Arrived on New Academic the Week of May 11, 2015

9781433682506 Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by Steven W. Smith (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433682506. $24.99)

Veteran preacher Steven W. Smith teaches how to preach genre-sensitive, text-driven sermons—to allow the structure of the text to be the structure of the sermon. To do so, one must understand the genre of the literature in which God has chosen to reveal Himself. After a brief defense of genre-sensitive preaching, Smith categorizes Scripture genres according to their structure: story, poem, or letter. From these macro-level genres, each individual genre is explored for its unique features. Smith then offers practical help in structuring a sermon like Scripture and includes sample sermons to demonstrate.


9781433685194 Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders by Ronnie Floyd (B&H Books. Hardback. 9781433685194. $14.99)

Leaders in the future must rise and lead people forward. They have to lead so high above the fray they will not stoop to littleness in their thinking and conduct. They have to lead so big, they will not settle for just leading a few. They have to lead so deep; they will not be tossed and turned as they ride the tumultuous waters of leadership. Author Ronnie Floyd is calling for a different kind of leader to rise up for the future.


9781433539718 Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ by Tony Reinke (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433539718. $19.99)

“This book, by one of the brightest writers in contemporary evangelicalism, examines the life lessons of a hymn writer, a freedom fighter, and a gospel preacher. Even if you don’t think you like church history, you will love this book. Reinke ties Newton’s life and thought to practical applications for every believer. I encourage you to read and savor anew the grace that saved wretches like us.”—Russell D. Moore


9780199977536 Baptists in America: A History by Thomas S. Kidd (Oxford University Press. Hardback. 9780199977536. $29.95)

“This history offers a full immersion in the Baptist story, in every stream and fork of the Baptist river. This volume connects the Baptist experience to larger trends in American culture, politics, and theology in a way that informs both insiders and outsiders. This book is, without doubt, the definitive work on Baptists in America for this generation.”—Russell D. Moore


9780692381540 Christology: The Study of Christ by Daniel Akin (Rainer Publishing. Paperback. 9780692381540. $11.47)

Christology is the central doctrine of Christianity. In this book Daniel Akin answers key issues about Jesus. Covering both Old Testament and New Testament texts, Christology offers succinct explanations about some of the biggest questions about Jesus. Major theories are examined, and Dr. Akin comments on historical controversies surrounding the life of Christ.


9780692364673 The Minister’s Salary: And Other Challenges in Ministry Finance by Art Rainer (Rainer Publishing. Paperback. 9780692364673. $12.97)

“This is one book I cannot recommend highly enough. It is simple, clear and so very much needed! If you are a pastor get it and read it. If you love your pastor, get it, read it, and then serve him well!”—Daniel L. Akin


9780300114737 John Knox by Jane Dawson (Yale University Press. Hardback. 9780300114737. $45.00)

“Quite simply, this life of John Knox renders all his previous biographies obsolete. Excitingly enriched by new manuscript discoveries, it expertly fillets Knox’s genius for personal myth-making, but leaves him still the most significant Scotsman of his generation. The result is surprising, fascinating and a major achievement of scholarship.”—Diarmaid MacCulloch


9780310515265 A Wilderness of Mirrors: Trusting Again in a Cynical World by Mark Meynell (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310515265. $18.99)

“…this book compellingly claims the whole-Bible  narrative as providing exactly the sense and confidence to offer a hard-won word of hope in a ‘wilderness of mirrors’… a call to ‘trust again.’”—Christopher Wright

Arrived on New Academic the Week of May 4, 2015

9781433683978 Can These Bones Live: A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization by Bill Henard (B&H Publishing Group. Paperback. 9781433683978. $14.99. Sale – $9.99 through 6/20/15.)

Churches are closing today at an alarming rate. Pastors are disillusioned, church members are discouraged, and the world has lost interest. Can this disturbing tide be stemmed?

Bill Henard believes that there is hope for the established church – for your church. Some people may have already pronounced the church “dead,” but these dead bones can live.  Whether your church is seven years old or one-hundred and seventy, you may be seeing evidences that your church needs vision, direction, and revitalization.


