Arrived on New Academic the Week of November 10, 2014


1-2 Thessalonians by Jeffrey A. Weima (Baker Academic. Hardback. 9780801026850. $49.99). Newest volume in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series.

Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources by Bill T. Arnold (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801039300. $44.99). Contributors: Richard S. Hess; Bill T. Arnold; James K. Hoffmeier; Samuel Greengus; Lawson G. Stone; Robert D. Miller II; Daniel Bodi; Steven M. Ortiz; James K. Mead; Kyle Greenwood; Sandra Richter; Brad E. Kelle; Peter van der Veen; André Lemaire; David A. deSilva

Early Christianity in Contexts: An Exploration Across Cultures and Continents by William Tabbernee (Baker Academic. Hardback. 9780801031267. $42.99)

Effective Intercultural Communication: A Christian Perspective by A. Scott Moreau (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801026638. $27.99)

Engaging the Christian Scriptures: An Introduction to the Bible by Andrew E. Arterbury (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801039447. $26.99)

A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by J. Richard Middleton (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801048685. $26.99)

Rediscovering an Evangelical Heritage: A Tradition and Trajectory of Integrating Piety and Justice by Donald W. Dayton (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049613. $20.00)

Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God by Paul Copan (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801016226. $16.99). “The most thorough and comprehensive treatment of the problem of violence in the Old Testament that I have encountered.”–Christopher J. H. Wright

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa (Bethany House Publishers. Paperback. 9780764212512. $15.99). Click here to read an interview with the author.

Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433541834. $16.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives by J. Ryan Lister (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433539152. $25.00). “Ryan Lister knows more about the biblical teaching concerning God’s presence in the world than anyone else I know.”—John M. Frame. Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment by Gregg R. Allison (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433501166. $28.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ by Robert A. Peterson (Crossway. Hardback. 9781433532573. $35.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Revised Edition (Revised) by Gordon D. Fee (Eerdmans. Hardback. 9780802871367. $65.00). Takes into account the considerable scholarship on 1 Corinthians over the past twenty-five years. Eliminated “chapter and verse” language — totally foreign to Paul’s first-century letter — relegating the necessary numbers for “finding things” to parentheses.

Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria by Torrey Seland (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802870698. $45.00). Click here to read an interview with the author.

Samuel Rutherford: Bitesize Biography by Richard Hannula (Evangelical Press. Paperback. 9781783970186. $10.99)

The Making of Modern English Theology: God and the Academy at Oxford, 1833-1945 by Daniel Inman (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451469264. $34.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden (IVP Academic. Hardback. 9780830840359. $40.00). Click here to learn more about this book.

Confessing Christ for Church and World: Studies in Modern Theology by Kimlyn J. Bender (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840595. $40.00)

Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice by Kelly M. Kapic (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840625. $28.00). Contributors: Henri Blocher, Julie Canlis, Ivor Davidson, James Eglinton, Brannon Ellis, Michael Horton, Kelly M. Kapic, Richard Lints, Bruce McCormack, Peter Moore, Oliver O’Donovan, Derek Tidball. Click here to learn more about this book.

Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response by Kevin Diller (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830839063. $30.00). Click here to learn more about this book.

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G. K. Beale (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830844142. $17.00). Click here to learn more about this book.

American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History by Darren Dochuk (University of Notre Dame Press. Hardback. 9780268038427. $66.00). A festschrift for George Marsden. Contributors: Margaret Bendroth, Jay R. Case, Darren Dochuk, Timothy E.G. Gloege, Michael S. Hamilton, Barry Hankins, Thomas S. Kidd, Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Kathryn T. Long, Mark Noll, Steven M. Nolt, Rick Ostrander, Kurt W. Peterson, Garth M. Rosell, John Schmalzbauer, William L. Svelmoe, David R. Swartz, Douglas A. Sweeney, John G. Turner, Peter J. Wallace, John Wigger.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of November 3, 2014

9780802869449 From Here to Maturity: Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity by Thomas E. Bergler (Eerdmans. 9780802869449. Paperback. $20.00)


9780825425516 A Commentary on Exodus by Duane Garrett (Kregel Academic. 9780825425516. Hardback. $39.99)

Exegetically deep enough to satisfy the scholar and logically organized to meet the needs of the pastor, Garrett’s commentary promises to become standard reference material in Exodus studies.

  • Every verse is given a fresh translation with copious explanatory notes, and particular attention is given to the poetry of Exodus, which the author demonstrates to be more abundant than previously believed.
  • The commentary also helps to dispel much confusion about Exodus by introducing the reader to Egyptian history and by carefully analyzing questions about the date of the exodus and the location of Mount Sinai.


