Arrived on New Academic the Week of November 16, 2015

9781433690693 One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for Politics by Bruce Ashford and Chris Pappalardo (B&H Academic. Hardback. 9781433690693. $14.99)

When it comes to politics, Christians today seem lost and confused. Many Christians desire to relate their faith to politics but simply don’t know how. This book exists to equip the reader to apply Christianity to politics with both grace and truth, with both boldness and humility.

One Nation Under God is a thoughtful, readable primer on Christian political engagement. This book is rooted firmly in biblical authority and gospel depth. Anyone seeking to make sense out of the Christian’s place in the civic order will benefit.”–Russell Moore


9780805496970 Exalting Jesus in Ezekiel (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) by Landon Dowden (B&H Books. Paperback. 9780805496970. $14.99.)

Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition.


Porter_Fundamentals of NT Textual Criticism_wrk 03.indd Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism by Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872241. $22.00)

This book provides a student-level overview of the foundational elements necessary to grasp textual criticism of the New Testament, also addressing such issues as canonical formation and translation theory. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts cover a range of topics related to New Testament textual criticism, including appropriate definitions, the canon, the manuscripts of the New Testament, and the best methodologies for determining the original reading when manuscripts disagree. They also provide a history of the various editions of the New Testament with a how-to guide for using and understanding them.

“Because of the complexity of the field of textual criticism, most introductions are either to detailed or too basic. This exceptional volume by Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts provides a welcome balance between these two extremes, introducing students to all the critical issues without overload them with unnecessary detail. It also covers topics that most introductions overlook, such as the development of the New Testament canon and modern English translations. For anyone looking for a balanced, thorough, and yet readable introduction to textual criticism, this is it.”–Michael Kruger


9780830849147 The Reality of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N. T. Wright by Samuel V. Adams (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830849147. $40.00)

After a flurry of heated debates in the mid-twentieth century over the relationship between faith and history, the dust seems to have settled. The parties have long since dispersed into their separate camps. The positions are entrenched and loyalties are staked out. This first volume in the New Explorations in Theology is a deliberate attempt to kick up the dust again, but this time as a constructive development of what is now being called “apocalyptic theology.” Samuel Adams argues that any historiography interested in contributing to theological knowledge must take into consideration, at a methodological level, the reality of God that has invaded history in Jesus Christ. He explores this idea in critical dialogue with the writings of New Testament historian and theologian N. T. Wright, whose work has significantly shaped the current conversation on this problem. The Reality of God and Historical Method is a fresh, bold and interdisciplinary exploration of the question: How is it possible to say that a particular historical person is the reconciliation of the world?

“N. T. Wright is widely recognized to be the most influential Christian thinker since C. S. Lewis and a leading biblical scholar recently wrote that ‘he may well be the most widely read and influential New Testament scholar of all time’! Despite this, there has been limited engagement with his theological methodology and suppositions. This impressive monograph combines academic scholarship of a high order with penetrating theological insight to provide a level of critical engagement with Wright’s approach that we have not yet witnessed. Adams draws on the immense strengths in Wright’s program while offering critical yet constructive theological engagement of a kind that significantly advances the discussion of his work. As such it is an outstanding theological introduction to what Wright is seeking to accomplish that should also inspire and challenge biblical scholars and theologians to examine the interface between their work and the essential affirmations of the Christian faith. Not only should this book prove invaluable to academics and students alike, but its lucidity and eloquence should also make it accessible to a wider audience. Highly recommended!”–Alan J. Torrance


9780830840342 Theology as Discipleship by Keith L. Johnson (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840342. $20.00.)

For many people, the word “theology” evokes something dry, academic, irrelevant and disconnected from the everyday concerns of life. We surely would not say that about God, so why is our talk about God any different? In this engaging and accessible introduction, Keith Johnson takes a fresh look at theology. He presents the discipline of theology as one of the ways we participate in the life of the triune God. Without suggesting it should be removed from the academy, Johnson argues that theology has to be integrally connected to the traditions and practices of the church. If academic theology is to be genuinely theological, then it has to be carried out in obedience to Jesus Christ and in service to the church. Unlike other introductions, Theology as Discipleship avoids the usual overview of doctrines according to the creed, which traditionally move from the Trinity to eschatology. Johnson instead explains the content of theology by describing the Christian life―being in Christ, hearing God’s Word, sharing the mind of Christ. Theology not only leads to discipleship, but is itself a way of following after Christ in faith.

