First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty edited by Jason Duesing, Thomas White and Malcolm Yarnell (B&H Academic. 9781433644375. Paperback. $24.99)
First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty is the revised and updated edition of a 2007 volume born out of the first Baptist Distinctives conference held at Southwestern Seminary. In the decade that has passed since the original papers were given that resulted in the published chapters, the issues of religious liberty have only increased as matters of concern and subject of conversation and debate. Therefore, this new volume aims to create, as much as possible, a helpful “go-to” volume for “Religious Liberty 101″ conversations in the present day for pastors, church leaders, professors and other like-minded evangelicals. Written by an assembly of authors who presently engage on the front-lines of religious liberty discourse in the national and global public square as well as within churches and higher education institutions, First Freedom offers a word of up-to-date instruction and hope. Editors Thomas White, Malcom Yarnell, and Jason Duesing are joined by Paige Patterson, Barrett Duke, Evan Lenow, Andrew Walker, Russell Moore, Albert Mohler, and Travis Wussow.
I Am Going by Daniel Akin and Bruce Ashford (B&H Books. 9781433643200. Hardback. $12.99)
Authors Daniel L. Akin and Bruce Riley Ashford are calling today’s church members to lives of going—whether going around the world or to people right where they live—going out with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Between the two of them, Akin and Ashford have trained thousands of men and women in both the mandates and methods for going to every nation. Now they have created a resource for individuals and churches to use together in calling even more to go.
Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry Hurtado (Baylor University Press. 9781481304733. Hardback. $29.95)
The Roman world rendered harsh judgments upon early Christianity—including branding Christianity “new.” Called atheists and suspected of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the Gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.
In the Fullness of Time: Essays on Christology, Creation, and Eschatology in Honor of Richard Bauckham edited by Daniel Gurtner, Grant Macaskill and Jonathan Pennington (Eerdmans. 9780802873378. Hardback. $60.00)
In this volume some of the most eminent figures in modern biblical and theological scholarship present essays honoring Bauckham. Addressing a variety of subjects related to Christology, creation, and eschatology, the contributors develop elements of Bauckham’s biblical and theological work further, present fresh research of their own to complement his work, and raise critical questions.
Contributors: Philip Alexander, Jeremy S. Begbie, David Brown, James R. Davila, James D. G. Dunn, Philip F. Esler, Daniel M. Gurtner, Trevor Hart, Larry W. Hurtado, Bruce W. Longenecker, Grant Macaskill, Sean M. McDonough, Jürgen Moltmann, Micheal O’Siadhail, Jonathan T. Pennington and N. T. Wright.
On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement by Doug Logan (Moody Publishers. 9780802414724. Paperback. $12.99)
Whether your “block” is in a city, suburb, or rural community, author Doug Logan encourages Christians to learn your neighbors’ needs, make yourself available, and find more opportunities to proclaim Jesus. Using Scripture and personal stories, he unfolds a concept he calls “incarnational instrumentality,” exploring the nature of missions according to the Bible.
If you are a pastor trying to strengthen the missional DNA of your church, or a Christian looking to develop your own missional engagement, then On the Block is for you.
Good and Angry: Letting Go of Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison (New Growth Press. 9781942572978. Paperback. $17.99)
“David Powlison helps us to see that anger is not a problem to be solved but a natural human response to injustice, things we believe to be ‘not right.’ The problem we face is how to respond to what is ‘not right’ without sinning. Powlison helps us by encouraging us to admit our sinful anger problems, exposing the roots of sinful anger, and teaching us how to ‘express the right kind of anger in the right way.’ I needed this book! And if you’re anything like me, you need it as well.”—Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780525954156. Hardback. $27.00)
In this thoughtful and inspiring new book, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. Written for both the ardent believer and the skeptic, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives.