Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 25, 2014

9781433684500 Beat God to the Punch: Because Jesus Demands Your Life by Eric Mason (B&H Books. 9781433684500. Paperback. $12.99)

“Beating God to the punch” is about reaching out for what you could have never earned, achieved, or deserved. It is affirming your desperate need for what only grace can provide. It is celebrating the shocking sacrifice of the Messiah for your sins. It is embracing the nowism of the grace of Jesus. It’s celebrating your freedom from your slavery to sin and your welcome to slavery to Christ. Obedience is your moral obligation, but it is never, ever your means of achieving or maintaining relationship with God. You reach out knowing that in the moments when you don’t reach out, God will still not turn His back on you. But you don’t sit around waiting. You run after the grace that has eternally taken hold of and rescued you from you. Mason would say that you “beat God to the punch.” And I’m glad for the reminder. Read and you will be too.”—Paul David Tripp, from the Foreword

 

9781433537080 The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth by Mike Cosper (Crossway. 9781433537080. Paperback. $15.99)

“There is no one I would rather read on issues of popular culture than Mike Cosper. This book is not another ‘here’s how you find the gospel in Superman’ project. Cosper analyzes popular culture with depth and with wisdom, seeing both the common grace of conscience all around us and the depths of human sin. As Cosper interacts with popular culture, he models for us how to listen to the voices around us in order that we might engage them with the mission of Christ. This book is about more than the media he analyzes. It is also a training ground for how to pay attention to our neighbors.”—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

 

9780802871442 Christian Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century: Prospects and Perils edited by Thomas M. Crisp, Steve L. Porter and Gregg A. Ten Elshof (Eerdmans. 9780802871442. Paperback. $22.00)

What is the nature and purpose of distinctively Christian scholarship, and what does that imply for the life and calling of the Christian scholar? What is it about Christian scholarship that makes it Christian? The following scholars grapple with such questions in this volume: Jonathan A. Anderson, Dariusz M. Bryćko, Natasha Duquette, M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall, George Hunsinger, Paul K. Moser, Alvin Plantinga, Craig J. Slane, Nicholas Wolterstorff and Amos Yong.

 

9781451486131 Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology by Oliver D. Crisp (Fortress Press. 9781451486131. Paperback. $34.00)

 


 

9781596694088 Unscripted: Sharing the Gospel as Life Happens by Jeff Iorg (New Hope. 9781596694088. Paperback. $14.99)

Unscripted empowers you to shake off stale evangelism techniques and embrace a new way of life. It does not offer you another “program” to follow. It encourages you to live boldly and passionately in the cause of Christ without reservation. Unscripted is a way of life that connects you with the spiritual power needed for effective witnessing and, more importantly, for building meaningful relationships through which your witness can flow.

 

9781596387461 Hidden in the Gospel: Truths You Forget to Tell Yourself Every Day by William P. Farley (P&R Publishing. 9781596387461. Paperback. $12.99)

William Farley argues that mature Christians solve many spiritual problems in their lives by preaching the gospel to themselves. The gospel is not one event but a story that began before time and stretches into eternity. Key moments in this story—such as Jesus’ incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension—teach us lessons that can be applied to life every single day. In this user-friendly book, Farley shows us how.

 

9781632692764 Why Not Same-Sex Marriage? Gracious Answers to 101 False Arguments for Redefining Civil Marriage by Daniel Heimbach (Trusted Books. 9781632692764. Paperback. $19.99)

This book is a manual to resource the defense of marriage against radical deconstruction. It mainly consists of objectively formulated, well targeted responses that each refute a false or misleading truth claim used to confuse or weaken understanding and support for what distinguishes real marriage from same-sex relationships. Each response is limited to one page followed by a second page listing resources supporting that response. Beyond these targeted responses, the book provides supplemental materials that include two first-person accounts (one male, one female) by persons who have wrestled with same-sex attractions and emerged to embrace procreationally structured sexual relationships; a list of places where persons with unwanted same-sex attractions can find help; and two researched essays that validate truth claims on which this book depends.

 

9780310498124 Two Views On The Doctrine Of The Trinity edited by Jason S. Sexton (Zondervan. 9780310498124. Paperback. $19.99)

In this volume, leading contributors—one evangelical and one mainline/catholic representing each view—establish their models and approaches to the doctrine of the Trinity, each highlighting the strengths of his view in order to argue how it best reflects the orthodox perspective. In order to facilitate a genuine debate and to make sure that the key issues are teased out, each contributor addresses the same questions regarding their trinitarian methodology, doctrine, and its implications. Contributors: Stephen R. Holmes, Paul D. Molnar, Thomas H. McCall, Paul Fiddes.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 18, 2014

9780801049262 Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith: An Introductory Guide by Paul Moes and Donald J. Tellinghuisen (Baker Academic. 9780801049262. Paperback. $21.99)

Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith works as both a supplementary text in the classroom and a good general read for anyone interested in a Christian view of human nature through the lens of psychology. This is an integrated, organic approach that helps readers understand their Christianity and their psychology better.”—Everett L. Worthington Jr.