“In Theology as Discipleship, Keith Johnson invites readers to inhabit a rich theological landscape as followers of Christ. Johnson’s book overflows with wisdom and joy as he shows how Christians of all vocations are called to live in union with Christ, being reshaped by God’s Word through the Spirit. This refreshing book is a wonderful theological companion for disciples of Jesus Christ.”–J. Todd Billings


9780830840953 An Invitation to Christian Analytic Theology by Thomas H. McCall (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840953. $22.00)

In recent decades a new movement has arisen, bringing the conceptual tools of analytic philosophy to bear on theological reflection. Called analytic theology, it seeks to bring a clarity of thought and a disciplined use of logic to the work of constructive Christian theology. In this introduction to analytic theology for specialists and non-specialists alike, Thomas McCall lays out what it is and what it isn’t. The goal of this growing and energetic field is not the removal of all mystery in theology. At the same time, it insists that mystery must not be confused with logical incoherence. McCall explains the connections of analytic theology to Scripture, Christian tradition and culture, using case studies to illuminate his discussion. Beyond mere description, McCall calls the discipline to a deeper engagement with the traditional resources of the theological task.

“Analytic theology has quickly established itself as an important, dynamic research program in contemporary theology. But until now it has had no introductory text. Not only has Thomas McCall provided a stellar volume for just this purpose, he also makes a contribution to the theological literature by showing that analytic theology is not merely philosophical theology masquerading as systematic theology―it is a truly theological theology. This is a clear, well-written and compelling work that is sure to be of great interest to a wide readership.”–Oliver Crisp


9780830840847 The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence by Thomas Jay Oord (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840847. $22.00)

Rarely does a new theological position emerge to account well for life in the world, including not only goodness and beauty but also tragedy and randomness. Drawing from Scripture, science, philosophy and various theological traditions, Thomas Jay Oord offers a novel theology of providence―essential kenosis―that emphasizes God’s inherently noncoercive love in relation to creation. The Uncontrolling Love of God provides a clear and powerful answer to the problem of evil, the problem of chance, and how God acts providentially in the world.

“A much-discussed option on the contemporary theological scene is so-called open theology. Working within the framework of open theology, and with some truly horrendous examples of evil constantly in mind, Thomas Oord develops a fresh and original doctrine of providence, the central thesis of which is that it belongs to God’s nature to offer to creatures non-controlling, other-empowering love. Anyone who subsequently writes about providence will have to engage Oord’s cogently argued and lucidly presented account.”–Nicholas Wolterstorf


9780830840762 Theology and the Mirror of Scripture: A Mere Evangelical Account by Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Daniel J. Treier (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840762. $26.00)

Evangelicalism has long been a hotly disputed label, and what counts as evangelical theology is often anyone’s guess. Is evangelicalism a static bounded set defined by clear doctrinal limits, or is it a dynamic centered set without a discernible circumference? In this inaugural volume in the Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture, Kevin Vanhoozer and Daniel Treier present evangelical theology as an “anchored” set, rooted in the Trinity. In response to increasing evangelical fragmentation, Theology and the Mirror of Scripture offers a clarion call to reconceive evangelical theology theologically by reflecting on the God of the gospel as mirrored in Scripture. Such “mere” evangelical theology will be an exercise in Christian wisdom for the purpose of building up the fellowship of saints.

“This is not just another book about evangelicalism―its fissures, successes, designs and contusions. Rather, it is a proposal for doing mere evangelical theology―mere as genuine, not minimal―one that draws on the wisdom of the entire Christian tradition. Well-written and clearly argued, this book offers a compelling way forward for the evangelical church today.”–Timothy George


9780830844418 Pioneering Movements: Leadership That Multiplies Disciples and Churches by Steve Addison (IVP. Paperback. 9780830844418. $16.00)

God’s mission needs movement leaders. Jesus pioneered something completely new in human history―a dynamic missionary movement intent on reaching the world. His mission is as clear and as relevant today as in the days of the early church: to make disciples everywhere, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded. But the potential of the church remains untapped. What does it take to lead movements that successfully carry out this mission? In Pioneering Movements, Steve Addison identifies what it takes to follow Jesus’ example. Building on his previous books Movements That Change the World and What Jesus Started, he reveals the apostolic qualities and behaviors of biblical, historical, and contemporary pioneers who can guide church and ministry leaders today. This is a book for those who are called to embrace the mission-driven work that Jesus and his disciples began―making disciples of all nations, in all places.