9780801049774Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul by Simon Gathercole (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049774. $19.99)

“In this little book, Simon Gathercole carefully and convincingly dismisses false dichotomies. The death of Christ is presented in the Bible as both representative and substitutionary. These learned and lucid lectures use the prism of modern disputes to take us to the heart of Pauline teaching on the cross. I highly commend it.”Mark Dever


9780830825240 Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi by Anthony R. Petterson (Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series. IVP Academic. Hardback. 9780830825240. $45.00)

In this Apollos Old Testament Commentary, Anthony Petterson offers detailed commentary on these prophetic books, setting them in their wider biblical-theological context. He shows the connections between the post-exilic world and our own, and explains how these books contain a vital message for the church today, living in the gap between promise and reality.

The Apollos Old Testament Commentary series aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. Intended primarily to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, they are equally suitable for use by scholars and all serious students of the Bible.


9780830824670 Theology as Retrieval: Receiving the Past, Renewing the Church by W. David Buschart (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824670. $28.00)

Theology as Retrieval avoids the temptation either simply to revile the past (chronological snobbery) or to relive it (chronological stubbornness). Eilers and Buschart instead prove themselves to be ‘golden retrievers’ who listen to the past in order theologically to discern the way forward. Rather than being embarrassed by the doctrines and practices of our premodern forbears, they discover an embarrassment of riches that continue to fund the church’s doctrine, worship and mission.”—Kevin J. Vanhoozer


9781577996200 Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians by Bruce Ashford (Lexham Press. Hardback. 9781577996200. $14.95)

“Bruce Ashford is one of North America’s most brilliant theologians. In this book he proves himself to be a true son of Abraham and Abraham Kuyper. This book will help equip you to think through the questions facing your church and community in the 21st century, including those questions you may not have thought yet to ask.”—Russell D. Moore


9781601783851 Developments in Biblical Counseling by J. Cameron Fraser (Reformation Heritage Books. Paperback. 9781601783851. $12.00)

“Cameron knows his subject, writes simply and clearly, and assesses positions in a fair and balanced way. This book will help readers navigate the different approaches in biblical counseling.”—David Murray


9781498201971 Christian Exegesis of the Qur’an: A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur’an in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts by J. Scott Bridger (Wipf & Stock. Paperback. 9781498201971. $23.00)

Christian Exegesis of the Qur’an is a rare blend of academic acumen seasoned with practical applicative wisdom. Bridger brings years of linguistic, cultural, and social engagement of Arabic-speaking peoples to bear on the vital subjects related to Christian cross-cultural communication. This piece contributes the often neglected perspectives of Arabic-speaking Christians regarding the Qur’an from both medieval and modern times. Anyone studying Islamic peoples will benefit from this work.”—Keith Eitel


9781625646743 Baptists and War: Essays on Baptists and Military Conflict, 1640s-1990s edited by Gordon L. Heath and Michael A.G. Haykin (Wipf & Stock. Paperback. 9781625646743. $28.00)

“Conflict challenges the Christian conscience, fostering divergent responses. Hence Baptists have commonly sought peace, sometimes to the extent of condemning war outright, but equally they have often believed that justice required the taking up of arms, even with enthusiasm. The detailed and penetrating international studies contained in this book illuminate contrasting attitudes over the centuries, showing how war has put Baptists to the test, spiritually as well as materially.”—David Bebbington


9781498200127 Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation by Clark H. Pinnock (Wipf & Stock. Paperback. 9781498200127. $39.00)

Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation is an updated and revised version of Grace Unlimited, a 1975 collection of scholarly articles assembled by the late Clark H. Pinnock.

Contributors: David J.A. Clines, Jack Cottrell, Vernon Grounds, William G. MacDonald, I. Howard Marshall, Roger Olson, Grant Osborne, Robert Picirilli, Clark Pinnock, J. Matthew Pinson, Vic Reasoner, Glen Shellrude, James D. Strauss, John D. Wagner, and Steve Witzki.


9780310514947 Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters edited by Charles Halton (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310514947. $16.99)

This Counterpoints volume introduces three predominant interpretive genres and their implications for biblical understanding. Each contributor identifies their position on the genre of Genesis 1-11, addressing why it is appropriate to the text, and contributes examples of its application to a variety of passages.

