Wesley on Reading-What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear to this day, is want of reading.
I scarce ever knew a preacher read so little. And perhaps, by
neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. Hence your talent in
preaching does not increase. It is just the same as it was seven years
ago. It is lively, but not deep; there is little variety, there is no
compass of thought. Reading only can supply this, with meditation and
daily prayer. You wrong yourself greatly by omitting this. You can never
be a deep preacher without it, any more than a thorough Christian.
O begin! Fix some part of every day for private exercises. You may
acquire the taste which you have not: what is tedious at first, will
afterwards be pleasant.
Whether you like it or not, read and pray daily. It is for your life;
there is no other way; else you will be a trifler all your days, and a
petty, superficial preacher. Do justice to your own soul; give it time
and means to grow. Do not starve yourself any longer. Take up your cross
and be a Christian altogether. Then will all children of God rejoice
(not grieve) over you in particular.
- John Wesley to John Premboth on August 17, 1760, quoted in Ben Witherington’s Is There a Doctor in the House?: An Insider’s Story and Advice on Becoming a Bible Scholar, pg. 71. (HT: T-Wax)
100+ Books on Apologetics-Bob Kelleman has a list of books exploring the case for Christianity. I think I have read less than 10 of this list, so I should keep it around!
Theological Swingers-Michael Patton has a great article about "theological swinging." His basic notion is that some people pursue theologies based upon their novelty and intrigue. If you have an interest in theology, there are wise exhortations to consider.