New Additions to New Academic (10-17-16)

9780805499315Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel by J. D. Greear and Heath A. Thomas (B&H Books. 9780805499315. Paperback. $14.99)

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. It’s presented as sermons, 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.


9780801097614Teaching the Next Generations: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching Christian Formation edited by Terry Linhart (Baker Academic. 9780801097614. Paperback. $34.99)

“For decades Christian education has been a staple of ministry. The idea that to grow we must be taught is not new, but as culture has changed the role and methods of teaching have changed. In response to these changes, Terry Linhart has brought together some of the finest thinkers in Christian education to equip Christian teachers to faithfully and effectively fulfill their calling. Teaching the Next Generations will be a valuable resource for teachers for years to come.”—Chap Clark, professor and chair of youth, family and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary


9781587433771The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church by Peter J. Leithart (Brazos Press. 9781587433771. Hardback. $21.99)

“Leithart’s provocative call for the death of Protestantism is likely to cause discomfort among those eager to hold on to their denominational particularities. But make no mistake: Leithart not only takes on his fellow Protestants; his postdenominational Christianity also chastises the sectarianism of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. The urgent and fearless ecumenical proposal of The End of Protestantism holds out for the end of all tribal badges within the visible unity of a reformed Catholic church.”—Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College


9781587433931Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity by Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Brazos Press. 9781587433931. Hardback. $21.99)

“Kevin Vanhoozer properly calls for a Protestant ressourcement, encouraging us to rediscover some of the best wisdom from the early Reformers (think solas taken together) even as he challenges us to disentangle ourselves from some of the deeply problematic misunderstandings and outcomes that later arose in Protestant circles. He accomplishes what he sets out to do: look back creatively in order to move forward faithfully. If you are a Protestant and you love Scripture and the church, please read this book!”—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theology, Covenant College


9781433552311Unlimited Grace: The Heart Chemistry That Frees from Sin and Fuels the Christian Life by Bryan Chapell (Crossway. 9781433552311. Paperback. $14.99)

“Few books on the subject of God’s grace are as balanced, practical, and clear as this one. Bryan Chapell’s pastoral experience permeates these pages with both a realistic appraisal of the human heart and a compassionate, Christ-centered message of hope. This book is packed with insight into the mysteries of why we do what we do and how to live in the light of God’s grace. Thank you, Bryan—I was helped.”
Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


9781433552557Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life by Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy (Crossway. 9781433552557. Hardback. $24.99)

“Leader, this book is a deep, transforming well. Draw from it and drink the water of divine wisdom. Dive in, splash around, drink again, swallow slowly, and savor. Daniel Montgomery and Jared Kennedy don’t offer you their collected leadership wisdom—they offer you your Lord. He is the water that not only quenches a leader’s thirst but also quiets his heart and transforms the way he leads. I wish I had had this book forty years ago!”—Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries


9781433546877Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. (Crossway. 9781433546877. Paperback. $14.99)

“There is no one alive I would rather read than Ray Ortlund. This book will show you why. It shows us how marriage is a metaphor for the gospel itself, the one-flesh union of Christ to his church. This book will help you see the gospel and marriage both in a clearer light—in the light of an unveiled mystery.”—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission


9780802873668Preaching Christ from Psalms: Foundations for Expository Sermons in the Christian Year by Sidney Greidanus (Eerdmans. 9780802873668. Paperback. $40.00)

In this final volume of his series on preaching Christ from the Old Testament, Sidney Greidanus offers expert guidance for busy pastors on preaching Christ from Psalms.

Beginning with a general introduction on how pastors can interpret and preach from the biblical psalms — and why they should — Greidanus proceeds by discussing twenty-two psalms in the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A, supplying the building blocks necessary to preach from Psalms at Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and other major days and seasons of the church year. In addition to laying out basic homiletical-theological approaches suitable for each selected psalm, these chapters also provide verse-by-verse exposition, bridges to Christ in the New Testament, and ideas for placing the psalmist’s words into contemporary context.


