It is important to one’s own health and well-being to maintain a lifelong love of learning. This includes maintaining awareness of professional trends and practices, and taking time to read and reflect across a range of disciplines that pertain to God’s creative work in the world. Intellectual growth is critical to developing the knowledge base for providing spiritual counsel, relevant sermon preparation, and relating well to people who come from a variety of backgrounds.
Stephen D. Long
“This is a short book where Long examines diverse sources, discusses the relationship between Christian, modern, and postmodern ethics, and explores practical issues including sex, money, and power. The book also examines some of the failures of the Christian tradition, including the crusades, the conquest, slavery, inquisitions, and the Galileo affair.”
H. Ray Dunning
Dunning believes Wesleyanism possesses the resources to help all Christians “reflect the divine image,” and to do so holistically, in all aspects of life. His book incisively examines issues of ethical methodology and then shows how an ethic based on the “Imago Dei” shapes our relation to God, to one another and to the earth.
Grenz is a great writer. He “masterfully leads his readers into a theological engagement with moral inquiry. . . examines the ethical approaches of the Old Testament, the Gospels and Paul. He introduces the foundational theological ethics of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Luther and the Reformers. And he concludes with an evenhanded discussion of modern and contemporary Christian ethicists.
Richard B. Hays
A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics. Review: “A leading expert in New Testament ethics discovers in the biblical witness a unified ethical vision — centered in the themes of community, cross and new creation — that has profound relevance in today′s world. Richard Hays shows how the New Testament provides moral guidance on the most troubling ethical issues of our time, including violence, divorce, homosexuality and abortion.”
Mars Hill Audio Journal: (no connection to Mark Driscoll or Mars Hill Church) – “Since 1993, MARS HILL AUDIO has been committed to assisting Christians who desire to move from thoughtless consumption of contemporary culture to a vantage point of thoughtful engagement.” (website)
Books and Culture: ” Books & Culture is a bimonthly review that engages the contemporary world from a Christian perspective. Every issue contains in-depth reviews of books that merit critical attention, as well as shorter notices of significant new titles.” (website)
The Martin Institute for Christianity & Culture: As part of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture, the Dallas Willard Center places an enduring emphasis on the intellectual legacy of Dallas Willard, including his focus on the possibility and path to authentic spiritual and moral transformation. (website)
D. L. Weaver-Zercher & W. H. Willimon, W. H.
This book is a series of chapters from various authors on the nature and practice of social justice from a Christian perspective.
“The Best Ministry Books of the year”: The editors of Leadership Journal select Retrieved from: Christianity Today. (article)
“Finding your leadership style: Ten different ways to lead God’s people”: By: Bill Hybels, (2007). Retrieved from: Christianity Today. (article)
“Research to reality: Research Offers Alternative List of the 12 Traits of Effective Leaders,” Strategies for Today’s Leader:By: Bob Whitesel, (2001). Retrieved from: Strategies for Today’s Leader Magazine. (article)
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THEOLOGY – BIBLICAL STUDIES
Christian Classics Ethereal Library:The mission of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. (website)
Wesley Center Online: All things related to the Wesleys and more, hosted by Northwest Nazarene University. (website)
WESLEYAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
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