“The history of global missions is rich and encouraging. Even in this complex age we can learn a great deal from those who have gone before. In Pioneering Movements, Steve Addison provides us with a compelling reminder of the important role godly leaders play in the proliferation of the gospel for God’s glory. Addison’s book is both instructive and inspirational.”–Ed Stetzer


9780830844371 Great Commission, Great Compassion: Following Jesus and Loving the World by Paul Borthwick (IVP. Paperback. 9780830844371. $16.00)

Go and do. Jesus commands it, and the world needs it. Word and deed go together. One without the other is not enough. We follow Jesus into all the world, and we follow his example in all we do. Mission mobilizer Paul Borthwick shows how proclamation and demonstration of the gospel go hand in hand. God gives us the Great Commission, Matthew 28’s call to go wherever Jesus sends us, making disciples and proclaiming good news to all nations. And we become people of his Great Compassion, Matthew 25’s vision for treating others as we would treat Jesus himself, caring for the needy and living justly. Borthwick offers practical ways for us to live out the Great Commission and Great Compassion in every sphere of our lives. Holistic discipleship means learning and looking, praying and giving, welcoming the stranger, simplifying our lives and standing with and for others on God’s behalf. Small steps can make a big difference in the mission of God. Will you answer the call?


9780830844517 Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life by Ed Shaw (IVP. Paperback. 9780830844517. $16.00)

When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to Scripture and the church’s traditional position of fidelity in heterosexual marriage and celibacy in singleness. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues, but at the same time shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full. He shows that the Bible’s teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties, but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship. Only by doing this in the light of the Bible can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex.

Same-Sex Attraction and the Church is a must-read for all Christians. Pastor Shaw lives out what it means to apply faith to the facts of unwanted, unchosen and sometimes unshakable same-sex attraction. This powerful book meets readers at the heart level, manifesting a positive understanding of the sacrifices of the Christian life. And because it is so disarmingly positive about the Christian art of dying to self, it sings a clarion call shedding new light on this sacred truth: the real gospel imparts a will-influencing, heart-changing light into the souls of men and women and the community that we create together. . . . I love this book.”–Rosaria Butterfield


9780881465402 Between Fetters and Freedom: African American Baptists Since Emancipation eds. Edward R. Crother and Keith Harper (Mercer University Press. Hardback. 9780881465402. $35.00)

In the wake of the American Civil War, freed people of color who had either worshipped with their former masters or observed their faith privately now enjoyed a measure of freedom and self-determination. Baptist ranks swelled as new converts joined the faithful in building new churches, organizing mission and educational societies, and openly exercising their faith. In short, it was a rich, diverse experience that merits further inquiry. The essays in Between Fetters and Freedom explore a number of issues bearing on post-Civil War African American Baptists. With limited resources at their disposal, precisely what did freedom mean? Would African American Baptist organizations be recognized as legitimate by white peer organizations? What sort of internal stress would African American organizations face as they gained traction in the black community, and what sort of stress would a rapidly changing culture place on those organizations and the people who made them what they were? Through it all, preachers and lay people alike wondered how their voices would be heard above the din. As the title suggests, emancipation inaugurated a time of freedom. True, the Civil War ended slavery and African American Baptists are no longer in fetters, but the War did not eradicate racism. Arguably, even in well-defined religious circles complete freedom remains tinged with uncertainty and in some respects unfulfilled.


