Arrived on New Academic the Week of September 8, 2014

9780801049583 Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with  New Translations by Bryan M. Litfin (Baker Academic. 9780801049583. Paperback. $19.99)

This introductory text brings together key early Christian martyrdom stories in a single volume, offering new, easy-to-read translations and expert commentary. An introduction and explanatory notes accompany each translation. The book not only provides a vivid window into the world of early Christianity but also offers spiritual encouragement and inspiration for Christian life today.


9780801031526 Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective by Andrew B. McGowan (Baker Academic. 9780801031526. Hardback. $34.99)

Andrew McGowan, a leading scholar of early Christian liturgy, takes a fresh approach to understanding how Christians came to worship in the distinctive forms still familiar today. Deftly and expertly processing the bewildering complexity of the ancient sources into lucid, fluent exposition, he sets aside common misperceptions to explore the roots of Christian ritual practices–including the Eucharist, baptism, communal prayer, preaching, Scripture reading, and music–in their earliest recoverable settings.


9781433544989 The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C. S. Lewis edited by John Piper and David Mathis (Crossway. 9781433544989. Paperback. $17.99)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Half a Century since C. S. Lewis (David Mathis)

  1. C. S. Lewis, Romantic Rationalist: How His Paths to Christ Shaped His Life and Ministry (John Piper)
  2. Inerrancy and the Patron Saint of Evangelicalism: C. S. Lewis on Holy Scripture (Philip Ryken)
  3. Undragoned: C. S. Lewis on the Gift of Salvation (Douglas Wilson)
  4. In Bright Shadow: C. S. Lewis on the Imagination for Theology and Discipleship (Kevin Vanhoozer)
  5. C. S. Lewis on Heaven and the New Earth: God’s Eternal Remedy to the Problem of Evil and Suffering (Randy Alcorn)
  6. What God Made Is Good—and Must Be Sanctified: C. S. Lewis and St. Paul on the Use of Creation (John Piper)
  7. Appendix 1: C. S. Lewis and the Doctrine of Hell (Randy Alcorn)
    Appendix 2: A Conversation with the Contributors


9781433527814 Heaven edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson (Theology in Community Series. Crossway. 9781433527814. Paperback. $18.99)

Table of Contents

Series Preface / Acknowledgements / Contributors

  1. Learning about Heaven (Robert A. Peterson)
  2. Heaven in the Old Testament (Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.)
  3. Heaven in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts (Jonathan T. Pennington)
  4. Heaven in Paul’s Letters (Stephen J. Wellum)
  5. Heaven in the General Epistles (Jon Laansma)
  6. Heaven in John’s Gospel and Revelation (Andreas J. Köstenberger)
  7. Pictures of Heaven (Robert A. Peterson)
  8. The History of Heaven (Gerald Bray)
  9. Angels and Heaven (Stephen F. Noll)
  10. Heaven for Persecuted Saints (Ajith Fernando)
  11. The Hope of Heaven (David B. Calhoun)


9780802871305 Between the Beginning and the End: A Radical Kingdom Vision by J. H. Bavinck (Eerdmans. 9780802871305. Paperback. $20.00)

This is the first English translation of the Dutch work published in 1946.

"J. H. Bavinck was not only one of the premier missiologists of the twentieth century; he was also, as this elegant set of meditations demonstrates, a gifted expositor of Scripture. . . . I don’t know of another single book that provides such a reliable and inspiring guide to the panorama of biblical salvation history and its immediacy for us."—John Bolt

9780830826339 With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology by James M. Hamilton (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. 9780830826339. Paperback. $25.00)

Hamilton argues that the four kingdoms prophesied by Daniel are both historical and symbolic—that the "one like a son of man" seen by Daniel is identified with and distinguished from the Ancient of Days in a way that would be mysterious until Jesus came as both the son of David and God incarnate. He elaborates that the interpretations of Daniel in early Jewish literature attest to strategies similar to those employed by New Testament authors and exposes that those authors provide a Spirit-inspired interpretation of Daniel that was learned from Jesus. He also highlights how the book of Revelation uses Daniel’s language, imitates his structure, points to the fulfillment of his prophecies and clarifies the meaning of his "seventieth week."


4057 Global Evangelicalism: Theology, History & Culture in Regional Perspective edited by Donald M. Lewis and Richard V. Pierard (IVP Academic. 9780830840571. Paperback. $30.00)

Part I: Theoretical Issues
1. Defining Evangelicalism, Mark Noll
2. The Theological Impulse of Evangelical Expansion, Wilbert R. Shenk
3. Globalization, Religion and Evangelicalism. Donald M. Lewis
Part II: Evangelicalism at Ground Level: Regional Case Studies
4: Europe and North America, John Wolffe and Richard V. Pierard
5: Africa, Ogbu Kalu
6. Latin America, C. Ren? Padilla
7. Asia, Scott Sunquist
8. Australasia and the Pacific Islands, Stuart Piggin and Peter Lineham
Part III: Issues in Evangelical Encounters with Culture
9: Evangelicals and Interdenominationalism, David Thompson
10: Evangelicals and Gender: Critiquing Assumptions, Sarah Williams


9780300181623 George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas S. Kidd (Yale University Press. 9780300181623. Hardback. $38.00)

“This superb chronicle of George Whitefield’s life is now our fullest biography for the much-studied and much-debated eighteenth-century evangelist.  It combines unusual empathy with unusual comprehension.”—Mark Noll

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Arrived on New Academic the Week of September 1, 2014

9780300178722 Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy (Yale University Press. 9780300178722. Hardback. $35.00)

In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus’ long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus’ rule the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability. Goldsworthy captures the passion and savagery, the public image and private struggles of the real man whose epic life continues to influence western history.


9780300144888 Revelation: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Craig R. Koester (Yale University Press. 9780300144888. Hardback. $125.00)

In this landmark commentary, Craig R. Koester offers a comprehensive look at a powerful and controversial early Christian text, the book of Revelation. The author provides richly textured descriptions of the book’s setting and language, making extensive use of Greek and Latin inscriptions, classical texts, and ancient Jewish writings, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rather than viewing Revelation as world-negating, Koester focuses on its deep engagement with social, religious, and economic issues while addressing the book’s volatile history of interpretation.


9780310330868 Thinking Through Paul: A Survey Of His Life, Letters, And Theology by Bruce W. Longenecker and Todd D. Still (Zondervan. 9780310330868. Hardback. $44.99)

Seeking to situate their study of the Apostle in proper perspective, Longenecker and Still first look at Paul’s life before and after his encounter with the risen Christ en route to Damascus, then examine each of Paul’s letters individually, and finally synthesize the Pauline writings to highlight the main strands of Paul’s theologizing—all the while keeping in mind the particular context of first-century Christianity.

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)














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).



PICKWICK_Template Pure Worship: The Early English Baptist Distinctive by Matthew Ward (Pickwick Publications. 9781625642134. Paperback. $28.00)

“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?