Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 15, 2016

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Abridged and Edited with Commentary by John Foxe. edited by Paul L. Maier and R. C. Linnenkugel. (Kregel. 9780825443299. Hardback. $29.99)

Award-winning historian Paul L. Maier brings his exceptional abilities to bear on Foxe’s massive work in this new color-illustrated, abridged edition. Due to the immense scope of Foxe’s work, previous editions have left out many stories of the unsung heroes of the faith. Maier’s new abridgement includes every martyr mentioned in Foxe’s 1570 edition, while modifying archaic working for today’s readers, condensing extraneous discussions, and providing insightful commentary to place these historical figures in context. Readers are helped not only to know what happened by why it happened and to see the past in a way that informs  the present.

 

9780825444173Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting by Sam Serio (Kregel. 9780825444173. Paperback. $16.99)

“Sam Serio has written the book that few others would have. In a sensitive manner, and with absolute care not to offend, he explains how to preach from most of the biblical passages dealing with sexual sin. You will receive much help from his frequent tips. I know of no other book like it. You will want a copy.”—Jay E. Adams, founder of The Institute for Nouthetic Studies

 

Preaching Old Testament Narratives by Benjamin Walton (Kregel. 9780825442582. Paperback. $18.99)

“In his encounter with an Ethiopian court official who was reading a passage from the scroll of Isaiah, Philip began at that passage and proclaimed Jesus to the official (Acts 8: 26–35). All who teach and proclaim the gospel should be able to do the same with Old Testament narratives. Ben Walton’s book will help that to happen. Preaching Old Testament Narratives is unique in approach and practical in design. Examined and tested by groups of pastors prior to publication, the book gives understandable guidance on narrative interpretation and helpful steps on sermon development from text selection to formulation of the take-home truth. Organized in two main parts, Discover the Message and Deliver the Message, Preaching Old Testament Narratives is not just a quality textbook for personal study or for a course of study; it is a complete course in a textbook, and I highly recommend it as a vital resource for those who preach and teach Old Testament narratives.” —Jerry N. Barlow, Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Work, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Arrived on New Academic Throughout the Week of August 8, 2016

Cover ArtBeing Human in God’s World: An Old Testament Theology of Humanity by J. Gordon McConville (Baker Academic. 9780801048968. Hardback. $27.99)

“Noted Old Testament scholar Gordon McConville draws on his disciplinary expertise to provide this fascinating and rich account of humanity in relation to God, to other humans, and to the nonhuman creation. It is wide-ranging in its coverage of Old Testament texts, in its treatment of key aspects of the multifaceted experience of living in this world, and in its relating these to contemporary thinking about the human. The book’s careful exegesis and wise theological reflection are always accessible. At the same time, McConville’s focus on transformation makes his work a wonderful resource for exploring biblical spirituality in its broadest sense of human flourishing, and in this respect the closing chapter on the Psalms in human formation offers a fitting and inspiring climax.” –Andrew T. Lincoln, emeritus professor of New Testament, University of Gloucestershire

 

Cover ArtExodus by T. Desmond Alexander (Teach the Text Commentary Series. Baker Books. 9780801092145. Paperback. $26.99)

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text. T. Desmond Alexander is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College in Belfast, Ireland.

 

Cover ArtAnswers to the Most Important Questions About the End Times: Will I have to go through the tribulation? Who is the Antichrist? What is Armageddon? What will the New Jerusalem be like? And many more by Dr. John Hart (Bethany House. 9780764217852. Paperback. $10.99)

The end times can be confusing, or even troubling, as we struggle to understand such things as when Christ is coming back, who the Antichrist will be, when the tribulation will occur, and how to interpret biblical prophecy. If you are curious, confused, or fearful about any of these things–this book is for you.

Dr. John Hart, Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, clearly and respectfully offers easy-to-understand answers, letting you know exactly what God’s Word says–as well as what it doesn’t say–about the end times. This slender volume answers the most frequently asked questions, then explores how those answers affect you, your family, and your friends.

