Arrived on New Academic the Week of September 19, 2016

9781433644375First 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.

 

9781433643200I 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.

 

9781481304733Destroyer 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.

 

9780802873378In 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.

 

9780802414724On 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.

 

9781942572978Good 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

 

9780525954156Making 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.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of September 12, 2016

 

9780801098093Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ by Oliver Crisp (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801098093. $26.99)

“Anyone who has followed Oliver Crisp’s essays over the last few years must have suspected that even as he plies analytical tools to work on particular, local puzzles in theology, he is taking his bearings from a fairly comprehensive account of Christian doctrine. The Word Enfleshed confirms that suspicion. The chapters of this book are focused on issues sharply defined enough to be manageable, yet when assembled they amount to a well-connected doctrinal system, at least in outline. Crisp continues his defense of a Christology that has a traditional profile, meanwhile extending his argument into soteriology, anthropology, and pneumatology.”—Fred Sanders, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University

 

PrintJoyful Witness in the Muslim World: Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters by Evelyne Reisacher (Mission in Global Community Series. Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801030840. $22.99)

“Missions work among Muslims represents the greatest challenge of evangelical missions. With that in mind, missiologists and missions practitioners owe a debt of gratitude to Evelyne Reisacher for Joyful Witness in the Muslim World, which presents fresh ways to engage and evangelize Muslims. Reisacher reminds us that ‘ordinary’ Muslims do not necessarily reflect what is written in books on world religions and that befriending and loving Muslims is the most fruitful practice. I highly recommend this book to those who are searching for new ways to bring Muslims to Christ.”—J. Mark Terry, professor of missions, Mid-America Baptist Seminary

 

9780801049392Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship: How the Bible Shapes Our Interpretive Habits and Practices by David Starling (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049392. $24.99)

Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship is a refreshing and important call to think of biblical interpretation not in terms of mastering the text but of learning the craft of interpretation from the biblical authors themselves. Such apprenticeship is ultimately less methodological mastery than spiritual formation. While other books attend to the history of Scripture’s reception in church history, Starling focuses on the way the biblical authors themselves received earlier texts and composed Scripture by means of inner-biblical interpretation. In an age of pervasive interpretive pluralism, where no single interpretive practice stands out as authoritative, Starling’s case for contemporary interpreters to become apprentices to the biblical authors who know how to read the Bible, and themselves, in the light of Christ is a suggestion as timely as it is welcome.”—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

9780801019258Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin (Baker Books. Hardcover. 9780801019258. $19.99)

“Parents, families, and churches often struggle with how to get and keep children and young people interested and invested in Christian faith and church life. . . . Growing Young provides practical answers to this question based on serious empirical research. I know of no book quite like it.”—Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, National Study of Youth and Religion

 

9781433552359What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts) by Nancy Guthrie (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433552359. $12.99)

“Nancy Guthrie writes pointedly about what hurts when we’re trying to minister to hurting people. We can all learn much from poor examples—from Job’s miserable comforters. What Grieving People Wish You Knew provides an A+ lesson plan in what not to say and do as comforters. Of course, Nancy does not stop there, for she also writes poignantly about Christlike comfort. With wisdom and compassion, Nancy weaves Scripture, her story, and the stories of scores of grievers to encourage, empower, and equip us to esteem grief and to care like Christ as we minister to those who grieve.”—Bob Kellemen, Biblical Counseling Chair, Crossroads Bible College

 

9781433539046Love of God by Christopher Morgan (Theology in Community Series. Crossway. Paperback. 9781433539046. $25.00)

Distorting the Love of God? by D.A. Carson

Is the God of the Old Testament a God of Love? by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

What Does Jesus Teach about the Love of God? by Andreas J. Köstenberger

What Do the Apostles Teach about the Love of God? by Robert L. Plummer

Love in the Triune Community? by John W. Mahony

How Does the Trinity’s Love Shape Our Love for One Another? by Christopher W. Morgan

