Arrived on New Academic the Week of September 15, 2014

Baylor University Press (6 New Titles Sept 2014)

Six new titles from Baylor University Press

  • Baptists and the Communion of Saints: A Theology of Covenanted Disciples by Paul S. Fiddes, Brian Haymes and Richard Kidd
  • Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island’s Founding Father by Linford D. Fisher, J. Stanley Lemons and Lucas Mason-Brown
  • Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists by Curtis W. Freeman
  • Baptist Preaching: A Global Anthology edited by Joel C. Gregory
  • Beyond Bultmann: Reckoning a New Testament Theology edited by Bruce W. Longenecker and Mikeal C. Parsons
  • Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity by Amos Yong With Jonathan A. Anderson

9780830840564 Johannine Theology: The Gospel, the Epistles and the Apocalypse by Paul A. Rainbow (IVP Academic. 9780830840564. Hardback. $40.00)

“Paul Rainbow attempts an ambitious task of plotting the theological coherence of the Johannine corpus. His study of the Gospel of John, letters of John and Apocalypse of John demonstrates time and again that they share a common theological fabric. Rainbow brings together what many have rent asunder, and he enables readers to appreciate the Johannine testimony to the revelation of God the Father in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”—Michael F. Bird


9780830840588 Jesus, the Temple and the Coming Son of Man: A Commentary on Mark 13 by Robert H. Stein (IVP Academic. 9780830840588. Paperback. $18.00)

“The interpretation of Mark 13 is controversial and sometimes a bit baffling. Robert Stein—with his characteristic clarity, common sense and exegetical skill—unpacks the meaning of the passage for readers. Even those who disagree will profit from Stein’s lucid exegesis and will have to wrestle seriously with the arguments he presents for his reading. All readers will recognize the hand of a veteran and wise interpreter at work. We stand in debt to Stein for an outstanding exposition.”—Thomas R. Schreiner


The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt That Saved Millions by Jay Milbrandt (Thomas Nelson. 9781595555922. Hardback. $24.99)

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9780664234485 Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine by Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664234485. Paperback. $30.00)

“This book is a model of doing theology in the service of the church. Building on his well-known construal of theology as theodrama, Vanhoozer presents the church as the theater of the gospel, a place where observers are participants and where theology and ethics, contemplation and action, surrender and obedience, and James and Paul are no longer enemies but allies. A wonderful theological essay by a brilliant evangelical thinker.”—Timothy George


9780310516699 The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing by Jonathan K. Dodson (Zondervan. 9780310516699. Paperback. $16.99)

Pastor Jonathan Dodson diagnoses the evangelistic paralysis of the modern church, pinpointing the reasons people don’t share their faith today and offering a desperately needed solution. Showing readers how to utilize the rich gospel metaphors found in Scripture and how to communicate a gospel worth believing–one that speaks to the heart-felt needs of diverse individuals–Dodson connects the gospel to the real issues people face each day by speaking to both the head and the heart.

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)