early Church
    (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970, ASIN: 0802816126).
  • Jim Putnam and Bobby Harrington, DiscipleShift: Five Steps That Help Your Church to Make Disciples
    Who Make Disciples.
    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.
  • F. LaGard Smith, Who Is My Brother? Facing a Crisis of Identity and Fellowship (Nashville: Cotswold
    Publishers, 1997), ISBN 0-9660060-0-3.
  • A. W. Tozer, Whatever Happened to Worship? (Eastbourne, UK: Kingsway, 2005).
  • ITS 2006, Who Is My Brother? (audio and DVD, 2007).
  • Frank Viola, Rethinking the Wineskin: the Practice of the New Testament Church. Present Testimony
    Ministry, 2001.
    Elders & Deacons
    Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership (Littleton, Colorado: Lewis & Roth, 1995).
    _____, The New Testament Deacon: Minister of Mercy (Colorado Springs: Lewis & Roth, 1992)

(2) MISSIONS/CHURCH PLANTING

Read as many of these books over the summer as you are able:
1. David Berçot, Let Me Die in Ireland: The True Story of Patrick (Scroll, 1999).
2. Larry Osborne, Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series). HarperCollins, 2008.
3. Thom S. Rainer, Breakout Churches (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005).
4. _____ and Eric Geiger. Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples. Broadman & Holman, 2011.
5. Andy Stanley, Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.
6. K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions. Gospel for Asia, 1994. 


3. N.T. INTEPRETATION—HEBREWS 

Required: 

1. View the 12 video lessons on Hebrews.
2. Neil R.
Lightfoot, Everyone’s Guide to Hebrews. 3. Reflection papers 

Recommended: 

  • F.F. Bruce, The Epistle to the Hebrews, Revised edition. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990.
  • Edward Fudge, Our Man in Heaven. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1973.
  • N. T. Wright, Hebrews for Everyone, Westminster John Knox Press; 2nd edition, 2004.


4. O.T. INTERPRETATION — AMOS

Required:
1. View the 12 video lessons on Amos.
2. The Book of Amos (in at least 2 biblical translations/versions).
3. Douglas
Jacoby, The Lion Has Roared: An Exposition of Amos. Spring, TX: IPI, 2016. 4. Reflection papers

Recommended:

  • Francine Rivers, The Prophet: Amos (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., July 24, 2006).
  • Fred Wood, Amos. CrossBooks, June 5, 2009. 
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