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Reading Paul with the Reformers by Stephen J. Chester (Eerdmans. 9780802848369. Hardcover. $60.00)

In debates surrounding the New Perspective on Paul, the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers are often characterized as the apostle’s misinterpreters in chief. In this book Stephen Chester challenges that conception with a careful and nuanced reading of the Reformers’ Pauline exegesis.

Examining the overall contours of early Reformation exegesis of Paul, Chester contrasts the Reformers with their Roman opponents and explores particular contributions made by such key figures as Luther, Melanchthon, and Calvin. He relates their insights to contemporary debates in Pauline theology about justification, union with Christ, and other central themes, arguing that their work remains a significant resource today.

Being published in the five-hundredth anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation, Reading Paul with the Reformers reclaims a robust, contemporary understanding of how the Reformers really read Paul.


A History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 3 edited by Alan J. Hauser and Duane F. Watson (Eerdmans. 9780802842756. Hardcover. $60.00).

A History of Biblical Interpretation provides detailed and extensive studies of the interpretation of the Scriptures by Jewish and Christian writers throughout the ages. Written by internationally renowned scholars, this multi-volume work comprehensively treats the many different methods of interpretation, the important interpreters from various eras, and the key issues that have surfaced repeatedly over the long course of biblical interpretation.

This third installment examines the period after the Reformation until the dawn of the twentieth century. Its essays cover broad intellectual and historical movements such as historical criticism, textual criticism, and the quest for the historical Jesus. Other contributions focus on particular individuals, including Baruch Spinoza, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and F. C. Baur. Each chapter also includes a helpful bibliography for additional study.


Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed by Douglas Axe (Harper Collins. 9780062349590. Hardcover. $18.19)

Named A Best Book of the Year by World Magazine

Throughout his distinguished and unconventional career, engineer-turned-molecular-biologist Douglas Axe has been asking the questions that much of the scientific community would rather silence. Now, he presents his conclusions in this brave and pioneering book. Axe argues that the key to understanding our origin is the “design intuition”—the innate belief held by all humans that tasks we would need knowledge to accomplish can only be accomplished by someone who has that knowledge. For the ingenious task of inventing life, this knower can only be God.

Starting with the hallowed halls of academic science, Axe dismantles the widespread belief that Darwin’s theory of evolution is indisputably true, showing instead that a gaping hole has been at its center from the beginning. He then explains in plain English the science that proves our design intuition scientifically valid. Lastly, he uses everyday experience to empower ordinary people to defend their design intuition, giving them the confidence and courage to explain why it has to be true and the vision to imagine what biology will become when people stand up for this truth.

Armed with that confidence, readers will affirm what once seemed obvious to all of us—that living creatures, from single-celled cyanobacteria to orca whales and human beings, are brilliantly conceived, utterly beyond the reach of accident. Our intuition was right all along.


Health, Wealth and Happiness by David W. Jones and Russell S. Woodbridge (Kregel. 9780825445071. Paperback. $5.99).

Be faithful in your giving and God will reward you financially. It’s not always stated that blatantly but the promises of the Prosperity Gospel–or the name-it-and-claim-it gospel, the health-and-wealth gospel, the word of faith movement, or positive confession theology–are false. Yet its message permeates the preaching of well-known Christian leaders: Joyce Meyer, T. D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, and many more.

The appeal of this teaching crosses racial, gender, denominational, and international boundaries. Why are otherwise faithful Christians so easily led astray? Because the Prosperity Gospel contains a grain of biblical truth, greatly distorted.

For anyone who knows that Prosperity Gospel theology is wrong but has trouble articulating and refuting the finer points, this concise edition contains all the robust arguments of the hard-hitting original edition in a shorter, more accessible form.


The Unreformed Martin Luther: A Serious and Not So Serious Look at the Man Behind the Myths by Andrea Melissa (Kregel. 9780825444562. Paperback. $16.99).

Will the real Martin Luther please stand up?

After five hundred years of examining the life of the “father of the Reformation,” we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true?

Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door?

Did he throw an inkpot at the devil?

Did he plant an apple tree?

Did his wife escape her convent in a herring barrel?

German radio and television journalist Andreas Malessa looks at the actual history of Luther and concludes that many of the tales we know best are nothing but nonsense.

Diving gleefully into the research, Malessa investigates many of the falsehoods and fallacies surrounding the reformer, rejecting them in favor of equally incredible facts. Full of humor and irony, this book educates and entertains while demonstrating a profound respect for Luther’s life and mission.