Hide or Seek: When Men Get Real with God about Sex by John Freeman (New9781939946638 Growth Press. 9781939946638. Paperback. $17.99)

“Of all the people we have met and all the organizations we have encountered in ministry to those who want sexual sanctification, John Freeman and Harvest USA are the ones we trust. The fruit of John’s experience in this book should be a help to many.”—Tim Keller


Saving Grace: Daily Devotions by C. John Miller (New Growth Press. 97819399462709781939946270. Hardback. $19.99)

“We are simple people. We can truly learn, believe, and do only one thing at a time. That’s why this book proves to be so wise and helpful. It invites you to take in one good thing today. This one good thing, taken to heart, changes you. You become brighter, calmer, steadier. You become more grateful, more purposeful, more generous. It’s simply true.”—David Powlison


Mindscape: What to Think about Instead of Worrying by Timothy J. Witmer (New9781939946713 Growth Press. 9781939946713. Paperback. $17.99)

“A must-have, must-read, must-share book. Dr. Tim Witmer, a seasoned soul-physician, calmly enters his consulting room. It is full of anxious people. Many have been dosing themselves on narcotic or toxic prescriptions or self-cures but continue to experience personal and relational meltdown. His diagnosis is superbly clear; his prescription is powerful. His prognosis is honest. Even his instructions are a pleasure to read. Plus, his medicine works. Try Mindscape—a great book!”—Sinclair B. Ferguson


9780525954149 w-Veterans Day Coupon Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780525954149. Hardback. $26.95 – only $14.99 today and tomorrow with attached coupon – $19.99 thereafter through 12/24/14)


9780692289853 Obstacles in the Established Church: How Leaders Overcome Them by Sam S. Rainer III (Rainer Publishing. 9780692289853. Paperback. $12.97)

“This book is full of wisdom, insight, and common sense that too many ministers often miss or forget to their personal harm. Young pastors, in particular, will benefit from this work by Sam Rainer. It may even save your ministry.”—Daniel L. Akin

Arrived on New Academic the Week of October 27, 2014

Baker Academic New Releases (11-3-14)

  • Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis by Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler and A. J. Swoboda (Baker Academic. 9780801049651. Paperback. $26.99)
  • Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook by Rodney J. Decker (Baker Academic. 9780801039287. Hardback. $49.99)
  • God’s Wider Presence: Reconsidering General Revelation by Robert K. Johnston (Baker Academic. 9780801049453. Paperback. $25.99)
  • Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation: The Mediation of the Gospel Through Church and Scripture by Matthew Levering (Baker Academic. 9780801049248. Hardback. $44.99)
  • Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspectives edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves (Baker Academic. 9780801039928. Paperback. $26.99)
  • Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices edited by Terry C. Muck, Harold A. Netland and Gerald R. McDermott (Baker Academic. 9780801037764. Hardback. $44.99)


9780764211300 Exploring Christian Theology: Revelation, Scripture, and the Triune God by Michael J. Svigel (Bethany House. 9780764211300. Paperback. $16.99)

Exploring Christian Theology is a wonderful doctrinal primer that teaches theology in a way that will engage you and cause you to reflect. . . . A great way to get acquainted with key biblical theological themes.”—Darrell Bock

Click here to read a sample from this book.


9781781911440v7 In Christ: In Him Together for the World by Christopher De La Hoyde (Christian Focus. 9781781914298. Paperback. $8.99)

“…the infectious enthusiasm, pastoral sensitivity, and enviable clarity with which he has written In Christ will help you to ‘get it’. If you do not daily think of yourself as someone who is ‘in Christ’ you simply MUST read this book.”Sinclair B. Ferguson


9781781913192Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach edited by Rhett Dodson (Christian Focus. 9781781913192. Paperback. $17.99)

“This is a great book. It brings together diverse and complementary voices from experienced expository preachers who are thoroughly committed to the Gospel. It is not a textbook. Its strength and freshness depend on the sweep of voices.”D. A. Carson

Contributors: Peter Adam, Rhett Dodson, Iain Duguid, Ajith Fernando, David Jackman, Simon Manchester, David Meredith, Josh Moody, Douglas Sean O’Donnell and Richard D Phillips.


