Arrived on New Academic the Week of February 1, 2016

9780802865762 The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures edited by D. A. Carson (Eerdmans. Hardback. 9780802865762. $65.00)

In this volume thirty-seven first-rate evangelical scholars present a thorough study of biblical authority and a full range of issues connected to it. Recognizing that Scripture and its authority are now being both challenged and defended with renewed vigor, editor D.A. Carson assigned the topics that these select scholars address in the book. After an introduction by Carson to the many facets of the current discussion, the contributors present robust essays on relevant historical, biblical, theological, philosophical, epistemological, and comparative-religions topics. To conclude, Carson answers a number of frequently asked questions about the nature of Scripture, cross-referencing these FAQs to the preceding chapters. This comprehensive volume by a team of recognized experts will be the go-to reference on the nature and authority of the Bible for years to come.

 

9780830851317 From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research by Michael Kibbe (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851317. $12.00)

While courses in Bible and theology typically require research papers, particularly at the graduate level, very few include training in research. Professors have two options: use valuable class time to teach students as much as they can, or lower their standards with the understanding that students cannot be expected to complete tasks for which they have never been prepared. From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research offers a third option. This affordable and accessible tool walks students through the process, focusing on five steps: finding direction, gathering sources, understanding issues, entering discussion and establishing a position. Its goal is to take students directly from a research assignment to a research argument―in other words, from topic to thesis.

 

9780830844449 The Radical Pursuit of Rest: Escaping the Productivity Trap by John Koessler (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830844449. $16.00)

We live in a culture that values activity, achievement and accomplishment. Whether in our careers, churches, schools or families, busyness is the norm in our lives, and anything less makes us feel unproductive and anxious. We have to work all the harder, then, to pursue true rest in a 24-7 world that is constantly in motion. John Koessler understands that rest is not automatic or easy to attain. He names the modern-day barriers to becoming people of rest and presents a unique perspective on how pursuing rest leads us to the heart of God. With honest, biblical reflections on trends in our culture and churches, he exposes our misconceptions regarding the concept of rest, as well as offering correction and practices to align our ideas with God’s ideal. The book includes reflection and discussion questions designed for both individual and group use. You will discover the true meaning behind Jesus’ idea of the yoke of rest and restoration for your mind, body and soul.

 

9781942572596 Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong and Lasting Marriage by Rob Green (New Growth Press. Paperback. 9781942572596. $17.99)

Tying the Knot offers soon-to-be-married couples a practical vision of Christ-centered marriage that is realistic, hopeful, and actionable. This nine-session study guides couples through issues like conflict, expectations, communication, finances, and intimacy, showing how each can be successfully resolved with Christ at the center of the marriage. Knowing the stresses and needs of a couple in their season of engagement, Green has helpfully designed the study to require a manageable (and healthy) 60 minutes of at-home work per session, with questions and exercises to build communication and intimacy at the end of each chapter. Tying the Knot also includes an appendix for mentors, making it easy for a married couple, lay leader, or counselor to lead an engaged couple through the book.

 

9780310516415 Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology by Marc Cortez (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310516415. $27.99)

Many theologians begin their discussion of the human person by claiming that in some way Jesus Christ reveals what it means to be “truly human,” but this often has little impact in the material presentation of their anthropology. Although modern theologians often fail to reflect robustly on the relationship between Christology and anthropology, though this has not necessarily been the case throughout church history. In Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective, Marc Cortez looks at the ways several key theologians—Gregory of Nyssa, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, John Zizioulas, and James Cone—have used Christology to inform their understanding of the human person. Based on this historical study, he concludes with a constructive proposal for how Christology and anthropology should work together to inform our view of what it means to be human.

