Bible (Interlinear)

Green, Jay P., gen. ed.  The Interlinear Bible:  Hebrew-English, 3 vols.  Baker, 1979.

Kohlenberger III, John R.  The Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament.  Zondervan, 1987.  

Bible Introduction

Lohfink, Gerhard. The Bible: Now I Get It! A Form-Criticism Handbook. Translated by Daniel Coogan. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1979. A delightful introduction to various literary forms in the Bible, presented in connection with different forms of communication in daily life.

Cotterell, Peter, and Max Turner. Linguistics and Biblical 

Enns, Peter. Inspiration and Encarnación: evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament.

Interpretation. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1989. A superb guide to applying the principles of modern linguistics to the study of the Bible, including words, grammar, sentences, discourses, and nonliteral language. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced readers.

Bible History

Rusten, S. with E. Michael. (2005). The complete book of when & where in the Bible and throughout history (p. 46). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Bible / Study Bibles

New Oxford Annotated Bible, Kindle

The Peoples’ Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.

Business and Theology

González, Justo, A History of Early Christian Ideas on the Origen, Significance and Use of Money, Harper and Row: San Francisco, 1990.

Nash, Laura and Scotty McLennan, Church on Sunday, Work on Monday, San Francisco: Josey Bass, 2001.

Neal, Johnson C. Business ans a Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice

Stevens, Paul R. The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective.

Willmer, Wesley K., Gary K. Hoag and Scott Rodin, The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes


Church Service

Corbett and Fikkert's (2009) When Heaping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself

Culture Related Movies

Rosewood (1997). The 1922 massacre of black citizens in Rosewood, Florida, by a white mob from a nearby town.

My Family (1995). Traces over three generations of a Latino immigrant family’s trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs in Los Angeles.

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). The battle of Iwo Jima seen through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers.

Birth of a Nation (1915). Civil War-era saga in which abolitionists are seen as the destructive force and the Ku Klux Klan are the heroes.

Lakota Woman (1994). The 1960s are the setting for cultural sensitizing and protests that lead to a standoff with government forces.

Who Killed Vincent Chin (1987). One autoworker blames the competitive Japanese automakers for the threats to his job, and he kills a Chinese autoworker in the mistaken belief that he is a Japanese American.

Kite Runner (2007). An Afghani boy struggles with complex family dynamics and his own cowardice and deception, f lees the Soviet invasion, and eventually makes a life unexpected phone call that leads him on a journey of surprising revelation and redemption.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). A white lawyer in the Depression-era South defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge. The story line also attends to the segregated town’s reactions, the lawyer’s relationship with his children and prejudice against a mentally disabled neighbor.

Grapes of Wrath (1940). Based on the John Steinbeck novel in which a Depressionera Oklahoma family faces failure during the dust bowl and leaves for California, where hardships continue. The plot involves bank foreclosures, landowners suppressing labor wages and three generations of the family struggling to survive.

Extraordinary Measures (2010). A family seeks medical treatment for their children’s rare disease. Competitive scientific research, diverse personalities, corporate and personal finances, relationships with other families, and the threatening timeline contribute to this drama.

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996). Dorothy Day does not appear to be a “saint,” but her personal pilgrimage and the social realities of Depression-era New York ignite a passion that create controversy for the church about how faith is to be lived.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003). J. R. R. Tolkien’s story of a dangerous quest to destroy a powerful ring, including diverse participants (hobbits, humans, elves, dwarves), evil forces and reflections on power, goodness, individual meaning and the fate of the world.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980). A native discovers a Coke bottle and brings it back to his people, where it increasingly provokes conf lict until he decides to return it to the god he believes sent it, resulting in an encounter with Western civilization, including a clumsy biologist and a despotic revolutionary.

Babette’s Feast (1987). A French woman refugee enters the household of a pastor and his two adult daughters in an isolated Danish village with austere nineteenth-century Puritan values. After serving for many years as maid and cook, circumstances occasion an amazing culinary surprise and an equally shocking revelation, with villagewide impact.

Gran Torino (2008). Disgruntled Korean War vet and recent widower Walt Kowalski grouses about Hmong immigrants next door, but is drawn into family feasts and the complex and dangerous environment of the teenagers.

Joy Luck Club (1993). Through a series of f lashbacks, four young Chinese women, born in America, and their respective mothers, born in feudal China, explore their past, helping them understand their difficult mother-daughter relationships.

The Matrix (1999). A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality, where humans believe they are free but are really slaves to sentient computers and their software, and he is challenged by prophecies concerning his own destiny.

Thunderheart (1992). Based on events in the 1970s; an FBI agent with Sioux ancestry is sent to a South Dakota Indian reservation to help solve a murder. Even as he tries to avoid owning his heritage, he slowly enters tribal relationships and worldview, eventually learning of government participation in a cover-up.

Long Walk Home (1990). An African American maid working for a white family, despite being well-treated, decides to walk to work as part of the bus boycotts in 1955-1956 Alabama, causing lateness and exhaustion, and forcing not only herself but her white “Misses” to face and respond to the times.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). A single, thirty-year-old Greek American woman, looking for more in life than her father’s family restaurant in Chicago, falls in love with a non-Greek man and struggles to get her family and her fiancé to accept each other, while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Quinceañera (2006). Magdalena, anxiously awaiting her fifteenth birthday until she discovers she is pregnant, is abandoned by both her own family and her baby’s father, but finds a new family and new life.

A Great Wall (1986). When a Chinese American computer programmer is passed over for a promotion because he is Chinese, he quits and takes his family to mainland China, precipitating a clash of cultures.

Monsoon Wedding (2001). In India, where telecommunications and a Western lifestyle mix with old traditions, young Aditi accepts an arranged marriage with a groom living in Texas. Scattered relatives from both families come to New Delhi during the monsoon season to attend the wedding.

The Visitor (2008). When a widowed and disillusioned college professor is sent to a conference in New York, he is surprised to find that a young couple, having been scammed, is residing in his New York apartment. An unlikely friendship develops with the Syrian man and Sengalese woman as they face problems concerning justice and immigration documents.

Real Women Have Curves (2002). A first-generation Mexican American teen in a predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles receives a full scholarship to Columbia University, provoking a conf lict as she ref lects on the solidarity her mother has with work colleagues.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). In a mythic tale set in ancient China, two great Zen warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive find themselves intertwined in the life of an impetuous, physically skilled but deeply troubled teenage nobleman’s daughter.

El Norte (1983). Mayan Indian manual laborers escape a Guatemalan army massacre and decide to f lee to the United States, struggling to make a new life as young, uneducated, illegal immigrants.

Smoke Signals (1998). A young Native American man sets out with another young man from the reservation to collect the pickup truck and ashes of his deceased father, and discovers his memories of his father are very different than his companion’s.

Dances with Wolves (1990). Lieutenant John Dunbar, sent to a remote Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Sioux Indians, and gradually sheds his “white man’s” ways, then is tested as the Army advances into the plains and upon what has now become his family.

Born in East LA (1987). A Mexican American caught up in an immigration raid is wrongly deported as an illegal immigrant, with no way of proving he is an American citizen, and is forced to sneak his way back home.

Bread and Roses (2000). Two Latina sisters working as janitors, one of whom is an illegal immigrant, are set on a collision course that mirrors the conf lict between workers and management when they are caught up in a fight for the right to unionize.

Gandhi (1982). Biography of Mohandas Gandhi, the famed leader of the fight for Indian independence from the British through nonviolent protest.

Stand and Deliver (1988). A dedicated inner-city math teacher inspires his dropout-prone students to learn algebra and calculus using unconventional methods, and they do so well that they are accused of cheating.

Culture and Society

Emerson, Michael, and Christian Smith. Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Hughes, Richard. Myths America Lives By. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

McAdams, Dan. The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Wuthnow, Robert. The American Mythos: Why Our Best Efforts to Be a Better Nation Fall Short. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006.


Interpretation. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1989. A superb guide to applying the principles of modern linguistics to the study of the Bible, including words, grammar, sentences, discourses, and nonliteral language. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced readers.

The Sacra Pagina series (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical, 1991–) is an excellent collection of commentaries on the NT from well-known Roman Catholic biblical scholars. Original-language terms appear in transliteration.

Cultural Related Theological Topics


DeYoung, Curtiss. Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible’s Message in an Age of Diversity. Valley Forge, Penn.: Judson, 2009.

DeYoung, Curtiss. Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge—Our Only Hope. Valley Forge, Penn.: Judson, 1997.

Fong, Bruce. Racial Equality in the Church: A Critique of the Homogeneous Unit Principle in Light of a Practical Theology Perspective. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2002.

González, Justo. For the Healing of the Nations: The Book of Revelation in an Age of Cultural Conflict. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1999.

Hays, J. Daniel. From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Hines, Samuel George, and Curtiss DeYoung. Beyond Rhetoric: Reconciliation as a Way of Life. Valley Forge, Penn.: Judson, 2000.

Jones, L. Gregory. Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Katongole, Emmanuel, and Chris Rice. Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

McKenzie, Steven. All God’s Children: A Biblical Critique of Racism. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997.

Morales, Ed. Living in Spanglish: The Search for Latino Identity in America. New York: St. Martin’s, 2003.

Rodríguez, Richard. Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodríguez.

Schreiter, Robert. The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1998.

Stavans, Ilan. The Hispanic Condition: The Power of a People. New York: Harper, 2001.

Volf, Miroslav. The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth, S. Steve Kang and Gary Parrett. A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.(spiritual Formation and Cultural Diversity).

Hawn, C. Michael. One Bread, One Body Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship. Herndon, Va.: Alban Institute, 2003.

Hiebert, Paul. Anthropological Insights for Missionaries. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1985.

