Proper Crediting

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It has been brought to my attention that I have failed to give the proper credit to those from whom I’ve learned and under whom I’ve studied. This applies specifically to my understanding and teaching of the Book of Romans. Those of you who are regular listeners of the DTLC Radio podcast will recognize several of the names I will list below. These men – some in-person, some in classroom situations, and some by way of their written works – have all served as my instructors. I have learned a great deal from each of them, some good, some not so good. I owe a deep debt of gratitude and credit to them for their dedication to the Word of God, their commitment to truth, and their ability to transfer their knowledge.

Each one – by means of books, sermons, commentaries, course work, articles, systematic theologies, etc. – has taught and helped formulate my perspective and understanding of the Scriptures. You, as my listeners and readers, have also benefited more than you know from these men. What I have learned from them (only the good), I have passed on to you, and in their own words at times. My apologies for failing to acknowledge them appropriately.

So, in the interest of giving proper credit, I will list many of the most influential men and their resources. This list is not remotely all-inclusive:

  • Dr. Jack Cottrell – Professor of Theology, retired
    • What the Bible Says About God the Creator
    • What the Bible Says About God the Ruler
    • What the Bible Says About God the Redeemer
    • The Faith Once For All: Bible Doctrine for Today
    • Set Free: What the Bible Says About Grace
    • Saved By Grace
    • Studies in First Peter
    • College Press NIV Commentary: Romans Vol. I & II (Author)
    • College Press NIV Commentary on the New Testament (Series Editor)
    • Baptism: A Biblical Study
    • Tough Questions – Biblical Answers Vol. I & II
    • Power From On High: What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit
    • Theology instruction via Cincinnati Christian University extension locations, conferences, conventions, camps.
    • Sermons (various topics) – NACC, various church services, CRA
  • Dr. John MacArthur
    • Commentary on Romans
    • Grace to You broadcasts
    • The Gospel According to Jesus
    • The Gospel According to the Apostles
    • The MacArthur Study Bible – NASB
    • Good News
    • Commentary on Colossians
      • Other volumes from the MacArthur NT series
    • Slave
  • Dr. Ken Wilson
    • Augustine’s Conversion from Traditional Free Choice to ‘Non-free Free Will’: A Comprehensive Methodology (this is – in my opinion – the definitive work on grasping the roots of Augustinian-Calvinism, in the original languages)
    • The Foundation of Augustinian-Calvinism
  • Dr. Leighton Flowers
    • The Potter’s Promise: A Biblical Defense of Traditional Soteriology
    • Soteriology 101 (website/various video presentations)
  • A. W. Tozer
    • The Pursuit of God
    • The Tozer Pulpit
  • Dr. Norman Geisler
    • Systematic Theology – 4 Vols.
  • Dr. Wayne Grudem
    • Systematic Theology
  • Dr. Millard Erickson
    • Systematic Theology
  • Dr. R. C. Sproul
    • The Holiness of God
    • Ligonier Ministries
  • B. W. Johnson
    • Johnson’s Notes on the New Testament
  • The College Press NIV Commentary on the Old Testament – 22 Vols
  • The Interpreter’s Bible Commentary – 12 Vols
  • The Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible – 14 Vols
  • Barclay’s NT Commentaries
  • James Montgomery Boice
    • Romans
  • The College Press Old Green Commentary (full set)
  • C. S. Lewis
    • Collective Works
  • Jim McKowen – Minister
  • Dr. Steve Lawson – Minister
  • F. F. Bruce
    • The Epistle of Paul to the Romans – Commentary
  • Hank Hanegraaff
    • The Bible Answer Man Broadcast
    • Various works
  • Various Lexicons (Greek)
    • Thayer’s Greek-English
  • Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
  • The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible – NASB
  • The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible – NIV
  • Numerous notebooks of personal notes taken during various graduate level academic work from multiple course instructors over the past 30 years.
    • Johnson University (formally Johnson Bible College)
    • Cincinnati Christian University (formally Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary)
    • Argosy University (doctoral pastoral counseling program)
    • Ball State University (religion & philosophy department)
    • Denver Seminary (graduate level theology)
    • The Master’s Seminary
  • Dr. D. Martyn Loyd-Jones
  • Dr. Frank Turek
  • Dr. Ravi Zacharias
  • Dr. William Lane Craig
  • Dr. John Piper
  • Dr. John Stott
  • Dr. Billy Graham
  • Dr. Darrell Bock
  • Dr. Larry Crabb
  • Dr. Harry Schaumburg
  • Dr. Leroy Lawson
  • Bob Russell – minister
  • David Stone – minister
  • Kyle Idleman
  • Kent Idleman
  • Sam Stone
  • Denver Sizemore
  • Steve White – minister
  • Gareth Reese – minister
  • David Foust – minister
  • John Caldwell – minister
  • Steve Reeves – minister
  • Mike Percifield – minister
  • Ray Artrip – minister
  • Roy Norville – minister
  • Dr. David Eubanks – minister
  • David Enyart – minister
  • Danny French – minister
  • Don DeWelt
  • Moses Lard
  • Dr. J. I. Packer
  • Dr. D. A. Carson
  • Elders from numerous churches
  • Small Town Pastors Conference
  • Dr. Rick Warren – minister
  • Dr. Charles Stanley – minister
  • Andy Stanley -minister
  • Dr. Albert Mohler – Southern Seminary
  • Dr. Mark Dever – minister
  • Alistair Begg – minister
  • Martin Lloyd-Jones – minister
  • Greg Laurie – minister
  • Adrian Rogers – minister
  • Charles Spurgeon
    • Lectures To His Students
  • Martin Luther
  • John Calvin
    • Institutes
  • Augustine
    • Letters (various)
    • Treatises (various)
    • Against Two Letters of the Pelagians
  • Charles Swindoll
    • Various works
  • Southeast Leadership Conference – various speakers/presenters
  • North American Christian Convention – various speakers/presenters
  • Allendale Christian Assembly – various speakers/leaders
  • The Patristic Writers (i.e. Church Fathers)
  • Dr. Jay Adams
  • Dr. Ron Hawkins
  • Dr. Tim Clinton
  • Dr. George Ohlschlager
  • American Assoc. of Christian Counseling
  • Dr. Mark McMinn
  • Dr. Mark Yarhouse
  • Dr. Richard Butman
  • Dr. David Powlison
  • Dr. Gary Collins
  • Dr. Henry Cloud
  • Dr. John Townsend
  • Dr. Daniel Amen
  • Dwight Bain
  • Dr. Will Powers
  • Dr. Ric Nitcavic
  • Dr. Paul Tripp
  • Dr. John Maxwell
  • The Restoration Reprint Library (red set)
  • Dr. Eric Scalise
  • Dr. Archibald Hart