 

Being ThereBeing There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting by Dave Furman (Crossway. 9781433550034. Paperback. $12.99)

Everyone has friends or family who suffer from sickness, disability, depression, or the death of a loved one.

Oftentimes, the people who love the hurting also struggle in their own unique ways. They tend to suffer in silence and without much support from others. Writing from the unique perspective of one who needs extra help on a daily basis, Dave Furman, senior pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, offers insight into the support, encouragement, and wisdom that people need when helping others. Furman draws on his own life experiences, examples from the Bible, and wisdom from Christians throughout history to address the heart and ministry of those who are called to serve others. Deeply personal and powerfully pastoral, this book points readers to the strength that only God can provide as they love those who are hurting. Afterword written by Gloria Furman, the author’s wife.

 

Andrew FullerAndrew Fuller: Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Mission by John Piper (Crossway. 9781433551895. Paperback. $8.99)

Missionary biographies often inspire enthusiasm, zeal, and urgency for missions among God’s people. But how do Christians give their lives to missions if they feel called to remain in their homeland? In 1792, British pastor Andrew Fuller formed the Baptist Missionary Society, an organization dedicated to the promotion of mission work both at home and overseas. In this concise biography, best-selling author John Piper introduces readers to this incredible Christian who—although he never served abroad himself—inspired the modern missionary movement that gave rise to such figures as William Carey and Hudson Taylor. Working tirelessly to raise funds for missionaries in the field and championing the importance of sound doctrine for fruitfulness in missions, Fuller stands as an example to all Christians eager to devote themselves to knowing, guarding, and spreading the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

 

The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land edited by Gerald R. McDermott (IVP Academic. 9780830851386. Paperback. $26.00)

Introduction: What Is the New Christian Zionism? (Gerald McDermott)

Part I: Theology and History
1. A History of Supersessionism: Getting the Big Story Wrong (Gerald McDermott)
2. A History of Christian Zionism: Is Christian Zionism Rooted Primarily in Premillennial Dispensationalism? (Gerald McDermott)

Part II: Theology and the Bible
3. Biblical Hermeneutics: How Are We to Interpret the Relation Between Tanak and the New Testament on This Question? (Craig Blaising)
4. Zionism in the Gospel of Matthew: Do the People of Israel and the Land of Israel Persist as Abiding Concerns for Matthew? (Joel Willitts)
5. Zionism in Luke-Acts: Do the People of Israel and the Land of Israel Persist as Abiding Concerns in Luke’s Two Volumes? (Mark Kinzer)
6. Zionism in Pauline Literature: Does Paul Eliminate Particularity for Israel and the Land in His Portrayal of Salvation Available for All the World? (David Rudolph)

Part III: Theology and Its Implications
7. Theology and the Churches: Mainline Protestant Zionism and Anti-Zionism (Mark Tooley)
8. Theology and Politics: Reinhold Niebuhr’s Christian Zionism (Robert Benne)
9. Theology and Law: Does the Modern State of Israel Violate Its Call to Justice in the Covenant by Its Relation to International Law? (Robert Nicholson)
10. Theology and Morality: Is Modern Israel Faithful to the Moral Demands of the Covenant in Its Treatment of Minorities? (Shadi Khalloul)
Part IV: Theology and the Future
11. How Should the New Christian Zionism Proceed? (Darrell Bock)
12. Implications and Propositions (Gerald McDermott)

 

Praying for Your Pastor: How Your Prayer Support Is Their Life Support by Eddie Byun (IVP Books. 9780830844661. Paperback. $15.00)

“To be a minister of the gospel who is faithful to the Word of God is increasingly difficult in our present age. Pastors and shepherds care for the people of God, often at great expense to themselves. Eddie Byun gives us an insightful and sobering look into the life of those who serve in ministry and skillfully presents the need for the whole body of Christ to be laboring in prayer. This book is for anyone who wants to join the fight in protecting the hearts and lives of those whom God has called to lead the church.”—Kevin Peck, lead pastor, Austin Stone Community Church