If you’re looking for the truth of the man behind the theses, come discover his faith and influence–with the myths stripped away.


Divorce and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers by Jim Newheiser (P & R Publishing. 9781629953168. Paperback. $13.00).

Drawing on decades of counseling experience, Jim Newheiser explores forty crucial questions relating to the complexities of marriage, divorce, and remarriage—unpacking the answers given in God’s Word. This useful reference work for pastors, counselors, and personal study can also be read straight through for a scriptural overview of the topic or assigned in small sections to counselees.

“I am aware of no resource on marriage that is as comprehensive and yet as accessible as this book.”—Heath Lambert

“Newheiser’s pastoral insight, lucid analysis, and biblical focus make this book a must-read for people with questions about marriage and a valuable resource for a pastor’s bookshelf.”—Tedd Tripp


Pray About Everything by Paul Tautges (Shepherd Press. 9781633421141. Paperback. $12.95).

In this book, a seasoned pastor and counselor answers these questions—and many more—by effectively instructing us with biblical principles, examples, and commands. By doing so, he encourages us to develop a life of prayer. Pastors, elders, and small group leaders will also find this book an indispensable help to cultivating an atmosphere of God-dependency in their local church.

Pray About Everything delivers an urgent call for believers to commit themselves to regular and systematic heartfelt prayer as an essential spiritual discipline for the Christian life.

“…one of my favorite books on prayer…”—Mark Dever, 9Marks Ministries

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Exalting Jesus in Acts by Tony Merida (B&H Publishing. 9781433647093. Paperback. $14.99)

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.


Jesus the Eternal Son by Michael F. Bird (Eerdmans. 9780802875068. Paperback. $18.00).

Adoptionism—the idea that Jesus is portrayed in the Bible as a human figure who was adopted as God’s son at his baptism or resurrection—has been commonly accepted in much recent scholarship as the earliest explanation of Jesus’s divine status. In this book Michael Bird draws that view into question with a thorough examination of pre-Pauline materials, the Gospel of Mark, and patristic sources.

Engaging critically with Bart Ehrman, James Dunn, and other scholars, Bird demonstrates that a full-fledged adoptionist Christology did not emerge until the late second century. As he delves into passages often used to support the idea of an early adoptionist Christology, including Romans 1:3–4 and portions of the speeches in Acts, Bird persuasively argues that early Christology was in fact incarnational, not adoptionist. He concludes by surveying and critiquing notable examples of adoptionism in modern theology.


Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman (Kregel. 9780825444289. Paperback. $17.99)

“Distilled out of twenty years of personal evangelism, this book reflects both a deep grasp of biblical theology and a penetrating compassion for people–and finds a way forward in wise, probing questions. How very much like the Master Himself!”–D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Complete in Him: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Gospel by Michael Barrett (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601785435. Paperback. $15.00)

Nothing is more basic to spiritual life and growth than understanding and enjoying the fundamental truths of the gospel of saving grace that center directly and uniquely in Jesus Christ. This book is a back-to-basics approach to Christian living. For Christians, everything—both their eternal destiny and their earthly journey—depends on what they think of Christ. The Bible defines from different perspectives what it means to be saved so that we can put it all together to see how great salvation we really have. Complete in Him examines essential and inseparable elements of the gospel in order to show that all of salvation relates to and flows from the Savior, Jesus Christ. Christ is everything. Salvation in Christ is complete, and we are complete in Him.


Counsel to Gospel Ministers by John Brown (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601785305. Paperback. $7.50)

“John Brown of Haddington is one of the great evangelical lights that shone in a dark time for Scottish Presbyterianism. The eighteenth century saw the rise of moderatism in the Kirk, but God raised up many great men in those days (Thomas Boston and the Erskines, for instance), and Brown was one of them. Brown, a Seceder, not only faithfully pastored but faithfully prepared pastors for the ministry. It shows in this correspondence. These letters to pastors and those preparing for the pastoral ministry of the church offer a wide range of counsel relating to preaching, life, and character and are filled with gospel wisdom and truth. I have been personally edified by reading gems from Brown, and I am glad that ministerial students and fellow pastors will be able to do so more readily. Do not miss this book!”-Ligon Duncan, chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary


Galatians, A Video Study by Thomas R. Schreiner (Zondervan. 9780310536048. DVD. $99.99)

Galatians, A Video Study features top New Testament scholar Thomas R. Schreiner teaching through the book of Galatians in 26 engaging and challenging lessons. Based on Schreiner’s Galatians commentary in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, these lessons help bring the meaning of one of Paul’s great letters into the twenty-first century. As he works his way through Galatians passage-by-passage, Schreiner focuses on the textual structure of the book, enabling viewers to better understand the literary elements of Galatians, comprehend the author’s revolutionary goals, and ultimately discover the book’s vital claims upon the church today.