 

9780801049644 The Christian Faith : A Creedal Account by Hans Schwarz (Baker Academic. 9780801049644. Paperback. $21.99)

“With skills honed by decades of teaching and writing theology, Hans Schwarz combines admirable clarity with deep learning in this fine summary of Christian doctrine. Deeply evangelical and always in conversation with Luther, Schwarz is careful to include relevant reflections on Scripture, science, and philosophy in each chapter. This up-to-date invitation to begin the wonderful task of thinking God should be helpful to students, teachers, and pastors alike.”—Alan G. Padgett, professor of systematic theology and coordinator for Methodist studies, Luther Seminary

 

9780801048821 The Church according to Paul: Rediscovering the Community Conformed to Christ by James W. Thompson (Baker Academic. 9780801048821. Paperback. $26.99)

“James Thompson applies his exegetical skill, literary sensitivity, and theological acumen to the topic of Paul and the church. He corrects those who emphasize Paul’s soteriology but neglect his ecclesiology. Thompson sets that ecclesiology in the context of Paul’s theology. Ecclesiology and Christology are thus inseparable.”—Everett Ferguson, distinguished scholar in residence, Abilene Christian University

 

9781848712423 From the Mouth of God: Trusting, Reading and Applying the Bible by Sinclair Ferguson (Banner of Truth. 9781848712423. Paperback. $15.00)

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9781781914038 Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody and Robin Weekes (Christian Focus Publications. 9781781914038. Paperback. $11.99)

“For some, this little book will be a healthy reminder; for others, it will revolutionize their preaching.”D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois

 

9780802412218 Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God by Dustin Willis and Aaron Coe (Moody Publishers. 9780802412218. Paperback. $13.99)

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 11, 2014

TruthInCultureDoubt_cover.indd Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible by Andreas J. Köstenberger (B&H Academic. 9781433684043. Paperback. $19.99)

Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes readers on a journey to explain topics such as the Bible’s origins, the copying of the Bible, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil. Written for all serious students of Scripture, this book will enable you to know how to respond to a wide variety of critical arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity.

 

9780801016479 Next: Pastoral Succession That Works by William Vanderbloemen (Baker Books. 9780801016479. Paperback. $21.99)

“Someone said that the moment you succeed, you need to prepare for your successor to succeed. The church has too often failed in this critical mission. I believe this book to be one of the most timely and important of our day.”Jim Henry, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention; pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church, Orlando, FL

 

9781433536991 God’s Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey by Andreas J. and Margaret E. Köstenberger (Crossway. 9781433536991. Paperback. $22.99)

“The brilliant and respected Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger are wise experts, guiding us through the Bible for a substantive, gospel-rich, and pastorally applied theology of masculinity, femininity, and the goodness of our differences by God’s design.”—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Click here to read a sample from this book. Click here to download the study guide.

 

9781433541261 Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion by Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks (Crossway. 9781433541261. Paperback. $15.99)

“God can and does work miracles through local churches linked together by the gospel for the sake of loving their communities by introducing them to Jesus. I love the vision Chris and Matt live out and lay out in this book. May their tribe increase!”—Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition

Click here to read a sample from this book.

 

9781433535055 Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God by Dane C. Ortlund (Crossway. 9781433535055. Paperback. $18.99)

“‘The supreme value of reading Edwards is that we are ushered into a universe brimming with beauty,’ writes Ortlund. I couldn’t agree more. And one would be hard-pressed to find a more engaging introduction to this universe for the church. Even the final chapter, on ways in which we should not follow Edwards, offers crucial Christian wisdom. Ortlund’s criticisms of Edwards hit the mark—and deserve consideration by Edwards’s growing number of fans. I plan to use them with my seminary students in years to come. Please peruse this beautiful book. It’s good for the soul.”—Douglas A. Sweeney, Professor of Church History, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

9780802867766 The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus by Michael Bird (Eerdmans. 9780802867766. Paperback. $30.00)

See previous post about this book (includes author interview and sample pages).

 

 

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“Having read deeply in seventeenth-century Puritanism, Matthew Ward offers here an illuminating thesis. He argues that English Baptists were compelled liturgically and theologically by the need to worship God purely. Travel with a scholarly writer through the literature yet also be prepared to be gripped with a profound desire for humanity’s proper response to God and His salvation.”—Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas

 

9780615960890 Nobodies for Jesus: 14 Days Toward a Great Commission Lifestyle by Chuck Lawless (Rainer Publishing. 9780615960890. Paperback. $9.97)

The concept of Nobodies for Jesus is simple but profound: take 14 days and develop a Great Commission lifestyle. The book weaves through numerous New Testament narratives to show how “regular” people, “nobodies,” became somebody for the sake of the gospel. This book, if taken seriously, has the ability to transform individuals, groups, and even entire churches. The 14-day study guide is excellent for use in multiple settings.

