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1 & 2 Samuel Sermon Series Bibliography

Now that we are coming to the end of the Samuel sermon series, it is time for publishing our bibliography of works cited. I’ve mentioned before how I love research, books, and study. Part of that love is the usefulness of a good list of references. I wrote about this in Love the Bibliography, and know that fellow bibliophiles appreciate such a resource. It also serves to be a tool by which people can get a better sense of the theological currents that are in play in our church. It serves as a mark of transparency – we do not desire to hide any of our sources of study, and desire to credit the labors of men and women who worked hard on our behalf. A good bibliography is a joy to mine for gold nuggets.

The following list is every resource used as a footnote in our sermon texts. Some, if you have been listening, you will recognize as frequently cited helps. Men like Dale Davis, John Woodhouse, William Blaikie, and Walter Chantry have been frequent helps to us, at least one of their names appearing almost weekly. They have been immense helps to me in my studies. Others were mentioned once or twice, and were sources for illustrative stories and examples. If you are the kind of reader who loves to have a list of good books, I hope you will find this one useful.

As with the last bibliography, items marked with a red plus sign + are those which were leaned on heavily, items marked with a green plus sign + are those resources I recommend to have around the house. – Pastor Head

  1. Abbott, Gorham D. The Family at Home: or, Familiar Illustrations of Various Domestic Duties. Solid Ground Christian Books, 2007.
  2. Ascol, Tom. “Nikolas Cruz and the Unmasking of Sin and Evil.” Founders Ministries, 17 Feb. 2018,
  3. Bahnsen, Greg L. “Defending the Christian Worldview Against All Opposition II.
  4. Baines, Ronald S., et al. Confessing the impassible God: the Biblical, Classical, and Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility. RBAP, 2015.
  5. Baldwin, Joyce G., and D. J. Wiseman. 1 and 2 Samuel: An Introduction and Commentary. Nottingham, England, Inter-Varsity Press ; 2008.
  6. Barcellos, Richard C. Better Than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective. RBAP, 2013.
  7. Bavinck, Herman. Reformed Dogmatics. Edited by John Bolt, vol. 2, Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Academic, 2003.
  8. Beeke, Joel R., editor. The Three Forms of Unity: Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort. Birmingham, AL, Solid Ground Christian Books, 2010.
  9. Beisner, E. Calvin. Prosperity and Poverty: The Compassionate Use of Resources in a World of Scarcity. Westchester, IL, Crossway Books, 1988.   p.81 (Originally referenced by Dykstra, David. “Envy and Malice”. Sermon, 2002)
  10. Blaikie, William G. Expository Lectures on the Book of First Samuel. Birmingham, Solid Ground Christian Books, 2005.
  11. Blaikie, William G. Expository Lectures on the Book of Second Samuel. 1st ed., Birmingham, AL, Solid Ground Christian Books, 2005.
  12. Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins we Tolerate. Colorado Springs, CO, NavPress, 2007.
  13. Brooks, Thomas. Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices. Carlisle, PA, Banner of Truth Trust, 2011.
  14. Bunyan, John. The Pilgrims’ Progress. 3rd ed., Berryville, Hess Publications, 2011.
  15. Calvin, John. “e-Sword.”   Calvin’s Commentaries
  16. Chantry, Walter. “The Life of David #07: David’s Friendship with Jonathan.” Sermon Audio. Taylors, South Carolina, Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive,
  17. Chantry, Walter. “The Life of David #30: David Desires to Build the Lord’s House.” Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive, Taylors, South Carolina.
  18. Chantry, Walter. “The Life of David #36: David’s Sin with Bathsheba.” Taylors, SC, Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive.
  19. Chantry, Walter. “The Life of David #37: Nathan Confronts David.” Taylors, SC, Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive.
  20. Chantry, Walter. “The Life of David #56: David’s Sin in Numbering the People” Taylors, SC, Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive.
  21. Chantry, Walter J. David: Man of Prayer, Man of War. Edinburgh, Carlisle, PA, 2007.
  22. Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t. Random House, 2001.
  23. Cooper, Derek, et al., editors. Reformation Commentary on Scripture; 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles. V, Downers Grove, Il, IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016.
  24. Cousins, Anne Ross. “To Thee, Dear Lord, O Christ of God.”,
  25. Davis, Dale Ralph. 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity. Fearn, Ross-Shire, Christian Focus, 2007.