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Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible by Matthew Harmon (Crossway. 9781433554292. Paperback. $12.99)

“I love this book on how to study and apply the Bible. Some books on interpreting Scripture are so complicated and have so many steps that we can become discouraged, but Harmon is simple and clear without being simplistic. He helps us see the big picture in studying the Bible by reminding us of the storyline of Scripture and by emphasizing that the story centers on Jesus himself. At the same time, we are given very practical advice on how to study and apply specific passages. An excellent resource for teachers, students, and all who desire to study the Scriptures.”—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


Conversion: How God Creates a People by Michael Lawrence (Crossway. 9781433556494. Hardcover. $14.99)

“Conversion is essential and misunderstood. Lawrence understands this and explains what the Bible teaches simply and compellingly. This small book is a big gift.”—Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; president, 9Marks

“Down-to-earth, clear, practical, straight shooting, biblically cogent treatment of the nature and necessity of conversion. This is an excellent book.”—David Wells, distinguished senior research professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God by Mark Jones (Crossway. 9781433555626. Hardcover. $19.99)

“In twenty-seven concise chapters, God Is invites, equips, edifies, comforts, and challenges God’s people to know God better and love him more. This is Mark Jones at his best, combining his theological breadth and depth with his pastor’s heart.”—Rosaria Butterfield, former professor of English, Syracuse University; author

“Written in the tradition of J. I. Packer’s Knowing God, Jones’s work is an extremely helpful and needful primer on our great God and his all-beautiful character. Highly recommended as a tool for personal devotion or group study.” —Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets: How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets by Peter Gentry (Crossway. 9781433554032. Paperback. $17.99)

The Prophetic Books of the Bible are full of symbolic speeches, dramatic metaphors, and lengthy allegories—a unique blend of literary styles that can make them hard to comprehend. How can we know if we are reading them the way God intended them to be read?

In this accessible guide, leading Old Testament scholar Peter Gentry identifies seven common characteristics of prophetic literature in the Bible that help us understand each book’s message. With illustrations and clear examples, Gentry offers guidance for reading these challenging texts—teaching us practical strategies for deeper engagement with the biblical text as we seek to apply God’s Word to our lives today.


Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering by Vaneetha Rendall Risner (Desiring God. 9781941114292. Paperback. $12.99)

“I could not put this book down, except to wipe my tears. Reading Vaneetha’s testimony of God’s kindness to her in pain was exactly what I needed; no doubt, many others will feel the same. The Scars that Have Shaped Me has helped me process my own grief and loss, and given me renewed hope to care for those in my life who suffer in various ways. Reveling in the sovereign grace of God in your pain will bolster your faith like nothing this world can offer, and Vaneetha knows how to lead you to this living water.”—Gloria Furman, wife, mother of four, cross-cultural worker, and writer


Faith in a Time of Crisis: Standing for Truth in a Changing World by Vaughan Roberts and Peter Jensen (Matthias Media. 9781922206268. Paperback. $13.99)

“This book may have begun with a couple of well-known Anglicans addressing the world of Anglicanism, but its voice penetrates to the minds and hearts of Bible-believing Christians everywhere. In a manner both bold and winsome, Vaughan Roberts and Peter Jensen show how the attempts to legitimize homosexual marriage are profoundly and tragically tied up with a denial of the gospel and a rejection of God and his Word. Rightly, they urge much more than a holding operation on one issue: they call for the massive repentance that returns to God and his truth and his grace. This book merits the widest circulation.”—D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois


Billy Graham: American Pilgrim edited by Andrew Finstuen, Grant Wacker and Anne Blue Wills (Oxford University Press. 9780190683528. Hardcover. $34.95)

“The multi-faceted career of Billy Graham deserves the kind of multi-faceted consideration that this fine book delivers. Those who think they know Graham will be surprised by many fresh insights; those who need an introduction could not find a better place to start. It is a memorable book about the United States’ most memorable public Christian.”—Mark A. Noll


Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament by J. David Pleins and Jonathan Homrighausen (Zondervan. 9780310530749. Paperback. $17.99)

Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories is an innovative study reference intended for both introductory and advanced students of the Hebrew language to help them understand and remember vocabulary based on logical categories of related words. Since our minds acquire and recall language by making associations between related words it is only natural that we would study language in this way. By organizing Hebrew vocabulary into logical categories, as opposed to frequency, students can quickly begin to familiarize themselves with entire groups of terms and more readily acquaint themselves with the ranges of meaning of particular Hebrew words.