9781781914267Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation by Peter Mead (Christian Focus. 9781781914267. Paperback. $11.99)

“In this book we see the profound truths of the incarnation presented in a way that makes the Bible and its truth come alive. And, best of all, it is presented in an engaging style that makes it accessible to ordinary laypersons.”—Ajith Fernando


The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot by Jonathan Witt and Jay Richards (Ignatius Press. 9781586178239. Hardback. $21.95)


On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church by Deepak Reju9781939946515 (New Growth Press. 9781939946515. Paperback. $19.99)

On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church needs to be in the hands of every pastor and ministry leader in every church. This candid, compassionate, and comprehensive manual provides exactly what the church desperately needs to protect children and to protect the reputation of Christ and the Bride of Christ. Replete with wise biblical principles and practical real-life policies and procedures, On Guard equips the church to take the lead in proactively protecting the most precious and vulnerable among us.”—Bob Kellemen

Click here to read a sample from this book.


9781401675868 Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook, Volume 4 edited by O. S. Hawkins (Thomas Nelson. 9781401675868. Paperback. $24.99)

Preach great sermons and plan innovative worship services with the newest edition of Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook. This is the same sermon planner you have come to depend on for more than ten years, now with a disc included for your convenience! In this volume, look for sermons, articles, and sermon starters by Dr. Greg Thornbury, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Thomas White, Dr. Jason Allen, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor Greg Laurie, Dr. Mac Brunson, Pastor Jim Cymbala, Dr. Robert Sloan, Dr. Albert Mohler, Dr. Russell Moore, Dr. Jason Duesing, Dr. Jamie Rasmussen, and Dr. O.S. Hawkins, general editor.


9781400206254 Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson. 9781400206254. Hardback. $24.99)

The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th-Century British society through her keen intellect, literary achievements, collaborative spirit, strong Christian principles, and colorful personality. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a best-selling author and acclaimed playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. Yet she was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain’s slave trade.

Fierce Convictions weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield’s Great Awakening, the rise and influence of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.


9780878084722 Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom edited by William David Taylor, Antonia van der Meer and Reg Reimer (William Carey Library Publishers. 9780878084722. Paperback. $29.99)

With a wonderful balance of insight and passion this volume addresses the most neglected mark of the true church: suffering. Readers will not only be enlightened, but also deeply moved and challenged listening to voices from around the globe reflect theologically, report accurately, and testify personally on this topic. Sorrow and Blood is a profound and vital contribution to our understanding of the church and mission.—Craig Ott


9780310517092 Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics edited by Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders (Zondervan. 9780310517092. Paperback. $22.99)

Bringing together the 2014 Los Angeles Theology Conference proceedings, Advancing Trinitarian Theology explores the paradigm change in recent work on the doctrine of the Trinity.

Contributors: Lewis Ayres, Stephen R. Holmes, Karen Kilby, Thomas H. McCall and Fred Sanders.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of October 20, 2014

2421514 30 Days with Augustine: A Prayer Book by Richard E. Buckner (Beacon Hill Press. 9780834132436. Paperback. $12.99)

Filled with prayers, psalms, readings from the writings of St. Augustine, and self-examination questions, 30 Days with Augustine will guide readers through rich content and lead them into a deeper life of prayer.


9780802837394 The Second Letter to the Corinthians by Mark Seifrid (Pillar New Testament Commentary Series. Eerdmans. 9780802837394. Hardback. $50.00)

“Mark Seifrid takes a distinctive approach to the commentator’s task: rather than cataloging and evaluating the opinions of modern scholars, he chooses to focus on his own fresh, stimulating, and very definite interpretation of the letter, its theology, and its significance for fundamental issues of hermeneutics.”—Douglas J. Moo


9780802869883 Revelation as Testimony: A Philosophical-Theological Study by Mats Wahlberg (Eerdmans. 9780802869883. Paperback. $20.00)

“Mats Wahlberg’s Revelation as Testimony is extraordinary — extraordinary in its bold challenge to the widespread assumption by theologians that ‘propositional revelation’ is an untenable idea, extraordinary in the skill with which it employs recent discussions by philosophers to develop the idea of revelation as testimony, extraordinary in the cogency and lucidity of its argumentation. No responsible discussion of revelation henceforth — whether by theological liberals or by theological conservatives — can fail to take account of Wahlberg’s penetrating discussion. I predict that it will be a ‘game changer.’”—Nicholas Wolterstorff


9780825429415 40 Questions about Creation and Evolution by Kenneth Keathley and Mark F. Rooker (Kregel Academic. 9780825429415. Paperback. $19.99)

“Kenneth Keathley and Mark Rooker have given careful attention to the issues surrounding man and his origins. This book deals with the biblical witness, the scientific questions, and the apologetic application. Christians disagree on many points regarding these issues, but this book is a valuable tool regardless of where one comes down on the age of the earth or the finer questions of the relationship between science and exegesis.”—Russell D. Moore


9780825442568 Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond edited by Benjamin Merkle and Thomas R. Schreiner (Kregel Academic. 9780825442568. Paperback. $18.99)

Pastors have been entrusted with leading the people of God. The shepherds of God’s flock must protect them from and guide them through the many dangers believers face. Although ultimately the Church is led by Christ, pastors are to provide godly examples of what it means to be a follower of the Lord. Consequently, who leads the church, the type of authority they are given, how they relate to one another, to whom they are accountable, and how they are selected are of utmost importance to the life and health of God’s people. This book provides the biblical, historical, theological, and practical foundation of the crucial task of leading God’s people.