 

9780692227633 Understanding Your New Life in Christ: Letters to a New Believer by George Martin (Rainer Publishing. 9780692227633. Paperback. $9.97)

In this little book, George Martin writes letters to Matthew, a fictional, or perhaps more accurately, a composite character, sort of a spiritual “John Doe.” Matthew represents new believers in Jesus Christ: a young boy, a high school cheerleader, a plumber, a college professor, a middle aged mother, a seasoned old man, or anyone who has recently believed the gospel and needs to understand clearly new life in Christ. Matthew is that new disciple with all the questions that come, along with all the hopes and the anxieties: Am I truly saved? How can I know for certain? What does it really mean to be saved, to be a child of God? What is now expected of me?

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 4, 2014

B&H CCE New Releases (8-11-14)

“The Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. We purpose to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible. In doing this, we are not commending wild allegory or fanciful typology. We must be constrained to the meaning intended by the divine Author Himself, the Holy Spirit of God. However, we also believe that the Bible has a Messianic focus, and the authors in this series will exalt Christ from all of their texts.” —from the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series introduction

  • 1, 2, & 3 John by Daniel Akin (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H. 9780805496659. Paperback. $12.99)
  • Ephesians by Tony Merida (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H. 9780805496727. Paperback. $12.99)
  • Galatians by Tony Merida and David Platt (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H. 9780805496581. Paperback. $12.99)
  • James by David Platt (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H. 9780805496574. Paperback. $12.99)

9780764211669 50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven by John Hart (Bethany House. 9780764211669. Paperback. $9.99)

John Hart is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute. Click here to read a sample from this book.

 

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The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection by James  Cofield and Richard Plass (IVP Books. 9780830835874. Paperback. $16.00)

“What a joy to read this distillation of the union of two lifetimes of journeying with Christ into greater communion with God and others. Whether we are aware of it or not, we spend the early phase of our adulthood seeking to conform our worlds to the template of our earliest attachments and the self we became in those relationships. Rich and Jim have engagingly described how relational renewal in Christ can change that template, as we learn how to trust him to make us the kind of people who can receive it.”—Eric L. Johnson, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

9780199372584 World of Saint Patrick by Philip Freeman (Oxford University Press. 9780199372584. Hardback. $21.95)

“Although many millions celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year, few non-specialists know the authentic story of the man himself, the heroic and stubborn figure who laid the foundations for Ireland’s Christian history. Through the superbly translated original sources collected in The World of St. Patrick, Philip Freeman recounts that epoch-making tale. The reality is vastly more inspiring than the legends that have grown up around it!”—Philip Jenkins, Baylor University

 

9780199843114Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction by Kathryn  Gin Lum (Oxford University Press. 9780199843114. Hardback. $29.95)

“In this brilliant reassessment, Kathryn Gin Lum shows that the idea of hell, far from withering away under the weight of Enlightenment rationalism, was a fixture of the antebellum religious marketplace-a doctrine calculated to win converts both through attraction and aversion. Americans took the notion of eternal hell torments with deadly seriousness, and Gin Lum reveals just how central the doctrine was. An essential and compelling account.”—Peter J. Thuesen, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

 

9780199394906 The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson (Oxford University Press. 9780199394906. Hardback. $29.95)

 

 

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Politics and Piety: Baptist Social Reform in America, 1770-1860 by Aaron  Menikoff (Wipf & Stock. 9781625641892. Paperback. $27.00)

“Carefully researched and well argued, this book offers a fresh analysis of the dynamic between social reform and personal piety among Baptists in antebellum America. In telling this story, Aaron Menikoff destroys several sacred cows, including the one that equates the Baptist commitment to the separation of church and state with apathy and disregard for the environing culture. A historical study with contemporary relevance.”—Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 28, 2014

9781433541186 The Devotional Poetry of Donne, Herbert, and Milton by Leland Ryken (Christian Guides to the Classics Series. Crossway. 9781433541186. Paperback. $5.99)

“It is hard to imagine a better guide than Leland Ryken to help readers navigate the classics. In an age in desperate need of recovering the permanent things, I am thankful that Crossway and Ryken have teamed up to produce excellent guides to help Christians take up and read the books which have shaped the western intellectual tradition.”—Bradley G. Green, Associate Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition, Union University

Watch the Series Introduction Video

 

9781433536724 The Wonder-Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles by Jared C. Wilson (Crossway. 9781433536724. Paperback. $14.99)

Click here to read an interview with the author from Rachel McRae, Book Buyer for LifeWay Christian Stores.

 

 

9780802868060 Kierkegaard’s Concept of Faith by Merold Westphal (Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker Series. Eerdmans. 9780802868060. Paperback. $35.00)