Law, Eric. The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed. Atlanta: Chalice Press, 1996.

Nieman, James, and Thomas Rogers. Preaching to Every Pew: Cross-Cultural Strategies. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001.

Ortíz, Manuel. One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1996.

Dictionaries and Lexicons

Armstrong, Terry A., Douglas L. Busby and Cyril F. Carr.  A Reader’s Hebrew-English Lexicon of the Old Testament.  Zondervan, 1989.  

Botterweck, G. Johannes and Helmer Ringgren, eds.  Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, 12 vols.  Eerdmans, 1974- (still in process)

Brown, Francis, S.R. Driver and Charles A. Briggs.  A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament.  Clarendon Press, 1951.  

Davidson, Benjamin.  The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon.  Zondervan, 1970.

Harris, R. Laird, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., and Bruce K. Waltke, eds.  Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 2 vols.  Moody Press, 1980.

Holladay, William L., ed.  A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Based Upon the Lexical Work of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner.  Eerdmans, 1971. 

Owens, John Joseph.  Analytical Key to the Old Testament, 4 vols.  Baker, 1992.

VanGemeran, Willem A., gen. ed.  The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, 5 vols.  Zondervan, 1997.  


Michael Anthony; Michelle Anthony; Ken Canfield A Theology for Family Ministry, Logos.

Friedman, Edwin H. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. The Guilford Family Therapy Series. New York: Guilford Press. Kindle.

Garland, Diana R. Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide. 2nd Edition. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. Kindle.

Jones, Timothy P., ed. Perspectives on Family Ministry. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2000, Kindle.

Jones, Timothy Paul, and John David Trentham. Practical Family Ministry: A Collection of Ideas for Your Church. Randall House, 2015, Kindle

McKinney, Phil. D2: Becoming a Devoted Follower of Christ. Abilene, TX: Leafwood, 2019.

Thompson, Marjorie. Family: The Forming Center. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1996


Feser, Edward, Five Proofs of the Existence of God. 

Feser, Edward, Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science.

Feser, Edward, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism

Hume, David, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (Hackett Classics)

Taylor, Charles, Modern Social Imaginaries, Public Planet Books.


See Michale C. Gorman, Chapter 11, Kindle.

Jeannine K. Brown, Scriipture As Communication, Introducing Biblial Hermeneutics, Kindle.

William P. Brown, A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis. KIndle.


Carney, Thomas F., The Shape of the Past: Models and Antiquity.

Languages (Greek and Hebrew)

Arnold, Bill, and John Choi. A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Beall, Todd S., William A. Banks and Colin Smith.  Old Testament Parsing Guide, 2 vols.  Moody, 1990.

Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. Eerdmans, 1992.

Lambdin, Thomas O. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Scribner’s, 1971.

Weingreen, J. A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, 2nd edition. Clarendon Press, 1959.

Williams, Ronald J. Hebrew Syntax: An Outline, 2nd edition. University of Toronto Press, 1976


Barnes, M. Craig, The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in Ministerial Life (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008), Kindle

Branson, Mark Lau, Memories, Hopes, and Coversations:Appreciative Inquiring, Missional Engagement, and C0ngregational Change, Kindle.

Cooper, Pamela, White and Michael Cooper White, Exploring the Practices of Ministry (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014). Kindle

Harder, Cam, Discovering the Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together (Herndon, VA: Alban, 2013). Kindle

Moschella, Mary Clark, Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2008) Print Book

O’Connell Killen, Patricia, and John De Beer, The Art of Theological Reflection (New York: Crossroad, 1994), Print Book.

Scharen, Christian, Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008), Kindle

New Testament

Aune, David. The New Testament in Its Literary Environment. Library of Early Christianity. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1987. A superb analysis of the literary genres of the NT writings in context.

Bailey, James L., and Lyle D. Vander Broek. Literary Forms in the New Testament: A Handbook. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1992. A helpful guide to the specific forms found in the various kinds of NT documents

Old Testament

Dorsey, David A. The Literary Structure of the Old Testament: A Commentary on Genesis–Malachi. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999. A novel “commentary” that considers the literary structure of each book and how that structure affects interpretation of particular texts.


González, Justo and Catherine, Preaching: The Pulpit and the Oppressed.


Adler, Mortimer J., and Charles Van Doren. How to Read a Book:The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. Rev. ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972; Touchstone edition, 1997.


Abraham, William J. / Vickers, Jason E. / Van Kirk, Natalie B. (Eds.), Canonical Theism: Proposal for Theology and the Church, Kindle.

McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology Reader, Kindle

McGrath, Alister E., Chrstian Theology, An Introduction, Kindle.

William G. Rusch, The Trinitarian Controversy, Kindle.

Richard A. Norris and William G. Rusch, The Christological Controversy, Kindle


Complete Jewish Bible, Logos

The NET Bible, Logos

Traducción en Lenguaje Actual, Logos