On My Shelf: Life and Books with Bruce Ashford

Matt Smethurst | May 12, 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 Bruce Ashford, provost and professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped his thoughts on politics and culture, his favorite fiction, what he’s learning about life and faith, and more.


What’s on your nightstand right now?

I read newspapers, journals, and magazines regularly. In the mornings, I pick through The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, especially the politics and opinion pages. In the evenings, I read magazines and journals. My go-to magazines are First Things and Comment, although I also enjoy The New Criterion and literary magazines such as The Atlantic and Times Literary Supplement.

Recently, I’ve finished reading Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen’s Christian Philosophy, John Bolt’s Bavinck on the Christian Life, George Steiner’s Lessons of the Masters, and Os Guinness’s Fools Talk.

Over the next few months I plan to re-read Abraham Kuyper’s Our Program and Pro Rege, as they’re being translated and published in a 12-volume series by Lexham Press. Also, I look…


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