Arrived on New Academic the Week of January 12, 2015

ConvictionalCivility_CVR_PRINT.indd Convictional Civility: Engaging the Culture in the 21st Century, Essays in Honor of David S. Dockery edited by C. Ben Mitchell, Carla D. Sanderson, and Gregory Alan Thornbury (B&H Academic. Hardback. 9781433685088. $29.99)

Throughout his ministry, David S. Dockery has persistently advocated “convictional civility” as a vision for contemporary engagement—in which witness is more important that winning, and fidelity is more effective than fighting. In this volume, respected Christian leaders honor him by presenting these essays that explore convictional civility as a lifestyle of bearing witness for Christ and of contributing to the common good.

 

9780805496765 Exalting Jesus in Song of Songs by Daniel L. Akin (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H Books. Paperback. 9780805496765. $14.99)9780805496451

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Mark Howell (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H Books. Paperback. 9780805496451. $14.99)

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.

 

9780801016943 The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions by Norman L. Geisler (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801016943. $15.99)

“No longer do you have to worry or be afraid when someone asks you a tough question about your faith. This book will equip you with solid answers to questions most Christians struggle to answer. Not only will it help you build confidence to defend the faith, but it will also be an encouragement as you grow in your faith.”from the foreword by Josh and Sean McDowell

 

9780801017087 The Supremacy of God in Preaching (Revised) by John Piper (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801017087. $15.99)

John Piper has added valuable new material reflecting on his thirty-three years of preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church, offering a glimpse of what a lifetime of putting God first has done for the faith of the hundreds of thousands who have heard him preach over the years.

Click here to read an except from this book.

 

9781433539350 The Natural Sciences: A Student’s Guide by John A. Bloom (Crossway . Paperback. 9781433539350. $11.99)

“Bloom has written an excellent overview of the main philosophical issues facing Christians working in the natural sciences. He shows that not only is there no conflict between science and belief in God, but there are now many scientific discoveries that support such belief. A clear, concise, and highly readable treatment. I highly recommend it, especially for college students.”—Stephen C. Meyer

 

9781433543500 Who Is Jesus? by Greg Gilbert (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433543500. $12.99)

“The two most important questions for anyone to answer concern Jesus the Christ. Who exactly is he? And how do I relate properly to him? Gilbert addresses these questions effectively in this important book. From the moment at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked his disciples about the opinions concerning his identity until now, no other question has had such eternal consequences. This perceptive volume is written with the touch of the Spirit of God in revealing Jesus the Christ.”—Paige Patterson

 

9781433541100 Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach by Vern S. Poythress (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433541100. $21.99)

In this book, Vern Poythress argues that the harmony of abstract mathematical truths, the physical world of things, and the personal world of our thinking depends on the existence of the Christian God. Poythress shows that these distinct “perspectives” on mathematics cohere because all three find their origin in God’s consistent character and nature.

Whether it’s simple addition and subtraction or more complex mathematical concepts such as set theory and the nature of infinity, this fascinating book lays a theistic foundation for all mathematical inquiry.

 

9781433545085 Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Russ Ramsey (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433545085. $17.99)

“I don’t know anyone who can make the stories—and the Story—in Scripture feel as present, as alive, and as sweeping as Russ Ramsey. His prose, his grasp of history and theology, not to mention his love of Jesus, does more than merely draw me into his book—it makes me want to read the Bible.”—Andrew Peterson

 

9781433540103 Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More by J.R. Vassar (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433540103. $14.99)

“Vassar diagnoses the central problem of every human heart with the brilliance of a surgeon, but—even better—he shows us with pastoral wisdom and fatherly care the words that will heal us forever.”—Jared C. Wilson

 

9780674048362 American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism by Matthew Avery Sutton (Harvard University Press. Hardback. 9780674048362. $35.00)

American Apocalypse is a work of impressive erudition as well as a work of beauty. Arguing for the centrality in the American evangelical tradition of ideas about how the world will end, Sutton embeds the narrative in twentieth-century US and international political history in a way that few American religious historians have been able to do.”—Grant Wacker

 

9780830840663 The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom by Lee J. Beach (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840663. $25.00)

Drawing on a close engagement with Old Testament and New Testament texts, The Church in Exile offers a biblical and practical theology for the church in a post-Christian age. Beach helps the people of God today to develop a hopeful and prophetic imagination, a theology responsive to its context, and an exilic identity marked by faithfulness to God’s mission in the world.

