Lots of great arrivals on New Academic

The Gospel & Parenting by Russell D Moore and Andrew T Walker (Gospel for
Life Series. B&H Books. Hardcover. 9781433690440. $12.99)

The Gospel & Pornography by Russell D Moore and Andrew T Walker (Gospel for Life Series. B&H Books. Hardcover. 9781433690457. $12.99)

The Gospel & Work by Russell D Moore and Andrew T Walker (Gospel for Life Series. B&H Books. Hardcover. 9781433690488. $12.99)

The Gospel for Life series gives every believer a biblically-saturated understanding of the most urgent issues facing our culture today, because the gospel is for all of life.


1, 2, 3 John: Redemption’s Certainty by John D Hannah (Focus on the Bible Series. Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781917718. $15.99)

“I am delighted to recommend this commentary on the Johannine epistles. It is beloved message from the beloved disciple expounded by a beloved professor. Highly recommended.”Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies, Boyce College, Louisville, Kentucky


Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation by J V Fesko (Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781919088. $19.99)

“Conversations over imputation are rarely informed by the history of interpretation. Fesko introduces us to seminal figures in this development and no engagement with original sin or justification should overlook his careful spade work.”Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California


The Cost: What It Takes to Follow Jesus by Steven J Lawson (Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781919552. $9.99)

“Christ’s own summons to discipleship is impossible to harmonize with the laid-back, seeker-sensitive, superficial religion practiced by so many people today who claim to be followers of Christ. Dr. Lawson’s exposition of Luke 14:25-35 distills the vital message and presents it in a robust and penetrating way.”John MacArthur, President, The Master’s University and Seminary and Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California


War – Why Did Life Just Get Harder? by Mez McConnell (9Marks Series. Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781917114. $8.99)

All too often, our heads can feel like they are caught in a dark, lonely battle between what we want to do and what we know we should. God feels distant and we feel dirty. The second book in the First Steps of Discipleship series tackles the fundamental, day-to-day difficulties experienced by every Christian, and looks at the question War: Why Did Life Just Get Harder?


Voices: Who Am I Listening To? by Andy Prime (9Marks Series. Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781919125. $8.99)

Voices captures the inner dialogue in our heads and hearts that distract and deceive us, seeking to lure us away from Jesus. It winsomely offers life and freedom from Proverbs, helping us to see how God’s wise voice is warning and inviting us to come to him, where true joy and everlasting love are experienced.”Robert K. Cheong, Pastor of Care and Counseling, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky


Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary edited by Matthew Barrett (Crossway Books. Hardcover. 9781433543289. $45.00)

“Matthew Barrett is certainly to be congratulated on bringing together this outstanding group of top-tier theologians and Reformation scholars to produce this wonderful resource. Not only are readers given a masterful survey of historical theology illuminating the key reformational themes of the sixteenth century, but also we are provided thoughtful and insightful guidance to wrestle with the important theological issues facing the church in the twenty-first century. I am delighted to recommend this comprehensive work.”David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University


Coming Home: Essays on the New Heaven and New Earth edited by D. A. Carson and Jeff Robinson (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433553974. $18.99)

In Coming Home, a team of eight leading Bible teachers offers us a vision of the new heaven and new earth that doesn’t just impact our view of the future—it also has the potential to change how we live today. These eight essays will stir up within us a longing for our future home as we eagerly await Jesus’s glorious return.


Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433549779. $16.99)

“Some expositions are careful, line-by-line, evenhanded explanations of the biblical text. This exposition is exuberant, irrepressible, and intoxicating. Its strength is that its author, Gloria Furman, has tasted for herself the bliss of being loved by God, and she wants her readers to drink deeply from the same fountain.”D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition


Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433555183. $14.99)

“This is so timely. After you read it, you will sleep better, for starters. Then you will be taken to the meeting place of essential theology and the details of all things related to our stressed lives, where David offers wisdom on every page. The book is perfect for men’s groups.”Ed Welch, counselor; faculty member, the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation


Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age by Erik Raymond (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433553660. $14.99)

“Just about every day, I wake up and read Erik Raymond’s insights on pastoral ministry, discipleship, and everyday living as a Christian. He always challenges me to love Jesus as I trust in the sufficiency of his work on the cross. As someone who struggles with contentment, I need his wise counsel to walk with Christ in freedom and joy.”Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition


The Decalogue: Living as the People of God by David L Baker (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851690. $20.00)