 

CoverJonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture by Jonathan M. Yeager (Oxford University Press. 9780190248062. Hardback. $74.00)

“Building on preliminary work on Edwards’s reception in the intellectual worlds of early modern Europe and America, and on studies of the various editions of his works, Yeager is the first to explore, in a systematic way, the intersection of Edwards’s writings and print culture, his publishers, printers, and editors through the eighteenth century. Joining a material culture approach with the history of the book, we have here an entirely new perspective on Edwards as an early evangelical writer and spokesperson.”—Kenneth P. Minkema, Executive Editor & Director, Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University

New Additions to New Academic

The Message of the Twelve: Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets by Alan Fuhr and Gary Yates (B&H Academic. 9781433683763. Paperback. $34.99)

Note: this book should arrive on New Academic this week.

The Message of the Twelve is thoroughly conversant with the latest scholarship, solidly conservative, and rich in literary and theological insight. I highly recommend this text for anyone interested in getting better acquainted with the wonderful, yet often neglected treasures that are the Minor Prophets. ”—J. Michael Thigpen, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

 

Designed to LeadDesigned to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck (B&H Books. Hardback. 9781433690242. $22.99)

Note: this book should arrive on New Academic this week.

Many churches do not develop leaders intentionally and consistently. When leaders emerge from some churches, it is often by accident. Something is missing. Something is off.

Authors Eric Geiger (author of bestselling Simple Church and Creature of the Word) and Kevin Peck argue that churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders. All three are essential for leaders to be formed through the ministry of a local church.

From the first recordings of history God has made it clear that He has designed creation to be led by His covenant people. More than that, He has decided what His people are to do with that leadership. Whether you are called to lead your home, in the marketplace, in God’s church, or in your community, if you are called by God you are called to lead others to worship the glory of God in Jesus Christ.

 

In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship by David Prince (B&H Books. 9781433690259. Paperback. $16.99)

Note: this book should arrive on New Academic this week.

We live in a sports-obsessed world. From fans wearing their favorite team’s colors to high school soccer players practicing after school, we encounter sports every day. Nothing else in our culture produces so much passion and intrigue. Such obsession, for the Christian, must produce critical reflection. How should the Christian think about sports? What does Christ have to do with athletic competition? Can sports be redeemed? In the Arena will answer these questions so that readers:

  • Understand how the gospel of Christ shapes our understanding and enjoyment of sports.
  • Receive practical instruction on how to use sports in parenting and discipleship.
  • Become confident in using the arena of sports for discipleship, parenting, and recreation.

 

Introduction to World Christian History by Derek Cooper (IVP Academic. 9780830840885. Paperback. $18.00)

“A welcome addition to the ever-expanding scholarship in the field of world Christianity studies, Derek Cooper’s book helps to rewrite our traditional Western understanding of church history and course-correct away from North Atlantic–centrism. Cooper gently leads us away from our particular tendencies to see and tell only our own stories toward a broader canvas of the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ that came before us and has not had its time in the spotlight.”—Allen Yeh, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University

 

Leading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children's MinistryLeading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children’s Ministry by Pat Cimo and Matt Markins (Moody Publishers. 9780802414649. Paperback. $14.99)

Leading KidMin is about what it takes to achieve big-time change. Moving past the “why” and getting straight to the “how,” Leading KidMin provides tools and strategies for actually leading, influencing, and implementing change on a local church level—all from the vantage point of the children’s ministry director.

The mission of Leading KidMin is to create a movement of change-agents who don’t just know that change is needed, but are equipped to make it happen, leading their churches in becoming more aligned, effective, and geared for growth.

