The November 2011 issue of Baptists Today (vol. 29, no. 11) includes an article on pp. 30-31 by M. Blake Kendrick, Associate Pastor for Students and Spiritual Formation at First Baptist Church of Greenwood, South Carolina, that compiles responses to a question he posed to selected Baptist scholars and writers: "Other than the Bible, what three literary works have had the greatest impact on your life or have been pivotal in the shaping of your identity or sense of vocation?" I was among those surveyed; here are my responses as they appear in the Baptists Today article:
1) Systematic Theology (in three volumes) by James Wm. McClendon, Jr., 2) Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life by Geoffrey Wainwright, and 3) The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age by George A. Lindbeck.