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.

What’s “new” on New Academic?

The New City Catechism Devotional: God’s Truth for Our Hearts and Minds edited by Collin Hansen (Crossway Books. Hardcover. 9781433555039. $19.99)

Seeking to restore this ancient method of teaching to the regular life of the church, The New City Catechism Devotional is a gospel-centered, modern-day resource that not only summarizes important Christian beliefs through fifty-two questions and answers but also helps readers be transformed by those doctrines.

Each question features a relevant Scripture reading, a short prayer, and a devotional commentary written by contemporary pastors (including John Piper, Timothy Keller, and Kevin DeYoung) and historical figures (such as Augustine, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and many others). Designed for use in a variety of contexts, The New City Catechism Devotional is a valuable resource for helping believers learn and meditate on the doctrines that stand at the heart of the Christian faith.

 

Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper (Crossway Books. Hardcover. 9781433553493. $32.99)

“Not many books should be recommended for both beginning Bible readers and mature Bible readers, but this is one of them. Utilizing brief and pointed expositions of often overlooked Bible verses, John Piper helpfully explains why we should be reading the Bible, the work of the Spirit in our Bible reading, and the fundamental skills and habits of faithful Bible reading. I cannot imagine a serious Christian who would not benefit from a thoughtful reading of this book.”D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition

 

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433552434. $14.99)

Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us—for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, avoid the various pitfalls, and wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.

 

The Courage to Be Protestant: Reformation Faith in Today’s World, 2nd Edition by David F. Wells (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Paperback. 9780802875242. $22)

In his 2008 book The Courage to Be Protestant, David Wells issued a summons to return to the historic faith, defined by the Reformation solas (grace, faith, and Scripture alone) and by a high regard for doctrine. In this thoroughly reworked second edition, Wells presents an updated look at the state of evangelicalism and the changes that have taken place in the last decade. On the cusp of the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary, there is no better time to hear Wells’s clarion call to reclaim the historic, doctrinally serious Reformation faith in our fast-paced, technologically dominated, postmodern culture.

 

Theologies of the American Revivalists: From Whitefield to Finney by Robert W. Caldwell (IVP Academic. Hardcover. 9780830851645. $35)

“In this one volume, Robert Caldwell has carefully traced the fascinating story of revival through an event-filled century of change. Dependent on primary sources and freshly locating figures from Fuller to Finney, this is important theology presented by an even-handed guide.”Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, president of 9Marks.org

 

The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible edited by Jennifer Powell McNutt and David Lauber (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851638. $25)

This collection of essays from the 2016 Wheaton Theology Conference—the 25th anniversary of the conference—brings together the reflections of church historians and theologians on the nature of the Bible as “the people’s book.” With care and insight, they explore the complex role of the Bible in the Reformation by considering matters of access, readership, and authority, as well as the Bible’s place in the worship context, issues of theological interpretation, and the role of Scripture in creating both division and unity within Christianity.

 

Introduction to Hebrew: A Guide for Learning and Using Biblical Hebrew by William Fullilove (P & R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629952710. $39.99)

In this comprehensive introductory textbook, Professor William Fullilove covers the basics of biblical Hebrew morphology and syntax while developing skills in the beginner that are typically reserved for more advanced students.

“Here’s the book I wish I had been given, and from which I wish I had been instructed, when I was a student of Hebrew.”—Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church

 

Anger and Stress Management God’s Way by Wayne A. Mack (P & R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629952956. $14.99)

Of all the resources available to us, the Bible contains the most trustworthy and helpful guidance on how to handle ungodly anger and stress. Internationally respected and experienced biblical counselor Wayne Mack shows how to turn to God’s Word to find help, explaining principles that can be adopted for lasting positive change.

New Additions to New Academic

Romans by John Harvey (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433676130. $29.99)

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority. Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume.