Recent titles that arrived on New Academic

Cover ArtThe Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking by Craig S. Keener (Baker Academic. 9780801097768. Hardback. $32.99)

“Only a scholar with Craig Keener’s nous could write the most authoritative work to date on Paul’s belief in the transformation of a person’s mind from godless reasoning to possessing the mind of Christ. Keener describes the Pauline vision of the believing mind as one immersed in the Jesus story, freed by the Spirit’s power, bathed in divine wisdom, and oriented toward heaven. This book will, quite literally, open your mind to Paul’s theology of the mind.” – Michael Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

 

Cover ArtThe Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation by Craig Ott (Baker Academic. 9780801097409. Paperback. $22.99)

“Having read this book once in order to endorse it with integrity and enthusiasm, I know that I shall read it again and often in the course of my own thinking and writing. The contributors provide both a breadth of perspectives and a depth of historical background that are illuminating, instructive, and challenging. The book has increased my understanding of and respect for divergent confessional views on Christian mission, while compelling me to re-examine and clarify my own. Like the Bereans, I am motivated afresh to search the Scriptures to see if these things are true–and such an effect is surely the mark of a truly stimulating and worthwhile book.” – Christopher J. H. Wright, Langham Partnership

 

Cover ArtThe Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God’s Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation by J. Daniel Hays (Baker Books. 9780801016202. Paperback. $19.99)

“The word fresh would not normally be the first descriptor to come to mind when dealing with a book grounded in biblical backgrounds, but it fits here. I really enjoyed Danny Hays’s The Temple and the Tabernacle, and I learned a lot. Hays has dug a way out of a number of ruts in thinking about the tabernacle and Solomon’s temple, and his insights continue to reverberate through his treatment of the temple(s) in the rest of the biblical story. The theological fruit of the study are especially exciting as the author draws out implications for the modern church.” – George R. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University

 

Cover ArtEvery Season Prayers: Gospel-Centered Prayers for the Whole of Life by Scotty Smith (Baker Books. 9780801014031. Paperback. $14.99)

“We are a weary, disabled people. Life beats us down. We forget God, relegating him to Sunday mornings and selected ‘spiritual’ moments. Scotty Smith’s prayers break God out of the box and bring him into our Cyber Mondays, cranky Tuesdays, selfish Wednesdays, weary Thursdays, Black Fridays, and lonely Saturdays–giving us a weeklong taste of resurrection Sundays! Scotty’s prayers pry open the hidden corners of our lives and invite God in. Enjoy the feast!” – Paul Miller, executive director, seeJesus

 

Echoes of Scripture in the GospelsEchoes of Scripture in the Gospels by Richard B. Hays (Baylor University Press. 9781481304917. Hardback. $49.95)

“This exceptional book combines thoroughness and elegance in equal measure, also conjoining scholarly rigour with bold Christian conviction in its conclusions. Richard Hays has produced here a gripping account of the diverse approaches of the evangelists to the Old Testament, and it is a volume to which I can confidently predict I will return again and again.” – Simon Gathercole, Reader in New Testament, University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology, Fitzwilliam College

 

Cover ArtReturn to Justice: Six Movements That Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience by Soong-Chan Rah and Gary VanderPol (Brazos Press. 9781587433764. Paperback. $19.99)

“I know Soong-Chan Rah and Gary VanderPol personally and highly respect them and cherish that they have done an excellent job in articulating the history of the return of justice to the evangelical church. I am blessed we can participate in that return as we find ourselves at a wonderful crossroads. I wish that the church community worldwide could read this book, particularly those who are a part of this new multicultural church planting and post-racial generation.” – John M. Perkins, founder, John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, Jackson, Mississippi; author of Leadership Revolution

 

Pauline Churches and Diaspora Jews by John M. G. Barclay (Eerdmans. 9780802873743. Paperback. $48.00)

For the past twenty years, John Barclay has researched and written on the social history of early Christianity and the life of Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora. In this collection of nineteen noteworthy essays, he examines points of comparison between the early churches and the Diaspora synagogues in the urban Roman world of the first century.

With an eye to such matters as food, family, money, circumcision, Spirit, age, and death, Barclay examines key Pauline texts, the writings of Josephus, and other sources, investigating the construction of early Christian identity and comparing the experience of Paul’s churches with that of Diaspora Jewish communities scattered throughout the Roman Empire.