WIPFSTOCK_Template Knowing Who You Are: Eight Surprising Images of Christian Identity by Malcolm Gill (Wipf & Stock. Paperback. 9781498218047. $19.00)

Throughout the history of the church, many excellent books have been written addressing the theological significance of Christian identity. Such works have delineated important doctrines such as adoption, justification, and sanctification. While these studies of being “in Christ” have been fruitful, and numerous, they have often neglected one of the most useful tools in understanding Christian identity, namely, the use of metaphor. A search of Scripture reveals that Jesus and his apostles frequently utilized images from everyday life to illustrate spiritual truths about our identity. In this fresh work, Knowing Who You Are invites the reader to explore eight lesser-known images of Christian identity found in the New Testament. Among others, the author investigates how being a Christian is like being a boxer in ancient Corinth, a citizen in Philippi, a farmer in Galilee, and a sheep in a flock. This engaging assessment of first-century images will draw the reader in and leave them challenged, encouraged, and often surprised as they discover afresh what it means to be ”Christian.”

”Gill serves as an able tour guide, walking us through eight aspects of identity presented to us in the Scriptures. This helpful and easy-to-digest book not only helps us understand the many metaphors the Bible uses to tell us who we are and how we should live, it implants in us a longing to live that way.”–Nancy Guthrie

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TheMiraclesofJesus-Jacket.indd The Miracles of Jesus: How the Savior’s Mighty Acts Serve as Signs of Redemption by Vern S. Poythress (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433546075. $19.99)

“Vern Poythress rescues the miracles of Jesus from neglect and confusion by means of his sanctified scholarship. As a pastor, I am indebted to him for helping me make sense of the miracles for myself and in turn for my congregation.”—Alistair Begg


9780802871718 Peter in Early Christianity by Helen K. Bond (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802871718. $40.00)

Long overshadowed by the apostle Paul, Peter has received increased scholarly attention of late. Building on that resurgence of interest, nineteen internationally prominent scholars of early Christian history examine and reassess the historical Peter and his significance, offering a comprehensive view of Peter through analysis both of New Testament texts and of noncanonical literature.

Contributors: Sean A. Adams / Timothy D. Barnes / Markus Bockmuehl / Helen K. Bond / Finn Damgaard / Paul Foster / Seán Freyne / Paul A. Hartog / Larry W. Hurtado / Peter Lampe / Jonathan W. Lo / John R. Markley / Tobias Nicklas / Matthew V. Novenson / Paul Parvis / William Rutherford / Todd D. Still / Jason S. Sturdevant / Margaret H. Williams


dunn_Chris Making vol 3_jkt_front_des 5.indd Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Contested Identity, by James D. Dunn (Eerdmans. Hardback. 9780802839336. $60.00)

The third and final installment of James Dunn’s magisterial history of the first 120 years of the Christian faith, Neither Jew nor Greek: A Contested Identity covers the period after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE through the second century, when the still-new Jesus movement firmed up its distinctive identity markers and the structures on which it would establish its growing appeal in the following decades and centuries.


9781451482102 Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology by Joshua W. Jipp (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451482102. $44.00)

Until recently, many scholars have read Paul’s use of the word Christos as more of a proper name (“Jesus Christ”) than a title, Jesus the Messiah. One result, Joshua W. Jipp argues, is that important aspects of Paul’s thinking about Jesus’ messiahship have gone unrecognized. Jipp argues that kingship discourse is an important source for Paul’s christological language: Paul uses royal language to present Christ as the good king.


9781451485219 Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms by Dennis Ngien (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451485219. $29.00)

Given a life spent in scholarship and controversy, it is easy to forget how much energy Martin Luther devoted to helping the common person understand and take comfort from God’s word. This commitment extended to even the most challenging of biblical texts, and nowhere is this more apparent than Luther’s work on the lament psalms. Difficult to understand, and perhaps even more difficult to implement in life and devotion, the lament psalms played a key role in Luther’s thought. More importantly, the lament psalms were for Luther an essential part of the Christian’s understanding of the life of faith.


9781451482799 Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide by Timothy J. Wengert (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451482799. $15.00)

Timothy J. Wengert, one of the best-known interpreters of Luther and Lutheranism active today, sets his newly translated Ninety-Five Theses in its historical context with a detailed introduction and illuminating study notes. To help the reader understand the context and the import of the Ninety-Five Theses more deeply, Wengert provides two more related and essential documents: Luther’s Letter to Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz (to which he appended a copy of the Theses) and Luther’s 1518 Sermon on Indulgences and Grace (written to inform the German-speaking public of his view of indulgences).


