Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 27, 2015

9781433673757 The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement by Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn and Michael A. G. Haykin (B&H Academic. 9781433673757. Hardback. $49.99)

“This is the Baptist history textbook I have been waiting for since I studied the subject in seminary. It actually makes the subject interesting! This work has been long overdue.”—Daniel L. Akin

Click here to read a sample from the book.

 

9781433687471 Unleashed: Being Conformed to the Image of Christ by Eric Mason (B&H Books. 9781433687471. Paperback. $16.99)

You’re a Christian, now what?

God not only saved you from something, but for something. Pastor Eric Mason is passionate about helping Christians unleash the transformative power of God in their lives as they learn to be faithful disciples of Jesus. Being conformed to the image of Christ is a lifelong journey for every Christian.

 

9780801096129 Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology by Richard Bauckham (Baker Academic. 9780801096129. Paperback. $24.99)

“We can be grateful that Professor Bauckham has chosen to devote his considerable talents to an exploration of selected themes in Johannine theology. While not aiming to be comprehensive, this volume makes a significant contribution to the study of John’s theological thought. No one interested in Johannine theology can afford to ignore this important collection of essays.”—Andreas J. Kӧstenberger

Click here to read a sample from the book.

 

9780801097713 The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision by Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan (Baker Academic. 9780801097713. Hardback. $19.99)

“Preachers today must present biblical truth to people who are more and more resistant to it. The skillful preacher must understand something of the history of ideas and the baseline cultural narratives of our day in order even to be comprehensible to them. Not only that, but preachers in our cities must often speak to people from several diverse world cultures all at once. I’ve come to the conclusion that ministers need more robust theological education and training than they did when I came into the ministry forty years ago. This book is an important, ringing call for working pastors and preachers to exercise a higher level of theologically informed leadership in our churches.”—Tim Keller

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9781451490305 The Cross Before Constantine: The Early Life of a Christian Symbol by Bruce W. Longenecker (Fortress Press. 9781451490305. Paperback. $39.00)

“It has long been thought that the Christians only began to use the symbol of the cross when Constantine made it his imperial sign. In Bruce Longenecker’s careful and wonderfully detailed survey, this is shown up as a modern myth. Though there is no uniform pattern, the cross was known and used as a Christian symbol from at least the 70s of the first century. This is revisionist historiography at its best.”—N. T. Wright

 

9781633420977 Longing for Home: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent by J. Stephen Yuille (Shepherd Press. 9781633420977. Paperback. $14.95)

“There is a psalm for every experience in life, for every sigh of the soul. No other section of the Book of Psalms demonstrates those deep emotions better than the “Psalms of Ascent.” In Longing for Home Stephen Yuille guides us on a journey through this collection of psalms and shows how these ancient texts express the sighs of believers in Christ who are longing for their heavenly home.”—Donald S. Whitney

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 20, 2015

9781433538179 Building on the Foundations of Evangelical Theology: Essays in Honor of John S. Feinberg edited by Gregg Allison & Stephen Wellum (Crossway Books. Hardback. 9781433538179. $40.00)

John Feinberg is one of the premier evangelical scholars of the last thirty years. His work has influenced countless pastors, scholars, ethicists, and theologians. This anthology stands as a testament to Feinberg’s enduring legacy and theological acumen.

Click here to see the full list of contributors and a sample from the book.

 

005727826 Onward: Engaging The Culture Without Losing The Gospel, Bible Study Kit by Russell Moore (LifeWay. DVD. 9781430040347. $89.99.) *Member book (9781430040330) available for $12.99

As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible for Christians to pretend that we are a moral majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. Nominal Christianity isn’t working anymore. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a retreat into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange—and even subversive—to our culture, we have the opportunity to embrace the distinctiveness of the Christian faith and to be marginalized for the sake of the gospel.

Onward Bible Study Kit includes an Onward Bible Study Book, two DVDs with a promotional video and six 13- to 15-minute teaching sessions led by author Russell Moore, and a trade book.

 

9781400206643 The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World by Owen Strachan (Thomas Nelson. Hardback. 9781400206643. $22.99)

Chuck Colson’s life reveals that there is no division between truth and love, between embracing biblical guidance and loving one’s neighbor. The Colson Way uses Colson’s legacy and wisdom to show Christians a way of living a public faith with conviction and generosity toward all.

