Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City by Dhati Lewis (B&H Books. 9781433644023. Paperback. $15.99)
We have reduced Christianity to concerts, conferences, and church services. We are surrounded by passive participants of Christianity, content to soak in information without any intent to make disciples. But the question remains: how do we turn passive participants into active disciple makers in an ever changing urban context?
Among Wolves seeks to help us move to obedience to the call of Christ to labor among wolves. You will walk through eight significant movements in the book of Matthew, beginning with Jesus establishing His presence with us, to him mobilizing an army to go and make disciples of all nations. As we follow Jesus’ patterns and teachings in Matthew, you will be equipped to establish a thriving disciple making culture in your context as your burden to see your city reached moves toward reality.
Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life by Barnabas Piper (B&H Books. 9781433691928. Paperback. $16.99)
Without curiosity a Christian’s life is incomplete. His relationship with God is incomplete. His connections to others are incomplete. He doesn’t know how to interact with the world around him — politics, media, art, entertainment, science, and so much more simply fly past or overwhelm him. Without curiosity he can never discover deep things, deep connections God tucked below the banal surface of life.
Author Barnabas Piper explores what curiosity is, and how it affects relationships. What if people so sought to learn about each other that the most unlikely people became advocates and friends? It would be transformative, and it would stem from curiosity.
This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax (B&H Books. 9781433648472. Paperback. $16.99)
In This is Our Time, Trevin Wax provides snapshots of twenty-first-century American life in order to help Christians understand the times. By analyzing our common beliefs and practices (smartphone habits, entertainment intake, and our views of shopping, sex, marriage, politics, and life’s purpose), Trevin helps us see through the myths of society to the hope of the gospel.
As faithful witnesses to Christ, Trevin writes, we must identify the longing behind society’s most cherished myths (what is good, true, beautiful), expose the lie at the heart of these myths (what is false and damaging), and show how the gospel tells a better story – one that exposes the lie but satisfies the deeper longing.
Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray: Finding Our Way Back to Biblical Truth edited by Nathan Busenitz (Harvest House. 9780736966757. Paperback. $15.99)
The church today faces great challenges, both from without and from within. Popular culture tempts Christians to compromise truth in the name of relevance and to ignore sin under the guise of tolerance. At the same time, serious doctrinal errors threaten to undermine the authority of God’s Word, leading to all sorts of unbiblical practices.
Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray offers responses from trusted evangelical voices on 15 timely issues such as: measuring true success in ministry, countering the church’s celebrity culture, responding biblically to homosexuality, reclaiming the essentials of the Christian faith, discerning God’s ultimate priority for the church.
The Shepherd as Theologian: Accurately Interpreting and Applying God’s Word edited by John MacArthur (Harvest House. 9780736962117. Hardback. $24.99)
The Shepherd as Theologian presents a collection of invaluable messages from the internationally recognized Shepherds’ Conference held at Grace Community Church. Pastor John MacArthur, and other respected teachers, delve into key theological issues on: justification by faith alone, the great commission, a literal six-day creation, the inerrancy of Scripture, premillennialism and more.
Preaching in the New Testament by Jonathan Griffiths (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. 9780830826438. Paperback. $22.00)
“This volume addresses the need for a biblical theology of preaching by focusing on some foundational matters before closely studying a handful of passages in Paul and in Hebrews. Considering how much preaching is done week by week around the world, it is good to have a study that requires us to reflect on what we are doing.”—D. A. Carson
The Disruption of Evangelicalism: The Age of Torrey, Mott, McPherson and Hammond, Volume 4 by Geoffrey R. Treloar (History of Evangelicalism Series. 9780830825844. Hardback. $35.00)
“Geoffrey Treloar reconstructs evangelicalism’s ‘things fall apart’ moment of the early twentieth century with learned grace. Most historians have treated the period as one of polarization within the movement, but Treloar deploys a spectrum framework that highlights the period’s complexities and makes better sense of its tensions. His choice of Reuben Torrey, John R. Mott, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Thomas Chatterton Hammond as the period’s emblematic figures is a particularly inspired move that will help both general readers and specialists to see evangelicalism with fresh eyes and deeper understanding.”—Michael S. Hamilton, professor and chair, department of history, Seattle Pacific University
To the Cross: Proclaiming the Gospel from the Upper Room to Calvary by Christopher J. H. Wright (IVP Books. 9780830844999. Paperback. $16.00)
With the expertise of a veteran biblical scholar and the wisdom of a seasoned pastor, Christopher Wright skillfully guides us on Jesus’ journey from the Last Supper to the cross. Through the lens of the Old Testament, Wright navigates the Gospel accounts of events that include the meal in the upper room, Peter’s denials, the taunts and jeers of soldiers and bystanders, and the anguish of crucifixion, inviting us to meditate on their significance for us.
Adapted from sermons Wright preached at All Souls Church in London, these chapters are perfect for personal study and reflection. The book includes an appendix for pastors preparing to teach and preach on these passages, offering insight on sermon preparation as well as helpful commentary.