9780830824427 The Message of Joshua by David G. Firth (The Bible Speaks Today Series. IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824427. $18.00)

The Message of Joshua represents the final book of the Bible in the Bible Speaks Today series (BST). The series covers all sixty-six books of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) over fifty-five volumes. When asked what his favorite commentary series on the New Testament was in a recent Twitter chat, pastor Tim Keller offered the Bible Speaks Today series.


9780830844395 Christian Mission in the Modern World, Updated and Expanded Edition by John Stott (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830844395. $17.00)

“John Stott’s Christian Mission in the Modern World is a small classic and remains surprisingly relevant for today. And no one is more qualified than Chris Wright to bring the discussion up-to-date—to expand, reframe and even sometimes disagree with Stott’s work on certain issues within the evangelical and biblical commitment shared by both. This will prove to be an excellent basic introduction to mission and evangelism, along with providing a biblical understanding of salvation, dialogue and conversion for Christian mission. But it will also be a helpful guide to how evangelical thinking on mission has developed in the past four decades by two of its premier exponents.”—Michael W. Goheen


9780525955146The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms by Timothy Keller (Penguin. Hardback. 9780525955146. $19.95. On sale – $14.99 through 11/28/15.)

Two decades ago, Tim Keller began reading the entire Book of Psalms every month. The Songs of Jesus is based on his accumulated years of study, insight, and inspiration recorded in his prayer journals. Kathy Keller came to reading the psalms as a support during an extended illness. Together they have distilled the meaning of each verse, inviting readers into the vast wisdom of the psalms.


9781910307656 Ephesians for You by Richard Coekin (The Good Book Company. Hardback. 9781910307656. $22.99)

“Of the writing of commentaries there is no end, but few are the commentaries that are simultaneously careful with the text, yet cast at the level of popular exposition—and this one is among the very best. It is a book you can recommend with confidence to just about anyone, for Richard Coekin manages to bring together an appropriate attention to detail, good writing, the sweep of the argument, and clear-sighted vision as to how this part of the Bible must work out in our lives.”—D.A. Carson


9780310524953 The Greek-English New Testament: UBS 5th Revised Edition and NIV (Zondervan. Leather-look. 9780310524953. $69.99)

The most widely used edition of the Greek New Testament and the most widely read contemporary English Bible translation are now available in one volume! Featuring the UBS 5 critical text (with the full apparatus) and the New International Version, this reference volume stands to become the standard edition for translators and students.

The readings of the newly discovered Papyri 117 – 127 have been incorporated into this edition, thereby opening up interesting perspectives particularly for the Acts of Apostles. A special focus of the revision was on the Catholic Epistles, which included more than thirty modifications in the reading text and resulted in a new selection of witnesses for the textual apparatus, in addition to modifications of the selection of apparatus units.


9780310519638 Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons by Julius Kim (Zondervan. Hardback. 9780310519638. $24.99)

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Discovering the Truth of the Text (According to the Human Author)

  • Chapter 1: Praying, Selecting, Reading, and Meditating on the Text
  • Chapter 2: Linguistic Analysis * Translation from original languages * Semantics/lexicography * Syntax and structure * Textual variants * Cross referencing
  • Chapter 3: Literary Analysis * Context of the section and book as a whole * Context of the author’s body of writing * Context of genre characteristics (narrative, poetry, etc.)
  • Chapter 4: Life-Setting Analysis * General historical and cultural backdrop * Specific audience circumstances * Occasion and need * Purpose and goal

Part 2: Discerning Christ in the Text (According to the Divine Author)

  • Chapter 5: Why should we preach Christ? * Because it’s Biblical, Foundational, and Practical * (See sample draft of chapter enclosed.)
  • Chapter 6: How shall we preach Christ? * The Clowney Hermeneutical Rectangle revisited * Christ-Focused Connection from every passage

Part 3: Designing the Sermon with Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

  • Chapter 7: Common Pitfalls and Problems in Sermon Design
  • Chapter 8: Neuroscience and its Implications on Sermon Design
  • Chapter 9: The Blueprints for Good Sermon Design

Part 4: Delivering the Sermon for Attention, Retention, and Transformation

  • Chapter 10: Non-Verbal Communication * Engaging: eye contact; facial expressions; gestures; body control; poise and authority. * Inspiring: passion; conviction; respect; and humor. * Shepherding: responsiveness; empathy; joyful gravity; and inhibition.
  • Chapter 11: Verbal Communication: * Varying/Modulating: signal; style; sound; speed; and silence. * Rehearsing: goals of refining content; effortless articulation; calming nerves; and best practices.

