An Accessible Guide to Systematic Theology, Christian Theology by Christopher Morgan

For a while now, I’ve been on the hunt for a solid, entry-level systematic theology to use with people in my church. We have a wealth of in-depth, academic-level systematic theologies available to us today, especially for those of us in the Reformed tradition. But there’s a notable gap in literature that hits the sweet spot—at least for those of us who are Reformed and Baptist—between those more technical, lengthier works and systematic theologies that are geared to the average person in the pew.

This is partly why I think Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology has been so popular despite its methodological and theological problems. I’ll be honest; I’ve used it with people! It’s accessible, easy to understand, saturated with scripture, and generally takes Reformed positions. In terms of those qualities, it’s ideal for use in the church. But alas, there’s that pesky methodology (Biblicism) along with his odd (Grudem’s view of prophecy) to even straight-up aberrant (eternal subordination of the Son) theological positions at times.

So I’ve long desired a replacement, something that’s equally accessible, readable, scripture saturated, but without the problems of Grudem.

I’m pleased to say that I think I’ve found that in Christopher Morgan’s Christian Theology: The Biblical Story and Our Faith.

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Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton (Book Recommendation)

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany—so beginning the Protestant Reformation. This book tells the story of Luther’s life, how he came to discover the gospel of justification by faith alone for himself, and how he then sparked a movement of gospel recovery across Europe.

For my full list of recommended books, see here.

How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? (Book Recommendation)

Although we believe the same things concerning our faith, Christians nonetheless often differ in their politics. How can this be? And when it does happen, how can we love those with whom we disagree? These are the exact questions Andy Naselli and Jonathan Leeman seek to answer in this short, practical book.

Purchase How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?

Listen to a free audio version of the book.

Access “Politics, Conscience, and the Church.”

See my podcast interview with Jonathan Leeman.

See the full list of Kirk’s recommended books.