9781567697100_LEG05_frontcoverThe Legacy of Luther edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols (Ligonier – Reformation Trust. 9781567697100. Hardback. $19.00)

Meet Martin Luther. He was the most influential man of his day. The movement that began with his posting of the Ninety-Five Theses reshaped Europe, redirected Christian history, and recovered the truth of God’s Word. Five hundred years later, what is Luther’s legacy? In this volume, R.C. Sproul, Stephen J. Nichols, and thirteen other scholars and pastors examine his life, teaching, and enduring influence. Meet Martin Luther, the mercurial Reformer who, out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, set the world ablaze.


9781629952048John Bunyan and the Grace of Fearing God by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley (P&R Publishing. 9781629952048. Paperback. $14.99)

He was the author of the best-selling Christian book of all time. His Bible-saturated works have inspired generations of believers all over the world. And yet, as influential as it is, John Bunyan’s theology contains a unifying thread that is sorely neglected in the modern church: the vital importance of the fear of God.

Fearing God is seen by many as psychologically harmful—at odds with belief in a God of love. But Bunyan knew personally that the only freedom from a guilty fear of God’s wrath is a joyful, childlike fear of his holiness. Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley guide us through Bunyan’s life before exploring his writings to illuminate the true grace of fearing God.


9781498285155Anyone Can Be Saved: A Defense of “Traditional” Southern Baptist Soteriology edited by David L. Allen, Eric Hankins and Adam Harwood (Wipf & Stock. 9781498285155. Paperback. $24.00)

“American Evangelicals have long required a presentation of personal salvation regulated neither by dogmatic Calvinism nor its venerable combatant Arminianism. However, this requisite system must also be permanently grounded in Scripture while manifesting roots in Christian history, philosophy, and experience. Anyone Can Be Saved dares and succeeds in explicating a traditional Baptist soteriology that offers all Evangelicals just such a thoughtful, worshipful, and fruitful way forward. Highly recommended!”—Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Recently arrived on New Academic (10-10-16)

9780310525196The Worship Pastor: A Call To Ministry For Worship Leaders And Teams by Zac M. Hicks (Zondervan. 9780310525196. Paperback. $17.99)

The Worship Pastor is a practical and biblical introduction to this essential pastoral role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories it is organized to address questions of theory and practice, striving to balance conversational accessibility with informed instruction.

Part One presents a series of evocative “vignettes”–intriguing and descriptive titles and metaphors of who a Worship Pastor is and what he or she does. It shows the Worship Pastor as Church-Lover, Disciple Maker, Corporate Mystic, and Doxological Philosopher.

Part Two covers specific roles related to ministry within the worship service itself–the Worship Pastor as Theological Dietician, Caregiver, Mortician, Emotional Shepherd, War General, Prophetic Guardian, Missional Historian, and Liturgical Architect.

Part Three looks at ministry beyond the worship service–the Worship Pastor as Visionary Teacher, Evangelist, Artist Chaplain, and Team Leader.


9780310344995Saving The Saved: How Jesus Saves Us From Try-Harder Christianity Into Performance-Free Love by Bryan Loritts (Zondervan. 9780310344995. Paperback. $15.99)

In Saving the Saved, Pastor Bryan Loritts reveals the astonishing truth that God doesn’t want your spiritual scorekeeping. He simply wants your surrender. The punchline of the gospel of Matthew is just that—a message of grace and performance-free love to do-good, try-harder Jews who thought they had to earn their way into God’s favor. It’s an ancient message, yet it can be a lifeline to us today as we live in a world of performance metrics. Just as Matthew wrote to the Jews in his gospel, we were never meant to flounder under the pressures and anxieties of show Christianity. Make no mistake: we are called to live in obedience, but Jesus wants us to save us from the illusion that our actions can ever earn God’s acceptance of us.


y648The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion by N. T. Wright (HarperOne. 9780062334381. Hardback. $28.99)

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Recent additions to New Academic (10-03-16)

9781589974807Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God by Rankin Wilbourne (David C. Cook. 9781434709387. Hardback. $19.99)

“This is simply the best book for laypeople on this subject. It is grounded in exegesis and theology and yet is lucid and supremely practical. Rankin’s whole concern is to make the biblical teaching accessible and applicable to the reader. He does this with excellence.”—Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City


9781451488883Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career, Second Edition by James M. Kittelson and Hans H. Wiersma (Fortress Press. 9781451488883. Paperback. $27.00)

For nearly thirty years, James M. Kittelson’s Luther the Reformer has been considered by many to be the standard biography of Martin Luther. Like Roland Bainton’s biography of the generation before, Kittelson’s volume is the one known by thousands of students, pastors, and interested readers as the biography that gave them the details of this dramatic man and his history.

For this revised edition, Hans H. Wiersma has made an outstanding text even better. The research is updated, and the text is revised throughout, with images, bibliographies, and timelines to enhance the experience.


9781784981952Transgender by Vaughan Roberts (Talking Points Series. The Good Book Company. 9781784981952. Paperback. $4.99)

“In this brief book on a complex subject Vaughan Roberts combines the traditional Christian understanding of gender and the body, with a very careful, loving, understanding stance toward transgender people. The two almost never go together, and that’s why this book is so good!”—Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City


The Dynamic Heart_frontcoverFINALThe Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience by Jeremy Pierre (New Growth Press. 9781942572671. Paperback. $19.99)

“Scripture commands us to pay careful attention not only to our actions but also to our hearts. Yet, as many Christians know, the fight against indwelling sin can be one of the most challenging and exhausting aspects of the Christian life. In this book, Jeremy Pierre shows us how to deal with our hearts according to the truths of the Gospel. This book, firmly committed to the sufficiency and authority of Scripture, is a needed resource for the church.”—R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Arrived on New Academic the Week of September 19, 2016

9781433644375First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty edited by Jason Duesing, Thomas White and Malcolm Yarnell (B&H Academic. 9781433644375. Paperback. $24.99)

First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty is the revised and updated edition of a 2007 volume born out of the first Baptist Distinctives conference held at Southwestern Seminary. In the decade that has passed since the original papers were given that resulted in the published chapters, the issues of religious liberty have only increased as matters of concern and subject of conversation and debate. Therefore, this new volume aims to create, as much as possible, a helpful “go-to” volume for “Religious Liberty 101″ conversations in the present day for pastors, church leaders, professors and other like-minded evangelicals. Written by an assembly of authors who presently engage on the front-lines of religious liberty discourse in the national and global public square as well as within churches and higher education institutions, First Freedom offers a word of up-to-date instruction and hope. Editors Thomas White, Malcom Yarnell, and Jason Duesing are joined by Paige Patterson, Barrett Duke, Evan Lenow, Andrew Walker, Russell Moore, Albert Mohler, and Travis Wussow.


9781433643200I Am Going by Daniel Akin and Bruce Ashford (B&H Books. 9781433643200. Hardback. $12.99)

Authors Daniel L. Akin and Bruce Riley Ashford are calling today’s church members to lives of going—whether going around the world or to people right where they live—going out with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Between the two of them, Akin and Ashford have trained thousands of men and women in both the mandates and methods for going to every nation. Now they have created a resource for individuals and churches to use together in calling even more to go.


9781481304733Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry Hurtado (Baylor University Press. 9781481304733. Hardback. $29.95)

The Roman world rendered harsh judgments upon early Christianity—including branding Christianity “new.” Called atheists and suspected of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the Gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.


9780802873378In the Fullness of Time: Essays on Christology, Creation, and Eschatology in Honor of Richard Bauckham edited by Daniel Gurtner, Grant Macaskill and Jonathan Pennington (Eerdmans. 9780802873378. Hardback. $60.00)

In this volume some of the most eminent figures in modern biblical and theological scholarship present essays honoring Bauckham. Addressing a variety of subjects related to Christology, creation, and eschatology, the contributors develop elements of Bauckham’s biblical and theological work further, present fresh research of their own to complement his work, and raise critical questions.

