Summer 2016: The List

Summer 2016: The List

I’m feeling ambitious, again.

I realize summer time is usually not synonymous with ambition, but every summer I feel the urge to set out an audacious reading goal. The problem is that I have never actually made it through a single summer reading list, ever. Maybe that’s simply because my summer reading lists have been too grand, or I have children, or I get distracted, or it gets hot. I am not quite sure, but my past failures not withstanding, I am moving forward with fresh optimism for summer 2016. So, that being said, here is the list:

index 2The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair Ferguson

Since the days of the early church, Christians have wrestled with the relationship between law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, salvation is by grace and the law cannot save, what relevance does the law have for Christians today?

Ferguson shows us that the antidote to the poison of legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other is one and the same: the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ, in whom we are simultaneously justified by faith, freed for good works, and assured of salvation.

510yzqD6ukL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

This one needs no description, but I have heard it’s even better than the movie which seems crazy to me. If you choose to read this with me this summer, just think of all of the fun you’ll have dropping random Princess Bride lines in conversation.

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.




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Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology by Oliver Crisp

Deviant Calvinism seeks to show that the Reformed tradition is much broader and more variegated than is often thought. Crisp’s work focuses on a cluster of theological issues concerning the scope of salvation and shows that there are important ways in which current theological discussion of these topics can be usefully resourced by attention to theologians of the past. The scope of atonement, in particular, is once again a hot topic in current evangelical theology. This book contributes to theological retrieval within the Reformed tradition, and establishes a wider path to think about Calvinism differently.

41fhjJYGWbL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Michael Morales

Reformation 21’s 2015 End of Year Review of Books “Who shall ascend the mountain of the LORD?” ―How can creatures made from dust become members of God’s household “forever”? In this stimulating volume in the New Studies in Biblical Theology, Michael Morales explores the narrative context, literary structure and theology of Leviticus.  He shows how life with God in the house of God was the original goal of the creation of the cosmos, and became the goal of redemption and the new creation.


61YdiPgJFaL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_The Givenness of Things: Essays by Marilynne Robinson

 In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations.

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith.

indexLook to the Rock: An Old Testament Background to Our Understanding of Christ by Alec Motyer

An Old Testament background to our understanding of Christ. A demonstration of how the leading themes of the Old Testament are fulfilled, and climax, in Jesus Christ.





And something by Cormac McCarthy, to be determined.

Now, please excuse me while I get started.


David Lindell is the West Campus Pastor at James River Church. To view content and messages from David visit

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David Lindell

David Lindell

David serves as the Campus Ministries Director and West Campus pastor at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri. He has theology degrees from Evangel University (BA) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM). David has written for Christianity Today and currently writes for James River Church’s blog. He is married to Becky and they have three children: Owen, Elliot, and Henley. You can follow him on Twitter @davidlindell