9780825443626 The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel: Israel and the Jewish People in the Plan of God by Darrell Bock (Kregel Publications. 9780825443626. Paperback. $16.99)

The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel walks through the Bible’s account of the role of Israel and the Jewish people—both now and in the future. Each contributor offers a profound insight into God’s unfolding plan and purpose for the nation of Israel as the Scripture depicts them. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of both current and future events in the Middle East as described in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.


gospeldostoyevskyEN The Gospel in Dostoyevsky: Selections from His Works by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Plough Publishing House. 9780874866346. Paperback. $18.00)

An excellent introduction to one of the world’s most important authors, this volume vividly reveals – as none of his novels can on their own – the common thread of the great God-haunted Russian’s questioning faith. Drawn from The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, and The Adolescent, the seventeen selections are each prefaced by an explanatory note. Newcomers will find in these pages a rich, accessible sampling. Dostoyevsky devotees will be pleased to find some of the writer’s deepest, most compelling passages in one volume.Illustrations by Fritz Eichenberg, preface by J.I. Packer, and foreword by Malcolm Muggeridge.


9780310513872 Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease by Benjamin Mast (Zondervan. 9780310513872. Paperback. $14.99)

Through the personal stories of those affected and the loved ones who care for them, Dr. Benjamin Mast highlights the power of the gospel for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Filled with helpful, up-to-date information, Dr. Mast answers common questions about the disease and its effect on personal identity and faith as he explores the biblical importance of remembering and God’s commitment to not forget his people. In addition, he gives practical suggestions for how the church can come alongside families and those struggling, offering help and hope to victims of this debilitating disease.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of October 20, 2014

9781418507732 2 Corinthians, Revised by Ralph P. Martin (Word Biblical Commentary Series. Thomas Nelson. 9781418507732. Hardback. $54.99)

The 1986 commentary of veteran scholar Ralph P. Martin on 2 Corinthians has been thoroughly updated by the author, with assistance from a young promising scholar, Carl N. Toney, along with the help of David J. Downs and Mark W. Linder. New sections on the Collection and Rhetoric have been added, and the issues of Composition and Social Setting of the letter have been included, along with topics such as the Spirit, the Opponents, Paul’s Theology, and the Resurrection in this epistle.


9780310291473 A Theology Of James, Peter, And Jude: Living In The Light Of The Coming King by Peter H. Davids (The Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series. Zondervan. 9780310291473. Hardback. $39.99)

In this volume, Peter Davids offers a comprehensive study of the General or Catholic Epistles of James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude, which are often insufficiently covered in more general New Testament introductions, theologies, and surveys. Before discussing a theology of each of the four letters, Davids first deals with their common aspects—their shared background in the Greco-Roman world and a similar Christology, view of the source of sin, and eschatology—thus justifying their being treated together. In the chapters that follow, Davids embarks upon a theological reading of each letter informed by its social-rhetorical understanding—what they meant in the context of their original cultural settings—including: a survey of recent scholarship, a discussion of relevant introductory issues, a thematic commentary, a treatment of important theological themes, and a discussion of the place of the letter in the biblical canon and its contribution to New Testament theology.


9780310516132 Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives by Robert W. Kellemen (Equipping Christian Counselors Series. Zondervan. 9780310516132. Paperback. $18.99)

Everyone talks about the personal ministry of the Word, but how do we make one-another ministry truly biblical? Gospel-Centered Counseling equips readers to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. It does so by examining life’s seven ultimate questions and then guiding readers on a journey that explores the biblical, gospel-centered narrative of:

  • The Word: “What is truth?” “Where can I find answers?”
  • The Trinity: “Who is God?” “Can I know Him personally?”
  • Creation: “Who am I?” “What makes people tick?”
  • Fall: “What went wrong?” “Why do we do the things we do?”
  • Redemption: “Can I change?” “How do people change?”
  • Glorification: “Where am I headed?” “How does our future destiny impact our present reality?”
  • Sanctification: “How can I help?” “How can I change lives?"