Arrived on New Academic the week of May 25, 2015

Print Introducing World Missions, 2nd Edition: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey by A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin, Gary B. McGee (Baker Academic. 9780801049200. Hardback. $39.99)

In this volume, leading missionary scholars offer an engaging introduction to the work of missions in the contemporary world. The authors provide a broad overview of the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for missions. They also consider personal and practical issues involved in becoming a missionary, the process of getting to the mission field, and contemporary challenges a mission worker must face. Sidebars, charts, maps, and numerous case studies are included. This new edition has been updated and revised throughout and features a full-color interior.

 

9780374154097 The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 9780374154097. Hardback. $35.00)

“Like expert commentators at a fencing match, Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski give a sparkling account of how J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, those friendly duelists, and their eager teammates, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams, sharpened one another’s wits and dazzled the world with words. The Inklings were that rare thing, an elite with an inclusive spirit, and the Zaleskis share the same ethos, brilliantly mastering the details of their brief but never forgetting to be readable. Thorough, lucid, balanced, and well judged, this is literary biography of the very best kind.”—Michael Ward

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9781596389953 Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith by Aimee Byrd (P&R Publishing. 9781596389953. Paperback. $12.99)

“What a gem this book is—so full of encouragement and so honest and genuine. We see from Aimee what perseverance looks like on the ground, and at the same time her wonderfully practical and readable book is grounded in good theology.”—Thomas R. Schreiner

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Arrived on New Academic the Week of May 18, 2015

9781433681042 Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age edited by Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman (B&H Academic. 9781433681042. Hardback. $44.99)

“This invaluable new work on Baptist polity is urgently needed, faithful in content, and comprehensive in scope. Baptist Foundations is the right book for the right time, written and edited by just the right team. I celebrate its arrival.”—R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

Contributors: Andrew Davis, Mark Dever, Jonathan Leeman, John S. Hammett, Michael A. G. Haykin, Benjamin L. Merkle, Thomas R. Schreiner, Kirk Wellum, Stephen Wellum, Thomas White and Shawn Wright.

 

9781433688836 Kingdom First: Starting Churches that Shape Movements by Jeff Christopherson and Mac Lake (B&H Books. 9781433688836. Paperback. $14.99)

“As someone who is absolutely convinced that it is movement thinking that is going to advance the cause of Jesus in this century, I am grateful that my friends Jeff and Mac have worked to deepen our understanding on this crucial topic. Kingdom First is a very useful and practical guide in order to get it right up front.” —Alan Hirsch

 

9780825443770 By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture by Scott Aniol (Kregel. 9780825443770. Paperback. $17.99)

“Scott Aniol’s By the Waters of Babylon carefully assesses the nature of culture and worship with freshness and from a biblical base. Many will not agree with his conclusions, but no one engaged seriously in worship should fail to read this monograph. Clever, thought provoking, biblical, and firm, Aniol’s perspective is profoundly relevant to our churches today.”—Paige Patterson

 

9780825443367 For the Love of God’s Word: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Richard D. Patterson (Kregel. 9780825443367. Hardback. $34.99)

For the Love of God’s Word is an abridged, less technical version of Köstenberger and Patterson’s acclaimed Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. Students, teachers, and pastors alike will find this introduction to biblical hermeneutics to be an accessible resource with both breadth and substance.

Built on the premise that every passage requires careful scrutiny of its historical setting, literary dimension, and theological message, this volume teaches a simple threefold method that is applicable to every passage of Scripture regardless of genre. In addition, the book sets forth specific strategies for interpreting the various genres of Scripture, from poetry to epistle to prophecy. A final chapter is devoted to helpful Bible study resources that will equip the reader to apply Scripture to life.