 

Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost by Craig S Keener (Eerdmans. 9780802874399. Hardback. $48.00)

“Few subjects are more important today than the relation between hermeneutics and the Holy Spirit, if we want to take the Bible seriously. Craig Keener rightly insists that ‘spiritual’ hermeneutics includes global Pentecostalism but is also much broader. We need careful attention to meaning to curb undue subjectivism. . . . I warmly commend this informative and commonsense approach to a crucially important subject.” – Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham

 

Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization by Os Guinness (IVP Books. 9780830844654. Hardback. $20.00)

“I read everything Os Guinness writes because he always challenges my thinking and enlarges my perspective. Impossible People may be his most important work. Read it, then buy five copies for friends and discuss it together. The message is that important. This could be the most important book you read this year.” – Rick Warren, pastor, Saddleback Church

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 18, 2016

Charts for Intermediate Greek Grammar and Syntax: A Quick Reference Guide to Going Deeper with New Testament Greek by Andreas J. Köstenberger, Benjamin L Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer (B&H Academic. 9781433649851. Laminated. $6.99)

The premier “cheat sheet” for Greek Syntax and Exegesis. Keyed to the best-selling Going Deeper with New Testament Greek (by Köstenberger, Merkle, and Plummer), this set of folding laminated pages covers all traditional syntactical categories (for example, uses of the genitive, rules about the Greek article, possible translations of the imperfect tense), as well as information about New Testament textual criticism, current summaries on Verbal Aspect debates, and steps on doing Greek word studies. Each syntactical category includes an example from the Greek New Testament (with Greek text quoted) and an accompanying English translation. The specific word or phrase in question is in bold font in both the Greek and English text. With these laminated sheets by your side, you will never waste time flipping through your intermediate grammar looking for that syntactical term or grammatical function you can’t quite remember.

 

Ephesians by Benjamin L. Merkle (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament Series. B&H Academic. 9781433676116. Paperback. $24.99)

“Ben Merkle’s commentary on Ephesians should be on the shelf of everyone who studies the Greek text of Ephesians. Three things stand out in this commentary. First, the structure of the text is nicely portrayed so that readers can see the flow of the argument. These structural layouts alone are worth the price of the book. Second, the book concisely and clearly sets forth the various grammatical options. Merkle fairly and wisely adjudicates among the various options. Third, Merkle’s commentary on the text captures well the theology in one of Paul’s most important letters.”—Thomas R. Schreiner

 

The Bride(zilla) of Christ: What to Do When God’s People Hurt God’s People by Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin (Multnomah. 9781601428721. Paperback. $15.99)

“Rather than lamenting for a return to the early church through misplaced nostalgia, or recommending magic bullet solutions for the pain in the church, The Bride(zilla) of Christ offers insights into the true wounds of consumerism, individualism, and materialism with healing balm of a gracious gospel, community church, and winsome worldview. Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck bring weighty matters of forgiveness, honesty, and unity in Christ to the forefront to help solve the crisis of church members wounding one another.”—Daniel Montgomery

 

A Clear and Simple Treatise on the Lord’s Supper by Theodore Beza. Translated by David C. Noe (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601784674. Hardback. $40.00)

“This excellent volume of translated treatises of Theodore Beza provides a close look at important writings from Calvin’s successor in Geneva. The main piece is Beza’s defense of Calvin’s view of the Lord’s Supper, particularly on the presence of Christ in the Supper, in opposition to Joachim Westphal, who represented the Lutheran viewpoint. This was a crucial theological topic between Reformed and Lutheran communions. Here Beza’s powers are on full display as he makes the case for the validity of the view Calvin articulated and responded to other contested matters such as biblical hermeneutics, Christology, and worship. We owe a great debt to the superb work of David Noe, whose outstanding translation and notes unlock these works and give us a greater appreciation of Beza and a deeper understanding of key issues.”—Donald K. McKim