Exalting 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.
Teaching 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
The 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
Biblical 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
Unlimited 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
Leadership 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
Marriage 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
Preaching 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.
The 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.
John 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.
Anyone 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