Arrived on New Academic last week

Technicolor:  Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry by Mark Hearn (B&H Books. 9781433691737. Paperback. $16.99)

By the year 2040, no major city in the United States will have a majority ethnic group. Every major city will be majority-minority. This future nationwide reality has already been a present reality in several cities, including many in the urban south, for nearly a decade.

In a 2011 State of the City Address, the mayor of pastor and author Mark Hearn’s city said there were fifty-seven languages spoken at the local high school. Hearn left asking himself, “How should our church respond?” In the years that have followed, a phenomenal transformation has taken place. This transition has been chronicled in the Gwinnet Daily Post, the Christian Index, the Wall Street Journal, LifeWay’s Facts and Trends, and the Atlanta Magazine.

Now, Hearn shares the life-changing story through his own lens. By reading his firsthand experience of this transition as a pastor, you too can be equipped to make the shift to church in technicolor.

 

The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God’s Design For You and Your Money by Art Rainer (B&H Books. 9781433650307. Hardback. $12.99. SALE – $7.79)

This isn’t where you thought you would be. You were meant for more. Your money was meant for more. You and your money are meant for an exciting, adventurous, and satisfying purpose. God designed you, not to be a hoarder, but a conduit through which His generosity flows.

In The Money Challenge, Art Rainer takes you on a journey to financial health. But it is not simply for the sake of financial health. The Money Challenge was written to help experience God’s design for you and your finances. Welcome to the adventure. Welcome to The Money Challenge.

 

The Christ of Wisdom: A Redemptive-Historical Exploration of the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament by O. Palmer Robertson (P&R Publishing. 9781629952918. Paperback. $19.99)

How do we walk in the way of wisdom? How should we respond to suffering? How can we cope with life’s frustrations and sorrows? How ought we to weep? How ought we to love?

The answers can be found in the great “how-to” books of Scripture—the Old Testament’s wisdom literature—but unfortunately, these books are frequently overlooked in biblical theology, despite their immense significance for God’s people. O. Palmer Robertson introduces the concept of biblical wisdom before providing a redemptive-historical analysis of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations. These neglected books offer the contemporary reader inspired insight (and a solid dose of godly realism) into every major realm of human existence: from love and intimacy to grief and calamity.

 

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God by Eugene Peterson (Penguin Random House. 9781601429674. Hardback. $24.99. SALE – $19.99)

“Sixty years ago I found myself distracted,” Eugene Peterson writes. “A chasm had developed between the way I was preaching from the pulpit and my deepest convictions on what it meant to be a pastor.”

And so began Peterson’s journey to live and teach a life of congruence—congruence between preaching and living, between what we do and the way we do it, between what is written in Scripture and how we live out that truth.

Nothing captures the biblical foundation for this journey better than Peterson’s teachings over his twenty-nine years as a pastor. As Kingfishers Catch Fire offers a never-before-published collection of these teachings to anyone longing for a richer, truer spirituality.

Peterson’s strikingly beautiful prose and deeply grounded insights usher us into a new understanding of how to live out the good news of the Word made flesh.

This is one man’s compelling quest to discover not only how to be a pastor but how to be a human being.

 

Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders Of The Lost Art by Peyton Jones (Zondervan. 9780310531104. Paperback. $17.99)

“Biblical, honest, transparent, provocative, and challenging! These are the words I used to describe Reaching the Unreached. Filled with numerous stories, humor, and wisdom, Jones’s book is a raw look at what we are all called to do, but few do: make disciples. Read and heed!”—J.D. Payne, pastor, missiologist

Now on the shelf – new additions to New Academic

*Unless otherwise noted, the book descriptions are from the book or the publisher’s website.

 

Exalting Jesus in Proverbs by Daniel Akin and Jonathan Akin (B&H Books. Paperback. 9780805497663. $14.99)

“Danny and Jon have written with great fresh insight from the very old wisdom of God through Solomon. They have mined the text to explain the practical insights of Proverbs, yet their illustrations are wonderfully relevant to the age in which we live. What a blessing to the church to combine timeless wisdom with such timely illustrations.”—Bryant Wright, senior pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church of Marietta, Georgia

 

Commentary on 1-2 Timothy and Titus by Andreas Köstenberger (B&H Books. Hardcover. 9780805496437. $39.99)

“While there are a number of good commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles, there are few that cover all the bases: scholarly, theological, pastoral, insightful, practical, and encouraging. But Andreas Köstenberger’s new volume is all of these. It is now my go-to commentary on these important books and is sure to be the standard resource for pastors and scholars in generations to come.”—Michael J. Kruger, president and professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