“I grew up in a generation of children required to memorize and recite the Ten Commandments by heart. They set the shape of accepted Christian ethics. Later, I visited many churches with the Ten Commandments inscribed on the walls but lacking the vital context of the opening affirmation of God’s redeeming grace: ‘I am the LORD your God who brought you up out of the house of bondage’—law without gospel. David Baker’s timely book challenges us to reconsider the foundational place of the Decalogue in Christian personal and public ethics. But he is also careful to note the context—both the biblical context of God’s people’s obedience as a grateful response to saving grace, and the surrounding context of ancient Near Eastern cultures and laws, for helpful comparison and contrast. The result is a richly rewarding textbook, surveying the field of biblical scholarship comprehensively but with a light touch, drawing together many threads in wider biblical theology, and reflecting on the relevance of the Ten Commandments in contemporary church and society.”Christopher J. H. Wright, international ministries director, Langham Partnership


The Essential Trinity: New Testament Foundations and Practical Relevance edited by Brandon D Crowe and Carl R Trueman (P & R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629952987. $19.99)

“Today there are many books on the market dealing with the doctrine of the Trinity. This is my favorite. It is a clear presentation, discussion, and application of the historic doctrine by people who believe it and have studied it deeply. The essays have kept close to their source, the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. . . . I do not agree with every detail of every essay; they do enter into some controversial areas. But the reader will learn even from that controversy to engage the Scriptures with more thought and devotion.”—John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando


The Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality Through the Biblical Story by Roger E Olson (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310521556. $18.99)

In The Essentials of Christian Thought, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson outlines the basic perspective on the world that all Christians, regardless of the place and time in which they are born, have historically held. This underlying metaphysic accords with all orthodox theologies, whether Calvinist or Arminian, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, but it separates Christianity from other religious and secular perspectives. It is, quite simply, the essential requirement of a Christian view of the world.

Arrived on New Academic Last Week

This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax (B&H Books. 9781433648472. Paperback. $16.99)

“Trevin Wax is a thoughtful, biblically energized leader. This book shows a path for faithful presence in the culture, with neither naïveté nor panic. Read prayerfully and prepare to do spiritual warfare with wisdom, fidelity, and love.”~Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission


Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom Leader Kit by Phillip Bethancourt and Andrew T. Walker, with Russell Moore (LifeWay. 9781462774784. DVD and Member Book. $29.99)

Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom articulates what the Bible teaches about religious liberty through an overarching biblical theology. Religious liberty is rooted in the kingdom of God and the storyline of Scripture. And it’s integral to our understanding of the church’s mission.

It is religious liberty that helps chart a path for the Great Commission and helps us pursue the mission of loving our neighbor, both here and around the world. But this means Christians should care about religious liberty for all people—not just Christians. Religious liberty is a principle that applies in every area of our lives because it serves the common good. We don’t have to like the beliefs of others, but we should respect their right to hold them.

This study points to the distinct missions of both the church and the state, exposing the historical pitfalls that result when the church and state are joined or when government is openly opposed to religion. Religious liberty is not about promoting a Christian order or retrieving a nostalgic past; it is about promoting a vision of society that protects our conscience and allows the free expression of ideas. The gospel doesn’t need a state to back it up. Religious liberty is an expression of our confidence in the gospel.


Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church edited by Nathan A. Finn and Keith S. Whitfield (IVP Academic. 9780830851577. Paperback. $30.00)

Spirituality for the Sent brings together evangelical scholars from a variety of disciplines and ecclesial traditions to address the relationship between spiritual formation and a missional vision of theology and practice. The contributors share a common vision for a missional spirituality that fosters spiritual maturity while also fueling Christian evangelism, cultural engagement, and the pursuit of justice.

This collection features contributions by: Craig G. Bartholomew, Susan Booth, Mae Elise Cannon, Diane Chandler, Anthony L. Chute, Michael W. Goheen, George R. Hunsberger, Christopher W. Morgan, Soong-Chan Rah, Timothy W. Sheridan, Gordon T. Smith, and Gary Tyra.

Last week’s arrivals on New Academic

Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King by Matthew W. Bates (Baker Academic. 9780801097973. Paperback. $24.99)

“Matthew Bates argues that faith or believing is not mere assent, not easy believism, but covenantal loyalty to the God who saves his people through the Lord Jesus Christ. Bates forces us to rethink the meaning of faith, the gospel, and works with a view to demonstrating their significance for true Christian discipleship. This will be a controversial book, but perhaps it is the controversy we need!”~Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia


Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church by Hans Boersma (Baker Academic. 9780801017032. Hardback. $39.99)