Does the Love of God Require Universalism? by Daniel Strange

How Does God’s Love in Christ Relate to Islam? by Daniel J. Ebert IV

How Does God’s Love Shape the Christian Walk? by C. D.”Jimmy” Agan III

How Does God’s Love Inspire Social Justice? by Mariam J. Kamell

 

9781433545313Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433545313. $16.99)

“Authors Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have made a solid contribution to the commemoration of the Reformation in their clear account of what the major Reformers, especially Martin Luther and John Calvin, taught about Jesus, God’s grace, Scripture, the sacraments, and other important subjects. With the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses quickly approaching, this timely book underscores the vital importance of what he and other early Protestants devoted their lives to teaching.”—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

 

9781433551932Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (Crossway. Hardcover. 9781433551932. $22.99)

“This is the most meaningful book I have read all year. It is both theological and practical, a rare combination for a parenting book. For years, people have asked me to write a book on parenting. After reading this, I am convinced that I could never write one better than this. I’m so glad I read this, but I wish I could have read it twenty years ago. After reading Parenting, I was torn. Part of me wanted to sit, cry, and confess all of my failures as a parent. The other part wanted to scream with excitement for the tremendous insight I now have to be a better parent.”—Francis Chan, New York Times best-selling author

 

9781784980528Engaging with Jewish People by Randy Newman (The Good Book Company. Paperback. 9781784980528. $11.99)

This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Jewish people we might work with, meet or know, 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 importance of forming loving, honest and open relationships as part of the way we engage with our Jewish friends.

 

9780310527930Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years by Gregg Allison and Christopher Castaldo (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310527930. $16.99)

Written in an accessible and informative style, Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo provide a brief and clear guide to the key points of unity and divergence between Protestants and Catholics today. They write to encourage fruitful conversation about the key theological and sociological differences between the two largest branches of Christianity. From the revolutionary events 500 years ago that sparked the Reformation to today, Unfinished Reformation takes a nuanced and thoughtful look at doctrine, practice, and how Protestants and Catholics can have fruitful discussions about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

9780310515722God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters by Matthew Barrett (Five Solas Series. Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310515722. $24.99)

In God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture, scholar and pastor Matthew Barrett looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation and traces the crisis that followed resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Barrett shows that we need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture’s authority in the face of today’s challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God’s Word is the best hope for the future of the church.

 

9780310521143Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy by Paul M Gould and Richard Brian Davis (Counterpoints Series. Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310521143. $19.99)

The contributors and views include:

Graham Oppy—Conflict: Philosophy Trumps Christianity

K. Scott Oliphint—Covenant: Christianity Trumps Philosophy

Timothy McGrew—Convergence: Philosophy Confirms Christianity

Paul Moser—Conformation: Philosophy Reconceived Under Christianity

New Additions to New Academic (9/12/16)

The Christ-Centered Expositor: A Field Guide for Word-Driven Disciple Makers by Tony Merida (B&H Academic. 9781433685743. Paperback. $29.99)

“Tony Merida has a reputation across the country for the weightiness of his ministry and the power of his proclamation. This book will show you why the reputation is deserved and will help you build a ministry rooted in the person and work of Jesus.”—Russell D. Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

 

Hearts, Heads, and Hands: A Manual for Teaching Others to Teach Others by M. David Sills (B&H Academic. 9781433689642. Paperback. $16.99)

Tried, tested, and proven, Heads, Hearts, and Hands will equip those training pastors with the foundational information they must communicate to those God is calling to serve Him. The content is built around the method Dr. Sills developed to equip pastors with a a spiritual foundation (their “heart”), a biblical foundation (their “head”), and a methodological foundation (their “hands”), ensuring that they know how to rightly divide and teach God’s Word, understand the need to model the spiritual characteristics of a pastor, and have the practical tools necessary to lead and administer a local church.