Contributors: Philip Alexander, Jeremy S. Begbie, David Brown, James R. Davila, James D. G. Dunn, Philip F. Esler, Daniel M. Gurtner, Trevor Hart, Larry W. Hurtado, Bruce W. Longenecker, Grant Macaskill, Sean M. McDonough, Jürgen Moltmann, Micheal O’Siadhail, Jonathan T. Pennington and N. T. Wright.


9780802414724On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement by Doug Logan (Moody Publishers. 9780802414724. Paperback. $12.99)

Whether your “block” is in a city, suburb, or rural community, author Doug Logan encourages Christians to learn your neighbors’ needs, make yourself available, and find more opportunities to proclaim Jesus. Using Scripture and personal stories, he unfolds a concept he calls “incarnational instrumentality,” exploring the nature of missions according to the Bible.

If you are a pastor trying to strengthen the missional DNA of your church, or a Christian looking to develop your own missional engagement, then On the Block is for you.


9781942572978Good and Angry: Letting Go of Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison (New Growth Press. 9781942572978. Paperback. $17.99)

“David Powlison helps us to see that anger is not a problem to be solved but a natural human response to injustice, things we believe to be ‘not right.’ The problem we face is how to respond to what is ‘not right’ without sinning. Powlison helps us by encouraging us to admit our sinful anger problems, exposing the roots of sinful anger, and teaching us how to ‘express the right kind of anger in the right way.’ I needed this book! And if you’re anything like me, you need it as well.”—Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas


9780525954156Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780525954156. Hardback. $27.00)

In this thoughtful and inspiring new book, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. Written for both the ardent believer and the skeptic, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of September 12, 2016


9780801098093Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ by Oliver Crisp (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801098093. $26.99)

“Anyone who has followed Oliver Crisp’s essays over the last few years must have suspected that even as he plies analytical tools to work on particular, local puzzles in theology, he is taking his bearings from a fairly comprehensive account of Christian doctrine. The Word Enfleshed confirms that suspicion. The chapters of this book are focused on issues sharply defined enough to be manageable, yet when assembled they amount to a well-connected doctrinal system, at least in outline. Crisp continues his defense of a Christology that has a traditional profile, meanwhile extending his argument into soteriology, anthropology, and pneumatology.”—Fred Sanders, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University


PrintJoyful Witness in the Muslim World: Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters by Evelyne Reisacher (Mission in Global Community Series. Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801030840. $22.99)

“Missions work among Muslims represents the greatest challenge of evangelical missions. With that in mind, missiologists and missions practitioners owe a debt of gratitude to Evelyne Reisacher for Joyful Witness in the Muslim World, which presents fresh ways to engage and evangelize Muslims. Reisacher reminds us that ‘ordinary’ Muslims do not necessarily reflect what is written in books on world religions and that befriending and loving Muslims is the most fruitful practice. I highly recommend this book to those who are searching for new ways to bring Muslims to Christ.”—J. Mark Terry, professor of missions, Mid-America Baptist Seminary


9780801049392Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship: How the Bible Shapes Our Interpretive Habits and Practices by David Starling (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049392. $24.99)

Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship is a refreshing and important call to think of biblical interpretation not in terms of mastering the text but of learning the craft of interpretation from the biblical authors themselves. Such apprenticeship is ultimately less methodological mastery than spiritual formation. While other books attend to the history of Scripture’s reception in church history, Starling focuses on the way the biblical authors themselves received earlier texts and composed Scripture by means of inner-biblical interpretation. In an age of pervasive interpretive pluralism, where no single interpretive practice stands out as authoritative, Starling’s case for contemporary interpreters to become apprentices to the biblical authors who know how to read the Bible, and themselves, in the light of Christ is a suggestion as timely as it is welcome.”—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


9780801019258Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin (Baker Books. Hardcover. 9780801019258. $19.99)

“Parents, families, and churches often struggle with how to get and keep children and young people interested and invested in Christian faith and church life. . . . Growing Young provides practical answers to this question based on serious empirical research. I know of no book quite like it.”—Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, National Study of Youth and Religion