This reference tool focuses on nouns in the Old Testament, and includes over 175 word grouping categories including pottery, ships, birds, jewelry, seasons, and many more. For each Hebrew term a definition is given and a reference in the Hebrew Bible appears so readers can see the word in context. For many words additional lexical references are indicated where students can look for further study. Words that hapax legomena (words appearing only once in the Hebrew Bible) are marked with an “H” and words that are rare and appear less than 10 times are marked with an “R.” Two helpful appendices equip students for further study, these include 1) a Guide for Further Reading where recommendations are given for helpful resources for studying the larger macro categories and 2) Lists of “cluster verses” where several words in a given category appear together, giving students the ability to see how these words function together in context.


Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation: The Unconventional Life of Katharina Von Bora by Ruth Tucker (Zondervan. 9780310532156. Paperback. $17.99)

Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther, was by any measure the First Lady of the Reformation. A strong woman with a mind of her own, she would remain unknown to us were it not for her larger than life husband. Unlike other noted Reformation women, her primary vocation was not related to ministry. She was a farmer and a brewer with a boarding house the size of a Holiday Inn – and all that with a large family and nursing responsibilities. In many ways, Katie was a modern woman – a Lean In woman or a modern-day version of a Proverbs 31 woman. Katharina’s voice echoes among modern women, wives and mothers who have carved out a career of their own.

Decisive and assertive, she transformed Martin Luther into at least a practicing egalitarian. Katharina was a full partner who was a no-nonsense, confident and determined woman, a starke Frau who did not cower when confronted by a powerful man.

Ruth Tucker invites readers to visit Katie Luther in her sixteenth-century village life – with its celebrations and heartaches, housing, diet, fashion, childbirth, child-rearing and gender restrictions – and to welcome her today into our own living rooms and workplaces.

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The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary by Jonathan T. Pennington (Baker Academic. 9780801049637. Hardback. $32.99)

“Is there need for another book on the Sermon on the Mount? Yes, because few others combine the strengths, clarity, pathos, and insight of this one. It is rooted in wide reading across many centuries and traditions. It takes full measure of the range of methods available to shed light on the passage. It is alert to personal transformation as a justified aim in reading. It is balanced, hermeneutically informed, and academically grounded without failing to be pastorally useful as well as theologically responsible. The closing chapter powerfully synthesizes the book’s frequently fresh and always provocative findings. Readers of all stripes will benefit from interaction with Pennington’s expositions and sometimes painfully honest wrestlings.”—Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary


The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, Volume 4: Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Pearce edited by Michael Haykin (De Gruyter. 9783110414103. Hardback. $126.00)

The writings of Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) are increasingly recognized as key documents in both the Baptist story and the wider history of Evangelical Christianity. The aim of this project is to publish a modern critical edition of the entire corpus of Andrew Fuller’s published and unpublished works in sixteen volumes. The annotations that accompany each text present textual problems and variant readings. In the introductory essays, annotations, and headnotes, the editors will delineate Fuller’s historical context and intellectual influences. The publication of these sixteen volumes coincides with a significant renaissance in Fuller studies over the last three decades, demonstrated by a growing body of monographs and dissertations as well as scholarly conferences focusing on this important English thinker.


Teaching Truth, Training Hearts, Revised Edition by Thomas Nettles & Steve Weaver (Founders Press. 9781943539031. Paperback. $21.00)

“Passing sound theology from one generation to the next is a matter of vital importance for developing strong Christians. The time-tested use of catechisms has been proven to be a most effective tool for this safe transfer. Here is a collection of ‘the best of the best’ Baptist catechisms that have shown themselves to be an invaluable teaching aid in instructing both children and adults, new believers and seasoned disciples alike. This book is a treasure house of Bible doctrine that will benefit all who plunge into its concise statements of core scriptural truths.”—Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries


Forgiveness and Justice: A Christian Approach by Bryan Maier (Kregel. 9780825444505. Paperback. $16.99)

Much work in both academic and clinical counseling has focused on forgiveness and what, precisely, it means. We now know forgiveness offers both physical and psychological benefits. Yet despite all this exploration, most Christians are far from having a clear, consistent, theologically informed definition.

