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Below are some of the books and authors referenced in Steven Cole's sermons.  If you decide to purchase one, a few cents goes to our efforts, and prayerfully more sense goes to our growth in the Lord.  Thank you.

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Evangelistic Sermons at Aberavon by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

From the outset of his ministry in South Wales in 1927 Dr. Lloyd-Jones was an evangelistic preacher, as can be seen in this collection of twenty-one sermons from his ministry there. As with the early preaching of George Whitefield and Robert M'Cheyne, they show why the gospel is the most urgent, glorious and transforming of all messages. As a book specifically on the subject of conversion and the beginning of the Christian life, the Publishers believe this will be one of the most popular and valuable of all the Lloyd-Jones titles.

As you sit at the feet of great men learning how to better serve God's people, always remember that what you learn you don't own; you are merely borrowing it for a time to use for the advancement and uplifting of the Kingdom of Heaven. You can learn the how to's from lloyd'Jones, but the application has to come from the sweat and perserverance of your own brow as you till the fields, ripe for harvest. Be thankful you found this book. Learn from it.

From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott

God has given us a model to follow in order to be what He wants us to be, and that model is the person of Jesus Christ. We must first want to glorify God with our lives and realize that it is Christlikeness that will help us to do that. The humility of Jesus Christ is His most stunning attribute, and the sin of pride is probably the most detestable to God. Pride is a form of self-worship and is often manifested in the most subtle ways. Contained within this small volume is an exhaustive list of manifestations of pride, which we must Put Off, followed by the challenging attributes of humility, which we must Put On through the Holy Spirit. Dr. Stuart Scott is currently serving as Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Professor and Dept. Coordinator of Biblical Counseling at Boyce College in Louisville, KY. He formerly served as Associate Pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Ca and as Associate Professor at The Master's College and Seminary there. Stuart has been married to his wife, Zondra, for twenty-two years and they have tow teenage children, Christa and Marc.

"If every couple would read that book every month, we wouldn't have any couples counseling." 

Marla Cole

God’s Passion for His Glory by John Piper

In his essay The End for Which God Created the World, the great theologian Jonathan Edwards proclaimed that God's ultimate end is the manifestation of his glory in the highest happiness of his creatures.

Pastor John Piper has devoted his years of ministry to exploring the implications of this stunning truth for life and ministry. Understanding that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him has made all the difference for John Piper-and can transform your life as well.

Here Piper passionately demonstrates the relevance of Edwards's ideals for the personal and public lives of Christians today through his own book-length introduction to Edwards's The End for Which God Created the World. This book also contains the complete essay supplemented by almost a hundred of Piper's insightful explanatory notes. The result is a powerful and persuasive presentation of the things that matter most in the Christian life.

Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper

This new edition of a bestselling textbook (over 185,000 copies sold) draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. John Piper offers a biblical defense of God's supremacy in all things, providing readers with a sound theological foundation for missions. He examines whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and issues a passionate plea for God-centeredness in the missionary enterprise, seeking to define the scope of the task and the means for reaching "all nations." The third edition has been revised and expanded throughout and includes new material on the prosperity gospel. The book is essential reading for those involved in or preparing for missions work. It also offers enlightenment for college and seminary students, pastors, youth workers, campus ministers, and all who want to connect their labors to God's global purposes.

Let the Nations Be Glad! has become a modern missions classic. A trusted resource for thousands of missionaries, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople, it provides a biblical basis for missions and worship. This third edition has been expanded to include timely new material on the prosperity gospel.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis' legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross by Leon Morris

This modern classic of biblical scholarship explains what the apostles meant when they used such words as "redeem," "covenant," "propitiate," "reconcile," and "justify." Leon Morris carefully explores these themes against the backgrounds of both Old Testament Judaism and New Testament Christianity -- a rewarding task that results in a more complete understanding of these key Christian terms.

Leon Morris delivers a theological robust rebuttal of CH Dodd's explanation, and the modernist view of Christ's sacrifice being too bloody for a just God. The word "hilaiskos" is hermeneutically proven to mean "propitiation" and not just "expiation". Sadly many Bible versions persist in opting in favor of translating the word as "expiation" which fails to assert that God's wrath was appeased. There is correspondingly a lesser need for repentance.

The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas Moo

Douglas Moo's work on the Epistle to the Romans is part of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Prepared by some of the world's leading scholars, the series provides an exposition of the New Testament books that is thorough and fully abreast of modern scholarship yet faithful to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.