9781433552359What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts) by Nancy Guthrie (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433552359. $12.99)

“Nancy Guthrie writes pointedly about what hurts when we’re trying to minister to hurting people. We can all learn much from poor examples—from Job’s miserable comforters. What Grieving People Wish You Knew provides an A+ lesson plan in what not to say and do as comforters. Of course, Nancy does not stop there, for she also writes poignantly about Christlike comfort. With wisdom and compassion, Nancy weaves Scripture, her story, and the stories of scores of grievers to encourage, empower, and equip us to esteem grief and to care like Christ as we minister to those who grieve.”—Bob Kellemen, Biblical Counseling Chair, Crossroads Bible College


9781433539046Love of God by Christopher Morgan (Theology in Community Series. Crossway. Paperback. 9781433539046. $25.00)

Distorting the Love of God? by D.A. Carson

Is the God of the Old Testament a God of Love? by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

What Does Jesus Teach about the Love of God? by Andreas J. Köstenberger

What Do the Apostles Teach about the Love of God? by Robert L. Plummer

Love in the Triune Community? by John W. Mahony

How Does the Trinity’s Love Shape Our Love for One Another? by Christopher W. Morgan

Does the Love of God Require Universalism? by Daniel Strange

How Does God’s Love in Christ Relate to Islam? by Daniel J. Ebert IV

How Does God’s Love Shape the Christian Walk? by C. D.”Jimmy” Agan III

How Does God’s Love Inspire Social Justice? by Mariam J. Kamell


9781433545313Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433545313. $16.99)

“Authors Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have made a solid contribution to the commemoration of the Reformation in their clear account of what the major Reformers, especially Martin Luther and John Calvin, taught about Jesus, God’s grace, Scripture, the sacraments, and other important subjects. With the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses quickly approaching, this timely book underscores the vital importance of what he and other early Protestants devoted their lives to teaching.”—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame


9781433551932Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (Crossway. Hardcover. 9781433551932. $22.99)

“This is the most meaningful book I have read all year. It is both theological and practical, a rare combination for a parenting book. For years, people have asked me to write a book on parenting. After reading this, I am convinced that I could never write one better than this. I’m so glad I read this, but I wish I could have read it twenty years ago. After reading Parenting, I was torn. Part of me wanted to sit, cry, and confess all of my failures as a parent. The other part wanted to scream with excitement for the tremendous insight I now have to be a better parent.”—Francis Chan, New York Times best-selling author


9781784980528Engaging with Jewish People by Randy Newman (The Good Book Company. Paperback. 9781784980528. $11.99)

This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Jewish people we might work with, meet or know, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel. Written at a level that everyone can understand, this book emphasizes the importance of forming loving, honest and open relationships as part of the way we engage with our Jewish friends.


9780310527930Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years by Gregg Allison and Christopher Castaldo (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310527930. $16.99)

Written in an accessible and informative style, Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo provide a brief and clear guide to the key points of unity and divergence between Protestants and Catholics today. They write to encourage fruitful conversation about the key theological and sociological differences between the two largest branches of Christianity. From the revolutionary events 500 years ago that sparked the Reformation to today, Unfinished Reformation takes a nuanced and thoughtful look at doctrine, practice, and how Protestants and Catholics can have fruitful discussions about the gospel of Jesus Christ.


9780310515722God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters by Matthew Barrett (Five Solas Series. Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310515722. $24.99)

In God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture, scholar and pastor Matthew Barrett looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation and traces the crisis that followed resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Barrett shows that we need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture’s authority in the face of today’s challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God’s Word is the best hope for the future of the church.


9780310521143Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy by Paul M Gould and Richard Brian Davis (Counterpoints Series. Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310521143. $19.99)

The contributors and views include:

Graham Oppy—Conflict: Philosophy Trumps Christianity

K. Scott Oliphint—Covenant: Christianity Trumps Philosophy

Timothy McGrew—Convergence: Philosophy Confirms Christianity

Paul Moser—Conformation: Philosophy Reconceived Under Christianity