On My Shelf: Life and Books with Erik Raymond

Matt Smethurst | November 7, 2016


On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.

I asked Erik Raymond—pastor senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska, and author of Gospel Shaped Outreach—about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, what he’s learning about following Jesus, and more.


What’s on your nightstand right now? 

I’m currently preaching through Genesis, so I have a number of commentaries and Calvin’s sermons on Genesis. I’m also reading The Rise of Evangelicalism by Mark Noll, Peculiar Glory by John Piper, Distracted by Maggie Jackson, Transgender by Vaughn Roberts, Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs, and The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos.
 
What are some books you regularly re-read and why?
 
Rather than specific books, it comes down to three specific guys. I’m almost always reading The Works of John Owen (especially volumes 1 on the glory of Christ and 6 on the mortification of sin), John Calvin (especially the Institutes and his sermons), and Jonathan Edwards. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t reading at least one of them. In fact, it’s rare for me to not be reading something from each of them.
 
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