 

9780310525004 Integrity at Stake: Safeguarding Your Church from Financial Fraud by Rollie Neal Dimos (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310525004. $14.99)

Integrity at Stake: Safeguarding Your Church from Financial Fraud by Rollie Dimos is a financial resource book intended for pastors, church leaders, and church administrators. Dimos’ expertise as a certified fraud examiner and internal auditor provides the church audience with essential tools and know-how to assess their financial processes. Including practical steps for evaluation, Integrity at Stake details internal controls, risk management, and true stories to help church leaders reduce the risk of fraud and increase financial accountability and integrity.

 

9780310520096 Conversion & Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without the Other by Bill Hull (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310520096. $18.99)

Discipleship occurs when someone answers the call to learn from Jesus how to live his or her life—as though Jesus were living it. The end result is that the disciple becomes the kind of person who naturally does what Jesus did. How the church understands salvation and the gospel is the key to recovering a biblical theology of discipleship. Our doctrines of grace and salvation, in some cases, actually prevent us from creating an expectation that we are to be disciples of Jesus. A person can profess to be a Christian and yet still live under the impression that they don’t need to actually follow Jesus. Being a follower is seen as an optional add-on, not a requirement. It is a choice, not a demand. Being a Christian today has no connection with the biblical idea that we are formed into the image of Christ.

 

9780310524205 Sticky Faith Service Guide: Moving Students from Mission Trips to Missional Living by Kara E. Powell and Brad M. Griffin (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310524205. $18.99)

Anyone who serves teenagers today knows that more and more young people are eager to make a difference in the world. When students participate in short-term missions, service, and justice causes, parents and youth leaders hope these experiences will lead to real transformation. But research shows that our efforts don’t always stick. If we truly want short-term work to translate into long-term change, leaders and students must spend more time before, during, and after service projects preparing for and processing their experiences. The sessions in this leader’s guide will help you create experiences that stick—both for the students you take and the communities you serve. This guidebook offers a host of practical and field-tested exercises for each phase of your experience, whether it’s a half-day local service project or a two-week trip overseas. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences to gain new insights about themselves, their relationship with God, their teammates, and the world we’re called to love and serve. Each of these steps is a catalyst in helping students apply what they have learned in the field to their own lives back at home. Also included are ideas to help get parents and the whole church engaged in service together. A companion student journal is also available to boost the potential for personal application throughout the journey.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of January 25, 2016

9780801049705 Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith edited by Chap Clark (Baker Academic. Hardcover. 9780801049705. $34.99)

Kids desperately need healthy, committed adults who can help them thrive in their faith and become active participants in the life of the church. This requires the efforts of the whole faith community. Chap Clark, one of the leading voices in youth ministry today, brings together twenty-four experts from a variety of denominations and traditions to offer a comprehensive introduction to adoptive youth ministry, a theologically driven, academically grounded, and practical youth ministry model. The book shows readers how to integrate emerging generations into the family of faith, helping young adults become active participants in God’s redemptive community.

 

9781433549045 Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433549045. $14.99)

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, paying particular attention to the downtrodden and the poor. As followers of Jesus, Christians are called to imitate his example and reach out to those who have the least. This book offers biblical guidelines and practical strategies for reaching those on the margins of our society with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The authors—both pastors with years of experience ministering among the poor—set forth helpful “dos” and “don’ts” related to serving in the midst of less-affluent communities. Emphasizing the priority of the gospel as well as the importance of addressing issues of social justice, this volume will help pastors and other church leaders mobilize their people to plant churches and make an impact in “hard places”—in their own communities and around the world.

“Two pastors from opposite sides of the Atlantic come together to share their stories of pastoring people in hard places. Mike McKinley and Mez McConnell care about what the Bible says, they care about people, and they care about the local church. Their stories communicate love, joy, humor, and wisdom. I pray that this convincing and compelling book encourages others to labor for the spread of the gospel where today there is no witness.”—Mark Dever

 

9780802873002 Not With Wisdom of Words: Nonrational Persuasion in the New Testament by Gary Selby (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802873002. $22.00)

Many texts in the New Testament do more than simply explain the main tenets of the Christian faith; they invite believers to imagine and experience their theological claims. In Not with Wisdom of Words Gary Selby shows how biblical authors used poetic, imaginative language to inspire their audiences to experience a heightened sense of God’s presence.

