Top Reads From 2017

1. The Church Dogmatics: The Doctrine of the Word of God  (1/2) by Karl Barth. This was my main read over the summer. I went into it knowing that I would like it; what I did not expect was to fall in love. Now, this book is always on my desk, never out of arm's reach when I write! My main takeaway has been and will continue to be that Jesus is the revealed Word of God witnessed to in Scripture, who calls us to both follow him and join the Biblical authors in interpreting who Jesus is and what he means.

2. New Testament & Mythology and Other Selected Writings by Rudolf Bultmann. I got interested in the bad boy from Marburg last spring, and continued to read some more, again, over the summer. I have greatly benefited from Bultmann, and will continue to think through his many ideas. This is another work which has earned a place on my desk. While I do not agree with Bultmann at every turn, he has given me new avenues for conceiving the Scriptures.

3. The Crucified God by Jügen Moltmann. Yes another one which found it's way onto my desk. My copy has become riddled with underlines and stars in the margins. The most formative aspects compliment what I learned from Barth: if Jesus us the witnessed-to revealer, then his cross is the apex of that. The Christ on the cross not only teaches us who God is, but also who we are as God’s creatures.

4. God Crucified by Richard Bauckham. As someone interested in New Testament studies, it might be ironic that this is the first work which could be called biblical studies to make my list! I loved this essay, and once I finished I called one of my closest friends to tell him how excited I was. Bauckham's thesis that the Jewish worldview of the New Testament expresses it's Christology in the highest terms possible not only offers an invigorating take identity of Jesus expressed in the Biblical text, but is also an advocacy for interfaith dialogue.

5. Assorted short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. If you're looking for a thrill that chills, Lovecraft is your man. In horror literature, his diction and nose for narrative over short works, Lovecraft is unparalleled. Some of the things he got me thinking about was the nature of evil, the necessity of community, and the effects confrontations with manifested evil have on humans