The contributors and views include:

  • James K. Hoffmeier: Theological History
  • Gordon J. Wenham: Proto-History
  • Kenton K. Sparks: Ancient Historiography

Arrived on New Academic the Week of April 27, 2015

Cover ArtWhy Christian Faith Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges by C. Stephen Evans (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801096600. $19.99)

“Written by a seasoned Christian philosopher, this book is a marvelous overview of the reasonableness of biblical faith in a skeptical age. Evans’s work is fresh and engaging, and the case for Christianity is further illuminated by his inclusion of Kierkegaard’s reflections on reason, paradox, and belief. A delight to read!”–Paul Copan


Cover ArtChristianity and Religious Diversity: Clarifying Christian Commitments in a Globalizing Age by Harold A. Netland (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801038570. $24.99)

“The scope of Harold Netland’s book is breathtaking. Seldom do you find such expansive coverage of issues and competing perspectives in a book that also reflects deep acquaintance with diverse disciplines. Netland’s exposition of theories and traditions is even handed, and his assessment of complex arguments is incisive. Christianity & Religious Diversity is a model of exacting research, clear and cogent writing, and unusual generosity of spirit. It is an extraordinary achievement.”–R. Douglas Geivett


YouMustReadCover You Must Read: Books That Have Shaped Our Lives (Banner of Truth. Hardback. 9781848715653. $26.00)

Have you ever wondered what influences have shaped the preachers, teachers and authors you respect? You Must Read brings together more than thirty well-known Christian leaders and gives them the opportunity to talk about a book that has made a lasting impact on their lives. Contributors include: Alistair Begg, Jerry Bridges, Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul , Derek W. H. Thomas, Geoffrey Thomas, and many others.


Song of SongsSong of Songs: A Biblical-Theological, Allegorical, Christological Interpretation by James M. Hamilton (Focus on the Bible Commentary Series. Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781915608. $14.99)

“…a fresh, biblically-theologically informed approach to the Song of Solomon. This is a commentary pastors should regularly turn to when preaching through this important but difficult book of Scripture. And make no mistake-reading this commentary will make you want to preach this book.”–R. Albert Mohler


A Christian's Pocket Guide to Loving The Old TestamentA Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament: One Book, One God, One Story by Alec Motyer (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781915806. $7.99)

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament, and Alec Motyer’s recent volume Preaching? prove that faithful believers ‘will still bear fruit in old age-they will stay fresh and green.’ (Ps. 92:14) Why? Because they will continue proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’ (Ps. 92:15)”–Tim Keller


Engaging with Muslims: Understanding Their World; Sharing Good News by John Klaassen (The Good Book Company. Paperback. 9781909919112. $11.99)

This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Muslims there are living in the West, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel. Written at a level that everyone can understand, this book emphasizes the the importance of forming loving relationships—something that all Christians are able to do.

New Academic Recent Arrivals

9780758649171 Frederick the Wise by Sam Wellman (Concordia. 9780758649171. Paperback. $25.99)

Frederick the Wise unlocks German research to make available in English, for the first time, a full-length story of Frederick III of Saxony. The fascinating biographical journey reveals why this noteworthy elector risked his realm of Saxony to protect the fiery monk Martin Luther and the developing reforms of the Church.  As one of the most powerful territorial princes of the Holy Roman Empire of his time, Frederick’s “humanity and integrity were rare for someone of his elite status”, notes Dr. Paul M. Bacon.  “Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony was much more than simply Martin Luther’s noble protector.”



  • God’s Love Compels Us: Taking the Gospel to the World edited by D. A. Carson (Crossway. 9781433543791. Paperback. $14.99)
  • His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke edited by D. A. Carson (Crossway. 9781433543753. Paperback. $16.99)
  • Caring for Widows: Ministering God’s Grace by Brian Croft and Austin Walker (Crossway. 9781433546914. Paperback. $12.99)
  • The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop (Crossway. 9781433543548. Paperback. $15.99)
  • What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway. 9781433549373. Paperback. $12.99)
  • The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love by Gloria Furman (Crossway. 9781433543838. Paperback. $11.99)
  • Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church by Collin Hansen (Crossway. 9781433546235. Paperback. $12.99)
  • Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together by Paul R. House (Crossway. 9781433545443. Paperback. $17.99)
  • The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju (Crossway. 9781433545122. Paperback. $14.99)
  • The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design by Courtney Reissig (Crossway. 9781433545481. Paperback. $14.99)
  • Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt (Crossway. 9781433545993. Hardback. $19.99)
  • Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by Ed Welch (Crossway. 9781433547119. Paperback. $14.99)
  • The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo by Jared C. Wilson (Crossway. 9781433544613. Paperback. $15.99)


9780802413062 He Will Be the Preacher: The Story of God’s Providence in My Life by Erwin W. Lutzer (Moody Publishers. 9780802413062. Paperback. $14.99)

Join Erwin Lutzer on this tour of his life-from a Saskatchewan farm to a Dallas seminary to the historic Moody Church in Chicago. Hear his personal reflections and tales of pastoral hardship. Meet the people who have shaped him: his parents, professors, family, and even the great evangelist Billy Graham. And see how his many roles-author, speaker, evangelist, historian, and cultural critic-have carried his prophetic voice beyond Moody’s pulpit, even abroad.


9780802412683 How God Used R.A. Torrey: A Short Biography as Told Through His Sermons by Fred Sanders (Moody Publishers. 9780802412683. Paperback. $13.99)

Drawn from various periods of Torrey’s ministry and prefaced with bibliographic commentary, these sermons paint a portrait of a man gripped by God. But even more, they grip the reader. They take us into the great halls where God’s Word bellowed forth from Torrey and left his audiences hushed. It’s no wonder that Torrey caught the attention of the great evangelist D. L. Moody.


9781601783776 The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins by William Vandoodewaard (Reformation Heritage. 9781601783776. Paperback. $30.00)

“I read it with great appreciation: it fills a gap in resources, it is very masterfully done, and within the frame of the current debate it points so clearly in what to my mind is the right direction. I shall certainly recommend it as widely as I can.” –J.I. Packer

Recently arrived on New Academic

9780801026737 2 Corinthians by George H. Guthrie (Baker Exegetical Commentary. Baker Academic. 9780801026737. Hardback. $49.99)

“George Guthrie brings his significant skills to the task of interpreting this complex Pauline letter and proves to be a competent and helpful guide. Guthrie strikes the right balance in choosing how much information to impart without overloading the reader. His judgments on the interpretive issues are always fair and insightful, and I especially appreciate the clarity of his writing. Pastors and teachers will find this a very useful volume in preparing messages on 2 Corinthians.”—Clinton E. Arnold


9780801016929 Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-Day Saints (Revised) by Bill McKeever (Baker Books. 9780801016929. Paperback. $19.99)

“An immensely helpful book. Bill and Eric have done an enormous amount of research, and they make key beliefs accessible and understandable.”—Sean McDowell

Click here to read an excerpt from this book.


9781433528422 One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life edited by Bruce A. Ware and John Starke (Crossway. 9781433528422. Paperback. $21.99)

“It is interesting to see how theology gets mixed up with ethics and politics. Recently, a number of writers have appealed to the Trinity to argue that just as Father, Son, and Spirit are equally worthy of worship, so man and woman should play interchangeable roles in marriage, the church, and society. Others argue that although the persons of the Trinity are equal, they are not interchangeable. It is not accidental, for example, that the Son, not the Father, came to the earth to die for our sins. And so it is inappropriate to appeal to the Trinity as a model for political and social egalitarianism. One God in Three Persons contains excellent scholarly essays defending this latter view. I find it thoroughly persuasive and I hope it plays a major role in both theological and social discussions.”—John M. Frame

Click here to read an excerpt from this book.


9780802837356 The Gospel According to Luke by James R. Edwards (Pillar New Testament Commentary. Eerdmans. 9780802837356. Hardback. $65.00)

“Edwards deftly leads readers through the historical context, narrative dynamics, and main themes of Luke’s story of Jesus with clear and insightful commentary. This is a useful book for preachers, teachers, and students hoping to delve deeper into the Gospel of Luke.”—Michael F. Bird


9780830824625 A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion by Gary M. Burge (IVP Academic. 9780830824625. Paperback. $16.00)

“Biblical scholars are not typically known for writing historical novels, much less gripping page-turners. Gary Burge, however, has accomplished both of these feats. Fully true to the historical-cultural setting of the early first-century Roman Empire, this story not only makes the New Testament world come alive but it creates one very plausible scenario of the career and family of the Capernaum centurion of Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. The characters become so real that I was even tearing up at the end of Burge’s story!”—Craig L. Blomberg


9781469621012 Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism by Timothy Gloege (University of North Carolina Press. 9781469621012. Hardback. $34.95)

“A smart, innovative, and engaging book that will transform what we think we know about American Christian fundamentalism. Not only will this book be important to historians of religion–whether they are interested in evangelicalism, liberal Protestantism, or alternative faiths–but it will also be necessary reading for those working on the evolution of modern business and the growth of consumer capitalism. Beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and carefully argued, Guaranteed Pure offers a powerful new interpretation of the origins of American fundamentalism as well as a compelling explanation for the long-term significance of evangelicals’ close ties to the free market.”—Matthew Avery Sutton