Bryan Maier wants this conceptual ambiguity to end, especially for the pastor or counselor sitting across from a hurting person seeking immediate, practical help. The Christian counselor needs to be able to walk the client through the question, “Can forgiveness coexist with justice?”

To this end, Maier examines current popular models of forgiveness, considering where they merge and diverge, and what merits each type of forgiveness has. He then delves directly into Scripture to discover the original model of God’s forgiveness to humankind. From there, he builds a new construct of human forgiveness with practical guidance to help those in counseling understand the concept theologically. In doing so, he demonstrates that our understanding that forgiveness leads to healing is inverted; being whole leads to true forgiveness, not the other way around.

Forgiveness and Justice is extremely useful for any practitioner needing to form a useful, theologically sound understanding of forgiveness for those who come for help.


Martin Luther: Rebel in an Age of Upheaval by Heinz Schilling (Oxford University Press. 9780198722816. Hardback. $39.95)

In this comprehensive and balanced biography we see Luther as a rebel, but not as a lone hero; as a soldier in a mighty struggle for the universal reform of Christianity and its role in the world. The foundation of Protestantism changed the religious landscape of Europe, and subsequently the world, but the author chooses to show Luther not simply as a reformer, but as an individual.

In his study of the Wittenberg monk, Heinz Schilling – one of Germany’s leading social and political historians – gives the reader a rounded view of a difficult, contradictory character, who changed the world by virtue of his immense will.


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Looking for a New Pastor: 10 Questions Every Church Should Ask by Frank Page (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781433644511. $16.99)

Your senior pastor has just stepped down. Your church is at a loss. Where do you go from here? Looking for a New Pastor: 10 Questions Every Church Should Ask, is a product of more than three decades of full-time, pastoral ministry from Frank Page. This is truly one of the most practical works on the subject that has ever been published. Using Scripture as the foundation and real-life examples of searches done well and searches gone bad, Frank Page gives advice on what to look for, what to ask, and what to do.

Looking for a New Pastor uses insider experience and information to answer questions that all search committees ask. It lists warning signs for every church, and includes questions that churches and prospective pastors alike wish they had known to ask. Looking for a New Pastor deals with the “how-to” of a pastor search, but more importantly, it deals with the “why” and “why not.”

The importance of having a pastor who will shepherd your flock well cannot be overstated. With this book, Frank Page has provided a great resource for churches seeking to discern the will of God in their search for a pastor.


Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul: Covenantal Nomism Versus Reformed Covenantal Theology by Robert Cara (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781919798. $19.99)

“Robert Cara directs our attention to the primary sources, to what the texts themselves say. He writes in an engaging and accessible style, showing that a Reformational reading is faithful to Paul’s theology.”—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


Christian Ethics: Four Views edited by Steve Wilkens (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840236. $21.00)

Steve Wilkens edits a conversation between four major approaches to contemporary ethics in the Christian tradition: virtue, divine command, natural law, and prophetic. This accessible introduction includes contributions by Brad Kallenberg, John Hare, Claire Peterson, and Peter Heltzel.


40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline by Jeremy Kimble (Kregel. Paperback. 9780825444456. $18.99)

Does church membership mean more than simply joining a social group? Does the church have a responsibility to discipline its members–and if so, what does that look like? Recognizing the many puzzling questions about the critical role of the church in the life of believers, Jeremy Kimble addresses forty key points.

Like the other volumes in the 40 Questions & Answers Series, this book raises–and clearly answers–the most common and difficult questions that church leaders and members have. With succinct chapters, this is an eminently practical resource for any church leader, elder board, or new member seeking a foundational understanding of how the church should function.