 

9780825442339 Relational Apologetics Defending the Christian Faith with Holiness, Respect, and Truth, 2nd Edition by Michael Sherrard (Kregel. 9780825442339. Paperback. $15.99)

"I wish every believer would read this book. Relational Apologetics challenges, convicts, and equips us to lovingly reach out to people with the gospel and to live as the kind of humble and gracious apologists Jesus wants us to be. This will officially be one of the top books I recommend for those who really want to make a difference."—Sean McDowell

 

9781596382206 Walking with Jesus through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis E. Johnson (P&R Publishing. 9781596382206. Paperback. $16.99)

“Dennis Johnson has poured his decades of research, teaching, and life into one volume that reignites our passion for Bible study. . . . For anyone wanting to see how the Bible fits together, this book is a treasure.”—Michael S. Horton

 

9781498208789 A Future for American Evangelicalism: Commitment, Openness, and Conversation by Harold Heie (Wipf & Stock. 9781498208789. Paperback. $20.00)

"This stimulating and hopeful book features the best kind of respectful conversations among American evangelical believers. Harold Heie is convinced that actually communicating with others who hold slightly different–or very different–convictions about what evangelical Christianity should be creates the best path into the future. This book puts that conviction into practice. As it takes up issues that often divide evangelicals into angry sub-camps, the result is a welcome promotion of civility, balance, and humility–all of which reflect the Christian gospel in its most attractive form."—Mark Noll

Arrived on New Academic the Week of May 11, 2015

9781433682506 Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by Steven W. Smith (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433682506. $24.99)

Veteran preacher Steven W. Smith teaches how to preach genre-sensitive, text-driven sermons—to allow the structure of the text to be the structure of the sermon. To do so, one must understand the genre of the literature in which God has chosen to reveal Himself. After a brief defense of genre-sensitive preaching, Smith categorizes Scripture genres according to their structure: story, poem, or letter. From these macro-level genres, each individual genre is explored for its unique features. Smith then offers practical help in structuring a sermon like Scripture and includes sample sermons to demonstrate.

 

9781433685194 Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders by Ronnie Floyd (B&H Books. Hardback. 9781433685194. $14.99)

Leaders in the future must rise and lead people forward. They have to lead so high above the fray they will not stoop to littleness in their thinking and conduct. They have to lead so big, they will not settle for just leading a few. They have to lead so deep; they will not be tossed and turned as they ride the tumultuous waters of leadership. Author Ronnie Floyd is calling for a different kind of leader to rise up for the future.

 

9781433539718 Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ by Tony Reinke (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433539718. $19.99)

“This book, by one of the brightest writers in contemporary evangelicalism, examines the life lessons of a hymn writer, a freedom fighter, and a gospel preacher. Even if you don’t think you like church history, you will love this book. Reinke ties Newton’s life and thought to practical applications for every believer. I encourage you to read and savor anew the grace that saved wretches like us.”—Russell D. Moore

 

9780199977536 Baptists in America: A History by Thomas S. Kidd (Oxford University Press. Hardback. 9780199977536. $29.95)

“This history offers a full immersion in the Baptist story, in every stream and fork of the Baptist river. This volume connects the Baptist experience to larger trends in American culture, politics, and theology in a way that informs both insiders and outsiders. This book is, without doubt, the definitive work on Baptists in America for this generation.”—Russell D. Moore

 

9780692381540 Christology: The Study of Christ by Daniel Akin (Rainer Publishing. Paperback. 9780692381540. $11.47)

Christology is the central doctrine of Christianity. In this book Daniel Akin answers key issues about Jesus. Covering both Old Testament and New Testament texts, Christology offers succinct explanations about some of the biggest questions about Jesus. Major theories are examined, and Dr. Akin comments on historical controversies surrounding the life of Christ.

 

9780692364673 The Minister’s Salary: And Other Challenges in Ministry Finance by Art Rainer (Rainer Publishing. Paperback. 9780692364673. $12.97)

“This is one book I cannot recommend highly enough. It is simple, clear and so very much needed! If you are a pastor get it and read it. If you love your pastor, get it, read it, and then serve him well!”—Daniel L. Akin

 

9780300114737 John Knox by Jane Dawson (Yale University Press. Hardback. 9780300114737. $45.00)

“Quite simply, this life of John Knox renders all his previous biographies obsolete. Excitingly enriched by new manuscript discoveries, it expertly fillets Knox’s genius for personal myth-making, but leaves him still the most significant Scotsman of his generation. The result is surprising, fascinating and a major achievement of scholarship.”—Diarmaid MacCulloch

