Practicing Discernment: Steve King’s Cherrydale Baptist in Arlington, Virginia Recommended Reading List

This is a discernment post that deals with Cherrydale Baptist in Arlington, Virginia. This is the recommended reading list that the church pushes. How would you look at this recommended reading list? Is this healthy or does this have problems? 

“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”

Edward De Bono

“To live is to think.”

Marcus Cicero

That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

Acts 17: 10-12 NLT

Cherrydale Baptist

This is another discernment post of a church in the Washington, D.C. area. Its based in Arlington and is called Cherrydale Baptist and is led by Steve King. This church is looking for a new senior pastor is set to retire. Below you will see the recommended reading list of what Cherrydale encourages people to read. How would you process this? Is this a healthy reading list? Or does this show that Cherrydale would be a place ripe for spiritual abuse and problems? Please read and discuss below what is being recommended. 



Spiritual Growth

  • Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Example and Presence by Henry and Norman Blackaby
  • Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry Blakaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith by Wayne Grudem
  • Knowing Christ by Alister McGrath
  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer
  • The Cross of Christ by John R.W. Stott

Christian Life

  • How Now Shall We Live by Chuck Colson
  • Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living by Tom Davis
  • Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom From Shame by Heather Davis Nelson
  • The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness
  • Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road by Timothy Keller
  • Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller
  • Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Dr. Russell Moore
  • Father God: Daring to Draw Near by Dave Patty
  • Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church by Doug Serven
  • Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life by Ed Shaw
  • The Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John R.W. Stott
  • The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of our Calling by John R.W. Stott

Evangelism & Missions

  • What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the GreatCommission by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
  • Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
  • Missionary Method’s St. Paul’s or Ours? By Roland Allen
  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
  • Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper
  • Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged Edited by John Piper and David Mathis


  • The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce by Shaunti Felhahn
  • The Marriage Builder by Larry Crabb
  • When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey
  • The Act of Marriage by Tim and Beverly LaHaye
  • Personality Plus for Couples by Florence Littauer
  • Personality Puzzle by Florence and Marita Littauer
  • This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence by John Piper
  • The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent
  • The Blessings of Brokenness by Charles Stanley
  • Communication: Key to Your Marriage by H. Norman Wright

Parenting & Families

  • The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Christian Biography

  • Oswald Chambers: Abandoned To God by David Mccasland
  • Confessions of a Theologian by Dr. Carl F.H. Henry
  • Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
  • George Mueller: He Dared Trust God for the Lives of Countless Orphans by Faith Coxe Bailey
  • Shaftesbury: The Great Reformer by Richard Turnbull
  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas

Christian Leadership

  • The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes by Gary G. Hoag, R. Scott Rodin, and Wesley K. Willmer
  • Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders
  • Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches by Peter J. Greer, and Chris Horst
  • The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes by Gary G. Hoag, R. Scott Rodin, and Wesley K. Willmer
  • The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders by Dr. Roger Parrott

Pastoral Ministry

  • Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving
  • Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
  • Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application by Daniel M. Doriani
  • Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
  • The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
  • The Vine Project: Shaping Your Ministry Culture Around Disciple Making by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Shepherding & Counseling

  • The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan
  • The Pastor and Counseling by Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju
  • Inside Job: Doing the Work Within the Work by Stephen W. Smith
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp



2 thoughts on “Practicing Discernment: Steve King’s Cherrydale Baptist in Arlington, Virginia Recommended Reading List

  1. First skim I recognized three Red Flag names:
    Beverly LaHaye (by association with her late husband).
    John “Flutterhands” Piper, whose Virtue Signalling is up to SEVEN-POINT Calvinism.

    I also recognized the names Chuck Colson, John R W Stott, and Os Guiness. Colson seems OK and I don’t know about the other two either way.

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  2. Well I would say the church promotes Calvinism, complementarianism, authoritarianism and all the things that go into the “hip” modern Acts 9 so called “healthy” church that I would run from.


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