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9780801026737 2 Corinthians by George H. Guthrie (Baker Exegetical Commentary. Baker Academic. 9780801026737. Hardback. $49.99)

“George Guthrie brings his significant skills to the task of interpreting this complex Pauline letter and proves to be a competent and helpful guide. Guthrie strikes the right balance in choosing how much information to impart without overloading the reader. His judgments on the interpretive issues are always fair and insightful, and I especially appreciate the clarity of his writing. Pastors and teachers will find this a very useful volume in preparing messages on 2 Corinthians.”—Clinton E. Arnold

 

9780801016929 Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-Day Saints (Revised) by Bill McKeever (Baker Books. 9780801016929. Paperback. $19.99)

“An immensely helpful book. Bill and Eric have done an enormous amount of research, and they make key beliefs accessible and understandable.”—Sean McDowell

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9781433528422 One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life edited by Bruce A. Ware and John Starke (Crossway. 9781433528422. Paperback. $21.99)

“It is interesting to see how theology gets mixed up with ethics and politics. Recently, a number of writers have appealed to the Trinity to argue that just as Father, Son, and Spirit are equally worthy of worship, so man and woman should play interchangeable roles in marriage, the church, and society. Others argue that although the persons of the Trinity are equal, they are not interchangeable. It is not accidental, for example, that the Son, not the Father, came to the earth to die for our sins. And so it is inappropriate to appeal to the Trinity as a model for political and social egalitarianism. One God in Three Persons contains excellent scholarly essays defending this latter view. I find it thoroughly persuasive and I hope it plays a major role in both theological and social discussions.”—John M. Frame

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9780802837356 The Gospel According to Luke by James R. Edwards (Pillar New Testament Commentary. Eerdmans. 9780802837356. Hardback. $65.00)

“Edwards deftly leads readers through the historical context, narrative dynamics, and main themes of Luke’s story of Jesus with clear and insightful commentary. This is a useful book for preachers, teachers, and students hoping to delve deeper into the Gospel of Luke.”—Michael F. Bird

 

9780830824625 A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion by Gary M. Burge (IVP Academic. 9780830824625. Paperback. $16.00)

“Biblical scholars are not typically known for writing historical novels, much less gripping page-turners. Gary Burge, however, has accomplished both of these feats. Fully true to the historical-cultural setting of the early first-century Roman Empire, this story not only makes the New Testament world come alive but it creates one very plausible scenario of the career and family of the Capernaum centurion of Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. The characters become so real that I was even tearing up at the end of Burge’s story!”—Craig L. Blomberg

 

9781469621012 Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism by Timothy Gloege (University of North Carolina Press. 9781469621012. Hardback. $34.95)

“A smart, innovative, and engaging book that will transform what we think we know about American Christian fundamentalism. Not only will this book be important to historians of religion–whether they are interested in evangelicalism, liberal Protestantism, or alternative faiths–but it will also be necessary reading for those working on the evolution of modern business and the growth of consumer capitalism. Beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and carefully argued, Guaranteed Pure offers a powerful new interpretation of the origins of American fundamentalism as well as a compelling explanation for the long-term significance of evangelicals’ close ties to the free market.”—Matthew Avery Sutton

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9780830834174 Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil by Colin Duriez (IVP Books. 9780830834174. Paperback. $17.00)

“Nobody knows more about the respective canons of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien or their collaborative friendship than Colin Duriez, and he puts his erudition to work in this new volume that explores and elucidates the shadow of evil in their respective literary works. Those looking for contemporary insights into the source and problem of evil need look no further than Bedeviled.”—Bruce L. Edwards

 

9781909919396 Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice (The Good Book Company. 9781909919396. Paperback. $12.99)

“This book, more than others in this genre, … prepares believers to be faithful followers of Jesus, in the long train of prophets who faced ridicule long before we did (Matthew 5 v 10-12). This book thus stands as one of the encouraging markers of our day, a book that doesn’t minimise the challenges, but directs us to Christ and his gospel to teach us to be overcomers.”—D.A. Carson

 

9780310342311 The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters by Charles Colson (Zondervan. 9780310342311. Paperback. $15.99)

“This book helps equip us to believe more strongly, to love more deeply, to serve more obediently, and to rejoice more exuberantly. Read it for yourself, and then buy two more copies: one for a believer you’re discipling and one for a skeptic you’re evangelizing.”—Russell D. Moore

Arrived on New Academic the Week of March 16, 2015

9780801048722 Leisure and Spirituality: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives by Paul Heintzman (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801048722. $24.99)

“For the past quarter of a century, Paul Heintzman has been a leader in the field of Christian leisure theory. Leisure and Spirituality is the fruit of Heintzman’s long career. And the most notable feature of the book is its thoroughness: all of the important topics are covered and the survey of scholarship is breathtaking. The book is a triumph of scholarship and a helpful guide to thinking Christianly about leisure.”—Leland Ryken

 

9780802872043 Knowledge and Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872043. $16.00)

In his widely praised Warranted Christian Belief (Oxford, 2000) Alvin Plantinga discussed in great depth the question of the rationality, or sensibility, of Christian belief. In this book Plantinga presents the same ideas in a briefer, much more accessible fashion.