 

Divine Will and Human Choice: Freedom, Contingency, and Necessity in Early Modern Reformed Thought by Richard Muller (Baker Academic. Hardcover. 9780801030857. $45.00)

This fresh study from an internationally respected scholar of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras shows how the Reformers and their successors analyzed and reconciled the concepts of divine sovereignty and human freedom. Richard Muller argues that traditional Reformed theology supported a robust theory of an omnipotent divine will and human free choice and drew on a tradition of Western theological and philosophical discussion that included such predecessor thinkers as Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus. In arguing this case, the book provides historical perspective on a topic of current interest and debate–the issue of freedom and determinism–and offers a corrective based on a broader analysis of the sources.

 

Retrieving History: Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church by Stefana Dan Laing (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801096433. $24.99)

Retrieving History introduces the early Christian ideas of history and history writing and shows their value for developing Christian communities of the patristic era. It examines the ways early Christians related and transmitted their history: apologetics, martyrdom accounts, sacred biography, and the genre of church history proper. Stefana Dan Laing shows that exploring the lives and writings of both men and women of the ancient church helps readers understand how Christian identity is rooted in the faithful work of preceding generations. Her book also offers a corrective to the individualistic and ahistorical tendencies within contemporary Christianity. It will appeal to professors and students in church history and patristics courses as well as pastors, worship leaders, and educated laypeople.

 

Winsome Persuasion: Christian Influence in a Post-Christian World by Tim Muehlhoff and Richard Langer (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851775. $22.00)

“I write this as I approach my sixty-ninth birthday. I’ve seen a lot—the sexual revolution, the Jesus movement, the civil rights struggle. However, if you had told me twenty years ago that American culture, values, and life would look like it does today, I would not have believed it. The social, moral, religious, and political fabric has been rent asunder. This raises the question: How can we Christians best serve Jesus today and honor him in the way we communicate our ideas to the broader public? On the one hand, we do not want to compromise biblical teaching. On the other hand, we want to be wise and Christlike in the way we approach people. But how? In my view, Muehlhoff and Langer have written the best book by far to guide us in these tricky waters. You don’t have to agree with everything they say (that’s part of the content of the book!) to recognize that this is a must-read. I know of no other book remotely like it. Please get a copy and discuss its ideas with your friends. Failure to do so will jeopardize our mission in the decades to come.”—J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

 

Mark by Eckhard Schnabel (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830842926. $26.00)

Mark wrote his Gospel to explain why and how Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God who fulfills God’s promises as he proclaims and embodies the coming kingdom of God. Mark emphasizes Jesus’ authority and also his suffering and death as God’s will for his messianic mission.

This Tyndale New Testament commentary from Eckhard Schnabel seeks to help today’s Christian disciples communicate the significance of Jesus and the transforming power of the good news. An exegetical commentary on the Gospel of Mark, this volume will be useful for preachers, Bible teachers, and non-specialists alike.

 

Divided We Fall: Overcoming a History of Christian Disunity by Luder Whitlock (P & R Publishing. Paperback. 9781596381926. $14.99)

“Luder Whitlock’s book is something of a cri de coeur for greater unity in the church. At a time when Christian leaders are almost obsessed about the culture, this book rightly argues that we will shape the broader society only to the degree that we make the Christian church what it should be. And in our present moment, the unity of the church is both a witness to the world and a necessity for its strength and vitality. Luder’s appeal comes from long experience and membership in several denominations. He marshals evidence for his contentions from the Bible, theology, history, and organizational literature. Not everyone will agree with every proposal or every argument, but overall the book makes a compelling case.”—Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

“Whitlock is a trusted voice for Christians because he evidences deep wisdom, compassion, and maturity, as well as intellect and skill. This book calls the church to gospel unity in ways that will provoke you to think, ponder, and pray.”—Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

 

Controversy of the Ages: Why Christians Should Not Divide Over the Age of the Earth by Theodore Cabal and Peter Rasor II (Weaver Book Company. Paperback. 9781941337752. $15.99)

“If I had the power to require every Christian parent, pastor, and professor to read two books on creation and evolution—ideally alongside their mature children, parishioners, and students—it would be 40 Questions about Creation and Evolution (by Kenneth Keathley and Mark Rooker) along with … Controversy of the Ages: Why Christians Should Not Divide Over the Age of the Earth. Neither book intends to answer all of the questions definitively, but together they are like maps for Christians in the complex and confusing intersection of the Bible and science. We cannot bury our head in the sand, or outsource study of these issues to others. Cabal and Rasor help us sort through the issues and the options, modeling for us how to use proportion and perspective in our rhetoric and strategies of disagreement within the body of Christ. We live in perplexing days, but clear and clarifying books like this are a tremendous gift to the church. If the arguments and tone of this book are taken to heart, we will all be sharper, wiser, and kinder. I pray it is widely read.”—Justin Taylor, author, managing editor of the ESV Study Bible, blogger at The Gospel Coalition

