New Additions to New Academic (10-24-16)

pier_disruptivegospel_wSpine.inddA Disruptive Gospel: Stories and Strategies for Transforming Your City by Mac Pier (Baker Books. 9780801019203. Paperback. $14.99)

“Global cities present simultaneously some of the greatest challenges and opportunities for the gospel. I encourage all leaders who care about the advance of the gospel to read this.”—Michael Oh, executive director/CEO, Lausanne Movement

 

9780801008283Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders by Greg Scheer (Baker Books. 9780801008283. Paperback. $19.99

“I usually find introductions to worship and worship leading disappointing because they are either theologically, historically, liturgically, or practically weak. There is always some gap. For the first time, I’ve found something that briefly yet thoroughly covers it all!”—Zac Hicks, Canon for Worship and Liturgy, Cathedral Church of the Advent

 

intendedforevil-sc.inddIntended for Evil: A Survivor’s Story of Love, Faith, and Courage in the Cambodian Killing Fields by Les Sillars (Baker Books. 9780801009099. Paperback. $17.99)

“Single death: tragedy. Million deaths: statistic. Sometimes attributed to Joseph Stalin, sometimes to others, that formula certainly holds true for writing about the Khmer Rouge’s murder of 1.7 million Cambodians. So Les Sillars was wise to tell the story of one man, Radha Manickam, and his journey through Communist hell during the 1970s. It’s also a tale of coming to Christ and surviving through God’s grace. If you want to understand that era, Intended for Evil is a great book to read.”—Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World

 

devoted7a-810x1280-203x320Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson (Banner of Truth. 9781848716902. Paperback. $18.00)

Devoted to God stresses the foundational importance of fundamental issues such as union with Christ, the rhythms of spiritual growth, the reality of spiritual conflict, and the role of God’s law. Here is a fresh approach to an always relevant subject, and a working manual to which the Christian can turn again and again for biblical instruction and spiritual direction.

 

ryle-auto-bio-210x317Bishop J. C. Ryle’s Autobiography: The Early Years edited by Andrew Atherstone (Banner of Truth. 9781848716865. Hardback. $30.00)

Edited by Andrew Atherstone, this critical edition of Ryle’s manuscript autobiography, dictated in 1873, is a rich and unparalleled account of the early decades of his life and ministry. Written for his children and never intended for publication, Bishop J.C. Ryle’s autobiography is essential reading for a proper appreciation of the man behind the headlines in the years before he reached national and international fame.

Bishop J. C. Ryle’s Autobiography also includes many photographs from the Ryle family albums, never before published. Seven substantial appendices examine the Ryle Family Bible, Ryle’s schoolboy speeches, his conversion, his earliest evangelical tracts, and his final will and testament.

 

9781587433917Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground by Richard J. Mouw (Brazos Press. 9781587433917. Hardback. $24.99)

“Richard Mouw and I were walking together to a dinner meeting in Washington, DC, one evening when we realized we were lost. It took us an hour to get where we were going, and I consider that God’s providence. I learned more in that hour’s walk than I had in a long time, and I’m still quoting what I learned from Dr. Mouw that night. This book is much like that walk. You, the reader, will find here deep insight into important topics, told with a gleam in the eye, all at a brisk, entertaining pace. You will ponder what you read here often. Even on those few points when I as a reader would argue with Mouw (on Mormonism, for instance), he kept my attention and sharpened me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. Richard Mouw’s life, brilliance, experience, and prose are extraordinary. Read this book. You will be the better for having walked alongside such a humble genius.”—Russell Moore, president, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

 

9780802867698An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans by Michael F. Bird (Eerdmans. 9780802867698. Paperback. $28.00)

An Anomalous Jew presents the figure of Paul in all his complexity with his blend of common and controversial Jewish beliefs and a faith in Christ that brought him into conflict with the socio-religious scene around him. Bird elucidates how the apostle Paul was variously perceived — as a religious deviant by Jews, as a divisive figure by Jewish Christians, as a purveyor of dubious philosophy by Greeks, and as a dangerous troublemaker by the Romans.

New Additions to New Academic (10-17-16)

9780805499315Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel by J. D. Greear and Heath A. Thomas (B&H Books. 9780805499315. Paperback. $14.99)

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. It’s presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect & Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy-reading, practical and friendly commentary.

