On My Shelf: Life and Books with Jonathan Leeman

Matt Smethurst | May 5, 2016

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I corresponded with Jonathan Leeman, editoral director for 9Marks and author most recently of Don’t Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism (B&H, 2016), about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped his biblical theology, his favorite—and wished-for—fiction, and more.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

  • A few commentaries on Hosea.
  • Gerald Bray’s new book, The Church.
  • A work of fiction I think I’m going to stop reading even though I’m only halfway through. Boring.
  • Steven Smith’s The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom.
  • Some Roman Catholic theologies on church polity. Predictable, right?
  • Russell Moore’s Onward, which I read a couple months ago. I recommend it.  
  • I also finally read Gregg Allison’s Sojourners and Strangers (four years too late)Except for the part where he strays into multi-site-ism, it’s very good!

What are some books you regularly re-read and why?

I don’t understand these guys who always say they re-read books. Where do they get the time? I have stacks and stacks of books I’m trying to get to for the first time. I don’t think I’ve ever re-read a book. 

What books

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