Recognized worldwide as a leading Christian philosopher, Plantinga probes what exactly is meant by the claim that religious — and specifically Christian — belief is irrational and cannot sensibly be held. He argues that the criticisms of such well-known atheists as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens are completely wrong. Finally, Plantinga addresses several potential “defeaters” to Christian belief — pluralism, science, evil and suffering — and shows how they fail to successfully defeat rational Christian belief.

 

9780802872494 The God We Worship: An Exploration of Liturgical Theology by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872494. $20.00)

“In his usual graceful way Wolterstorff leads the reader to see what is implicit in Christian liturgy, and to find there a God who listens and hears, who is vulnerable to being wronged and resisted. . . . A major contribution to liturgical theology.”—William Dyrness

 

9780830836864 Pray for the World: A New Prayer Resource from Operation World by Jason Mandryk (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830836864. $15.00)

For decades, Operation World has been the world’s leading resource for people who want to impact the nations for Christ through prayer. Its twofold purpose has been to inform for prayer and to mobilize for mission. Now the research team of Operation World offers this abridged version of the 7th edition called Pray for the World as an accessible resource to facilitate prayer for the nations.

 

9781469622743 Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism by Michael Joseph McVicar (University of North Carolina Press. Paperback. 9781469622743. $34.95)

“McVicar . . . has produced a landmark work describing the rise and eventual fall of Reconstructionist thought. This fine work is highly recommended.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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9781433541872 The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology by John Clark (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433541872. $21.99)

“This tightly argued and comprehensive theology centered in the incarnation makes a fitting textbook for introductory theology courses. Clark and Johnson’s incisive claims reflect the decisive importance of Jesus’s incarnation for the Christian faith and life. The student not only will come away with a better grasp of the incarnation’s significance, but also will be grasped more profoundly in holistic worship by the incarnate Lord through this compelling read.”—Paul Metzger

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9781433548659 The Scripture Cannot Be Broken: Twentieth Century Writings on the Doctrine of Inerrancy edited by John MacArthur (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433548659. $25.00)

Under the editorial oversight of pastor John MacArthur, this anthology of essays in defense of inerrancy features contributions from a host of respected twentieth century evangelical leaders. The Scripture Cannot Be Broken stands as a clarion call to all who love the Bible and want to see Christ’s church thrive in our increasingly secular world. It is a call to stand alongside our spiritual forefathers with wisdom, clarity, and courage—resolute in our confidence that Scripture is the very Word of God.

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9780830840656 Saying Is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Development by Amanda Hontz Drury (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840656. $22.00)

“Drury quickly nuances and moves beyond the commonly cited research on teenagers’ religious inarticulacy; a natural storyteller, she makes theologically rich analysis easy to digest, and serves it alongside generous portions of practical wisdom for helping young people learn to speak their convictions. Saying Is Believing is less about problems than solutions, which makes it a must-have resource for anyone who takes young people’s faith seriously."—Kenda Creasy Dean

9780830842872 James (Revised) by Douglas J. Moo (Tyndale OT Commentary Series. IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830842872. $18.00)

"The Bible is being translated, commented on, read, studied, preached and analyzed as never before. But it is questionable whether it is being obeyed to a comparable degree," says Moo in the preface. "All this suggests that the message of James is one that we all need to hear—and obey."

 

9780830824618 The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate by John H. Walton (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824618. $17.00)

"Can an interpretation of Genesis 2–3 be true to the biblical text and be supported by the most legitimate claims of science? Can one exegete the accounts of the creation and fall of Adam and Eve in light of all of the partial parallels in other ancient Near Eastern creation literature and still believe in the inerrancy of Scripture? John Walton shows that the answer to both questions is a resounding ‘yes.’ Whether or not one agrees with every detail of Walton’s interpretation, one has to admire the brilliance, clarity and sensibility of his approach. This is a must-read for anyone who thinks one has to choose between faith and science."—Craig L. Blomberg

Preaching Magazine’s "The Year’s Best Books for Preachers" by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel I. Block (Baker Academic. 9780801026980. $34.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices edited by Terry C. Muck, Harold A. Netland and Gerald R. McDermott (Baker Academic. 9780801037764. $44.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology by Gerald Bray (Crossway Books. 9781433526947. $55.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway Books. 9781433542404. $17.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden (IVP Academic. 9780830840359. $40.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Preaching Magazine's Top 10 2015 Pt 1

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G. K. Beale (IVP Books. 9780830844142. $17.00). Click here to see an interview with the author.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780525954149. $26.95). Click here to see an interview with the author.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster. 9781476708690. $35.00). Click here to see an interview with the author.

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas S. Kidd (Yale University Press. 9780300181623. $38.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology by Jeremy R. Treat (Zondervan. 9780310516743. $26.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book. 

Preaching Magazine's Top 10 2015 Pt 2