Summer Reading

Summer Reading List from Canon Henry Jansma


Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter J. Williams
Crossway 2018 PB $16.99
With dozens of books on the reliability of the Gospels on the shelves, Peter Williams, Tyndale House principal at the University of Cambridge, distinguishes itself in its clarity and mastery of the primary sources. He presents a well-reasoned scholarship and arguments about the authors, dates of composition, and resources that gives a devastating response to popular skepticism championed by Bart Erhman and others. Thoughtful laypeople, high schoolers, and college students will benefit from this work. Williams is an engaging lecturer which comes across in his writing.

Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church by Michael Krueger
IVP Academic PB $20.45
Michael Kruger has a gift for taking a massive amount of primary-source scholarship and boiling it down into a very accessible, readable package. As our culture begins to look more and more like the second-century Roman Empire, there is much we can learn in how Christians living in that environment handled the unique issues of their time. The authors and controversies of that century are unfamiliar to most Christians, but they fundamentally determined what Christianity became and continues to be. This volume does a sterling job of walking us through the evidence for how the church operated in that century and then applying what is learned to our lives today.  A great companion volume to Williams suitable for pastors and laypeople. It would make an engaging small group study.

Old Testament Evangelistic Sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Banner of Truth Trust 1996 HB $25.20
Perhaps no other aspect of church life is the Old Testament being more neglected in our evangelistic preaching. This book demonstrates the great value of Old Testament texts in reaching the hearts of the unconverted. Lloyd-Jones was convinced that the non-Christian needs to be convicted, humbled, and brought to an end of himself and preaching seeking to do him eternal good must reach his heart and conscience. These 21 sermons are examples of how he worked out his convictions throughout his ministry. There is also  a helpful introduction on the evangelistic use of the Old Testament in the preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain Murray. If you want to use the Old Testament in your personal evangelism with your Jewish or Muslim friends this is a good place to start. If they are willing to read it there is no better gift.

John Newton (Christian Biographies for Young Believers) by Simonetta Carr
Reformation Heritage Books 2018 HB On Sale $10.00
If you do not know of Simonetta Carr’s series you should. This is another in her series of brief biographies which includes Augustine, Athanasius, Ireneaus, John Calvin, John Owen, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Lady Jane Grey, Jonathan Edwards, Marie Durand, Julia Gonzaga, and John Newton. Carr has a real gift for selecting the key episodes of a life and gives here a gripping overview of Newton’s. For children and families who have never known the story of Newton, this is a great place to start. Especially valuable is the emphasis on the grace and faithfulness of a saving God, with reminders along the way of the significance of early training in the truth, and the stunning reality of the providence of God. This is another addition to an already high-quality series. Boys and girls of about 8-12 years old and perhaps even younger would enjoy not only the compelling story and the lively and informative artwork.