“A praiseworthy intellectual achievement and a gift to the Christian community.”—Robert P. George

 

9780310517955 Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism edited by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich and Jason Maston (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310517955. $19.99)

In this non-technical collection of short essays, beginning and intermediate students are given a chance to see firsthand what makes Paul a distinctive thinker in relation to his Jewish contemporaries. Following the narrative progression of Romans, each chapter pairs a major unit of the letter with one or more thematically related Jewish text, introduces and explores the theological nuances of the comparative text, and shows how these ideas illuminate our understanding of the book of Romans.

 

9780310515951 Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament by Constantine R. Campbell (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310515951. $34.99)

Advances in the Study of Greek examines issues of interest in the current world of Greek scholarship and their impact on understanding the New Testament; it provides an accessible introduction for students, pastors, professors, and commentators to understand these issues in this period of paradigm shift.

 

9780310515241 Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send by J. D. Greear (Zondervan. Hardback. 9780310515241. $19.99)

“Wow! I just finished reading Gaining By Losing. I rarely finish a book and fee like it took my breath away. This book by J.D. Greear is nothing short of incredible. It’s just that powerful.”—Thom S. Rainer

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 13, 2015

9780805499308 The Holman Illustrated Bible Commentary edited by E. Ray Clendenen and Jeremy Royal Howard (B&H. Hardback. 9780805499308. $44.99)

The commentary illuminates each verse in the Bible by focusing on a few verses at a time. The outline for each book serves as the headings throughout the commentary. This feature enables the reader to move from the big picture to the details in section-by-section fashion. The commentary is illustrated with photos and other graphics that bring the world of each Bible book to life for the reader. Also, each book of the Bible includes a substantial bibliography that enables the reader to explore more deeply.

 

9781462745920 Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ by Robby Gallaty (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781462745920. $13.99)

The book addresses topics such as how you can be sure of your salvation, why your identity in Christ affects everything you do, how to overcome the three enemies that cripple a Christian’s growth, a battle plan for gaining victory over temptation, and the indispensable spiritual discipline every believer must foster.

 

9781433545238 Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church edited by Gloria Furman and Kathleen B. Nielson (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433545238. $15.99)

“Out of both biblical conviction and years of experience, these women think seriously about discipleship, evangelism, intergenerational mentoring, and compassion. Their strength is evident, their commitment to Scripture robust, their joy in the gospel intoxicating, their anticipation of the consummation providing a lodestar to their lives and service. Although this is a book by women to foster “Word-filled women’s ministry,” much of it will be read with equal profit by men. I hope that some of those men will be pastors who in consequence reflect on what they can do encourage such ministry in their own churches.”—D. A. Carson

 

9781433549250 Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice edited by Owen Strachan and Jonathan Parnell (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433549250. $14.99)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Does the Gospel Shape Manhood and Womanhood? Owen Strachan

  1. Being a Man and Acting Like One Jonathan Parnell
  2. Masculinity Handed Down Joe Rigney
  3. The Happy Call to Holistic Provision David Mathis
  4. The Feminine Focus Trillia Newbell
  5. The Nature of a Woman’s Nurture Gloria Furman
  6. What Is Submission? Christina Fox
  7. Every Day Godward Tony Reinke
  8. Discipline for Our Good Andy Naselli
  9. Training Our Kids in a Transgender World Denny Burk
  10. Good News for the Not-Yet-Married Marshall Segal
  11. Purity We Can Count On Grant and GraceAnna Castleberry
  12. My Recovery from Feminism Courtney Reissig
  13. Immature Manhood and the Hope of Something Better Brandon Smith

Afterword: The Glad Conviction Jonathan Parnell

 
9781433542480 Augustine’s Confessions by Leland Ryken (Christian Guides to the Classics Series. Paperback. 9781433542480. Paperback. $5.99)

“Students, teachers, homeschoolers, general readers, and even seasoned literature professors like me will find these Christian guides to classic works of literature invaluable. They demonstrate just what is so great about these ‘great books’ and illuminate their meanings in light of Christian truth. Reading these books along with the masterpieces they accompany is a literary education in itself, and there can be few better tutors and reading companions than Leland Ryken, a master Christian scholar and teacher.”—Gene Edward Veith Jr. on the Christian Guides to the Classics Series

 

9780802872937 Peter — False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew by Robert H. Gundry (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872937. $20.00)

“In this highly controversial work on Peter, Robert Gundry’s intellectual gifts and remarkable powers of analysis are displayed to an even higher degree than in his previous publications. . . . One need not agree with Gundry’s conclusions to acknowledge that the penetrating exegesis presented here and the nature of the argumentation as a whole demand serious reflection and engagement. Those who pay close attention to this brief but unusually weighty book will not be able to read Matthew in quite the same way that they did before.”—Moisés Silva

 

9781451490084 True Faith in the True God: An Introduction to Luther’s Life and Thought, Revised and Expanded Edition by Hans Schwarz (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451490084. $44.00)

For this revised edition, Schwarz has thoroughly reviewed the text and added important new sections on Luther and music, Luther and the economy, Luther and the Jews, and more.