 

9780310515265 A Wilderness of Mirrors: Trusting Again in a Cynical World by Mark Meynell (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310515265. $18.99)

“…this book compellingly claims the whole-Bible  narrative as providing exactly the sense and confidence to offer a hard-won word of hope in a ‘wilderness of mirrors’… a call to ‘trust again.’”—Christopher Wright

Arrived on New Academic the Week of May 4, 2015

9781433683978 Can These Bones Live: A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization by Bill Henard (B&H Publishing Group. Paperback. 9781433683978. $14.99. Sale – $9.99 through 6/20/15.)

Churches are closing today at an alarming rate. Pastors are disillusioned, church members are discouraged, and the world has lost interest. Can this disturbing tide be stemmed?

Bill Henard believes that there is hope for the established church – for your church. Some people may have already pronounced the church “dead,” but these dead bones can live.  Whether your church is seven years old or one-hundred and seventy, you may be seeing evidences that your church needs vision, direction, and revitalization.

 

9780801049774Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul by Simon Gathercole (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049774. $19.99)

“In this little book, Simon Gathercole carefully and convincingly dismisses false dichotomies. The death of Christ is presented in the Bible as both representative and substitutionary. These learned and lucid lectures use the prism of modern disputes to take us to the heart of Pauline teaching on the cross. I highly commend it.”Mark Dever

 

9780830825240 Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi by Anthony R. Petterson (Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series. IVP Academic. Hardback. 9780830825240. $45.00)

In this Apollos Old Testament Commentary, Anthony Petterson offers detailed commentary on these prophetic books, setting them in their wider biblical-theological context. He shows the connections between the post-exilic world and our own, and explains how these books contain a vital message for the church today, living in the gap between promise and reality.

The Apollos Old Testament Commentary series aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. Intended primarily to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, they are equally suitable for use by scholars and all serious students of the Bible.

 

9780830824670 Theology as Retrieval: Receiving the Past, Renewing the Church by W. David Buschart (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824670. $28.00)

Theology as Retrieval avoids the temptation either simply to revile the past (chronological snobbery) or to relive it (chronological stubbornness). Eilers and Buschart instead prove themselves to be ‘golden retrievers’ who listen to the past in order theologically to discern the way forward. Rather than being embarrassed by the doctrines and practices of our premodern forbears, they discover an embarrassment of riches that continue to fund the church’s doctrine, worship and mission.”—Kevin J. Vanhoozer

 

9781577996200 Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians by Bruce Ashford (Lexham Press. Hardback. 9781577996200. $14.95)

“Bruce Ashford is one of North America’s most brilliant theologians. In this book he proves himself to be a true son of Abraham and Abraham Kuyper. This book will help equip you to think through the questions facing your church and community in the 21st century, including those questions you may not have thought yet to ask.”—Russell D. Moore

 

9781601783851 Developments in Biblical Counseling by J. Cameron Fraser (Reformation Heritage Books. Paperback. 9781601783851. $12.00)

“Cameron knows his subject, writes simply and clearly, and assesses positions in a fair and balanced way. This book will help readers navigate the different approaches in biblical counseling.”—David Murray

 

9781498201971 Christian Exegesis of the Qur’an: A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur’an in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts by J. Scott Bridger (Wipf & Stock. Paperback. 9781498201971. $23.00)

Christian Exegesis of the Qur’an is a rare blend of academic acumen seasoned with practical applicative wisdom. Bridger brings years of linguistic, cultural, and social engagement of Arabic-speaking peoples to bear on the vital subjects related to Christian cross-cultural communication. This piece contributes the often neglected perspectives of Arabic-speaking Christians regarding the Qur’an from both medieval and modern times. Anyone studying Islamic peoples will benefit from this work.”—Keith Eitel

 

9781625646743 Baptists and War: Essays on Baptists and Military Conflict, 1640s-1990s edited by Gordon L. Heath and Michael A.G. Haykin (Wipf & Stock. Paperback. 9781625646743. $28.00)

