Last week’s arrivals on New Academic

Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King by Matthew W. Bates (Baker Academic. 9780801097973. Paperback. $24.99)

“Matthew Bates argues that faith or believing is not mere assent, not easy believism, but covenantal loyalty to the God who saves his people through the Lord Jesus Christ. Bates forces us to rethink the meaning of faith, the gospel, and works with a view to demonstrating their significance for true Christian discipleship. This will be a controversial book, but perhaps it is the controversy we need!”~Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia


Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church by Hans Boersma (Baker Academic. 9780801017032. Hardback. $39.99)

“Biblical exegesis has to be approached amid metaphysical and spiritual commitments attuned to the gospel or else unexamined assumptions will invariably cause even our most disciplined efforts at biblical interpretation to unravel. Hans Boersma helps us think carefully about how we read the Bible by reintroducing us to patristic exegesis. Alerting us to the exegetical practice of Origen, Gregory, and many others, he reminds us that ‘they saw the Scriptures as a sacrament and read them accordingly.’ For sensitive readings of varied early church fathers and a host of their reading approaches, all rooted in common commitments to the relations of God and the world and of theology and spirituality, take up and read Boersma’s book.”~Michael Allen, associate professor of systematic and historical theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando


Gospel DNA: 21 Ministry Values for Growing Churches by Richard Coekin (The Good Book Company. 9781784980894. Paperback. $14.99)

“I cannot imagine that any church serious about Jesus, his gospel, and his Word could not make excellent use of this short book that engagingly articulates old “ministry values” in fresh and memorable ways. Don’t be satisfied with one copy; buy a box of them and distribute them widely.”~Don Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


90 Days in Genesis, Exodus, Psalms & Galatians: Explore by the Book with Calvin, Luther, Bullinger & Cranmer edited by Lee Gatiss (The Good Book Company. 9781784980863. Hardback. $19.99)

“In an age when modern devotionals have been published at an exponential rate, untold riches still lie untapped in the commentary, sermons, and devotional writing of our great forbears. This work makes some of the most spiritually penetrating material of the past accessible to readers today. Don’t miss this!”~Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City


Philippians For You: Shine with Joy as You Live by Faith by Steven J Lawson (The Good Book Company. 9781784981150. Hardback. $22.99)

The book of Philippians is about how to live with great joy and firm faith even when circumstances are hard. Written by Paul from his prison cell, it calls us to rejoice together as we shine gospel hope in a generation that does not know Christ. Steven Lawson brings his trademark faithfulness, precision and passion to this wonderful letter. This series takes you verse by verse through a book of the Bible in an accessible and applied way. It is less academic than a traditional commentary, making it a great resource for personal devotion, as well as useful for leading small group studies and sermon preparation.

Arrived on New Academic Last Week

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.

Recent Additions to New Academic (2-13-17)

Reformation 500: How the Greatest Revival Since Pentecost Continues to Shape the World Today edited by Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett (B&H Academic. 9781433684982. Paperback. $29.99)

Reformation 500 provides wise guidance for all who desire to explore the meaning, importance, and implications of this influential movement for serious Christian thinking as well as for faithful Christian living in our day. It is a joyful privilege to recommend this fine volume.” —David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University


Exalting Jesus in Hebrews by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (B&H Books. 9780805496475. Paperback. $14.99. SALE – $10.49)

Arriving in stores this week!

Exalting Jesus in Hebrews is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition presented as sermons and 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.


101 Tips for Evangelism: Practical Ways to Enhance Your Witness by R. Larry 9781619708846 (Hendrickson. 9781619708846. Paperback. $14.95)

101 Tips for Evangelism is for every believer who has ever wondered how best to share the good news. Whether you need tips on how to get started, a guide to the gifts and talents that evangelism puts into practice, or even a reminder of the basic message and goal of evangelism, this book will be your guide. Even the most timid Christian will find encouragement to be a pure-hearted and well-prepared messenger for Christ. Built on a strong biblical foundation and brimming with hard-won wisdom, 101 Tips for Evangelism is a powerful companion to those desiring to speak the truth in love.


Is Justice Possible?: The Elusive Pursuit of What is Right by J. Paul Nyquist (Moody Publishers. 9780802414946. Paperback. $14.99)

“Paul Nyquist brings a biblical focus and discerning look at why justice matters and how we might work toward it.”—Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, Wheaton College
“… [Explains] why justice often eludes us in this life, but also how we must work to achieve it as best we can.”—Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago


The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements (Moody Publishers. 9780802414977. Paperback. $13.99)

“Hospitality gets a bad rap. It conjures up images of dinner parties and doilies. Dustin and Brandon blow that caricature up and replace it with a biblical picture of hospitality, one that will fire up your imagination and inspire you to act.”—J.D. Greear, pastor & best-selling author


Meet Martin Luther: A Sketch of the Reformer’s Life by Anthony Selvaggio (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601785220. Paperback. $8.00)

“There is no better time to get to know Martin Luther—or to get to know him again—than the five-hundredth anniversary of the year he changed the world. As an introduction to his life, thought, and contributions, this work strikes just the right chord. Enjoy getting to know and coming to admire one of the towering figures of history!”—Tim Challies

Recent additions to New Academic

The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon Volume I: A Critical Edition of His Earliest Outlines and Sermons between 1851 and 1854 edited by Christian George (B&H Academic. 9781433686818. Hardback. $59.99. SALE – $29.99)

In 1857, Charles Spurgeon—the most popular preacher in the Victorian world—promised his readers that he would publish his earliest sermons. For almost 160 years, these sermons have been lost to history. B&H Academic has started releasing a multi-volume set that includes full-color facsimiles, transcriptions, contextual and biographical introductions, and editorial annotations. Written for scholars, pastors, and students alike, The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon will add approximately 10% more material to Spurgeon’s body of literature and will constitute the first critical edition of any of Spurgeon’s works.


Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha (Baker Books. 9780801019104. Hardback. $19.99)

“Strip away the veneer of the differences between the Luthers’ marriage and the typical modern marriage of today, and what shines forth is a picture of what God has always intended marriage to be: an obedience to him and to each other that glorifies him and is a picture of Christ’s relationship to the church.”—From the foreword by Karen Swallow Prior, professor of English, Liberty University


Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win by John M. Perkins (Baker Books. 9780801007781. Hardback. $19.99)

A trailblazer in the civil rights movement, John M. Perkins led voter registration efforts in 1964, worked for school desegregation in 1967, and was jailed and tortured in 1970. He is no less zealous today as he sees a new generation of freedom fighters battling the same issues and the same systems he has spent his life working to correct.

Through his raw, personal stories spanning from the civil rights era to today, Perkins shows us that, though the fight is not over, there are many reasons to hope and to carry on the good work he and his contemporaries began more than a generation ago. He calls us to work for justice by living out God’s redemptive love in all of our relationships.

“There aren’t many people–other than Jesus and my wife–who I can say changed my life. John Perkins is one of them.”—from foreword by Randy Alcorn


Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth edited by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue (Crossway. 9781433545917. Hardback. $60.00)

“This new resource is a rich and compelling presentation of Christianity’s theological foundations, providing readers with an accessible but compelling systematization of biblical truth. As the last vestiges of Christian influence erode in the West, rich theological resources like Biblical Doctrine will edify and strengthen the church as it faces stiff opposition from the world.”—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Basic Introduction to the New Testament by John Stott (Eerdmans. 9780802874696. Paperback. $16.00)

This trim new issue presents the text of the book’s 1994 edition, which bears the vintage Stott hallmarks—comprehensive knowledge of his subject, acute intellectual rigor, and powerful analysis—and was updated and expanded by Stephen Motyer at John Stott’s invitation.

“This is a marvelously concise, spiritually minded introduction that I highly commend.”—Mark Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

“If I were returning to pastoral ministry in a local church, I would ensure that there were always copies available of John Stott’s Basic Introduction to the New Testament. And every time I started a series of expositions of any New Testament book, Stott’s Basic Introduction would be mentioned from the pulpit. Christians looking for introductory help in understanding the Bible simply cannot do better than to turn to this classic.”—D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


The Reformation Then and Now: 25 Years of Modern Reformation Articles Celebrating 500 Years of the Reformation edited by Eric Landry and Michael S. Horton (Hendrickson. 9781619708907. Hardback. $29.95)

“As the world notes the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, this book is a real boon for those who value the Reformation heritage of modern Protestantism. Of course, not all who believe Martin Luther, John Calvin, and company carried out a much-needed service to the church will agree with everything that has appeared in Modern Reformation on relevant subjects. But all who read these articles carefully will be rewarded with deeper historical insight and sharper theological insight.”—Mark Noll


Christianity: The Biography: 2000 Years Of Global History by Ian J. Shaw (Zondervan. 9780310536284. Hardback. $24.99)

Christianity: The Biography” covers fascinating figures, movements and trends across two millennia without every getting bogged down or side-tracked. It is not only clear and accessible, but also inspiring and wise.”—Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College

New Additions to New Academic (1-30-17)

Work and Our Labor in the Lord by James M. Hamilton Jr. (Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series. Crossway. 9781433549953. Paperback. $14.99)

“There is no shortage of quality books on the connection between faith and work. But James Hamilton’s Work and Our Labor in the Lord is in a class all its own: a thorough, yet concise, examination of the place of work in biblical theology. This is a must-read for all Christians.”—Joe Carter, Editor, The Gospel Coalition


Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit: Growing in Christlikeness by Christopher J. H. Wright (IVP Books. 9780830844982. Paperback. $16.00)

On the one hand, some very legalistic Christians stress the importance of keeping all the rules—that you must do this and never do that if you want to prove you are really a Christian. On the other hand, there are those who reject the whole idea of rules or traditions in the church and see the point of the Christian faith as setting us free from the institutionalized religious burden.

But Paul addresses these two competing views by showing us a far better way—a truly Christian way to live our lives. It is the way of the Spirit of God given to us through Christ: “Walk by the Spirit . . . led by the Spirit . . . live by the Spirit . . . keep in step with the Spirit.” That is the heart and soul of Christian living. It is the center and secret of what it means to be a person who belongs to Christ.

Pastor and scholar Christopher Wright invites us to live a life in step with the Spirit by cultivating the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


Unfolded: The Story of God  (Leader Kit) by Eric Geiger (LifeWay. 9781430055068. DVD. $99.99)


Echoes of the Reformation: Five Truths That Shape the Christian Life (Leader Kit) by Kevin DeYoung, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., and Trevin Wax. Includes Bible Study by Brandon D. Smith (LifeWay. 9781430055334. DVD. $59.99)