“Not With Wisdom of Words makes an important contribution to biblical criticism, especially for those interested in how the Bible creates a spiritual experience in readers. Selby broadens the scope of rhetorical criticism, showing that Paul goes beyond rational argument to use poetic mimesis in selected passages, thereby changing the audience and creating a kairotic opening that may occasion a numinous experience.”—Anthony C. Thiselton

Arrived on New Academic the week of January 18, 2016

9781433548000 The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance­—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair B. Ferguson (Crossway. Hardback. 9781433548000. $24.99)

Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, the law cannot save, what can it do? Is it merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today? Helping modern Christians think through this complex issue, seasoned pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson carefully leads readers to rediscover an eighteenth-century debate that sheds light on this present-day doctrinal conundrum: the Marrow Controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.

“Ferguson unearths an ancient debate and shows its compelling relevance to gospel preaching and Christian living. This may be Sinclair’s best and most important book. Take up and read!”—Alistair Begg

 

9780802823755 The Book of Zechariah (NICOT) by Mark J. Boda (Eerdmans. Hardback. 9780802823755. $58.00)

Boda presents a fresh translation of Zechariah based on the original Hebrew and offers detailed commentary to justify his translation and highlight the key themes of each passage. He addresses controversies surrounding the book even as he orients readers to the overall flow of the text and its theological significance. A valuable tool for preaching and teaching, this new commentary supplies deep and thorough reflection on a too-often-neglected book of the Old Testament.

 

Waltke_Finding the Will of God_wrk08.indd Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? by Bruce K. Waltke (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872678. $18.00)

To follow Christ means to journey along a way that is distinctively Christian. That journey involves making many personal, sometimes difficult choices. In this acclaimed book Bruce Waltke distills from Scripture a handy six-point prioritized program to help guide Jesus followers on their step-by-step life journey. This second edition of Waltke’s Finding the Will of God incorporates the best from many books on guidance that have appeared since the first edition came out (2002), and Waltke has added several personal anecdotes to help illustrate the book’s teachings. Taking a more moderate course than the first edition with regard to relying on intellect versus emotions to know God’s will, the book also now seeks more intentionally to develop the reader’s spiritual life so that he or she acquires the desire and the ability to make wise decisions.

 

9780802872296 Reading Sacred Scripture: Voices from the History of Interpretation by Stephen Westerholm and Martin Westerholm (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872296. $40.00)

Though well-known and oft-repeated, the advice to read the Bible “like any other book” is extremely unhelpful, say Stephen and Martin Westerholm, since the voice of Scripture calls us to hear and respond to its words uniquely as divine address. In Reading Sacred Scripture the authors (father and son) invite their readers to engage seriously with a dozen major Bible interpreters – ranging from the second century to the twentieth – who have been attentive to Scripture’s voice. After expertly setting forth pertinent background context in two initial chapters, the Westerholms devote a separate chapter to each interpreter, exploring how these key Christian thinkers each understood Scripture and how it should be read. Though differing widely in their approaches to the text and its interpretation these twelve select interpreters all insisted that the Bible is like no other book and should be read accordingly. Subjects discussed include: Irenaeus, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, The Pietists and Wesley, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, Barth and Bonhoeffer.

 

9780802413352 Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience by Mark Sayers (Moody Publishers. Paperback. 9780802413352. $14.99)

For the many Christians sold on proving we can be both holy and cool, cultural pressures are too much. We either compartmentalize our faith, or drift from it altogether—into a world that’s so alluring. Why does the Western church look so much like the world? Why are many of my friends leaving the faith? How can we get back to our roots? Disappearing Church will help you with questions like these and guide you in a thoughtful, faithful, and hopeful response. Weaving together art, history, and theology, pastor and cultural observer Mark Sayers reminds us that real growth happens when the church embraces its countercultural witness, not when it blends in.