Recently arrived on New Academic

Pastoral Theology: Theological Foundations for Who a Pastor Is and What He Does by Daniel L. Akin and R. Scott Pace (B&H Academic. 9781433685781. Paperback. $29.99)

Pastoral Theology constructs a theological framework for pastoral ministry that is biblically derived, historically informed, doctrinally sound, missionally engaged, and contextually relevant. By using traditional theological categories the authors explore the correlation between evangelical doctrine and pastoral practice. Through careful theological integration they formulate a ministry philosophy that defines the pastoral office and determines its corresponding responsibilities in light of theological truth. The authors provide a theological understanding of the pastorate that will equip aspiring pastors to discern and pursue their calling, challenge younger pastors to build on ministerial truth instead of ministerial trends, and inspire seasoned pastors to be reinvigorated in their passion for Christ and his church.

 

Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African American and White Perspectives edited by Jarvis J. Williams and Kevin Jones (B&H Academic. 9781433643347. Paperback. $24.99)

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has a historical stain. The SBC once affirmed slavery and openly opposed and condemned abolitionists. Even though the convention repented of this sin publicly, a profound divide between the white majority and the black and brown minority still exists for many churches.

This stain is more than historical fact; it prohibits Southern Baptist churches from embracing the one new man in Christ promised in Ephesians 2:11–22 and from participating in the new song of the saints from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation in Revelation 5:9.

The glorious gospel of Jesus Christ commands all his followers to do our part in removing racism from our midst. Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention is a powerful and practical call to sacrifice, humility, and perseverance—along with a relentless commitment to Christian unity—for the sake of the gospel and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg by Robin A. Leaver (Eerdmans. 9780802873750. Paperback. $22.00)

Many scholars think that congregational singing was not established in Lutheran worship until well after the start of the Reformation. In this book Robin A. Leaver calls that view into question, presenting new research to confirm the earlier view that congregational singing was both the intention and the practice right from the beginning of the Wittenberg reforms in worship.

Leaver’s study focuses on the Wittenberg hymnal of 1526, which until now has received little scholarly attention. This hymnal, Leaver argues, shows how the Lutheran Reformation was to a large degree defined, expressed, promoted, and taken to heart through early Lutheran hymns. Examining what has been forgotten or neglected about the origins of congregational hymnody under Martin Luther’s leadership, this study of worship, music, and liturgy is a significant contribution to Reformation scholarship.

 

God and the Problem of Evil: Five Views edited by Chad Meister and James K. Dew Jr. (IVP Academic. 9780830840243. Paperback. $25.00)

The problem of evil is a constant challenge to faith in God. How can we believe in a loving and powerful God given the existence of so much suffering in the world? Philosophers and theologians have addressed this problem countless times over the centuries. New explanations have been proposed in recent decades drawing on resources in Scripture, theology, philosophy, and science.

God and the Problem of Evil stages a dialogue between the five key positions in the current debate: Phillip Cary: A Classic View; William Lane Craig: A Molinist View; William Hasker: An Open Theist View; Thomas Jay Oord: An Essential Kenosis View; Stephen Wykstra: A Skeptical Theism View

 

A Little Book for New Bible Scholars edited by E. Randolph Richards and Joseph R. Dodson (IVP Academic. 9780830851706. Paperback. $9.00)

In A Little Book for New Bible Scholars, Randolph Richards and Joseph Dodson encourage young students of the Bible to add substance to their zeal—the kind of substance that comes from the sweat and toil of hard study. “Just as we should avoid knowledge without love,” they write, “we should also avoid love without knowledge.”

Aimed at beginners, this concise overview offers a wealth of good advice, warns of potential pitfalls, and includes wisdom from a variety of other biblical scholars as well as stories from the authors’ own long experience in the guild. Full of warmth, humor, and an infectious love for Scripture, this book invites a new generation of young scholars to roll up their sleeves and dig into the complex, captivating world of the Bible.