Mentoring Church: How Pastors and Congregations Cultivate Leaders by Phil Newton (Kregel. Paperback. 9780825444647. $18.99)

“Bringing up future leaders isn’t just the job of the pastor but of the whole congregation. This is an urgently needed book in churches today.”—R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Learning to Love the Psalms by Robert Godfrey (Ligonier. Hardcover. 9781567697438. $19.00)

The Psalms are undeniably beautiful. They are also difficult, and readers often come away convinced that tremendous riches remain just beyond their grasp. In this book, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey invites us to journey with him towards a greater understanding and love for these sacred verses. The timeless elegance of the Psalms, their depth of expression, and testimony to the greatness of God have enchanted and edified God’s people for centuries. Learning to Love the Psalms is intended to help today’s Christians share in that delight.


The Collected Works of Hanserd Knollys: Pamphlets on Religion edited by William Pitts Jr. and Rady Roldan-Figueroa (Mercer University Press. Hardcover. 9780881466102. $45.00)

Hanserd Knollys was one of the most influential Baptists of the seventeenth century. University educated, he provided guidance for Baptists on many key issues that formed their identity. In debate with other religious leaders he defended conscious commitment to Christ by each individual, the congregational character of the church, and the necessity of religious liberty. In addition to these three foundational beliefs, Knollys provided guidance for early Baptists on debated issues of practice. He endorsed the value of learning from the writings of inspired women, he endorsed congregational singing, and he supported raising funds for the support of ministers. In all of these matters he provided precedents and strong arguments for Baptist practice. Knollys served as pastor of a local London congregation, extended Baptist influence through preaching tours and provided a high standard of education in the schools he organized and led.

Knollys provided long-term leadership for Baptists, signing early confessions of faith (1646, 1688) and participating in an early assembly of Baptist ministers in 1690 and 1691. Knollys was best remembered in the popular Baptist mind as a heroic figure who suffered persecution at the hands of the state through loss of property, extended exiles, and repeated imprisonments. His extensive writings addressed the major issues confronted by Baptists during this first century. By articulating Baptist interpretations he helped shape the denomination as much as any early Baptist writer. This book sets each of his major writings in its original context and thereby illumines early Baptist formations.


Progress in the Pulpit: How to Grow in Your Preaching by Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix (Moody Publishers. Hardcover. 9780802415301. $29.99)

Like musical instruments, preachers get better over time—unless, of course, they neglect maintenance. Progress in the Pulpit is for seasoned preachers looking to refresh their craft and receive guidance for contemporary challenges to preaching.

While most preaching books are geared toward new preachers, Progress in the Pulpit builds on the basics and focuses on what often falls into neglect.

Drs. Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix, who wrote Power in the Pulpit (a book still used in seminaries today), remain committed to pure expository preaching. Yet they understand that the times change and present new challenges. Here they offer guidance to help preachers stay sharp and grow in the craft of faithfully proclaiming God’s Word.


Reading Biblical Greek: A Grammar for Students by Richard Gibson and Constantine R Campbell (Zondervan. Hardcover. 9780310527992. $34.99)

Reading Biblical Greek introduces first-year Greek students to the essential information needed to optimize their grasp of the fundamentals of the Greek language—no more and no less—enabling them to read and translate the Greek of the New Testament as soon as possible.

The learning approach in Reading Biblical Greek revolves around three core elements: grammar, vocabulary, and reading & translation.

Grammar. The grammar consists of micro-lessons, which break up information in small, digestible chunks. Each micro-lesson addresses a single point. This arrangement makes for easy comprehension and review. It also allows the teacher to pace the material based on its difficulty and ability of their students. New learning is incremental and recursive—each new piece builds on and reinforces prior learning. Lessons are structured in three columns: 1) Introducing new topic; 2) Material to be memorized; and 3) Examples and exercises.

Vocabulary. As an essential complement to grammar, vocabulary is introduced at strategic points and is arranged first by what the student has been learning in grammar, and then by frequency. The vocabulary lists are collated at the back of the book for easy access. The first 13 vocabulary lists are keyed to Mark 1-4 to help students to integrate their vocabulary learning with a “real” Greek text.

Reading & Translation. The goal of this grammar is to enable students to read and translate the Greek of the New Testament. Thus, the content is structured and tied to a specific Greek text to enable reading as soon as possible. The student will have read and translated the whole of Mark 1–4 by the end of the course. The accompanying Reading Biblical Greek Workbook is a vital part of the approach. It breaks up the text of Mark 1–4 into manageable portions and provides vocabulary and grammatical assistance as required.

While Reading Biblical Greek only introduces students to information that is essential to grasp of the fundamentals of the Greek language, it is informed by the latest and best of Greek and linguistic scholarship, enabling students to move seamlessly to further study.