On Monday, I posted on Why local churches should practice church discipline. As promised, here are a few books I would highly recommend if you are interested in reading further on the subject. The first book I would recommend is my friend, Jonathan Leeman’s modern work, The Surprising Offense of God’s Love. I consider this the definitive modern work on this issue with no equal to Jonathan’s thoughfulness and pastoral insight. This is a meaty volume, but it is worth the effort.
in addition to this book, there is the classic book edited by Mark Dever entitled, Polity. This is an intimidating book at first glance, but is a wealth of historic information on how Baptists of the past dealt with this issue. Many of the practical outworkings of our own discipline situations in our church came from the biblically faithful examples found in this book. Mark has done us a great service in taking these smaller unpublished books on the subject and publishing them in one volume.
Here are a few others in no particular order that I also found to be a great help to me and would be for any pastor:
The Transforming Community by Mark Lauterbach
Democratic Religion by Greg Wills
Handbook of Church Discipline by Jay Adams