“Biblical exegesis has to be approached amid metaphysical and spiritual commitments attuned to the gospel or else unexamined assumptions will invariably cause even our most disciplined efforts at biblical interpretation to unravel. Hans Boersma helps us think carefully about how we read the Bible by reintroducing us to patristic exegesis. Alerting us to the exegetical practice of Origen, Gregory, and many others, he reminds us that ‘they saw the Scriptures as a sacrament and read them accordingly.’ For sensitive readings of varied early church fathers and a host of their reading approaches, all rooted in common commitments to the relations of God and the world and of theology and spirituality, take up and read Boersma’s book.”~Michael Allen, associate professor of systematic and historical theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando


Gospel DNA: 21 Ministry Values for Growing Churches by Richard Coekin (The Good Book Company. 9781784980894. Paperback. $14.99)

“I cannot imagine that any church serious about Jesus, his gospel, and his Word could not make excellent use of this short book that engagingly articulates old “ministry values” in fresh and memorable ways. Don’t be satisfied with one copy; buy a box of them and distribute them widely.”~Don Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


90 Days in Genesis, Exodus, Psalms & Galatians: Explore by the Book with Calvin, Luther, Bullinger & Cranmer edited by Lee Gatiss (The Good Book Company. 9781784980863. Hardback. $19.99)

“In an age when modern devotionals have been published at an exponential rate, untold riches still lie untapped in the commentary, sermons, and devotional writing of our great forbears. This work makes some of the most spiritually penetrating material of the past accessible to readers today. Don’t miss this!”~Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City


Philippians For You: Shine with Joy as You Live by Faith by Steven J Lawson (The Good Book Company. 9781784981150. Hardback. $22.99)

The book of Philippians is about how to live with great joy and firm faith even when circumstances are hard. Written by Paul from his prison cell, it calls us to rejoice together as we shine gospel hope in a generation that does not know Christ. Steven Lawson brings his trademark faithfulness, precision and passion to this wonderful letter. This series takes you verse by verse through a book of the Bible in an accessible and applied way. It is less academic than a traditional commentary, making it a great resource for personal devotion, as well as useful for leading small group studies and sermon preparation.

Arrived on New Academic Last Week

Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City by Dhati Lewis (B&H Books. 9781433644023. Paperback. $15.99)

We have reduced Christianity to concerts, conferences, and church services. We are surrounded by passive participants of Christianity, content to soak in information without any intent to make disciples. But the question remains: how do we turn passive participants into active disciple makers in an ever changing urban context?

Among Wolves seeks to help us move to obedience to the call of Christ to labor among wolves. You will walk through eight significant movements in the book of Matthew, beginning with Jesus establishing His presence with us, to him mobilizing an army to go and make disciples of all nations. As we follow Jesus’ patterns and teachings in Matthew, you will be equipped to establish a thriving disciple making culture in your context as your burden to see your city reached moves toward reality.


Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life by Barnabas Piper (B&H Books. 9781433691928. Paperback. $16.99)

Without curiosity a Christian’s life is incomplete. His relationship with God is incomplete. His connections to others are incomplete. He doesn’t know how to interact with the world around him — politics, media, art, entertainment, science, and so much more simply fly past or overwhelm him. Without curiosity he can never discover deep things, deep connections God tucked below the banal surface of life.

Author Barnabas Piper explores what curiosity is, and how it affects relationships. What if people so sought to learn about each other that the most unlikely people became advocates and friends? It would be transformative, and it would stem from curiosity.


This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax (B&H Books. 9781433648472. Paperback. $16.99)

In This is Our Time, Trevin Wax provides snapshots of twenty-first-century American life in order to help Christians understand the times. By analyzing our common beliefs and practices (smartphone habits, entertainment intake, and our views of shopping, sex, marriage, politics, and life’s purpose), Trevin helps us see through the myths of society to the hope of the gospel.

As faithful witnesses to Christ, Trevin writes, we must identify the longing behind society’s most cherished myths (what is good, true, beautiful), expose the lie at the heart of these myths (what is false and damaging), and show how the gospel tells a better story – one that exposes the lie but satisfies the deeper longing.


Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray: Finding Our Way Back to Biblical Truth edited by Nathan Busenitz (Harvest House. 9780736966757. Paperback. $15.99)

The church today faces great challenges, both from without and from within. Popular culture tempts Christians to compromise truth in the name of relevance and to ignore sin under the guise of tolerance. At the same time, serious doctrinal errors threaten to undermine the authority of God’s Word, leading to all sorts of unbiblical practices.

Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray offers responses from trusted evangelical voices on 15 timely issues such as: measuring true success in ministry, countering the church’s celebrity culture, responding biblically to homosexuality, reclaiming the essentials of the Christian faith, discerning God’s ultimate priority for the church.