Arrived on New Academic the last week of April 2017

The Imperfect Disciple by Jared C. Wilson (9780801018954. Paperback. Baker Books. $14.99)

“Few things steal vitality and life in Christ like forgetting that we are human. Jared does a great job, with his humorous yet serious style, reminding us of God’s perfection in the midst of our inconsistencies, fears, and falls. The grace of God found in this book will encourage and remind the saint that there is only One who is perfect–and that perfection is enough for all who believe on the name of Jesus.”—Matt Chandler, lead teaching pastor of The Village Church

 

Seven Leaders: Pastors and Teachers by Iain H. Murray (9781848717398. Hardcover. Banner of Truth. $28.00)

Spiritual leaders lead people to heaven. Here in Seven Leaders are accounts of seven such men, together with the distinctive features of their lives—in John Elias, the necessity of the power of the Holy Spirit; in Andrew Bonar, the reality of communion with Christ; in Archie Brown, the irresistibility of love; in Kenneth MacRae, the need for faithfulness to death; in Martyn Lloyd-Jones, theology and doctrine; in W. J. Grier, passing on the ‘sacred deposit’; and in John MacArthur, the governing authority of the word of God. An Old Testament miracle once took place at a burial. We are told that when the deceased was ‘let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet’ (2 Kings 13:21). Through books, the past can be touched, and the consequence may be as much of God as when Martin Luther handled the old writings of Jan Huss. Records of faithful servants of Christ still speak and can bring new life today.

 

Introducing Tyndale by John Piper (9781848717558. Paperback. Banner of Truth. $10.00)

In Introducing Tyndale John Piper introduces the reader to the deeply moving story of Tyndale’s life and death. This serves to whet the appetite for what comes next: an extract from one of Tyndale’s significant works in which the reformer clearly explains and robustly defends the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in response to one of his fiercest critics. A brief epilogue by the late Robert J. Sheehan outlines Tyndale’s many-sided legacy, bringing the book to a fitting conclusion.

 

The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology by W. Bradford Littlejohn (9780802872562. Paperback. Eerdmans. $35.00)

How do Christians determine when to obey God even if that means disobeying human authorities? In this book W. Bradford Littlejohn addresses that question, with particular attention to the magisterial political-theological work of Richard Hooker, a leading figure in the sixteenth-century English Reformation.

Littlejohn shows how Martin Luther and other Reformers considered Christian liberty to be compatible with considerable civil authority over the church, but he also analyzes the ambiguities and tensions of that relationship and how it helped provoke the Puritan movement. The heart of the book examines how, according to Richard Hooker, certain forms of Puritan legalism posed a greater threat to Christian liberty than did meddling monarchs. In expounding Hooker’s remarkable attempt to offer a balanced synthesis of liberty and authority in church, state, and conscience, Littlejohn draws out pertinent implications for Christian liberty and politics today.

 

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, 2nd edition by Richard Bauckham (9780802874313. Hardcover. Eerdmans. $50.00)

This critically acclaimed work argues that the four Gospels are based on the eyewitness testimony of those who personally knew Jesus. Noted New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham challenges the prevailing assumption that the stories about Jesus circulated as “anonymous community traditions,” asserting instead that they were transmitted in the names of the original eyewitnesses.

To drive home this point, Bauckham draws on internal literary evidence, the use of personal names in first-century Jewish Palestine, and recent developments in the understanding of oral tradition. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses also taps into the rich resources of modern study of memory, especially in cognitive psychology, refuting the conclusions of the form critics and calling New Testament scholarship to make a clean break with that long-dominant tradition. Finally, Bauckham challenges readers to end the classic division between the “historical Jesus” and the “Christ of faith,” proposing instead the “Jesus of testimony” as presented by the Gospels.

In this expanded second edition Bauckham has added a new preface, three substantial new chapters that respond to critics and clarify key points of his argument, and a comprehensive new bibliography.

 

Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England by Douglas L. Winiarski (9781469628264. Hardcover. University of North Carolina Press. $49.95)

“For those who thought that little more could be done with colonial New England religious life, here comes Doug Winiarski to prove them, oh, so wrong. With a nose for manuscripts like no other, he has scoured the repositories, churches, and historical societies of the region for sources that delight and amaze, offering us new voices, the voices of the awakened. The results of his searches, presented with sensitivity and expert analysis, give us a truly innovative and fresh view of the transition, not so much from puritan to Yankee, but from puritanism to evangelicalism.”Kenneth P. Minkema, Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University

 

Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father by Thomas S. Kidd (9780300217490. Hardcover. Yale University Press. $32.50)

Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the “thorough deist” who emerges in his autobiography. As Thomas Kidd reveals, deist writers influenced Franklin’s beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life—including George Whitefield, the era’s greatest evangelical preacher; his parents; and his beloved sister Jane—kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing. Based on rigorous research into Franklin’s voluminous correspondence, essays, and almanacs, this fresh assessment of a well-known figure unpacks the contradictions and conundrums faith presented in Franklin’s life.

