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.