Recent arrivals to New Academic

9781433687921 Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition by S. Donald Fortson III and Rollin G. Grams (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433687921. $34.99)

In Unchanging Witness, Donald Fortson and Rollin Grams articulate the consistent orthodox view on homosexuality by presenting primary sources throughout Christian history and by interpreting the biblical texts in their cultural contexts.  The first part of the book examines church history from the patristic period to the present day, and the second part engages biblical texts in light of Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, Greek, and Roman primary sources.

Throughout, the authors survey the conflicting and changing arguments of revisionist readings and contend that, in light of the overwhelming evidence of the relevant texts, the real issue is not one of interpretation but of biblical authority and Christian orthodoxy.

 

9781433608162 After Easter: How Christ’s Resurrection Changed Everything by Jeremy Royal Howard and Doug Powell (B&H. Hardback. 9781433608162. $12.99)

After Easter provides a brief case for the historical reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and describes the impact of His rising from the dead.  Each chapter ends with a few simple thought-provoking questions for individual reflection or small group discussion.  The full Gospel of John is also included, making this the perfect leave-behind tool for personal evangelism. After Easter, everything changed.

 

9781433690143 Tell Someone: You Can Share the Good News by Greg Laurie (B&H. Hardback. 9781433690143. $12.99)

Understand, this book is not written to make you feel bad or condemn you if you have not engaged others with the gospel message. This book is written to encourage and inspire you. Even though pastor and author Greg Laurie is a “gospel-presenting professional,” in this book he tells stories of his own failure and success. The most important things you will find here are biblical principles that you can apply yourself. Taken from the life and witness of Jesus, and tested over Greg’s forty years of ministry, in both one-on-one experiences and large-scale evangelistic arena and stadium events, these ideas are intended to mobilize every person in the church to “Tell Someone” about Jesus Christ.

 

9780805497588 Exalting Jesus in Philippians (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) by Tony Merida and Francis Chan (B&H. Paperback. 9780805497588. $14.99)

“Few things are more important for faithful biblical interpretation than reading Scripture in light of its master narrative. The Christ-Centered Exposition series aims to do just that.  In a postmodern age, these commentaries provide pastors and lay people an invaluable resource that is unswervingly committed to the authority of Scripture and the centrality of the Gospel in the Bible’s storyline.”—R. Albert Mohler Jr.

 

9781433688249 All Authority: How the Authority of Christ Upholds the Great Commission by Joey Shaw (B&H. Paperback. 9781433688249. $15.99)

Everybody who follows Jesus will encounter a myriad of “authorities” that directly challenge the authority of Christ. These other “authorities” may be parents, teachers, bosses, presidents, institutions, religions, or ideologies. In order to stay firm in devotion to Jesus, we must believe that He has supreme authority over all. Not partial authority, not most authority—all authority.

On the basis of his authority, he commissioned his people to go and make disciples among every people group on earth. This is an impossible commission if it were not for the promise that he is with them forever. The doctrine of the supreme authority of Christ not only upholds the work of the church, it is the central message that the church preaches. “Jesus is Lord” is good news!

 

9780801049484 Effective Generational Ministry: Biblical and Practical Insights for Transforming Church Communities by Elisabeth A. Nesbit Sbanotto and Craig L. Blomberg (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049484. $24.99)

Understanding generational differences is a key to effective ministry in a multigenerational church. This book offers students and practitioners cutting-edge research and biblical analysis of three generations–Boomers, GenXers, and Millennials–so churches can minister more effectively within and across generational lines. The authors, one an expert on generational differences and the other a respected New Testament scholar, represent different generations and areas of expertise. The book explores key characteristics of each generation, provides biblical-theological analysis of generational attributes, and offers specific suggestions for ministry.