 

9780801097614Teaching the Next Generations: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching Christian Formation edited by Terry Linhart (Baker Academic. 9780801097614. Paperback. $34.99)

“For decades Christian education has been a staple of ministry. The idea that to grow we must be taught is not new, but as culture has changed the role and methods of teaching have changed. In response to these changes, Terry Linhart has brought together some of the finest thinkers in Christian education to equip Christian teachers to faithfully and effectively fulfill their calling. Teaching the Next Generations will be a valuable resource for teachers for years to come.”—Chap Clark, professor and chair of youth, family and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

 

9781587433771The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church by Peter J. Leithart (Brazos Press. 9781587433771. Hardback. $21.99)

“Leithart’s provocative call for the death of Protestantism is likely to cause discomfort among those eager to hold on to their denominational particularities. But make no mistake: Leithart not only takes on his fellow Protestants; his postdenominational Christianity also chastises the sectarianism of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. The urgent and fearless ecumenical proposal of The End of Protestantism holds out for the end of all tribal badges within the visible unity of a reformed Catholic church.”—Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

 

9781587433931Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity by Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Brazos Press. 9781587433931. Hardback. $21.99)

“Kevin Vanhoozer properly calls for a Protestant ressourcement, encouraging us to rediscover some of the best wisdom from the early Reformers (think solas taken together) even as he challenges us to disentangle ourselves from some of the deeply problematic misunderstandings and outcomes that later arose in Protestant circles. He accomplishes what he sets out to do: look back creatively in order to move forward faithfully. If you are a Protestant and you love Scripture and the church, please read this book!”—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theology, Covenant College

 

9781433552311Unlimited Grace: The Heart Chemistry That Frees from Sin and Fuels the Christian Life by Bryan Chapell (Crossway. 9781433552311. Paperback. $14.99)

“Few books on the subject of God’s grace are as balanced, practical, and clear as this one. Bryan Chapell’s pastoral experience permeates these pages with both a realistic appraisal of the human heart and a compassionate, Christ-centered message of hope. This book is packed with insight into the mysteries of why we do what we do and how to live in the light of God’s grace. Thank you, Bryan—I was helped.”
Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

9781433552557Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life by Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy (Crossway. 9781433552557. Hardback. $24.99)

“Leader, this book is a deep, transforming well. Draw from it and drink the water of divine wisdom. Dive in, splash around, drink again, swallow slowly, and savor. Daniel Montgomery and Jared Kennedy don’t offer you their collected leadership wisdom—they offer you your Lord. He is the water that not only quenches a leader’s thirst but also quiets his heart and transforms the way he leads. I wish I had had this book forty years ago!”—Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries

 

9781433546877Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. (Crossway. 9781433546877. Paperback. $14.99)

“There is no one alive I would rather read than Ray Ortlund. This book will show you why. It shows us how marriage is a metaphor for the gospel itself, the one-flesh union of Christ to his church. This book will help you see the gospel and marriage both in a clearer light—in the light of an unveiled mystery.”—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

 

9780802873668Preaching Christ from Psalms: Foundations for Expository Sermons in the Christian Year by Sidney Greidanus (Eerdmans. 9780802873668. Paperback. $40.00)

In this final volume of his series on preaching Christ from the Old Testament, Sidney Greidanus offers expert guidance for busy pastors on preaching Christ from Psalms.

Beginning with a general introduction on how pastors can interpret and preach from the biblical psalms — and why they should — Greidanus proceeds by discussing twenty-two psalms in the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A, supplying the building blocks necessary to preach from Psalms at Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and other major days and seasons of the church year. In addition to laying out basic homiletical-theological approaches suitable for each selected psalm, these chapters also provide verse-by-verse exposition, bridges to Christ in the New Testament, and ideas for placing the psalmist’s words into contemporary context.

 

9781567697100_LEG05_frontcoverThe Legacy of Luther edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols (Ligonier – Reformation Trust. 9781567697100. Hardback. $19.00)

Meet Martin Luther. He was the most influential man of his day. The movement that began with his posting of the Ninety-Five Theses reshaped Europe, redirected Christian history, and recovered the truth of God’s Word. Five hundred years later, what is Luther’s legacy? In this volume, R.C. Sproul, Stephen J. Nichols, and thirteen other scholars and pastors examine his life, teaching, and enduring influence. Meet Martin Luther, the mercurial Reformer who, out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, set the world ablaze.

 

9781629952048John Bunyan and the Grace of Fearing God by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley (P&R Publishing. 9781629952048. Paperback. $14.99)

He was the author of the best-selling Christian book of all time. His Bible-saturated works have inspired generations of believers all over the world. And yet, as influential as it is, John Bunyan’s theology contains a unifying thread that is sorely neglected in the modern church: the vital importance of the fear of God.

Fearing God is seen by many as psychologically harmful—at odds with belief in a God of love. But Bunyan knew personally that the only freedom from a guilty fear of God’s wrath is a joyful, childlike fear of his holiness. Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley guide us through Bunyan’s life before exploring his writings to illuminate the true grace of fearing God.