In every way, Moo's commentary on Romans is the best one can find today. Conservative without being anti-intellectual. Exhaustive without being pedantic. It took over a decade for this commentary to see the light of day, and we should all be thankful it did.

Moo's arguments in Romans 6-8 are cogent, thorough, and brilliant. His understanding of "flesh" in Pauline theology ought to be sent straight to the translation committee of EVERY NT translation board that has ever said (wrongly) "sarx" should be translated "sinful nature." (The NIV, anyone?)

Even on the rare occasion one ends up disagreeing with Moo's exegesis, you will understand how and why he said what he did. And, IMHO, that is the mark of a well-written commentary. He lets the text speak to him before he speaks to us. And I cannot give higher praise to a commentator than that.

The Gospel According to John by D. A. Carson

...referenced in Steven J. Cole's sermons

In this solid evangelical commentary on John's Gospel, a respected Scripture expositor makes clear the flow of the text, engages a small but representative part of the massive secondary literature on John, shows how the Fourth Gospel contributes to biblical and systematic theology, and offers a consistent exposition of John as an evangelistic Gospel. The comprehensive introduction treats such matters as the authenticity, authorship, purpose, and structure of the Gospel.

"I have just finished reading through this commentary for the third time. I have read many commentaries on John's Gospel and consider this one of the best evangelical commentaries on John available today. Carson interacts with many views on controversial items but is never boring. The commentary is a good mix of excellent and profound scholarship but never loses its readability. If one is not familiar with the Greek Language of the Bible this commentary is a good one. If you do have a working knowlege of Greek, Carson is an excellent Greek exegete and you will find satisfaction here. I recommend this great commentary wholeheartedly."

C A Dixon

The Praying Life by Paul Miller

Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance.

Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.

Parents will find Miller's family-life experiences especially helpful.

“A great book on prayer…biblical, practical, readable…This book will help you generate a culture of prayer both in you and those around you.” --Dr. Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church; author of the New York Times best seller The Reason for God

“Paul Miller refuses to separate the spiritual life from the rest of our daily living. In A Praying Life, he shows the difference that constant communication with Christ makes in the everyday experiences of life, especially the life of the family. Reading this book will help you make prayer a more important part of your own life story by integrating prayer into the daily routines of life.” --Dr. Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College; author

“In my library, I have perhaps twenty different volumes on prayer, but none as so captured my heart or propelled me into fresh communion with our Father as much as A Praying Life. Finally, a book that applies the radical implications of the gospel of God’s grace to prayer! With childlike wonder, sage-like wisdom, and heartfelt candor, Paul shows us that to pray is to see Jesus more clearly and meet him more regularly in every single aspect and moment of the day. Thanks, my friend, for calling me back to what really matters.” --Scotty Smith, pastor for preaching, teaching, and worship, Christ Community Church

“What a refreshing book! If you're tired of religious prayer games and rote prayers that stop at the ceiling or if you have suspected that God was on vacation somewhere, this book will change your life. And if you're thinking about giving up on prayer, don't! At least not until you've read this book. When you have, you'll thank me for recommending it to you.” --Steve Brown, Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary; teacher on the syndicated radio program Key Life

”Honest, realistic, mature, wise, deep. Warmly recommended.” --J.I. Packer, professor of theology, Recent College; author of Knowing God

Walking with the Giants by Warren W. Wiersbe

"Outstanding! Numerous short biographies of great preachers you should know. Part 2 deals with "Classic books on the ministry." Every pastor and church leader should read this and the next one."
- Steven Cole

Warren W. Wiersbe is best known as a Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He has ministered in churches and conferences in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and the United States. He has published more than 150 books and was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

Zone for Reading Christian Biographies

A Selected Bibliography and comment, by Steven J. Cole

The following books on church history and biographies of great Christians have been helpful to me. I have tried to list the individual biographies in rough chronological order under each section.


1. Eerdman's Handbook to the History of Christianity [Eerdmans], ed. by Tim Dowley. An excellent all-round reference work, with many short articles on key people and movements.
2. The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church [Zondervan], ed. by J. D. Douglas. Short biographical articles on thousands of people and movements in church history.
3. Dictionary of Christianity in America [IVP], ed. by Daniel Reid, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, & Harry Stout. Short articles on key people and movements in American church history.
4. Great Leaders of the Christian Church [Moody Press], ed. by John Woodbridge. Short biographies of the leaders of Christianity from Peter to Francis Schaeffer.