“At once both accessible and substantial, True Faith in the True God is an engaging presentation of key aspects of Luther’s theology with an eye toward how it is that the Reformer’s evangelical teaching continues to instruct and challenge in the Twenty-first century. Schwarz is conversant with contemporary Luther scholarship and he has distilled it in a format that will be helpful to students, pastors, and laity interested in deepening their understanding of Martin Luther.”—John T. Pless

 

9780830824731 Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life by Gary M. Burge (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824731. $16.00)

“This book is wonderfully humane: humane because it does not say what a generic faculty member should look like, but instead carefully considers the developmental stages that take place in a professor’s life; wonderful because Burge’s book is brimming with deep insights, helpful anecdotes and wise counsel. His vision for faculty mentoring could especially yield great fruit for all who will follow it. Highly recommended to administrators and faculty alike.”—Kelly M. Kapic

 

9780830824724 Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ by David B. Capes, Rodney Reeves and E. Randolph Richards (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824724. $30.00)

Rediscovering Jesus isn’t like other books on Jesus. As first-rate scholars and seasoned guides to interpreting the New Testament, Capes, Reeves and Richards provide wise and responsible answers. But perhaps more importantly, and what sets this book apart from others, they ask questions almost no one else is asking, questions that we all wonder about. They are keen listeners not only to what the Scriptures say about Jesus but also to what our world wants to know about him. Here we have a classic example of what John Stott called ‘double listening': paying attention to both the authoritative text and the needs of an intrigued and seeking world. Rediscovering Jesus is evangelical in theology, canonical in scope, historically informed, scholarly responsible and pedagogically savvy. I enthusiastically recommend it as an engaging resource for enriching our lives and leading us to follow the good but untamable Jesus of the Bible more faithfully.”—J. Scott Duvall

 

9781628622164 How We Got The Bible by Timothy Paul Jones (Rose Publishing. Paperback. 9781628622164. $14.99)

“Dr. Timothy Paul Jones has created a helpful and easy-to-follow book and DVD series showing that the Bible can be trusted. How We Got the Bible is helpful for skeptics who are unsure about the reliability of the Bible, but also for believers who want to go deeper in their faith.”—Sean McDowell

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 6, 2015

9781433686177 Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore (B&H Books. 9781433686177. Hardback. $24.99. Sale – $19.99 through 9/26/15)

As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it it’s power in the first place.

We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect that kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family stability, let’s do so as those with a prophetic word that turns everything upside down.

Also, be sure to check out the inside of each book jacket for a unique poster with a quote from book.

9781433686177 (screen shot from Politico)

 

9781433539527 Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit by Sam  Storms (Crossway. 9781433539527. Paperback. $18.99)

“The most noteworthy feature of this book is the author’s ability to assimilate vast quantities of data, condense it, and put it into a systematic format. This begins with a wonderful biographical chapter and then proceeds to Packer’s theology. A brief version of the systematic theology that Packer has long promised the world, this book is a triumph of scholarship.”—Leland Ryken

 

9780802871909 The Work of Theology by Stanley Hauerwas (Eerdmans. 9780802871909. Paperback. $28.00)

Hauerwas discusses a wide array of topics in such chapters as these:

“How I Think I Learned to Think Theologically”
“How to Do or Not to Do Protestant Ethics”
“The `How’ of Theology and the Ministry”
“How to Write a Theological Sentence”
“How to Be Theologically Funny”
“How (Not) to Retire Theologically”

In a postscript he responds thoughtfully to Nicholas M. Healy’s 2014 book Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction.

 

9781601783813 How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship? by Michael A.G. Haykin and Joel Beeke (Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series. Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601783813. Paperback. $3.00)

“A treasure! From two of my friends, a booklet about friendship that makes me thankful for them and what they have written. Friendship is what Jesus gifts in His final hours—‘you are my friends’—and discovering friendship with others is one of God’s great gifts. Winsomely thoughtful and practical, this is a rare treasure that is bound to be read widely.”—Derek W. H. Thomas

 

9781401678531 Evangelicals Around The World: A Global Handbook For The 21st Century edited by Brian Stiller (Thomas Nelson. 9781401678531. Hardback. $34.99)

Bringing together a team of multi-disciplined scholars, writers, activists, and leaders from around the world, this handbook provides a compelling look at the diverse group we call Evangelicals. In this guide, written by those who know the movement the best, the issues that divide and the beliefs that unite this global Christian movement are presented in a journalistic fashion.