 

9781498285155Anyone Can Be Saved: A Defense of “Traditional” Southern Baptist Soteriology edited by David L. Allen, Eric Hankins and Adam Harwood (Wipf & Stock. 9781498285155. Paperback. $24.00)

“American Evangelicals have long required a presentation of personal salvation regulated neither by dogmatic Calvinism nor its venerable combatant Arminianism. However, this requisite system must also be permanently grounded in Scripture while manifesting roots in Christian history, philosophy, and experience. Anyone Can Be Saved dares and succeeds in explicating a traditional Baptist soteriology that offers all Evangelicals just such a thoughtful, worshipful, and fruitful way forward. Highly recommended!”—Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Recently arrived on New Academic (10-10-16)

9780310525196The Worship Pastor: A Call To Ministry For Worship Leaders And Teams by Zac M. Hicks (Zondervan. 9780310525196. Paperback. $17.99)

The Worship Pastor is a practical and biblical introduction to this essential pastoral role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories it is organized to address questions of theory and practice, striving to balance conversational accessibility with informed instruction.

Part One presents a series of evocative “vignettes”–intriguing and descriptive titles and metaphors of who a Worship Pastor is and what he or she does. It shows the Worship Pastor as Church-Lover, Disciple Maker, Corporate Mystic, and Doxological Philosopher.

Part Two covers specific roles related to ministry within the worship service itself–the Worship Pastor as Theological Dietician, Caregiver, Mortician, Emotional Shepherd, War General, Prophetic Guardian, Missional Historian, and Liturgical Architect.

Part Three looks at ministry beyond the worship service–the Worship Pastor as Visionary Teacher, Evangelist, Artist Chaplain, and Team Leader.

 

9780310344995Saving The Saved: How Jesus Saves Us From Try-Harder Christianity Into Performance-Free Love by Bryan Loritts (Zondervan. 9780310344995. Paperback. $15.99)

In Saving the Saved, Pastor Bryan Loritts reveals the astonishing truth that God doesn’t want your spiritual scorekeeping. He simply wants your surrender. The punchline of the gospel of Matthew is just that—a message of grace and performance-free love to do-good, try-harder Jews who thought they had to earn their way into God’s favor. It’s an ancient message, yet it can be a lifeline to us today as we live in a world of performance metrics. Just as Matthew wrote to the Jews in his gospel, we were never meant to flounder under the pressures and anxieties of show Christianity. Make no mistake: we are called to live in obedience, but Jesus wants us to save us from the illusion that our actions can ever earn God’s acceptance of us.

 

y648The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion by N. T. Wright (HarperOne. 9780062334381. Hardback. $28.99)

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Recent additions to New Academic (10-03-16)

9781589974807Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God by Rankin Wilbourne (David C. Cook. 9781434709387. Hardback. $19.99)

“This is simply the best book for laypeople on this subject. It is grounded in exegesis and theology and yet is lucid and supremely practical. Rankin’s whole concern is to make the biblical teaching accessible and applicable to the reader. He does this with excellence.”—Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

 

9781451488883Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career, Second Edition by James M. Kittelson and Hans H. Wiersma (Fortress Press. 9781451488883. Paperback. $27.00)

For nearly thirty years, James M. Kittelson’s Luther the Reformer has been considered by many to be the standard biography of Martin Luther. Like Roland Bainton’s biography of the generation before, Kittelson’s volume is the one known by thousands of students, pastors, and interested readers as the biography that gave them the details of this dramatic man and his history.

For this revised edition, Hans H. Wiersma has made an outstanding text even better. The research is updated, and the text is revised throughout, with images, bibliographies, and timelines to enhance the experience.

 

9781784981952Transgender by Vaughan Roberts (Talking Points Series. The Good Book Company. 9781784981952. Paperback. $4.99)

“In this brief book on a complex subject Vaughan Roberts combines the traditional Christian understanding of gender and the body, with a very careful, loving, understanding stance toward transgender people. The two almost never go together, and that’s why this book is so good!”—Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

 

The Dynamic Heart_frontcoverFINALThe Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience by Jeremy Pierre (New Growth Press. 9781942572671. Paperback. $19.99)

“Scripture commands us to pay careful attention not only to our actions but also to our hearts. Yet, as many Christians know, the fight against indwelling sin can be one of the most challenging and exhausting aspects of the Christian life. In this book, Jeremy Pierre shows us how to deal with our hearts according to the truths of the Gospel. This book, firmly committed to the sufficiency and authority of Scripture, is a needed resource for the church.”—R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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.