 

9781601783608 The Works of William Perkins, Volume 1 edited by J. Stephen Yuille (Reformation Heritage Books. Hardback. 9781601783608. $50.00)

“Without a doubt, the Puritans were theological titans. The Puritan theological tradition did not emerge out of a vacuum. It was shaped by leaders and theologians who set the trajectory of the movement and shaped its commitments. William Perkins was one of those men. Perkins’s contribution to Puritan theology is inestimable, and this new reprint of his collected works is a much-awaited addition to all who are still shaped and influenced by the Puritans and their commitment to the centrality of the grace of God found only in Jesus Christ. Even now, every true gospel minister stands in debt to Perkins, and in his shadow.”—R. Albert Mohler Jr.

New Commentary on Hebrews by Thomas R. Schreiner

Arriving on New Academic early this week, the inaugural volume in the BiblicalBTFCP_CommentaryOnHebrews_CVR_R2.indd Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary series from B&H Academic. Upon arrival through 2/7/15, this volume will be on sale for $24.99 (reg. $39.99).

In his volume on Hebrews, Thomas R. Schreiner says, “The words of Jesus on the cross, ‘it is finished’ (John 19:30) capture the theology of Hebrews.”My aim in this commentary is to focus on the biblical theology of the letter. The emphasis on biblical theology shows up especially in the introduction and conclusion where theological structures and themes are considered. In the introduction I will examine four different structures that are woven into the entire letter: 1) promise/fulfillment; 2) eschatology; 3) typology; and 4) spatial orientation (which can also be described as the relationship between heaven and earth in the letter). The commentary will conclude, after presenting an exegesis of each chapter, with a discussion of some major theological themes in Hebrews.

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Recent Arrivals to New Academic

9781433671142 Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families by C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433671142. $24.99)

In Christian Bioethics, an ethicist and physician discuss how to think about such thorny ethical issues. Combining their backgrounds in medicine and theology, C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley address real-life moral questions in a way that is accessible for both the layperson and the clinician, allowing readers eavesdrop on their conversation about the training of doctors, the interpretation of the Bible, and controversial issues like abortion, assisted suicide, genetic engineering, and in vitro fertilization.

Examining these topics under three general headings — the taking of life, the making of life, and the faking of life — Christian Bioethics is a worthy guidebook for anyone facing difficult decisions about health care.

 

9781433685804 The Power of Positive Praying, 50th Anniversary edition by John R. Bisagno (B&H Publishing Group. Paperback. 9781433685804. $15.99)

Jesus was our model and teacher in prayer. By His life and His lips our Lord’s constant fellowship with the Father pointed to the necessity of ours. But Jesus didn’t pray merely as an example to us. For thirty-three years, He lived as a man, tempted in all points like as are we. He prayed because He had to pray. He prayed because He must.In this 50th anniversary edition of  The Power of Positive Praying, Dr. Bisagno expands this classic work with eight new chapters on prayer.

 

9781433684166 Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida (B&H Publishing Group. Hardback. 9781433684166. $12.99. Only $5.00 in the LifeWay Campus Stores)

 

9780801049798 Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation by Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049798. $19.99)

Can Christians and churches be both catholic and Reformed? Can they commit not only to the ultimate authority of apostolic Scripture but also to receiving this Bible within the context of the apostolic church? This volume argues that to be Reformed means to go deeper into true catholicity rather than away from it. Michael Allen and Scott Swain offer a manifesto for a catholic and Reformed approach to dogmatics that seeks theological renewal through retrieval of the rich resources of the historic Christian tradition. The authors provide a survey of recent approaches toward theological retrieval and offer a renewed exploration of the doctrine of sola Scriptura. The book includes a substantive afterword by J. Todd Billings and will appeal to professors and students of theology or Christian doctrine.

