A Little Reading for 2016

HermeneuticsAs I look to the coming years and what the Lord might allow me to do, I like to plan ahead what I might be able to read. The types of things which give direction to my choice of books are the projects I’m currently working on (or interested in potentially working on) and, now that I’ve been teaching, those subjects which I have and will teach. For whatever it is worth, I always welcome reading recommendations (but know that my Amazon wishlists contain somewhere in the vicinity of 300+ titles already 🙂 ). So here are a few of the volumes I will be reading in 2016 to be “discipled” further in several areas.

Hermeneutics

Bakhtin, M. M. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981.

Bartholomew, Craig G. Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.

Ricœur, Paul. Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1976.

Ricœur, Paul. Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action, and Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Preaching

Alcántara, Jared E. Crossover Preaching: Intercultural-Improvisational Homiletics in Conversation with Gardner C. Taylor. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.

Witherup, Doug. Interrobang Preaching: A Renewed Homiletic for the Twenty-First-Century Church. NC: Witherup, 2014.

Theology (just for fun)

Diller, Kevin. Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014.

Isgrigg, Daniel D. Pilgrimage into Pentecost: The Pneumatological Legacy of Howard M. Ervin. Tulsa, OK: Word & Spirit Press, 2008.

Spencer, Archie J. The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God’s Speakability. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.

So what books are you scheduling to read in the next year to develop in specific areas of your life and calling?

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2 thoughts on “A Little Reading for 2016

  1. Somehow I think you’ll be reading much more than this, Rick! I’ve given up planning my reading for the most part. I’m a “desultory reader” and tend to go with whatever feels right after some thumbing through books, which also generally means that reading plans fail.

    Having said that, every year is the year I’ll read Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places and The Crucified God and a whole host of other books. I’ve been thinking about/rethinking leadership these days, too, and plan to do some reading in that area as well.

  2. Rick, you baffle me! How you can get it all done (teaching, family, PhD, reading for “fun”, SPS, etc). I have a long list of books I wish to read, but as a student at two seminaries (don’t ask), my reading “for fun” is limited as reading for school takes priority. That said, my reading list is primarily on the missional church (Newbigin, Van Gelder, Hirsch, Frost, Roxburgh, Gibbs etc) plus Pentecostal works- A. Anderson, Cox, Roebuck, Wacker etc.

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