There’s Still More

Beyond these are literally hundreds of other authors/books, tapes, and CD recordings of various Christian and non-Christian authors and speakers. And these don’t include the thousands of resources I have access to through Logos Bible Software.

I have gleaned both good and bad from those I’ve listened to and read. I have routinely written quotes, paraphrases, and general ideas I’ve heard while listening to instructors, speakers, preachers, etc. Obviously, I have not always cited them, given them proper credit, or even remembered specifically from whom I heard or read a particular notation. These are some of the notes from which I produce my podcasts. Thus, I don’t always know to whom I should be giving credit!

While it is important to give proper credit where credit is due – especially when quoting or reading directly – the goal is to get the point across. Most teachers and preachers (unless quoting directly) do not offer the source authors. While reading/quoting from a particular text I will often paraphrase, rephrase, or restate. Most instructors are mostly concerned that the content and comprehension of a particular point is conveyed. After all, there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9) and theological teaching and understanding does not originate in a particular writer, author, instructor, or preacher. God’s Word is the primary source.

That being true, it is still important to acknowledge those who have gone before and from whom we have learned. They have done a lot of the hard work, the focused work, and the work I (quite frankly) cannot do. Trust me, I clearly understand the concept of proper citations (e.g. APA) and crediting. (My graduate work pounded that point!) Therefore, I offer my apologies to those whom I have not properly cited or credited. While I will strive to be more aware, I make no promises. If it matters, I’ve heard myself being quoted (both accurately and inaccurately) without receiving proper crediting. Truth is, we have all gotten our “lernin'” from someone else. But it is good to say “Thank you” for the work on which I continue to build.


Regarding specifically our study on the Book of Romans: I especially need to acknowledge all the references to those who have written on the topic listed above. Not the least of which is Dr. Jack Cottrell. This is obvious by the sheer number of works and courses of his I’ve studied. His lifelong work on the doctrine of grace (i.e. Romans) and his collective theology works are my primary non-biblical source material. I highly recommend Jack’s works on Romans and grace. If you listen close (or read close) and are familiar with his work, you will definitely hear and see his influence. Sometimes you’ll even hear his own words. He is the expert in my opinion. And having learned from him directly and knowing his thoroughness and devotion to God’s word, I deeply trust him. Not to mention the fact that his graduate work was completed under heavy Calvinist influences (i.e. Westminster and Princeton Theological Seminaries). Meaning, he knows both sides of the Augustinian-Calvinist/non-Calvinist debate. (Read Dr. Ken Wilson’s work and you’ll learn there is really only one side to this debate.) That is not to say that I agree with everything he has ever said, written, or taught. But better than 95% of it you can bank on!

Quick Closing Anecdote

A story is told about Billy Graham and his friend Cliff Barrows. They were visiting a particular church service and while listening to the preacher, Cliff noted the message sounded very familiar.

After the service, both men greeted the preacher but neither mentioned being familiar with the message. On their way home Cliff asked Billy, “Did that sermon sound familiar to you at all?”

“How do you mean?” Graham responded.

“Didn’t you recognize that boy’s sermon? I’m sure I’ve heard it before. In fact, didn’t I hear you preach that very same message just a few months ago?”

“Well, yeah, it did sound familiar.”

“Then why didn’t you say something to him at the end of the service?” Barrows asked. “Surely he knew and didn’t even give you credit.”

“Didn’t have the heart to…” Graham responded. “See, I took that sermon from another preacher a few years ago when I first heard it. Truth is, it didn’t come from either one of us. We just all used the same source material.”

Whether or not this story is true, I don’t know. But it does make the point.

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