Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 31, 2015

9781433686320 Reviving the Black Church: A Call to Reclaim a Sacred Institution by Thabiti Anyabwile (B&H Books. 9781433686320. Paperback. $15.99)

“Every now and then a book is written that is truly on time and speaks to a critical need in our lives. Every now and then a book is written that truly speaks what many of us in the body of Christ are thinking. Well, Reviving the Black Church is such a book. Thabiti Anyabwile has written a book that should be required reading for every pastor, every leader, and every member of a black church!”—Fred Luter, Jr.



9781433688324 Ministry in the New Marriage Culture edited by Jeff Iorg (B&H Books. 9781433688324. Paperback. $14.99)

  1. Ministry in the New Marriage Culture—Jeff Iorg
  2. Ministry Foundations in the Old Testament—Paul Wegner
  3. Ministry Foundations in the New Testament—Richard R. Melick Jr
  4. Gospel Confidence in the New Marriage Culture—Christopher W. Morgan and Gregory C. Cochran
  5. Robust Ecclesiology in the New Marriage Culture—Rodrick K. Durst
  6. A Positive Sexual Ethic for the New Marriage Culture—Adam Groza
  7. Preaching on Marriage Today—Tony Merida
  8. Counseling Persons about Same-Sex Marriage—Heath Lambert
  9. Counseling Persons Affected by Same-Sex Marriage—Debbie Steele
  10. Youth Ministry in the New Marriage Culture—Paul Kelly
  11. Children’s Ministry in the New Marriage Culture—Ann Iorg
  12. The New Marriage Culture Movement and the Civil Rights Movement: A Comparative Analysis—Leroy Gainey
  13. Navigating Legal Challenges to Churches—Brad Dacus
  14. A Pastoral Model for Engaging Community—Jim Wilson
  15. A Model Sermon about the New Marriage Culture—Jeff Iorg



9780830825257 Ruth by L. Daniel Hawk (Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series. IVP Academic 9780830825257. Hardback. $30.00)

Regarding the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series:

“At last! A commentary series that combines the best of biblical scholarship with a passion for the message of the text. Besides, it actually answers the questions I ask when I read the Scriptures. This series by the finest evangelical scholars is designed for students and pastors who are serious about understanding the Old Testament in its context and translating its message for the church in the twenty-first century.”—Daniel Block



9780830826360 Identity and Idolatry: The Image of God and Its Inversion by Richard Lints (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. 9780830826360. Paperback. $22.00)

“Begin with the imago Dei. . . . Work that out across the canon, and you discover that light shines on many topics, not least the nature of idolatry. This book manages to blend some elements of systematic theology with careful biblical theology to produce a study that is wonderfully evocative.”—D. A. Carson



9781922206565 Healed at Last: Separating Biblical Truth from Myth by Scott Blackwell (Matthias Media. 9781922206565. Paperback. $11.99)

“You cannot read Healed at Last and not be irresistibly drawn to the cross…It’s simply the best thing I’ve ever read on the issue of healing in the Christian spiritual walk. It really is a wonderful book that clearly sets out a deeply real, a deeply touching and above all theological understanding of healing”—Ken Simpson



9780980376982 Let the Word Do the Work: Essays in Honour of Phillip D. Jensen edited by Peter G. Bolt (Matthias Media. 9780980376982. Paperback. $11.99)

The essays in Part 1 of this book consider aspects of ‘preaching the word’. Those in Part 2 reflect on various aspects of Christian ministry, with some paying special attention to ministries fostered by Phillip Jensen during his many years of preaching the word and letting it do the work in people’s lives.

Contributors: Peter Blowes / Peter Bolt / D.A. Carson / Chris and Mona Chia / Richard Chin / Paul House / R. Kent Hughes / Matthew D. Jensen / Peter Jensen / Paul and Sandra King / Simon Manchester / Colin Marshall / Joshua Ng / Tony Payne / Carmelina Read / Rob Smith / William Taylor / Mark Thompson / Tim Thorburn / Jane Tooher


9781922206718 Wisdom in Leadership: The How and Why of Leading the People You Serve by Craig Hamilton (Matthias Media. 9781922206718. Paperback. $24.99)

In Wisdom in Leadership Craig Hamilton shares what he has learned through many years of being a student of the Bible and theology; a discerning reader of books on leadership; a keen observer of life and the way things work; and a loving leader of the people God has placed around him.