 

9780801049293 Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living, 3rd edition by Stanley J. Grenz and Jay T. Smith (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049293. $27.99)

This revised edition of a classic college-level introduction to theology presents the core doctrines of the Christian faith, encouraging readers to connect belief with everyday life. Stanley Grenz, one of the leading evangelical scholars of his era, and Jay Smith, an expert on Grenz’s theological legacy, construct a helpful theology that is biblical, historical, and contemporary. The third edition includes a foreword by John Franke, a new preface and afterword, resources for further study, and updated footnotes. The book’s easy-to-use format includes end-of-chapter discussion questions and connects theological concepts with current cultural examples.

 

9780801016080 30 Events That Shaped the Church: Learning from Scandal, Intrigue, War, and Revival by Alton Gansky (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801016080. $17.99)

The church that began as a ragtag group of Middle Eastern fishermen, tax collectors, and zealots became the multiethnic, multifaceted church we know today through historical events that, while they may seem distant, have a direct effect on our everyday lives.
Now thirty of these course-altering events are brought vividly to life by consummate storyteller Alton Gansky. Spanning twenty centuries of history, this lively book will entertain, educate, and enlighten you even as it enriches your appreciation for those who have come before us in the faith.

 

9781434706867 The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption by Matt Chandler with Jared Wilson (David C. Cook. Paperback. 9781434706867. $15.99)

Scripture says we’re to nurture our hearts above all else-yet we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradict and cheapen God’s design for love and intimacy.

Matt Chandler, one of today’s top Christian voices, helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds. In The Mingling of Souls, he reveals the process Solomon himself followed-Attraction, Courtship, Marriage…even Arguing.

 

9780802866219 Revelation: A Shorter Commentary by G.K. Beale with David H. Campbell (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802866219. $35.00)

“In this volume we are treated to a briefer version of Greg Beale’s massive commentary on Revelation, but that work’s exegetical depth and theological profundity are still present in the abbreviated volume. No one can afford to preach, teach, or write on Revelation without reading Beale.”—Thomas R. Schreiner

 

9780830840717 The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons edited by Christopher Gehrz (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840717. $26.00)

In this groundbreaking volume edited by Christopher Gehrz, scholars associated with the Pietist tradition reflect on the Pietist approach to education. Key themes include holistic formation, humility and open-mindedness, the love of neighbor, concern for the common good and spiritual maturity. Pietism sees the Christian college as a place that forms whole and holy persons. In a pluralistic and polarized society, such a vision is needed now more than ever.

 

9780881465006 In Subjection: Church Discipline in the Early American South, 1760-1830 by Jessica Madison (Mercer University Press. Hardback. 9780881465006. $35.00)

This study of church discipline cases describes a system of subjection with obligations for all–men, women, parents, children, masters, and servants. Although many historians have mistaken this for “oppression,” most Southerners accepted the idea of “subjection,” regarding it as a divinely ordained system for their mutual governance and benefit. Using Baptist church record books from across North and South Carolina, the author invites readers to sit in on business meetings of the past to see how churches regulated the behavior of their members.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of December 8, 2014

9781433674464 Developing a Biblical Worldview: Seeing Things God’s Way by C. Fred Smith (B&H Academic. 9781433674464. Paperback. $19.99)

“One of the pressing needs of Christians today is a full-orbed, robust biblical worldview that accomplishes two things: 1) biblical grounding for one’s own life, and 2) help to engage the culture with the gospel. Fred Smith has provided a marvelous tool to assist every believer in this endeavor. Eminently biblical, yet readable and practical, this book will equip you for front-line cultural engagement. Highly recommended.”—David Allen

 

9781781915387 Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine (Christian Focus. 9781781915387. Paperback. $9.99)

“The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well… Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book… Read it, and take it to heart.”—David Powlison

 

9781433544736 The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts by Joe Rigney (Crossway. 9781433544736. Paperback. $16.99)

