Good Reading for Christmas and a New Sermon Series
With Advent season here and Pastor Jay returning to the pulpit, I want to highlight some good books in our church library worth your time to read and some exciting news.
With a topical sermon series on Christmas, we have excellent commentaries to go along with the scripture passages Pastor Jay will be using. In addition, you may want to borrow one of these titles:
• Ace Collins, Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
• David Jeremiah, Why the Nativity?
• Tim Keller, Hidden Christmas
• Peter Lewis, The Glory of Christ
• John MacArthur, God With Us and One Perfect Life
• Rose Publishing, Jesus’ Family Tree: Seeing God’s Faithfulness in the Genealogy of Jesus
• Philip Yancy, The Jesus I Never Knew
Pastor Jay begins a series of sermons on this book starting in January. His commentary recommendations:
• Popular level: David Gibson, Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End
• Intermediate level: Douglas Sean O’Donnell, Ecclesiastes (Reformed Expository Commentary; all Community Group leaders will be receiving this as a resource)
• Advanced level: Iain Provan, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (The NIV Application Commentary)
Other commentaries available:
• Daniel Aikin and Jonathan Aikin, Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes (Christ-Centered Exposition)
• Michael Eaton, Ecclesiastes: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary)
• Zack Eswine, Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes (The Gospel According to the Old Testament series)
• Walter Kaiser, Coping With Change: Ecclesiastes
• Philip Ryken, Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes
We’re excited for two things happening in early 2022:
1. There will be a “little library” outside the Canopy Entrance with free biblical books and literature for the church family and the community!
2. Our library is going digital! In time, you’ll be able to go online to browse our selections (by title, author, and topic), request a book, and recommend resources for us to consider adding. Watch for an announcement when these things are launched!