 

9780801016455 Growing God’s Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith Today by Gary L. McIntosh (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801016455. $15.99)

Based on ten years of scientific research, Growing God’s Church shows pastors and church leaders how people are actually coming to faith in the 21st century. It covers factors such as our motive for ministry, the priorities churches set for themselves, the reality of churchless Christians, generational and gender-based differences in evangelism effectiveness, the name of your church, the influence of pastors, and much more. The appendix includes a copy of the survey that provides the basis for McIntosh’s arguments and an overview of the study is provided in the first chapter.

 

9781433548963 Christ or Chaos by Dan DeWitt (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433548963. $10.99)

Building on the success of his previous book, Jesus or Nothing, this new title by Dan DeWitt helps college-aged readers wrestle with the implications of an atheistic worldview through the fictional story of a student named Zach. Addressing the tensions skeptics often face when taking atheism to its logical end, this book poses a significant question: “Can atheism really explain the world in which we live?” DeWitt shows how our basic worldview affects every facet of our lives and our perspective on the future, helping readers evaluate and compare the real-world ramifications of atheism versus Christianity. This book’s accessible, conversational style makes it a helpful tool for both those seeking to start a conversation with unbelievers and for Christians who are wrestling with their faith.

 

9781433537639 History: A Student’s Guide by Nathan Finn (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433537639. $11.99)

A robust understanding of the past has the power to shape our perspective on the present and plans for the future. In this introduction to the study of history, a historian helps students grasp what it means to examine and explore history from a distinctly Christian perspective. In addition to opening students’ eyes to the riches of the past, this readable guidebook models an approach to history that embraces the fundamental beliefs and convictions that make up the Christian worldview. Part of the acclaimed Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series, this volume will be an invaluable tool in the hands of those seeking to engage with the past with God in mind. Includes illustrations, reflection questions, and a list of resources for further study.

 

9781433547805 Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433547805. $7.99)

Many Christian families have never experienced the joy and spiritual benefits of family worship—a practice rooted in history but largely neglected in our day. In this down-to-earth book, Donald Whitney offers parents a practical guide for leading their families in daily worship, walking readers through three crucial elements: reading Scripture, praying together, and singing songs in praise of God’s name. He then responds to common “What if?” scenarios, such as “What if the father is not a Christian?” and “What if the children are very young?” Looking to the Bible and church history, this guidebook promises to help parents establish a pattern of daily, God-honoring, spiritually uplifting worship in their homes.

 

9781910307809 James For You by Sam Allberry (Good Book Company. Hardback. 9781910307809. $22.99)

“This just might be the most accessible yet serious commentary on James available. This work is soundly doctrinal, eminently practical, and beautifully devotional. Whether you’re planning to preach or teach James or to listen to these ancient words to redirect your own life, Sam Allberry is a wise and faithful guide.” —Russell Moore

 

9780830840939 Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic by Douglas Groothuis (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840939. $16.00)

“In an age in which being a ‘Professional Philosopher’ has eclipsed the actual practice of philosophy―pursuing the good, the true and the beautiful so that one may live well―Doug Groothuis’s Philosophy in Seven Sentences is a breath of fresh air. Too often those of us who identify as philosophers think of our craft as an exercise in intellectual gamesmanship with its own toolkit and narrow list of ‘problems’ with which we are supposed to deal. In this small though powerful book, Groothuis reminds us that when Socrates said that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living,’ he was doing something much more important than just publishing a career-making breakthrough in metaethics. He was actually doing philosophy.”—Francis Beckwith

 

9780881465488 Witnesses to the Baptist Heritage: Thirty Baptists Every Christian Should Know edited by Michael E. Williams Sr. (Mercer University Press. Paperback. 9780881465488. $28.00)

Baptists lack a single central figure in their origins that Lutherans, Reformed, Presbyterians, and Methodists have with Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and John Wesley. Additionally, Baptists focus so heavily on the Bible for authority and key beliefs or practices like religious liberty, social justice, missions, and preaching that sometimes Baptists and other Christians forget the significant role that people play in forging and promoting those ideas and practices. This book seeks to address this shortcoming by providing an introductory text of Baptist biographies. Certainly shorter than a full-length biography but definitely longer than an encyclopedia article, this sampling of key Baptist leaders through the years view the story of Baptists through a biographical lens while linking these women and men to a key Baptist distinctive. A short suggested reading list is added at the end of each chapter to enhance further study.

 

9781629951164 Forty Days on the Mountain: Meditations on Knowing God by Stephen Smallman (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629951164. $12.99)

Do you want to know God deeply? Why not start with learning from the man who spoke to God face to face? Stephen Smallman takes you on a journey alongside Moses, delving into the richness of God’s unfolding revelations of himself in Exodus and Deuteronomy—but also pointing onward to Christ. God told Moses his name, proved his holiness time and again, and demonstrated his love and loyalty to his people. In his grace, he even allowed Moses to become a type of his Son. As you follow Moses through forty meditations, your knowledge of God will deepen, and you will better experience God’s presence in your life, just as Moses did.

Arrived on New Academic Since December 15, 2015

9781433686238 Don’t Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism by Jonathan Leeman (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433686238. $24.99)

“Is there a biblical polity required for the church? How ought the royal priesthood be manifested? What are the keys of the kingdom? Who has what authority in the church? Jonathan Leeman provides some compelling answers to such critical questions that your church simply must answer in a sustained, biblical manner. I highly recommend that both conscientious church elders and church members resort to Leeman’s most significant ecclesiological treatise yet for help in moving forward into faithfulness to our common Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”—Malcolm B. Yarnell III

 

9781433688874 Understanding Baptism by Bobby Jamieson (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781433688874. $7.99)

Jesus commands his disciples to be baptized, and it’s a glorious picture of a person’s union with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Still, many Christians feel unclear about the topic, having more questions than answers. This short work provides a biblical explanation of baptism. What is it? Who should be baptized? Why is it required for church membership? And how should churches practice baptism?

 

9781433688935 Understanding the Congregation’s Authority by Jonathan Leeman (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781433688935. $7.99)

Congregationalism has a bad rap for well-known reasons: inefficient meetings, upstart members, browbeaten ministers. But biblical congregationalism isn’t so much about the meetings. It’s about empowering the whole church to promote and protect the gospel. Pastors lead and equip. Members get to work strengthening one another and pursuing Christ’s mission in the world.

 

9781433688454 God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future by Will Mancini and Warren Bird (B&H Books. Hardback. 9781433688454. $19.99)

In this groundbreaking work, based on 15 years and over 10,000 hours of church team facilitation, Will Mancini reveals the 12 basic templates for any church vision. By exploring these 12 kinds with biblical backgrounds and real-time church illustrations, your team will experience break-through clarity that makes focus more achievable.

 

9781781916841 Theodore Beza: The Man and the Myth by Shawn D. Wright (Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781916841. $14.99)

For a man who was John Calvin’s assistant and successor, Theodore Beza is surprisingly little known. This book does us the great service of introducing the man in and through his major works.”—Gerald Bray

 

9780310517924 Five Views on the Church and Politics edited by Amy E. Black (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310517924. $19.99)

General Editor Amy Black brings together five top-notch political theologians in the book, each representing one of the five key political traditions within Christianity:

  • Anabaptist (Separationist)—Thomas Heilke
  • Lutheran (Two Kingdom)—Robert Benne
  • Catholic (In Tension)—J. Brian Benestad
  • Reformed (Integrationist)—James K. A. Smith
  • Black Church (Prophetic)—Bruce Fields
    Each author addresses his tradition’s theological distinctives, the role of government, the place of individual Christian participation in government and politics, and how churches should (or should not) address political questions. Responses by each contributor to opposing views will highlight key areas of difference and disagreement.