  26. Davis, Dale Ralph. 1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart. Fearn, Ross-Shire, Scotland, Christian Focus, 2014.
  27. + Edersheim, Alfred. Bible History of the Old Testament. Peabody, MA, Hendrickson Publishers, 1994.
  28. Firth, David G. 1 & 2 Samuel. Nottingham, England, Apollos, 2009.
  29. Gaebelein, Frank E. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Deuteronomy through 2 Samuel, with the New international version of the Holy Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich., Zondervan, 1992.
  30. Gill, John. Gill’s Commentary. e-Sword.
  31. Goldsworthy, Graeme. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible, An Introduction to Biblical Theology. Downers Grove, Il, IVP Academic, 1991.
  32. Grant, George. “Mesopotamia, its Religion and Cultre, and other multiple titles.” Antiquity Lectures. Franklin, TN, Franklin Classical School.
  33. Grant, George. “Monasticism and Civilization.” Christendom Lectures. Franklin, TN, Franklin Classical School, .
  34. Grant, George. “The Legacy of Gregory the Great.” Christendom Lectures. Franklin, TN, Franklin Classical School, .
  35. Hall, Joseph. Contemplations on the Historical Passages of the Old and New Testaments. Stroke-on-Trent, Tentmaker Publications, 2009.
  36. Hamilton, James M. God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment: A Biblical Theology. 1st ed., Wheaton, IL, Crossway, 2010.
  37. Hammond, Peter, et al. Character Assassins: Dealing with Ecclesiastical Tyrants and Terrorists. Cape Town, Christian Liberty Books, 2004.
  38. Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible. Public Domain
  39. Johnson, Paul. The Birth of the Modern: World Society, 1815-1830. 1st ed., New York, NY, HarperPerennial, 1999.
  40. Keddie, Gordon J. Dawn of a Kingdom: The Message of 1 Samuel. Hertfordshire, England, Evangelical Press, 1988.
  41. Lawrence, Michael. Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry. Wheaton, Il, Crossway, 2010.
  42. Mathis, David. “Fasting for Beginners.” Desiring God, 26 Aug. 2015,
  43. Palmer, B. M. The Family: In It’s Civil and Churchly Aspects. Harrisonburg, VA, Sprinkle Publications, 1991.   Original publication date, 1876
  44. Phillips, Richard D. 1st Samuel. Phillipsburg, NJ, P&R Publishing, 2012.
  45. Pink, Arthur W. “Nothing So Vile as Sin.” Free Grace Broadcaster, no. 240, 2017, pp. 6–9.
  46. Pratt, Richard L. He Gave Us Stories: The Bible Student’s Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives. Phillipsburg, N.J., P. & R. Pub., 1993.
  47. Priolo, Lou. Discontentment: Why Am I So Unhappy? Phillipsburg, NJ, P & R Pub., 2012.
  48. Reymond, Robert L. A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. 2nd ed., Nashville, T. Nelson, 1998.
  49. Roberts, Vaughan. God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible. Downers Grove, Il, InterVarsity Press, 2002.
  50. Roberts, Vaughan. True Friendship: Walking Shoulder to Shoulder. Farington, Leyland, England, 10Publishing, 2014.   pp.20-21
  51. Secker, William. The Nonsuch Professor in His Median Splendour; to which is added, The Wedding Ring, A Sermon. Harrisonburg, VA, Sprinkle Publications, 1997.
  52. Smith, Joseph W. Sex and Violence in the Bible: A Survey of Explicit Content in the Holy Book. Phillipsburg, NJ, P & R Publishing, 2014.
  53. Spurgeon, Charles Haddon. “e-Sword.” ESword.   Spurgeon’s Expositions
  54. Strong, James. Strongs Exhaustive Concordance. e-Sword Bible Software.
  55. Thomas, Isaac David Ellis. The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations. Edinburgh, Banner of Truth Trust, 1977.
  56. Tocqueville, Alexis de, et al. Democracy in America and Two Essays on America. London, Penguin Books, 2003.
  57. + Trinity Hymnal Baptist Edition. 7th ed., Suwanee, GA, Great Commission Publications, 1995.
  58. Tripp, Paul David. Parenting: the 14 Gospel Principles that can Radically Change Your Family. Crossway Books, 2016.
  59. + Venning, Ralph. The Sinfulness of Sin. Edinburgh, Banner of Truth Trust, 1993.
  60. Waldron, Samuel E. A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Vol. 1, Faverdale North Darlington, Engladn, EP Books, 2013.
  61. + Watson, Thomas. The Godly Man’s Picture. Edinburgh, Banner of Truth Trust, 1992.
  62. Whitecross, John. Instructive Anecdotes Illustrative of the Old and New Testaments. Birmingham, AL, Solid Ground Christian Bo, 2012.
  63. Wiesel, Elie, and Marion Wiesel. Night. New York, NY, Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
  64. Winter, J. M., and Blaine Baggett. The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century. New York, NY, USA, Penguin Studio, 1996.
  65. Woodhouse, John, and R. Kent Hughes. 1 Samuel: Looking for a Leader. Wheaton, Il, Crossway, 2008.
  66. Woodhouse, John, and R. Kent Hughes. 2 Samuel: Your Kingdom Come. Wheaton, IL, Crossway, 2015.