 

Ministering in Honor-Shame CulturesMinistering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials by Jayson Georges and Mark D. Baker (IVP Academic. 9780830851461. Paperback. $24.00)

“Georges and Baker have taken the seeds of previous work on honor and shame in the environment of the biblical world and in modern cultures and cultivated them into fruitful insights and guidance in the areas of theology, crosscultural engagement and, especially, missions. They provide a culturally sensitive reading of Scripture and of modern non-Western situations, significantly advancing the question of how awareness of this dimension of the texts and our global community can improve our interactions with people living from a decidedly different axis of values and in our thinking about the contextualization of the gospel.”—David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek

 

A Little Book for New ScientistsA Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh A. Reeves and Steve Donaldson (IVP Academic. 9780830851447. Paperback. $12.00)

“This volume is a nice resource for science-oriented students, newly believing Christians in science fields, or anyone seeking integration. The book draws us into a consistent, balanced, and active role as bridge between the realms of science and faith.”—Jeffrey Greenberg, Wheaton College

 

Transforming DiscipleshipTransforming Discipleship: Revised and Expanded by Greg Ogden (IVP Books. 9780830841318. Paperback. $17.00)

“No book has influenced my understanding of discipleship group dynamics and multiplication more than Transforming Discipleship. Through years of research, field-testing, group implementation, and individual feedback, Greg offers a proven, timeless method for making disciples who will make even more disciples. Every pastor, church leader, and follower of Christ should read this book and apply the principles it teaches.”—Robby Gallaty, pastor, Long Hollow Baptist Church

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 29, 2016

9780801008313America at the Crossroads: Explosive Trends Shaping America’s Future and What You Can Do about It by George Barna (Baker Books. 9780801008313. Hardback. $19.99)

“It’s no news flash that American culture and values have undergone massive and unprecedented changes. In America at the Crossroads, George Barna dissects these major transformational changes and explores where we’re likely headed next. Frankly, it doesn’t matter whether we agree with all of his interpretations or prescriptions for turning the ship around. What matters most is that we get our heads out of the sand and honestly grapple with the hard facts and data he presents, because how we respond will shape the future of the church and American society as we known it.” —Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church

 

9780801016899Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home by Hugh Ross (Baker Books. 9780801016899. Hardback. $17.99)

“Hugh Ross takes us on a riveting tour of the scientific story, from the beginning of the cosmos to present humankind. He shows how that story pushes us toward the conclusion that purpose has driven the whole story, with the different pieces intertwined and each supporting the production of an ideal habitat for human beings right here and right now. Not only will this commend Christian faith to scientifically minded inquirers, but it will also strengthen the confidence of believers that we inhabit and participate in a meaningful and purposeful story.”—C. John “Jack” Collins, professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

 

978178498123590 Days in Ruth, Jeremiah and 1 Corinthians by Mark Dever & Mike McKinley (Explore by the Book Series. The Good Book Company. Hardback. 9781784981235. $19.99)

Let Mark Dever and Mike McKinley sit alongside you as you open up your Bible day by day. Their helpful questions, insightful explanations and prompts to apply God’s word to your life will take you to the heart of God’s word and then push God’s word deep into your heart. Enjoy the treasures of Ruth, Jeremiah and 1 Corinthians as you explore the Bible, book by book.

 

9781784980856Life Explored Leader’s Kit by Barry Cooper & Nate Morgan Locke (The Good Book Company. 978178498085. DVD and Paperback. $59.99)

 

 

9780802414663Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen (Moody. 9780802414663. Hardback. $12.99)

“God’s call to full-time ministry is a concept few people understand or explain well. It’s not a mystical form of special revelation or an audible voice from heaven. And God doesn’t call men to pastoral ministry without gifting them for the task and sovereignly drawing their hearts to the work. (Which suggests there are a lot of people doing pastoral ministry today who were never called to the task.) Jason Allen skillfully outlines and explains the vital biblical principles for discerning whether a person is truly called to ministry. This helpful handbook answers scores of questions I hear from young men and potential seminary students all the time. I’m grateful for the help this volume will be and the influence I know it will have.”—John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church

 

PICKWICK_TemplatePreaching as the Word of God: Answering an Old Question with Speech-Act Theory by Sam Chan (Wipf & Stock. 9781498220248. Paperback. $35.00)

