Recommended Readings

Below are my top selections in every category along with a brief description of why they were chosen over the others.  If you are looking for a lengthier list I would recommend the following resources:

As with everything here at Missio Dei if you do not see a topic addressed e-mail me and I will update the website as soon as possible.


Instructional Works

  • Frame, John M. Apologetics to the Glory of God.
  • Shaeffer, Francis.  The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: The Three Essential Books in One Volume: The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and He Is Not Silent.
  • Sproul, R. C.  Classical Apologetics.

Reference Works

  • Geisler, Norman L. and Ronald M. Brooks.  When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook of Christian Evidence.
  • ________, and Thomas Howe.  When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties.
  • ________, and Ron Rhodes.  When Cultists Ask: A Popular Handbook on Cultic Misinterpretations.
  • House, H. Wayne.  Charts of World Religions.
  • Martin, Walter.  The Kingdom of the Cults.
  • McDowell, Josh and Don Stewart.  Handbook of Today’s Religions.


  • The English Standard Version.
  • ________.  The MacArthur Study Bible NASB.

Bible Study

  • Grace Community Church.  Fundamentals of the Faith.
  • MacArthur, John.  Macarthur Bible Studies.
  • Shaeffer, Francis.  25 Basic Bible Studies: Including Two Contents Two Realities.

Biblical Counseling and Pastoral Ministry



  • Piper, John.  The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin.
  • ________.  The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd.
  • ________.  The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce.
  • ________.  Contending for Our All: Defending the Truth And Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, And J. Gresham Machen.

Classical Works


Church Discipline, Membership, Polity

  • Dever, Mark.  Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.
  • ________.  The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel.
  • Strauch, Alexander.  Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership.

Church History

Historical Theology: Overview

  • Lawson, Steven J.  A Long Line of Godly Men.
  • Olson, Roger E.  The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform.
  • Schaff, Philip.  History of the Christian Church.

Historical Theology: Periods and Movements

  • Verduin, Leonard.  The Reformers and Their Stepchildren (Dissent and Nonconformity).

Church Planting

  • Stetzer, Ed.  Planting Missional Churches.

Commentaries (One Volume)

  • Jamieson, Robert, A.R. Fausset and Brown.  A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments.
  • MacArthur, John.  The MacArthur Bible Commentary.

Commentary Sets

  • Clendenen, E. Charles and David S. Dockery.  The New American Commentary.
  • Keil, C. F. and F. Delitzsch.  Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament.
  • MacArthur, John.  The MacArthur New Testament Commentary.
  • Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader.


  • Cahill, Mark.  One Thing You Can’t do in Heaven.
  • MacArthur, John.  The Gospel According to Jesus.
  • Piper, John.  God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love As the Gift of Himself.


  • Zuck, Roy B.  Basic Bible Interpretation.


  • Baxter, Richard. The Reformed Pastor.
  • Sanders, J. Oswald.  Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer.


  • MacArthur, John. The Fulfilled Family: God’s Design for Your Home.
  • Mahaney, C. J. Sex, Romance And The Glory Of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs To Know.
  • Piper, John and Wayne Grudem.  50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns About Manhood and Womanhood.


  • Piper, John.  Let the Nations Be Glad!.

New Testament

  • Dever, Mark.  The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept.
  • MacArthur, John.  The MacArthur Bible Handbook.

Old Testament

  • Dever, Mark.  The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made.
  • MacArthur, John.  The MacArthur Bible Handbook.


  • MacArthur, John.  Preaching: MacArthur Pastor’s Library.
  • Piper, John.  The Supremacy of God in Preaching.


Biblical Theology

  • Goldsworthy, Graeme.  According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible.

General Theology

  • Machen, J. Gresham.  Christianity and Liberalism.
  • Piper, John.  The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God.
  • ________.  Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist.

Systematic Theology

  • Frame, John F.  The Doctrine of God (Theology of Lordship).
  • Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology.

Word Studies and Lexicons

  • Abbott-Smith, George.  A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
  • Brown, Francis, S. R. Driver, and Charles A Briggs.  The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon.


  • Burnett, David.  Clash of Worlds: What Christians Can do in a World of Cultures in Conflict.
  • MacArthur, John., Richard Mayhue, and John A. Hughes.  Think Biblically!: Recovering a Christian Worldview.
  • Pearcey, Nancy.  Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From It’s Cultural Captivity.


  • Cowper, William.  The Poems of William Cowper.
  • Newton, John.  Olney Hymns.
  • The Baptist Hymnal.

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