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9781433545955 Martyn Lloyd-Jones: His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century by Christopher Catherwood (Crossway. 9781433545955. Paperback. $17.99)

“This book is a good, quick recounting of the life and ministry of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones from one who knew him personally. Christopher Catherwood, the Doctor’s eldest grandchild, puts the books you’ve enjoyed in the context of Lloyd-Jones’s life and ministry. The author carefully and fairly interprets Lloyd-Jones—even on points where he himself may disagree. He succeeds in faithfully reproducing some of the Doctor’s nuances and ambiguities that others have overlooked. The book’s informal, even casual style makes it easy to read—like you’re having an engaging evening’s conversation with an old friend. I heartily commend the books and sermons of Martyn-Lloyd Jones, and this book as an encouragement and help.”—Mark Dever


9781433545870 The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry by R. Kent Hughes, edited by Douglas Sean O’Donnell (Crossway. 9781433545870. Hardback. $45.00)

“I wish I had had this book when I began my ministry as a pastor! It pulls back the curtain to show us what we need to know about our calling and the expectations of our people. It gives a breadth and context to pastoral responsibilities I’ve not see in other similar books.”—Erwin W. Lutzer


9781433512001 1 Corinthians: The Word of the Cross by Stephen T. Um (Preaching the Word Commentary Series. Crossway. 9781433512002. Hardback. $32.99)

“Stephen Um’s dynamic ministry in downtown Boston is grounded in his faithful, weekly ministry of the Word of God. His experience there makes him an ideal expositor of 1 Corinthians, because today’s secular city is an ideal context for understanding and applying the same gospel message that Paul first preached to the Christians in cosmopolitan Corinth.”—Philip Graham Ryken


9781433506765 Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos by Barry Webb (Preaching the Word Commentary Series. Crossway. 9781433506765. Hardback. $32.99)

“Expository preaching involves much more than defining Hebrew and Greek words, or cool and collected explanations of obscure issues raised by biblical texts. It involves grasping both the theological message of the Scriptures and letting that message grasp us who preach week in and week out. Barry Webb is not only the finest interpreter of the book of Judges; he is also the book’s finest expositor. His presentation of the principle enduring theological points of each literary unit in Judges and Ruth is clear, practical, and passionate. This book is a great gift first to preachers, but ultimately to God’s people who will hear from them the living and life-giving Word of the Lord from these books.”—Daniel I. Block


9780190274092 Christ Among the Messiahs: Christ Language in Paul and Messiah Language in Ancient Judaism by Matthew V. Novenson (Oxford University Press. 9780190274092. Paperback. $35.00)

“Interpreters of Paul have traditionally understood christos in his letters as a mere proper name. Marshalling impressive resources of both classical and Jewish scholarship in this careful, shrewd and ground-breaking work, Matthew Novenson overturns this tradition, demonstrating that christos functioned for Paul as an ‘honorific’ with clear messianic meaning. This should precipitate a revolution not only in Pauline theology and exegesis but in our understanding of messianic ideas throughout second-temple Judaism.”—N. T. Wright


9780199372997 Fighting Fundamentalist: Carl McIntire and the Politicization of American Fundamentalism by Markku Ruotsila (Oxford University Press. 9780199372997. Hardback. $35.00)

“Markku Ruotsila’s well-researched biography of Carl McIntire rescues this ‘fighting fundamentalist’ from the neglect (or caricature) that has marked his place in twentieth-century American history. Based in a wide array of archival sources, the book shows that McIntire contributed to a much earlier politicization of American evangelical Protestants than others have described; it also offers by far the fullest portrait of this militant autocrat who contributed substantially to what eventually became ‘the new Christian Right.'”—Mark Noll


9780718040130 The James Code: 52 Scripture Principles For Putting Your Faith Into Action by O. S. Hawkins (Thomas Nelson. 9780718040130. Hardback. $14.99)

Bestselling author of The Joshua Code and The Jesus Code, O.S. Hawkins is back with a new book that is all about putting your faith into action. The James Code is practical, personal and action-packed straight from one of the most popular books of the Bible.