“How can we conclude that what we preach is the Word of God–God himself speaking through the sermon–as the Reformers insisted? In this important study, Sam Chan demonstrates that Luther and Calvin have it right, provided we focus on the New Testament insistence that rightly proclaiming the gospel is what is meant by preaching the Word of God. Chan then uses speech act theory to clarify his argument. The work is important not only for students of the Reformation, but for preachers who need to see that the faithful proclamation of the gospel is precisely what authorizes them to insist that their preaching is the word of God.”—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

CASCADE_TemplateDoes God Love Everyone? The Heart of What’s Wrong with Calvinism by Jerry L. Walls (Wipf & Stock. 9781620325506. Paperback. $15.00)

“The movement loosely known as Calvinism has emerged as a vibrant and powerful force within evangelical Protestantism. Jerry Walls, in turn, has emerged as the most forceful and rigorous critic of Calvinism. In this short and readable book, he puts his theological knowledge and philosophical acumen to work in making a biblical and logical case that Calvinism is beset with real difficulties. Does God Love Everyone? raises some sharp challenges that deserve serious engagement.”—Tom McCall, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

9780310522553No God But One: Allah Or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates The Evidence For Islam And Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi (Zondervan. 9780310522553. Paperback. $17.99)

In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi recounted his dramatic journey, describing his departure from Islam and his decision to follow Christ. In the years that followed, he realized that the world’s two largest religions are far more different than they initially appeared.

No God but One: Allah or Jesus? addresses the most important questions at the interface of Islam and Christianity: How do the two religions differ? Are the differences significant? Can we be confident that either Christianity or Islam is true? And most important, is it worth sacrificing everything for the truth?

Nabeel shares stories from his life and ministry, casts new light on current events, and explores pivotal incidents in the histories of both religions, providing a resource that is gripping and thought-provoking, respectful and challenging.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 15, 2016

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Abridged and Edited with Commentary by John Foxe. edited by Paul L. Maier and R. C. Linnenkugel. (Kregel. 9780825443299. Hardback. $29.99)

Award-winning historian Paul L. Maier brings his exceptional abilities to bear on Foxe’s massive work in this new color-illustrated, abridged edition. Due to the immense scope of Foxe’s work, previous editions have left out many stories of the unsung heroes of the faith. Maier’s new abridgement includes every martyr mentioned in Foxe’s 1570 edition, while modifying archaic working for today’s readers, condensing extraneous discussions, and providing insightful commentary to place these historical figures in context. Readers are helped not only to know what happened by why it happened and to see the past in a way that informs  the present.

 

9780825444173Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting by Sam Serio (Kregel. 9780825444173. Paperback. $16.99)

“Sam Serio has written the book that few others would have. In a sensitive manner, and with absolute care not to offend, he explains how to preach from most of the biblical passages dealing with sexual sin. You will receive much help from his frequent tips. I know of no other book like it. You will want a copy.”—Jay E. Adams, founder of The Institute for Nouthetic Studies

 

Preaching Old Testament Narratives by Benjamin Walton (Kregel. 9780825442582. Paperback. $18.99)

“In his encounter with an Ethiopian court official who was reading a passage from the scroll of Isaiah, Philip began at that passage and proclaimed Jesus to the official (Acts 8: 26–35). All who teach and proclaim the gospel should be able to do the same with Old Testament narratives. Ben Walton’s book will help that to happen. Preaching Old Testament Narratives is unique in approach and practical in design. Examined and tested by groups of pastors prior to publication, the book gives understandable guidance on narrative interpretation and helpful steps on sermon development from text selection to formulation of the take-home truth. Organized in two main parts, Discover the Message and Deliver the Message, Preaching Old Testament Narratives is not just a quality textbook for personal study or for a course of study; it is a complete course in a textbook, and I highly recommend it as a vital resource for those who preach and teach Old Testament narratives.” —Jerry N. Barlow, Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Work, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary