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A Canon of Theologians

Mark Dever

Mark Dever (pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and head of 9Marks Ministries) was recently asked about who he regularly reads.  His reply was most interesting.  He has, what he called a "Canon of Theologians" which he regularly reads in rotation.  Each month, he reads some of the writings of a particular theologian, maintaining the cycle year after year.

His schedule is…

  • January:  Early church (Polycarp, Ignatius, Didache, etc.)
  • February:  Augustine
  • March:  Martin Luther
  • April:  John Calvin
  • May:  Richard Sibbes
  • June:  Either John Owen or John Bunyan
  • July:  Jonathan Edwards
  • August:  C. H. Spurgeon
  • September:  B. B. Warfield
  • October:  D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • November:  Carl F. H. Henry (also CS Lewis)
  • December:  John Stott (also Packer, Carson)

His desire in this is to be steadily influenced by the ‘old’ rather than strictly keeping up with current trends & thoughts.  This is definitely something worth giving further consideration & thought towards…

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John serves as a pastor and elder at Faith Bible Church

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