On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tom Schreiner

Matt Smethurst | July 14, 2015

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I corresponded with Tom Schreiner, professor of New Testament theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lousiville, Kentucky, about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, his favorite fiction, what he’s learning about life and following Jesus, and more.

What’s on your nightstand right now? 

I’m reading Ajith Fernando's Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World. Fernando’s a faithful expositor. He exposes my heart, so I’m always convicted reading him. I’m also reading Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together by Paul House. House is a fantastic writer, and his words about seminary life today illuminate and challenge me.

What are you learning about life and following Jesus? 

I just preached a sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:1–10, and was reminded that I’m weak and not strong. I need the power of Christ every day, and his power is manifested through my weaknesses. In my flesh, I wish I were strong. The gospel, however, reminds me that the only life I have comes through death and resurrection in Jesus Christ. 

What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others

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