 

The Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology: Three Creedal Expressions by Mark Boda (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801030895. $22.99)

“Boda has written a contemporary Old Testament theology worth reading–learned, reflective, insightful, and relevant. His emphasis on the creedal affirmations that constitute the ‘pulse’ for theological formulation links back to the fountain of Gerhard von Rad but carries that proposal forward for today. Students and ministers alike will benefit from this work, and it is one I warmly commend.”Heath A. Thomas, dean, Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry; professor of Old Testament, Oklahoma Baptist University

 

Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again by Andrew Davis (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801007507. $15.99)

“Andy Davis has spent years in revitalization work, and in this book he makes what he has learned accessible to others. I welcome this solid new contribution to the growing literature on helping churches ‘come alive again.'”Tim Keller, founding pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

 

Martin Luther in His Own Words: Essential Writings of the Reformation edited by Jack Kilcrease and Erwin Lutzer (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801019326. $17.99)

Organized around the five solas of the Reformation (sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, sola Christus, soli Deo gloria), the selections offer readers an accessible primer on works that are foundational to the theology of Protestantism in all its forms. An introduction to each writing includes an explanation of its historical context and theological significance.

 

The Most Misused Stories in the Bible: Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood by Eric Bargerhuff (Bethany House Publishers. Paperback. 9780764219139. $12.99)

“Through faithful interpretation, effective self-disclosure, and timely humor, Eric Bargerhuff provides an important corrective to a number of
erroneous understandings of Bible narratives and shows readers how to properly interpret and apply these stories in their lives. You will be grateful that you read this book.” —Matthew D. Kim, assistant professor of preaching and ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Just Immigration: American Policy in Christian Perspective by Mark Amstutz (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802874849. $25.00)

Just Immigration is an outstanding book—comprehensive, measured, fair-minded, and enlightening. It deals with a controversial issue in a sophisticated and nuanced way. In assessing the role of Christian churches in the contemporary policy debate over immigration, Mark Amstutz offers a thoughtful perspective on the subject. His Christian faith informs his politics without being distorted by politics. Anyone who cares about immigration should read this book.”—Peter Wehner, Ethics and Public Policy Center

 

Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction by Craig Bartholomew (IVP Academic. Hardcover. 9780830851584. $40.00)

“What do you get when one of the world’s most masterful contemporary theologians engages in constructive and critical dialogue with one of history’s most powerful and relevant theological traditions? You get Craig Bartholomew’s Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition. Bartholomew’s interaction with Kuyper, Bavinck, Prinsterer, Plantinga, and others is smart, accessible, and relevant to a broad range of interests, including public theology, systematic theology, philosophy, political science, education, and biblical theology. Highly recommended.”—Bruce Riley Ashford, provost and professor of theology culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology by Jason DeRouchie (P&R Publishing. Hardcover. 9781629952451. $39.99)

“I recommend this book if you have a wanderlust for exploring ancient treasures. There are many, and they are great. DeRouchie will show you how to find them.”
—John Piper, Founder and Teacher, Desiring God

“I can’t help but think of how much less doctrinal error and how much more peace in Christ we would enjoy if we took theology as seriously and cheerfully as DeRouchie.”
—Gloria Furman, Cross-Cultural Worker

 

Why Should I Be Interested in Church History? by Joel R. Beeke and Michael A. G. Haykin (Reformation Heritage Books. Paperback. 9781601785077. $3.00)

The Word of God exalts history and calls us to study it, yet the prevailing attitude among many Christians today is that the study of the past is good for only collecting bits of entertaining trivia. Asserting that “meditating upon God’s works and servants in history is not optional for the Christian but an important part of covenant faithfulness to the Lord”, church historians Joel R. Beeke and Michael A. G. Haykin present seven benefits for the Christian who studies church history, and they provide practical suggestions for how they get started.

 

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances Fitzgerald (Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 9781439131336. $35.00)

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Now we have in one volume the richly textured, often puzzling, and always engaging story of American evangelicalism from colonial days to the present. To understand evangelicalism’s impact on our country, this is must reading.”–Robert Wuthnow, Professor of Sociology and Director of Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion

 

Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World by Alec Ryrie (Viking. Hardcover. 9780670026166. $35.00)

“What a treat this book is. Its scholarship showcases one of the leading historians of Protestantism writing today, but the delight of it is the crisp prose, cool wit, wise judgements and sheer scope from the gates of Wittenberg to the streets of Seoul. Alec Ryrie has a gift for showing how the history of religion is the history of people, in all their baffling, frightening and endearing variety.”–Diarmaid MacCulloch

Lots of great arrivals on New Academic

The Gospel & Parenting by Russell D Moore and Andrew T Walker (Gospel for
Life Series. B&H Books. Hardcover. 9781433690440. $12.99)

The Gospel & Pornography by Russell D Moore and Andrew T Walker (Gospel for Life Series. B&H Books. Hardcover. 9781433690457. $12.99)

The Gospel & Work by Russell D Moore and Andrew T Walker (Gospel for Life Series. B&H Books. Hardcover. 9781433690488. $12.99)

The Gospel for Life series gives every believer a biblically-saturated understanding of the most urgent issues facing our culture today, because the gospel is for all of life.

