On My Shelf: With Pastor David Hegg

Dave Hegg

On My Shelf helps you get to know various faithful Los Angeles Pastors through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.

I asked David Hegg—senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, North LA County and author of When My Heart is Faint: Gospel Help When Life Goes Awry (2017), The Obedience Option (2010), Appointed to Preach (2010)—about what’s on his nightstand, his favorite fiction books, and teachers that have shaped his thinking. You can hear his sermons here.


What’s on your nightstand right now? 

The Preachers Catechism: Lewis Allen

Christ from Beginning to End: Stephen Wellum

Speaking the Truth in Love: David Powlison

The Heidelberg Catechism


What are you learning about life and following Jesus? 

Just because you are good at one thing doesn’t mean you’re good at everything.

At the foundation of your life there must be sincerely love for Christ, and abundant joy that nothing can disturb.

If you live for the approval of others, or if you live by the stories you tell yourself, you’ll live the roller-coaster life. Live for what Christ knows about you, and has declared about you.


What are some books you regularly re-read and why?

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: Keller

When My Heart Is Faint: Hegg


Who's thinking and teaching/writing has profoundly shaped your own?

Calvin; John Murray; Wellum; Gardiner Spring


What are your favorite fiction books? 

The Mitford Series: Jan Karon (one of the best ways to reflect on real pastoral care, life, and ministry through fiction)

Grisham; J.A. Jance


Pastor David's teaching and the resourses he has made available to the church have impacted the way I study, understand and handle God's word. He personally encourages me. I am grateful for him and for (his wife) Cherylyn.
Always nice to have new inspiration. Thank you

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