“Conflict challenges the Christian conscience, fostering divergent responses. Hence Baptists have commonly sought peace, sometimes to the extent of condemning war outright, but equally they have often believed that justice required the taking up of arms, even with enthusiasm. The detailed and penetrating international studies contained in this book illuminate contrasting attitudes over the centuries, showing how war has put Baptists to the test, spiritually as well as materially.”—David Bebbington

 

9781498200127 Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation by Clark H. Pinnock (Wipf & Stock. Paperback. 9781498200127. $39.00)

Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation is an updated and revised version of Grace Unlimited, a 1975 collection of scholarly articles assembled by the late Clark H. Pinnock.

Contributors: David J.A. Clines, Jack Cottrell, Vernon Grounds, William G. MacDonald, I. Howard Marshall, Roger Olson, Grant Osborne, Robert Picirilli, Clark Pinnock, J. Matthew Pinson, Vic Reasoner, Glen Shellrude, James D. Strauss, John D. Wagner, and Steve Witzki.

 

9780310514947 Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters edited by Charles Halton (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310514947. $16.99)

This Counterpoints volume introduces three predominant interpretive genres and their implications for biblical understanding. Each contributor identifies their position on the genre of Genesis 1-11, addressing why it is appropriate to the text, and contributes examples of its application to a variety of passages.

The contributors and views include:

  • James K. Hoffmeier: Theological History
  • Gordon J. Wenham: Proto-History
  • Kenton K. Sparks: Ancient Historiography

Arrived on New Academic the Week of April 27, 2015

Cover ArtWhy Christian Faith Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges by C. Stephen Evans (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801096600. $19.99)

“Written by a seasoned Christian philosopher, this book is a marvelous overview of the reasonableness of biblical faith in a skeptical age. Evans’s work is fresh and engaging, and the case for Christianity is further illuminated by his inclusion of Kierkegaard’s reflections on reason, paradox, and belief. A delight to read!”–Paul Copan

 

Cover ArtChristianity and Religious Diversity: Clarifying Christian Commitments in a Globalizing Age by Harold A. Netland (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801038570. $24.99)

“The scope of Harold Netland’s book is breathtaking. Seldom do you find such expansive coverage of issues and competing perspectives in a book that also reflects deep acquaintance with diverse disciplines. Netland’s exposition of theories and traditions is even handed, and his assessment of complex arguments is incisive. Christianity & Religious Diversity is a model of exacting research, clear and cogent writing, and unusual generosity of spirit. It is an extraordinary achievement.”–R. Douglas Geivett

 

YouMustReadCover You Must Read: Books That Have Shaped Our Lives (Banner of Truth. Hardback. 9781848715653. $26.00)

Have you ever wondered what influences have shaped the preachers, teachers and authors you respect? You Must Read brings together more than thirty well-known Christian leaders and gives them the opportunity to talk about a book that has made a lasting impact on their lives. Contributors include: Alistair Begg, Jerry Bridges, Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul , Derek W. H. Thomas, Geoffrey Thomas, and many others.

 

Song of SongsSong of Songs: A Biblical-Theological, Allegorical, Christological Interpretation by James M. Hamilton (Focus on the Bible Commentary Series. Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781915608. $14.99)

“…a fresh, biblically-theologically informed approach to the Song of Solomon. This is a commentary pastors should regularly turn to when preaching through this important but difficult book of Scripture. And make no mistake-reading this commentary will make you want to preach this book.”–R. Albert Mohler

 

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Loving The Old TestamentA Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament: One Book, One God, One Story by Alec Motyer (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781915806. $7.99)

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament, and Alec Motyer’s recent volume Preaching? prove that faithful believers ‘will still bear fruit in old age-they will stay fresh and green.’ (Ps. 92:14) Why? Because they will continue proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’ (Ps. 92:15)”–Tim Keller

 

Engaging with Muslims: Understanding Their World; Sharing Good News by John Klaassen (The Good Book Company. Paperback. 9781909919112. $11.99)

This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Muslims there are living in the West, 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 the importance of forming loving relationships—something that all Christians are able to do.