 

1, 2, 3 John: Redemption’s Certainty by John D Hannah (Focus on the Bible Series. Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781917718. $15.99)

“I am delighted to recommend this commentary on the Johannine epistles. It is beloved message from the beloved disciple expounded by a beloved professor. Highly recommended.”Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies, Boyce College, Louisville, Kentucky

 

Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation by J V Fesko (Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781919088. $19.99)

“Conversations over imputation are rarely informed by the history of interpretation. Fesko introduces us to seminal figures in this development and no engagement with original sin or justification should overlook his careful spade work.”Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California

 

The Cost: What It Takes to Follow Jesus by Steven J Lawson (Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781919552. $9.99)

“Christ’s own summons to discipleship is impossible to harmonize with the laid-back, seeker-sensitive, superficial religion practiced by so many people today who claim to be followers of Christ. Dr. Lawson’s exposition of Luke 14:25-35 distills the vital message and presents it in a robust and penetrating way.”John MacArthur, President, The Master’s University and Seminary and Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

 

War – Why Did Life Just Get Harder? by Mez McConnell (9Marks Series. Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781917114. $8.99)

All too often, our heads can feel like they are caught in a dark, lonely battle between what we want to do and what we know we should. God feels distant and we feel dirty. The second book in the First Steps of Discipleship series tackles the fundamental, day-to-day difficulties experienced by every Christian, and looks at the question War: Why Did Life Just Get Harder?

 

Voices: Who Am I Listening To? by Andy Prime (9Marks Series. Christian Focus Publications. Paperback. 9781781919125. $8.99)

Voices captures the inner dialogue in our heads and hearts that distract and deceive us, seeking to lure us away from Jesus. It winsomely offers life and freedom from Proverbs, helping us to see how God’s wise voice is warning and inviting us to come to him, where true joy and everlasting love are experienced.”Robert K. Cheong, Pastor of Care and Counseling, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky

 

Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary edited by Matthew Barrett (Crossway Books. Hardcover. 9781433543289. $45.00)

“Matthew Barrett is certainly to be congratulated on bringing together this outstanding group of top-tier theologians and Reformation scholars to produce this wonderful resource. Not only are readers given a masterful survey of historical theology illuminating the key reformational themes of the sixteenth century, but also we are provided thoughtful and insightful guidance to wrestle with the important theological issues facing the church in the twenty-first century. I am delighted to recommend this comprehensive work.”David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University

 

Coming Home: Essays on the New Heaven and New Earth edited by D. A. Carson and Jeff Robinson (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433553974. $18.99)

In Coming Home, a team of eight leading Bible teachers offers us a vision of the new heaven and new earth that doesn’t just impact our view of the future—it also has the potential to change how we live today. These eight essays will stir up within us a longing for our future home as we eagerly await Jesus’s glorious return.

 

Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433549779. $16.99)

“Some expositions are careful, line-by-line, evenhanded explanations of the biblical text. This exposition is exuberant, irrepressible, and intoxicating. Its strength is that its author, Gloria Furman, has tasted for herself the bliss of being loved by God, and she wants her readers to drink deeply from the same fountain.”D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition

 

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433555183. $14.99)

“This is so timely. After you read it, you will sleep better, for starters. Then you will be taken to the meeting place of essential theology and the details of all things related to our stressed lives, where David offers wisdom on every page. The book is perfect for men’s groups.”Ed Welch, counselor; faculty member, the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

 

Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age by Erik Raymond (Crossway Books. Paperback. 9781433553660. $14.99)

“Just about every day, I wake up and read Erik Raymond’s insights on pastoral ministry, discipleship, and everyday living as a Christian. He always challenges me to love Jesus as I trust in the sufficiency of his work on the cross. As someone who struggles with contentment, I need his wise counsel to walk with Christ in freedom and joy.”Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition

 

The Decalogue: Living as the People of God by David L Baker (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851690. $20.00)

“I grew up in a generation of children required to memorize and recite the Ten Commandments by heart. They set the shape of accepted Christian ethics. Later, I visited many churches with the Ten Commandments inscribed on the walls but lacking the vital context of the opening affirmation of God’s redeeming grace: ‘I am the LORD your God who brought you up out of the house of bondage’—law without gospel. David Baker’s timely book challenges us to reconsider the foundational place of the Decalogue in Christian personal and public ethics. But he is also careful to note the context—both the biblical context of God’s people’s obedience as a grateful response to saving grace, and the surrounding context of ancient Near Eastern cultures and laws, for helpful comparison and contrast. The result is a richly rewarding textbook, surveying the field of biblical scholarship comprehensively but with a light touch, drawing together many threads in wider biblical theology, and reflecting on the relevance of the Ten Commandments in contemporary church and society.”Christopher J. H. Wright, international ministries director, Langham Partnership

 

The Essential Trinity: New Testament Foundations and Practical Relevance edited by Brandon D Crowe and Carl R Trueman (P & R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629952987. $19.99)

“Today there are many books on the market dealing with the doctrine of the Trinity. This is my favorite. It is a clear presentation, discussion, and application of the historic doctrine by people who believe it and have studied it deeply. The essays have kept close to their source, the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. . . . I do not agree with every detail of every essay; they do enter into some controversial areas. But the reader will learn even from that controversy to engage the Scriptures with more thought and devotion.”—John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

 

The Essentials of Christian Thought: Seeing Reality Through the Biblical Story by Roger E Olson (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310521556. $18.99)

In The Essentials of Christian Thought, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson outlines the basic perspective on the world that all Christians, regardless of the place and time in which they are born, have historically held. This underlying metaphysic accords with all orthodox theologies, whether Calvinist or Arminian, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, but it separates Christianity from other religious and secular perspectives. It is, quite simply, the essential requirement of a Christian view of the world.

Arrived on New Academic Last Week

This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax (B&H Books. 9781433648472. Paperback. $16.99)

“Trevin Wax is a thoughtful, biblically energized leader. This book shows a path for faithful presence in the culture, with neither naïveté nor panic. Read prayerfully and prepare to do spiritual warfare with wisdom, fidelity, and love.”~Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

 

Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom Leader Kit by Phillip Bethancourt and Andrew T. Walker, with Russell Moore (LifeWay. 9781462774784. DVD and Member Book. $29.99)

Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom articulates what the Bible teaches about religious liberty through an overarching biblical theology. Religious liberty is rooted in the kingdom of God and the storyline of Scripture. And it’s integral to our understanding of the church’s mission.

It is religious liberty that helps chart a path for the Great Commission and helps us pursue the mission of loving our neighbor, both here and around the world. But this means Christians should care about religious liberty for all people—not just Christians. Religious liberty is a principle that applies in every area of our lives because it serves the common good. We don’t have to like the beliefs of others, but we should respect their right to hold them.

This study points to the distinct missions of both the church and the state, exposing the historical pitfalls that result when the church and state are joined or when government is openly opposed to religion. Religious liberty is not about promoting a Christian order or retrieving a nostalgic past; it is about promoting a vision of society that protects our conscience and allows the free expression of ideas. The gospel doesn’t need a state to back it up. Religious liberty is an expression of our confidence in the gospel.

 

Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church edited by Nathan A. Finn and Keith S. Whitfield (IVP Academic. 9780830851577. Paperback. $30.00)

Spirituality for the Sent brings together evangelical scholars from a variety of disciplines and ecclesial traditions to address the relationship between spiritual formation and a missional vision of theology and practice. The contributors share a common vision for a missional spirituality that fosters spiritual maturity while also fueling Christian evangelism, cultural engagement, and the pursuit of justice.

This collection features contributions by: Craig G. Bartholomew, Susan Booth, Mae Elise Cannon, Diane Chandler, Anthony L. Chute, Michael W. Goheen, George R. Hunsberger, Christopher W. Morgan, Soong-Chan Rah, Timothy W. Sheridan, Gordon T. Smith, and Gary Tyra.