This book is a goldmine of helpful insights for pastors and anyone else with leadership responsibilities in their church. With 78 chapters covering an extensive range of topics, this may well be the only book on church leadership you’ll ever need to read.


9781922206725 How to Walk into Church by Tony Payne (Matthias Media. 9781922206725. Paperback. $5.99)

“This book is a great idea. It’s wonderfully practical, helpful, and relevant. I hope we can give it away to our new members. Tony has given us a necessary reminder on the importance of walking into church with the right heart, the right head, and the right spirit.”—Kevin DeYoung


9780802409614 Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption: A Developing and Diverse Tradition edited by D. Jeffrey Bingham and Glenn R. Kreider (Moody Publishers. 9780802409614. Paperback. $19.99)

Dispensationalism has long been associated with careful interpretation and grammatical-historical sensitivity to the Scriptures. But in recent decades it has been the target of critique. Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption offers a thorough and convincing look at God’s plan for humanity.

Brought together in one volume are all the critical elements to know:

  • An introduction to dispensationalism—its terms, biblical support, and place within Christian orthodoxy.
  • The history and influence of dispensationalism—from its roots in John Nelson Darby to its global influence through mission movements.
  • The hermeneutics of dispensationalism— the interpretive principles behind the system.
  • Dispensationalism and redemptive history—the story of salvation traced through the Old and New Testaments, including their unity and diversity in relation to Christ.


9780718021832 Seven Women: And The Secret Of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson. 9780718021832. Hardback. $24.99)

Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks—is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God’s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr’s death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks’ deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century’s greatest social movement.


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9781434709585 Understanding the Times: Apologetics Handbook by Jeff Myers and David A. Noebel (David C. Cook. Hardback.9781434709585. $39.99)

Understanding the Times is the gold standard of worldview and apologetics studies, now revised and updated to help a new generation know and defend the Christian faith against competing worldviews.

Based on Summit Ministries’ half century of teaching, this trusted reference set provides an invaluable resource for students of the Bible to understand today’s most significant worldviews and defend their faith.

The Apologetics Handbook lays the foundation for a Christian worldview by showing how the Bible is both authoritative and true.


9780310515166 I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship edited by John Byron and Joel N. Lohr (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310515166. $24.99)

I (Still) Believe explores the all-important question of whether serious academic study of the Bible is threatening to one’s faith. Far from it—faith enhances study of the Bible and, reciprocally, such study enriches a person’s faith. With this in mind, this book asks prominent Bible teachers and scholars to tell their story reflecting on their own experiences at the intersection of faith and serious academic study of the Bible.

While the essays of this book will provide some apology for academic study of the Bible as an important discipline, the essays engage with this question in ways that are uncontrived. They present real stories, with all the complexities and struggles they may hold. To this end, the contributors do two things: (a) reflect on their lives as someone who teaches and researches the Bible, providing something of a story outlining their journey of life and faith, and their self-understanding as a biblical theologian; and (b) provide focused reflections on how faith has made a difference, how it has changed, and what challenges have arisen, remained, and are unresolved, all with a view toward the future and engaging the book’s main question.


9780310516156 Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ by Robert W. Kellemen (Equipping Biblical Counselors Series. Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310516156. $18.99)

Gospel Conversations explores the four compass-points of biblical counseling:

Sustaining: “It’s Normal to Hurt.”
Healing: “It’s Possible to Hope.”
Reconciling: “It’s Horrible to Sin, but Wonderful to Be Forgiven.”
Guiding: “It’s Supernatural to Mature.”

These four compass points combine to equip readers to develop twenty-two ministry relational competencies—the “how to” of caring like Christ. This book serves as a practical training manual that can be used for lab and small group interaction.

Gospel Conversations is the second volume in The Equipping Biblical Counselors Series, a comprehensive relational training curriculum for the local church that provides a model for equipping God’s people to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. This two-volume series weaves together comprehensive biblical insight with compassionate Christian engagement.


GospelforChina699x250 For those of you who partnered with LifeWay Christian Stores to send bibles to China, here’s an update. Overall, customers provided a total of 201,548 Bibles for the people of China. This number represents the largest number of Bibles to date that our customers have provided in a ministry opportunity through LifeWay Christian Stores. Thank you to all who partnered with us in this endeavor!