 

Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton (9780310534068. Paperback. Zondervan. $22.99)

In Rediscovering the Holy Spirit, author, pastor, and theologian Mike Horton introduces readers to the neglected person of the Holy Spirit, showing that the work of God’s Spirit is far more ordinary and common than we realize. Horton argues that we need to take a step back every now and again to focus on the Spirit himself—his person and work—in order to recognize him as someone other than Jesus or ourselves, much less something in creation. Through this contemplation we can gain a fresh dependence on the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives.

 

Know Why You Believe by K. Scott Oliphint (9780310525974. Paperback. Zondervan. $14.99)

The Christian life depends upon faith, but there are good reasons for that faith. In Know Why You Believe professor and author K. Scott Oliphint answers the “why” questions both Christians and non-Christians often ask, laying out a simple and convincing case for the core teachings of Christianity.

As part of the KNOW series, Know Why You Believe is designed for personal study or classroom use, but also for small groups and Sunday schools wanting to better understand the traditional defenses of Christian belief. Each chapter covers a foundational teaching and includes a rationale for that teaching, responses to common objections, reflection questions to prompt further consideration, and suggested readings for readers wanting to dig deeper.

Recent arrivals to New Academic

8 Hours or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster by Ryan Huguley (Moody Publishers. 9780802415080. Paperback. $12.99)

This book shows preachers how to write the same sermons they’ve been writing, but in half the time. Author Ryan Huguley reveals:

The biggest time-wasters in sermon prep / The five marks of a faithful sermon / A day-by-day plan for writing sermons / Tips for preparing your mind, heart, and notes for preaching / Common pitfalls in ending a sermon

 

Word-Centered Church: How Scripture Brings Life and Growth to God’s People by Jonathan Leeman (Moody Publishers. 9780802415592. Paperback. $13.99)

Theological and practical, Word-Centered Church focuses on how the church hears, responds to, discusses, implements, and is transformed by Scripture. It’s not about high-octane production, superstar personalities, or postmodern entreaties, but stuff that is really old, really good, and really powerful. Word-Centered Church is the ministry-model book that churches need, because it advances the model God designed. For anyone who wants to grow or help others grow, Word-Centered Church is indispensable.

 

Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L Reese and Michael Strauss (Zondervan. 9780310496052. Hardback. $59.99)

Entries for over 450 key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and more will help you think through some of today’s most challenging topics, including climate change, evolution, bioethics, and much more

Essays from over 140 leading international scholars, including Francis Beckwith, Michael Behe, Darrell Bock, William Lane Craig, Hugh Ross, Craig Keener, Davis Young, John Walton, and many more

Multiple–view essays on controversial topics allow you to understand and compare viewpoints

Learn about flesh-and-blood figures who have shaped the interaction of science and religion: Augustine, Aquinas, Bacon, Darwin, and Stephen Hawking are just the beginning

Full cross-reference system, and entries include references and recommendations for further reading

 

Grace Alone—Salvation as a Gift of God: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters by Carl Trueman (Zondervan. 9780310515760. Paperback. $21.99)

In Grace Alone, scholar and pastor Carl Trueman looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that salvation is by grace alone, a free gift unmerited by human effort or works. He examines the development of this theme in the early church through the Reformation of the Protestant confessions that still shape the church in the present day. Trueman also explores the biblical means of receiving God’s grace through the fellowship of believers, the sacraments, and through the Word of God, highlighting the urgency in which we need to recover this doctrine in the face of today’s challenges.

 

Christ Alone—The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters by Stephen Wellum (Zondervan. 9780310515746. Paperback. $24.99)

In Christ Alone, Stephen Wellum considers Christ’s singular uniqueness and significance biblically, historically, and today, in our pluralistic and postmodern age. He examines the historical roots of the doctrine, especially in the Reformation era, and then shows how the uniqueness of Christ has come under specific attack today. Then, he walks us through the storyline of Scripture, from Christ’s unique identity and work as prophet, priest, and king, to the application of his work to believers and our covenantal union with him to show that apart from Christ there is no salvation. Wellum shows that we must recover a robust biblical and theological doctrine of Christ’s person and work in the face of today’s challenges and explains why a fresh appraisal of the Reformation understanding of Christ alone is needed today.