“Reading this will be a sweet moment of profound liberation for many. With wisdom and verve, Rigney shows how we can worship our creator through the enjoyment of his creation. This is going to make a lot of Christians happier in Christ—and more attractively Christlike.”—Michael Reeves

 

9781596381186 God with Us: Exploring God’s Personal Interactions with His People throughout the Bible by Glenn R. Kreider (P&R Publishing. 9781596381186. Paperback. $14.99)

Glenn Kreider explores the whole Bible to show us the full scope of God’s active involvement in his creation from the very beginning. This better understanding of God’s humility will affect our own humility and our attitude toward serving those around us.

 

9780529112200 Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others On A Journey Of Discovery by David Watson and Paul Watson (Thomas Nelson. 9780529112200. Paperback. $12.99)

David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. This distinctive process focuses on equipping spiritual leaders in communities where churches are planted. Unlike many evangelism and church-growth products that focus on quick results, contagious disciple-making takes time to cultivate spiritual leadership, resulting in lasting disciple-making movements.

Recently Arrived on New Academic

9780830840632 The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament by Kenneth E. Bailey (IVP Academic. 9780830840632. Paperback. $24.00)

“Again and again I thought, ‘Why have I never seen that before?’—as Ken draws on his rich lifetime’s experience of Middle Eastern culture to explore biblical texts, and particularly when he shows eye-opening connections between Old and New Testament texts around the shepherd theme. This is a book that simultaneously brings the Bible to life, and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ by deeply enriching our understanding of his mission and claims as the Good Shepherd.”—Christopher J. H. Wright

 

Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience and Faithfulness in the 9780830826346 Christian Life by Bradley G. Green (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. Paperback. $22.00)

‘…to know Jesus, to confess him as Lord, entails obeying him. But how does this reality relate to a plethora of complementary themes? Dr Green addresses this question by soundings in an impressive diversity of topics… ’—D.A. Carson

 

9781596388703 The Problem of Good: When the World Seems Fine without God edited by D. Marion Clark (P&R Publishing. 9781596388703. Paperback. $14.99)

If Christianity is true, why do many people seem to live moral, fulfilling lives outside the gospel? Do such moral non-Christians really need the gospel, or will their good deeds save them? Is the traditional view of hell really justified? And if it is, how do we evangelize people who seem more upright than we are? Can we legitimately benefit from their contributions to culture and society?

Many of the answers to these questions lie in the doctrine of common grace. Here authors from a variety of backgrounds tackle these questions and others by exploring God’s common grace and its daily implications.

 

Finding God in Solitude: The Personal Piety of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) and Its Influence on His Pastoral Ministry by Donald S. Whitney (Peter Lang.Whitney_cpi_cb_AUS dd.qxd 9781433124440. Hardback. $81.95)

“Whitney’s driving question is, What was the relation of Edwards’ piety to his pastorate, how were they related, and how can we detect that relation? He finds, above all, an Edwards steeped in ‘Christian solitude’, seeking personal experience with God, but out of this came a ministry defined by a God who was beautiful and communicative. Whitney’s use of primary and secondary sources is broad yet discriminating. He has a sound knowledge of scholarship on Edwards, and effectively utilizes Edwards’ personal writings, correspondence, sermons, and pastoral writings. What Whitney has done, therefore, is to provide the first full-length exploration of Edwards’ personal pious practices.”—Kenneth P. Minkema

 

9780310515371 Jesus, A Visual History: The Dramatic Story Of The Messiah In The Holy Land by Donald L. Brake and Todd Bolen (Zondervan. 9780310515371. Paperback. $29.99)

Jesus, A Visual History, offers a unique vantage point into Jesus’ story, introducing readers to the historical context of Gospel accounts. Its easy reading style, thorough research, and visual presentation will leave you with a greater and lasting appreciation for Jesus the Messiah. Maps and charts summarize and visualize the events of Jesus’ life, along with full-color photos and 19th-century black-and-white images of the modern sites where biblical events took place. In addition, original artwork researched for accuracy illuminates Jesus’ life and work.