Thursday, January 10, 2019

My top four choices of English Theologians and writers to read and study!

              Over the years I have been so blessed to be able to read 100’s if not 1000’s of books by some of the great Christian authors across various denominational, and theological perceptive.  Within our current generation we have been blessed with some awesome writers with in the United States. However, some of the greatest Christian writers have come from Britain I would like to share with my top four: 

1)      James Stalker …  was a minister, lecturer and preacher for the Free Church of Scotland (United Free Church) and was Professor of Church History at the United Free Church College in Aberdeen.

o   Personal Note: Dr. Stalker’s books on the Life Christ and Paul and his great work on the Passion week, are must reads in my opinion for every pastor and student of the word.  His book The Preacher and his Models (Yale Lectures on Preaching: 1891) are on my top 5 books of all times.

2)      Thomas F. Torrance …was a Scottish Protestant theologian. Torrance served for 27 years as professor of Christian dogmatic at New College, in the University of Edinburgh; and serving as an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland

o   Personal Note:  This writing’s around “Theology and Science” and Christological our very interesting to say the least.

3)      C. S. Lewis … Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963).

o   Personal Note: I remember first reading C. S. Lewis in class in the 4th Grade at a Christian school in Taiwan, and it was love at first read. As a class we read through the entire The Chronicles of Narnia that year, and since then I have read most of his books and have never been disappointed from his great wisdom within “Mere Christianity” to being so blessed when my parents passed away by his wisdom in “Grief Observed”

Within our modern history, one British theologian & writer that I have read has stood out to me:

4)      N. T. Wright … Nicholas Thomas Wright is a retired Anglican bishop who previously served as the Bishop of Durham; He then became Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

o   Still writing and impact our generation on the topics of the New Testament and Pauline letters, he is considered one of the great minds today in the field of Theology.  

Reflecting on scripture!

            As I read this morning from Mark 2: 1 – 12; I felt a special sense of urgency.   I was reflecting on the types of people we en...