The Shepherd as Theologian: Accurately Interpreting and Applying God’s Word edited by John MacArthur (Harvest House. 9780736962117. Hardback. $24.99)

The Shepherd as Theologian presents a collection of invaluable messages from the internationally recognized Shepherds’ Conference held at Grace Community Church. Pastor John MacArthur, and other respected teachers, delve into key theological issues on: justification by faith alone, the great commission, a literal six-day creation, the inerrancy of Scripture, premillennialism and more.


Preaching in the New Testament by Jonathan Griffiths (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. 9780830826438. Paperback. $22.00)

“This volume addresses the need for a biblical theology of preaching by focusing on some foundational matters before closely studying a handful of passages in Paul and in Hebrews. Considering how much preaching is done week by week around the world, it is good to have a study that requires us to reflect on what we are doing.”—D. A. Carson


The Disruption of Evangelicalism: The Age of Torrey, Mott, McPherson and Hammond, Volume 4 by Geoffrey R. Treloar (History of Evangelicalism Series. 9780830825844. Hardback. $35.00)

“Geoffrey Treloar reconstructs evangelicalism’s ‘things fall apart’ moment of the early twentieth century with learned grace. Most historians have treated the period as one of polarization within the movement, but Treloar deploys a spectrum framework that highlights the period’s complexities and makes better sense of its tensions. His choice of Reuben Torrey, John R. Mott, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Thomas Chatterton Hammond as the period’s emblematic figures is a particularly inspired move that will help both general readers and specialists to see evangelicalism with fresh eyes and deeper understanding.”—Michael S. Hamilton, professor and chair, department of history, Seattle Pacific University


To the Cross: Proclaiming the Gospel from the Upper Room to Calvary by Christopher J. H. Wright (IVP Books. 9780830844999. Paperback. $16.00)

With the expertise of a veteran biblical scholar and the wisdom of a seasoned pastor, Christopher Wright skillfully guides us on Jesus’ journey from the Last Supper to the cross. Through the lens of the Old Testament, Wright navigates the Gospel accounts of events that include the meal in the upper room, Peter’s denials, the taunts and jeers of soldiers and bystanders, and the anguish of crucifixion, inviting us to meditate on their significance for us.

Adapted from sermons Wright preached at All Souls Church in London, these chapters are perfect for personal study and reflection. The book includes an appendix for pastors preparing to teach and preach on these passages, offering insight on sermon preparation as well as helpful commentary.

Recent Additions to New Academic (2-13-17)

Reformation 500: How the Greatest Revival Since Pentecost Continues to Shape the World Today edited by Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett (B&H Academic. 9781433684982. Paperback. $29.99)

Reformation 500 provides wise guidance for all who desire to explore the meaning, importance, and implications of this influential movement for serious Christian thinking as well as for faithful Christian living in our day. It is a joyful privilege to recommend this fine volume.” —David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University


Exalting Jesus in Hebrews by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (B&H Books. 9780805496475. Paperback. $14.99. SALE – $10.49)

Arriving in stores this week!

Exalting Jesus in Hebrews is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. 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 presented as sermons and divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect & Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.


101 Tips for Evangelism: Practical Ways to Enhance Your Witness by R. Larry 9781619708846 (Hendrickson. 9781619708846. Paperback. $14.95)

101 Tips for Evangelism is for every believer who has ever wondered how best to share the good news. Whether you need tips on how to get started, a guide to the gifts and talents that evangelism puts into practice, or even a reminder of the basic message and goal of evangelism, this book will be your guide. Even the most timid Christian will find encouragement to be a pure-hearted and well-prepared messenger for Christ. Built on a strong biblical foundation and brimming with hard-won wisdom, 101 Tips for Evangelism is a powerful companion to those desiring to speak the truth in love.


Is Justice Possible?: The Elusive Pursuit of What is Right by J. Paul Nyquist (Moody Publishers. 9780802414946. Paperback. $14.99)

“Paul Nyquist brings a biblical focus and discerning look at why justice matters and how we might work toward it.”—Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, Wheaton College
“… [Explains] why justice often eludes us in this life, but also how we must work to achieve it as best we can.”—Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago


The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements (Moody Publishers. 9780802414977. Paperback. $13.99)

“Hospitality gets a bad rap. It conjures up images of dinner parties and doilies. Dustin and Brandon blow that caricature up and replace it with a biblical picture of hospitality, one that will fire up your imagination and inspire you to act.”—J.D. Greear, pastor & best-selling author


Meet Martin Luther: A Sketch of the Reformer’s Life by Anthony Selvaggio (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601785220. Paperback. $8.00)

“There is no better time to get to know Martin Luther—or to get to know him again—than the five-hundredth anniversary of the year he changed the world. As an introduction to his life, thought, and contributions, this work strikes just the right chord. Enjoy getting to know and coming to admire one of the towering figures of history!”—Tim Challies