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 17, 2015

9781433684104 The Professor’s Puzzle: Teaching in Christian Academics by Michael S. Lawson (B&H Academic. Hardback. 9781433684104. $34.99)

Drawing from years of experience training young faculty members, professor Michael S. Lawson gathers together the best of educational research and practices, leavened with the yeast of Christian theology, so that readers are equipped to put the “teaching puzzle” together. Ideal for aspiring professors in Christian higher education, as well as all who enter the teaching profession, so they may learn artful teaching and careful administration.


9780801048593 Jesus the Priest by Nicholas Perrin (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801048593. $29.99)

Following his critically acclaimed book Jesus the Temple, Nicholas Perrin here offers an insightful theological contribution to Jesus studies that synthesizes the best in traditional/conservative and liberal reconstructions of Jesus’s life and teaching. Some view Jesus as an eschatological prophet (conservative tradition) while others view him as a teacher of wisdom (liberal tradition). Perrin identifies the priesthood of Jesus as a mediating understanding that sheds crucial light on the kingdom of God. By viewing Jesus as priest, we understand that the central aim of God’s kingdom is not the salvation of individual souls or the creation of a better society but rather the establishment of authentic worship.


9780801039768 The Gospel According to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy Through Early Christological Conflicts by David E. Wilhite (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801039768. $22.99)

“The providential role of the heretics in ancient Christianity was to challenge the worshiping community to return to the classic doctrinal consensus on scriptural teaching. The task is to mark boundaries to teachings that are other than the right teaching according to the best minds of the church. David Wilhite has made these boundaries much clearer, enabling readers today to better grasp the Word of God the Father incarnate in the Son by the power of the Spirit.”—Thomas C. Oden


9781451497045 The Honeycomb Scroll: Philipp Melanchthon at the Dawn of the Reformation by Gregory B. Graybill (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451497045. $44.00)

“Gregory Graybill has written a fine, vivid, scholarly yet readable biography of Philipp Melanchthon, which fills a large gap in recent English language writing on the Reformation. This is an ideal place to start to get to know a man whose influence on Reformation Europe was huge.”—Graham Tomlin


9781451462692 The Annotated Luther, Volume 1: The Roots of Reform edited by Timothy J. Wengert (Fortress Press. Hardback. 9781451462692. $39.00)

Volume 1 of The Annotated Luther series contains writings that defined the roots of reform set in motion by Martin Luther, beginning with the Ninety-Five Theses (1517) through The Freedom of a Christian (1520). Included are treatises, letters, and sermons written from 1517 to 1520, which set the framework for key themes in all of Luther’s later works. Also included are documents that reveal Luther’s earliest confrontations with Rome and his defense of views and perspectives that led to his excommunication by Leo X in 1520.


4271 cvr final CC.indd Understanding Prophecy: A Biblical-Theological Approach by Alan S. Bandy (Kregel Academic. Paperback. 9780825442711. $21.99)

“Rooted in a careful treatment of all the relevant prophetic texts and with a keen awareness to the development of redemptive history, Bandy and Merkle have given us what may be the standard text on biblical prophecy for years to come.”—Sam Storms


9781909919051 What Makes Us Human? And Other Questions About God, Jesus and Human Identity by Mark Meynell (The Good Book Company. Paperback. 9781909919051. $7.99)

This concise and engaging book compares our modern confusion about humanity with God’s liberating and positive view revealed to us in the Bible. And it points us to the perfect man, Jesus Christ, as the measure of what it means to be truly human.


9781498222778 Hermeneutics as Epistemology by William C. Roach (Wipf & Stock Publishers. Paperback. 9781498222778. $35.00)

“The decisive way to counter error in biblical understanding is to outflank it at the level of its own arbitrary first principles, and to set biblically based first principles in their place. Dr. Roach shows us very fully how Carl Henry did this, by setting current hermeneutical fashions in the corrective frame of an Augustinian, Bible-based, cognitive-propositional account of how God reveals, and how we receive, his word of truth. As Henry was masterful in doing this on the grand scale, so Roach is masterful in vindicating Henry against those who would critique or ignore him. This is a very valuable piece of work.”—J. I. Packer


Of interest to parents, pastors, church staff members, and more….

标准5 Model (1)The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway. 9781433542442. Hardback. $17.99)

Through September 26, 2015, this new children’s book is on sale for $14.39 in all LifeWay Christian Stores.

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.

With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God’s promises are even bigger and better than we think.