Once readers have devoted themselves to Scripture memory in The Joshua Code, and have equipped themselves to give answers in The Jesus Code, The James Code challenges readers to give feet to their faith. Hawkins gives applicable truth from the book of James emphasizing that an effective Christian life is not about faith and works, but is about faith that works.

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9781433546136 2 Samuel: Your Kingdom Come by John Woodhouse (Preaching the Word Commentary Series. Crossway. Hardback. 9781433546136. $42.99)

“Dr. Woodhouse’s masterly exposition of 2 Samuel takes us through the life and story of King David in a gripping way, setting David within the whole story of God’s salvation, which culminates in the news about Jesus Christ, ‘the Son of David’ and ultimate King. Woodhouse writes with clarity and warmth that will not only excite preachers of God’s Word, but also challenge and encourage others who love the Scriptures. Highly recommended.”—Peter T. O’Brien


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Reader's Editions)

Featuring the acclaimed Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works translation and adapted for a more accessible format, the new Reader’s Edition volumes include supplemental material from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works general editor, Victoria J. Barnett, as well as insightful introductions by Bonhoeffer scholars which clarify the theological meaning and importance of his work.

  • Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781506402703. $16.99)
  • Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781506402727. $16.99)
  • Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781506402741. $16.99)
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781506402765. $14.99)

9780830840946 American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea by John D. Wilsey (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840946. $22.00)

“In an age that appears as confused as ever about the connections between the kingdom of Christ and American identity, American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion is vital reading. John Wilsey has charted the complex course of a historical idea, American exceptionalism, in a way that is fair and nuanced, yet honest and timely. Combining far-reaching interaction with the most current scholarship and careful theological reflection, Wilsey tells this story in a way that will be accessible to a broad audience. I am delighted to recommend it widely and enthusiastically!”—Matthew J. Hall


9780830841240 Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches from New Believers by J. D. Payne (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830841240. $15.00)

Apostolic Church Planting is less like a how-to manual and more like a clinician’s guidebook. It deals with the theology and theory of church planting as well as the practical steps involved. Few missiologists could have written it, but J. D. Payne is one of them. All who are in any way involved in church planting should study this book to be informed. All should read it to be refreshed.”—David J. Hesselgrave


9781629950846 A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John M. Frame (P & R Publishing. Hardback. 9781629950846. $59.99)

“This is the most important book ever written on the major figures and movements in philosophy. We have needed a sound guide, and this is it. Philosophy has many ideas and systems that are attractive but poisonous. Over the centuries people have fallen victim again and again. Frame sorts out the good and the bad with clarity and skill, using the plumb line of Scripture. Along the way he also provides a devastating critique of liberal theologies, showing that at bottom they are philosophies of human autonomy masquerading as forms of Christianity.”—Vern S. Poythress


9780718018306 Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth—And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts by Robert J. Hutchinson (Thomas Nelson. Hardback. 9780718018306. $24.99)

For more than a century, Bible scholars and university researchers have been systematically debunking what ordinary Christians believed about Jesus of Nazareth. But what if the most recent Biblical scholarship actually affirmed the New Testament What if Jesus was not a Zealot revolutionary, or a Greek Cynic philosopher, or a proto-feminist Gnostic, but precisely what he claimed to be: the divine Son of Man prophesied in the Book of Daniel who gave his life as a ransom for many What if everything the Gospels say about Jesus of Nazareth-his words, his deeds, his plans-turned out to be true Searching for Jesus changes “what if” to “what is,” debunking the debunkers and showing how the latest scholarship supports orthodox Christian belief.

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9780805499353 Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Revised and Expanded edited by Chad Brand and Eric Mitchell (B&H Publishing Group. 9780805499535. Hardback. $34.99)

Contemporary Bible readers are separated from the original documents by 2,000 to 3,500 years. Bridging this chasm requires linguistic, literary, geographical, historical, and cultural information that the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary provides. This third edition of the Dictionary makes available up-to-date archaeological information that illuminates the biblical text.


9780805496703 Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Kings by Tony Merida (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H Publishing Group. 9780805496703. Paperback. $14.99)

“Many Christians avoid Old Testaments books like Kings because they don’t see what stories about ancient kings have to do with their lives today. Tony Merida does a masterful job explaining these books and showing their incredible importance for our lives. Like ancient Israel, we need a king who not only follows God’s Word himself, but a king who can lead us to follow God’s Word. The bad news for ancient Israel was that all of their kings failed. Tony proclaims the good news for us: what they longed for, we have—the King of kings, Jesus Christ!”—Jonathan Akin


9780801039775 Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in Scripture by Craig G. Bartholomew (Baker Academic. 9780801039775. Hardback. $44.99)

“A book that stands out in a crowded catalog of hermeneutics texts, Craig Bartholomew’s Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics deserves careful attention. With characteristic erudition and lucidity, Bartholomew provides a Trinitarian hermeneutic that carries the reader all the way from devotional reading of Scripture to the ecclesial reception of the preached Word. The reader learns to read Scripture humbly and prayerfully, seeking not only information but also transformation by the living Christ. Along the way, Bartholomew masterfully relates biblical interpretation to biblical theology, systematic theology, philosophical hermeneutics, preaching, and the disciplines of the modern university. A unique and thought-provoking addition to the field of hermeneutics.”—Bruce Ashford


9780802871725 Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians by Oliver D. Crisp (Eerdmans. 9780802871725. Paperback. $25.00)

“Oliver Crisp is leading the way among constructive theologians who are engaging Jonathan Edwards as a serious interlocutor. This book showcases Crisp at his finest, never parroting Edwards’s teaching but, rather, following his model of occasional, contextual, and critical adaptation of the insights of the past in relation to the challenges we face in the present. Edwards still has much to offer even the most contemporary theologians.”—Douglas A. Sweeney


9780718041830 Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook 2016 edited by Ken Hemphill (Thomas Nelson. 9780718041830. Paperback. $24.99)

This trusted Nelson favorite has been updated and refreshed to equip today’s pastors. Organized for easy planning, Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook features full Sunday sermon options and sermon starters that follow the church calendar. New to this edition is an app that allows pastors to access content in a new and exciting way and lets them preach or teach directly from the device of their choice. Product also includes a CD-ROM so that pastors can customize content as needed and print Word Documents with ease.


9781400203482 Parables: The Mysteries Of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through The Stories Jesus Told by John F. MacArthur (Thomas Nelson. 9781400203482. Hardback. $24.99)

“After 40 years of faithful pastoral ministry, John MacArthur has proven himself to be a sure guide through Scripture and a faithful expositor of God’s Word. This new book, Parables, is a rich biblical, theological, and devotional treatment of our Lord’s parables.”—R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


9780718032487 We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Thomas Nelson. 9780718032487. Hardback. $24.99. SALE – $17.49 through 11/28/15)

“As a modern-day cultural apologist for the Christian faith, Albert Mohler is without peer. We Cannot Be Silent not only establishes biblical rectitude on the tough subjects that he addresses but also prepares the church to address these issues with the compassion and love of Christ. Mohler knows both intellectually and existentially the cost borne in suffering, and he prepares the reader for that inevitability as well. This book will bless and fortify your life and the life of your church.”—Paige Patterson


9781601427366 Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction by Caleb Kaltenbach (Penguin Random House. 9781601427366. Paperback. $14.99)

“Caleb Kaltenbach ‘came out’ to his parents. This is the story of that coming out. Only this time, it’s was a Christian teen coming out to his gay parents. The book combines undeniable experiences with clear biblical arguments. Add the gracious tone throughout and you have a powerful book.”—Mark Dever


9780300166699 Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer by Scott H. Hendrix (Yale University Press. 9780300166699. Hardback. $35.00)

“I did not expect to learn much from reading yet another Luther biography. But I was wrong. Scott Hendrix’s Luther is in many respects a  primus inter pares—establishing a point of view that is not, in my opinion, the least of Hendrix’s achievements in this important biography.”—David Steinmetz