We mostly read dead theologians. Millard Erickson is a contemporary theologian that many are using today because he gives current material on some old doctrines. Long time theology professor at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul (at the completion of his theology) he now is at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. This large volume of over 1200 pages is a handy and well-organized tool. Erickson does a good job of defending Christianity against false views of God and the Scripture (often including detailed analysis of other views). I have also found that conservative believers need to watch for certain non-conservative beliefs in Erickson: The RSV is used unless otherwise noted; he hold to theistic evolution and/or progressive creationism (482); the charismatic gifts may still be open today (880); and he does not hold to pre-tribulationalism (1191-2). However Erickson does hold to congregation church government (1086); baptism by immersion (1097); is complimentary to dispensationalism (1062); is premillennial (1217); and believes hell is eternal punishment (1238-9).