Here’s a sample from this book:

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Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 10, 2015

9780801049675 Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views edited by Chap Clark (Baker Academic. 9780801049675. Paperback. $21.99)

View One: Greg Stier The Gospel Advancing View of Ministry / View Two: Brian Cosby The Reformed View of Youth Ministry / View Three: Chap Clark The Adoption View of Youth Ministry / View Four: Fernando Arzola The Ecclesial View of Youth Ministry / View Five: Ron Hunter The D6 View of Youth Ministry

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9780801006494 The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is by Daniel Darling (Baker Books. 9780801006494. Paperback. $13.99)

“If you have questions, or even frustrations, about the person of Jesus Christ–this book is for you. It cuts through our society’s confusing and contradictory opinions about Jesus to find the glorious, wonderful reality of him spread throughout the pages of Scripture.”—Jim Daly

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9781433540745 Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service by John Bolt (Crossway. 9781433540745. Paperback. $19.99)

“Never before have I read such a fine and stimulating overview of Herman Bavinck’s life and theology. John Bolt shows clearly why the study of Bavinck is growing worldwide and why this theology is a great help for today’s Christians. Bavinck and Bolt are a great team!” —Herman Selderhuis

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9781433541919 God’s Kingdom Through God’s Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology by Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum (Crossway. 9781433541919. Paperback. $19.99)

In this abridgement of the groundbreaking book Kingdom through Covenant, a biblical scholar and a theologian offer readers an accessible overview of the overarching structure of the Bible. Tracing the significance of the concept of “covenant” through both the Old and New Testaments, this book charts a middle way between covenant theology and dispensationalism—exploring the covenantal framework undergirding the history of redemption.

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9781433545047 Unshaken: Real Faith in Our Faithful God by Crawford W. Loritts Jr (Crossway. 9781433545047. Paperback. $14.99)

“In the Bible, faith is essential to salvation, and no less essential to our lifelong pilgrimage. Here, Crawford Loritts does not so much define faith as provide sketches of the way biblical faith operates. In highly practical terms, he describes how faith engenders obedience, endurance, and an ability to live in the light of the new heaven and the new earth. Faith fires mission; it develops trust and courage. And all such faith is grounded in confidence in what God has already done in Christ Jesus. If faith is for you ephemeral and practically useless, you need this book.”—D. A. Carson

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9781433547034 A Christian Guide to the Classics by Leland Ryken (Crossway. 9781433547034. Paperback. $9.99)

Table of Contents

  1. Misconceptions about the Classics
  2. What Is a Classic?
  3. Why We Should Read the Classics
  4. The Greatest Classic: The Bible
  5. How Not to Read a Classic
  6. How to Read a Classic
  7. Christian Classics, Part 1
  8. Christian Classics, Part 2
  9. Secular Classics
  10. Where to Find the Classics

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Writers to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your Bookshelf

    by Douglas Wilson (Crossway. 9781433545832. Paperback. $16.99)

“Douglas Wilson has a legendary track record of helping reintroduce his audience to the great Christian intellectual tradition. In Writers to Read, we find Wilson at his best: curating the authors who have inspired him and who he believes will galvanize the next generation with theological conviction and imagination. Highly recommended.”—Gregory Alan Thornbury

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J. Gresham Machen by Sean M. Lucas (Bitesize Biography Series. EP Books. 9781783970575. Paperback. $10.99)

“In the battle against vital doctrinal declension in the early 20th century, Gresham Machen played a very significant role in defending classic Christian orthodoxy. But it is a role few are acquainted with since biographies of him have been scarce and hard to obtain. This new study of his life is therefore welcome indeed. Highly recommended.”—Michael Haykin


9781508511403 To the Edge: Reflections on Kingdom Leadership, Mission, and Innovation by J. D. Payne (9781508511403. Paperback. $16.00)

In this inspiring and motivating book, pastor and missiologist J. D. Payne shares a collection of his thoughts related to leadership, mission, and innovation. Biblically and missiologically grounded, To the Edge will challenge you to think differently about your mission and God’s world in light of the four billion people who remain without Christ.



Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan T. Anderson (Regnery Publishing. 9781621574514. Paperback. $16.99)

“Novelist Walker Percy said of the abortion rights movement a generation ago: ‘You may get your way. But you’re going to be told what you’re doing.’ And ever since Roe v Wade, prolifers have been telling abortionists that abortion stops a beating heart. When it comes to the question of marriage and family, Ryan Anderson is a Walker Percy for a new day. Anderson is the brightest intellectual star in the pro-marriage movement. He seeks to persuade and provoke with reason, logic, and honesty. This book will equip to bear witness to ancient convictions in a strange new world.”—Russell D. Moore


9780310519317 Oversee God’s People: Shepherding the Flock Through Administration and Delegation by Brian Croft & Bryce Butler (Zondervan. 9780310519317. Paperback. $12.99)

Pray for the Flock: Ministering God’s Grace Through Intercession9780310519379 by Brian Croft & Ryan Fullerton (Zondervan. 9780310519379. Paperback. $12.99)

The Practical Shepherding series of guides provides pastors and ministry leaders with practical help to do the work of pastoral ministry in a local church. In Oversee God’s People, experienced pastors Brian Croft and Bryce Butler unpack what the Bible teaches about administration and the importance of delegation in leadership. In Pray for the Flock, pastors Brian Croft and Ryan Fullerton provide biblical encouragement, practical advice, and helpful suggestions that will help busy pastors effectively pray for their people and care for their church through the ministry of intercession.


9780310520641 My Final Word: Holding Tight to the Issues That Matter Most by Charles W. Colson (Zondervan. 9780310520641. Hardback. $19.99)

In My Final Word, longtime Colson coauthor Anne Morse has selected and arranged pieces Colson wrote mostly during the last decade of his life, spotlighting what he saw as key topics of ongoing importance for Christian cultural engagement. Some of these issues include: crime and punishment, natural law, Islam, same-sex marriage, the persecution of Christians, and more.


Of interest to parents, pastors, church staff members, and more….

标准5 Model (1) The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway. 9781433542442. Hardback. $17.99)

Through September 26, 2015, this new children’s book is on sale for $7.99 (no minimum or maximum quantities) in all LifeWay Christian Stores.

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.

With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God’s promises are even bigger and better than we think.

Here’s a sample from this book:

Added to New Academic the Week of August 3, 2015

9780830840793 The Love of God: A Canonical Model by John C. Peckham (IVP Academic. 9780830840793. Paperback. $32.00)

In The Love of God, John Peckham offers a comprehensive canonical interpretation of divine love in dialogue with, and at times in contrast to, both classical and process theism. God’s love, he argues, is freely willed, evaluative, emotional and reciprocal, given before but not without conditions. According to Peckham’s reading of Scripture, the God who loves the world is both perfect and passible, both self-sufficient and desirous of reciprocal relationships with each person, so that “whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”


9780830844302 Changing World, Unchanging Mission: Responding to Global Challenges by M. David Sills (IVP Books. 9780380844302. Paperback. $17.00)

“Does a changing world necessitate a changed mission? No! Quite the opposite. It necessitates changes in missions but not a changed mission. Our changing world stands in desperate need of an unchanging mission—changing missions but not changing mission! This book should be required reading for every short-term missionary and for every aspiring career missionary as well. It is also recommended reading for all who support them with money and prayer.”—David J. Hesselgrave


9780802412911 Evidence for the Rapture: A Biblical Case for Pretribulationism edited by John F Hart (Moody Publishers. 9780802412911. Paperback. $19.99)

Introduction: (John F. Hart) / The Day of the Lord and the Rapture by Dr. Craig Blaising / The Rapture and the Biblical Teaching of Imminency by Dr. Robert L. Thomas / Jesus and the Rapture: Matthew 24 by John F. Hart / Jesus and the Rapture: John 14 by Dr. George Gunn / Paul and the Rapture: 1 Corinthians 15 by Dr. Michael Vanlaningham / Paul and the Rapture: 1 Thess. 4-5 by Dr. Kevin D. Zuber / Paul and the Rapture: 2 Thess. 2 by Dr. Nathan Holsteen / John and the Rapture: Revelation 2-3 by Dr. Andy Woods / John Nelson Darby and the Pretribulation Rapture Argument in Revelation 12:5 by Dr. Michael Svigel / Israel: Why the Church Must Be Raptured Before the Tribulation by Dr. Michael Rydelnik


9780802413321 Life in Community: Joining Together to Display the Gospel by Dustin Willis (Moody Publishers. 9780802413321. Paperback. $13.99)

”I am grateful for this book, for it provides us this picture of the church that we desperately need to see in our day. Taken straight from Scripture, then buttressed with poignant illustrations and practical application, these pages drip with the depth of community that Christ has designed for His church.”—David Platt