Shepherds’ Conference Books

I attended the annual Shepherds’ Conference this week at Grace Community Church (Pastor John MacArthur).  One of the more famous traditions among perennial attendees is the free book binge at lunchtime on Thursday.  Fifteen or twenty Christian publishing companies are invited to the conference with the requirement that they hand out at least one free book.

On top of that, the conference gift this year was a $50 gift card to be used during the conference (in my opinion a better choice than the usual fancy watch, garment bag, or collector’s pen).  What’s more, a pastor I was meeting with gave me his gift card and Cindi had a $10 card for the GCC bookstore, so I made off with quite a few books.  I thought I would let you in on my stash so you can see just what a wonderful tradition this whole book-giving thing is.  So here are all the books I either received or bought in the last few days, almost all compliments of the Shepherds’ Conference.  I need another bookshelf.

  • A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur
  • The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest
  • James (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Daniel M. Doriani
  • 1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart (Focus on the Bible commentary) by Dale Ralph Davis
  • The New Answers Book: Over 25 Questions on Creation/Evolution and the Bible edited by Ken Ham
  • The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1: The King and His Kingdom (Matthew 1-17) by James Montgomery Boice
  • Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. and J. Ed Komoszewski
  • The Mortification of Sin (abridged; Puritan Paperbacks) by John Owen
  • “The Doctrines of Grace” DVD (10 sermons) by John MacArthur
  • Jesus Christ: The Prince of Preachers by Mike Abendroth
  • Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace by Gary & Betsy Ricucci
  • The Cup and the Glory: Lessons on Suffering and the Glory of God by Greg Harris
  • The Master’s Seminary Journal on New Covenant Theology (Fall 2007)
  • Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper
  • Meet the Puritans by Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson
  • The Master’s Plan for the Church by John MacArthur
  • A Long Line of Godly Men, Vol. 1: Foundations of Grace (1400 B.C. – A.D. 100) by Steven J. Lawson
  • An Introduction to the New Testament by D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo
  • A Survey of the Old Testament by Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton
  • Five Views on Law and Gospel by Greg Bahnsen, Walt Kaiser, Douglas Moo, Wayne Strickland, and Willem VanGemeren
  • Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Peter T. O’Brien

I wonder if anyone (who didn’t go to the conference) can guess which four I bought…

The amazing thing is that pastors were given enough books this year to almost make up for the price of the conference.  Praise the Lord for these kinds of resources and this kind of generosity.


6 thoughts on “Shepherds’ Conference Books

  1. Nate: Very good guess (2/4) – I bought Carson/Moo and Kostenberger/O’Brien.

    Scott: No decision has been made yet – still weighing the options. Congratulations on your engagement! Glad to hear that “Love That Lasts” is a good one.

  2. Angela and I started reading “Love That Lasts” together after we got engaged. We’re a couple chapters in and it’s really good!

    Heard you’re coming to Dallas soon?

  3. James (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Daniel M. Doriani

    The Mortification of Sin (abridged; Puritan Paperbacks) by John Owen

    An Introduction to the New Testament by D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo

    Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Peter T. O’Brien

    That’s my guess.

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