Features include:

  • Essays written by senior leaders of the movement and newer voices with fresh perspectives
  • Articles written by journalists convey diverse and creative perspectives on ministry
  • Essays provide the demographic details of Evangelicals in regions around the world
  • Maps, graphs, photographs, quotes, and mini-profiles of evangelical heroes throughout time

 

9780310699873 Discussing Mere Christianity Study Guide With DVD: Exploring The History, Meaning, And Relevance Of C.S. Lewis’s Greatest Book by Devin Brown and Eric Metaxas (Zondervan. 9780310699873. Paperback and DVD. $49.99)

Host Eric Metaxas and a variety of Christian leaders (e.g. N.T. Wright, Tim Keller, Lauren Winner, Devin Brown, Paul McCusker, Douglas Gresham) help us understand the timeless message of C.S. Lewis in fresh ways for a new generation.

Click here to see session one from the DVD.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 29, 2015

9781433680120 Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions by David A. Croteau (B&H Academic. 9781433680120. Paperback. $14.99)

“Evangelicals rightly insist that ‘Scripture only’ is our source of truth. Yet our interpretations of Scripture sometimes owe more to tradition than to the Bible itself. David Croteau unmasks some common interpretations that have only dubious biblical support. But he does more than debunk these ‘myths’ of interpretation; he also helps us understand what these passages really are saying and why they matter. Perhaps just as importantly, he encourages all of us to be more careful and attentive readers of Scripture.”—Douglas Moo

 

9781884527999 Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Crown & Covenant Publications. 9781884527999. Paperback. $13.00)

“King Jesus knows just what the church and the world need, and just when we need it. When we needed a Pascal; behold, there was Pascal. When we needed Spurgeon, there he was. In his wisdom, Jesus knew that we would need the gift, right now, of Rosaria Butterfield. This book deals with some of the most difficult and incendiary questions with wit, joy, maturity, and, above all, radiating love.

If you’re struggling with sexual sin, this book will help you. If you are gripped with guilt from your past, this book will strengthen you. If you don’t know how to love or bear witness to your neighbors, this book will equip you. Like Jael of old, Rosaria Butterfield wields the tent peg of the gospel against deception and accusation. And, with this book, she nails it.”—Russell Moore

 

9781451494150 Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther by Timothy F. Lull and Derek R. Nelson (Fortress Press. 9781451494150. Paperback. $44.00)

This biography, begun by Timothy F. Lull prior to his death and capably finished by Derek R. Nelson, is marked for its fresh, winsome, and invigorating style–one undoubtedly shaped by the years that each author spent in undergraduate and seminary classrooms. Luther is portrayed here more as a loud tenor in a Reformation chorale than as a solo voice of dissent against church and empire, as he and his work are closely linked with his many collaborators. At times humorous, always realistic, and appropriately critical when necessary, Lull and Nelson tell the story of an amazing, unforgettable life, one that impacted our world in countless ways.

 

9781451499629 Understanding and Using the Bible edited by Christopher J. H. Wright and Jonathan Lamb (International Study Guide Series. Fortress Press. 9781451499629. Paperback. $34.00)

Part I: Understanding the Bible
Introduction
1. Understanding the Bible as the Word of God—Christopher J. H. Wright
2. Understanding the Bible as the Words of Human Authors—Christopher J. H. Wright
3. Understanding the Bible as a Whole—Christopher J. H. Wright

Part II: Using the Bible
4. Using the Bible Devotionally for Life—Jonathan Lamb
5. Using the Bible in Evangelism—Ajith Fernando
6. Using the Bible in Groups—Catharine Padilla
7. Using the Bible in the Context of Islam—Ida Glaser
8. Using the Bible in Oral Cultures—Steve Evans
9. Using the Bible with Women—Emily Onyango
10. Using the Bible in the Family as a Guide for Life—Anthony and King Lang Loke
11. Using the Bible in Preaching—Jonathan Lamb

 

9780310518334 Paul and Money: A Biblical Theological Analysis of the Apostle’s Teachings and Practices by Verlyn Verbrugge and Keith R. Krell (Zondervan Academic. 9780310518334. Paperback. $27.99)

During the past twenty years a significant amount of research has been done on class-consciousness in the Greco-Roman world and on the significance of Paul’s fund-raising venture “for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem”—“the collection”—for his ministry. Relying on the surprising results of current Pauline scholarship and a careful exegesis of a variety of New Testament texts, this book offers a thorough investigation of the apostle Paul’s sayings and dealings with money.