For a discipleship class at church, I’ve been reading Wayne Grudem’s classic, ‘Systematic Theology’ and finding it profoundly useful and reassuring. (Systematic theology is taught less and less in seminaries these days. The idea is to look systematically across all of scripture to understand what God has to say on a particular topic.)
If you’ve ever been swayed by seemingly plausible arguments for alternative (i.e., subtly non-Biblical) theologies, e.g., denying the Trinity, then systematic theology is for you — a deep, heavy keel for your spiritual sailboat, as the high winds and waves of false doctrine work to blow us astray and swamp our lives and witness. (E.g., see Colosssians 2:4 — “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.”)
Because my time for concentrated sit-down reading is short these days compared to opportunities to listen to podcasts (e.g., driving, washing dishes, walking the dog, working out, etc.) I was delighted when a friend (H/T: AF-C) tipped me off to an audio version taught by Grudem himself. See here for MP3s and outlines. See here for iTunes podcast. See here for a longer list of lectures from his Christian Essentials course.
Grudem is a prodigious scholar and a clear writer and thinker. He’s also amply humble and thus pleasant to listen to. I’ve found these lectures (recorded live and edited though still retaining some quirky asides and Q&A) to be extremely useful. I hope you do as well.