Recently Arrived on New Academic

9781433692048Enduring Truth: Restoring Sound Theology and Relevance to African American Preaching by Aaron E. Lavender (B&H Academic. 9781433692048. Paperback. $24.99)

Enduring Truth is a powerful and passionate call for African Americans to re-institute sound theological preaching to the pulpit. Christ is exalted at the turn of every page and Lavender’s steadfastness to the Bible’s authority will keep the reader grounded in the truth and thesis of the work. The discussion questions are good for personal reflection and small group discussions. I would recommend Enduring Truth for any pastor seeking personal growth or a resource for pastoral training programs. In addition, it’s a great book for faculty teaching a preaching course.”—Kevin Jones, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Boyce College


9780801037146The Old Testament: A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction by Richard S. Hess (Baker Academic. 9780801037146. Hardback. $49.99)

“In this new volume, Hess has produced a truly outstanding introduction to the Old Testament. It provides a thoroughgoing, scholarly presentation of all the books of the Hebrew Bible yet at the same time is accessible for students with its well-structured, articulate text. Moreover, the excellent selection and placement of illustrative materials provides a wonderful undergirding that rightly serves the reader in the learning experience.”—K. Lawson Younger Jr., professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages, and ancient Near Eastern history, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


005793149The Insanity of God DVD (LifeWay. 9781462745623. DVD. $14.99)

The Insanity of God is the true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken. After the death of their son, this ordinary couple journeys into the depths of the persecuted church, asking the question – IS JESUS WORTH IT?

How does faith survive, let alone flourish in the places of the world that are overcome with the darkness of sin, despair and hopelessness? Join the Ripkens as they tell the story of being taught by believers in persecution “how to follow Jesus, how to love Jesus, and how to walk with Him day by day even when it doesn’t make sense.”


9780310526445Evolution: Scripture And Nature Say Yes by Denis Lamoureux (Zondervan. 9780310526445. Paperback. $16.99)

  • Topics in this book include:
  • A biblical model of intelligent design in nature based on Psalm 19 and Romans 1.
  • Examination of the ancient science in Scripture, such as a flat earth and 3-tier universe.
  • Comparison of different Christian views on origins—young earth creation, progressive creation (old earth creation), and evolutionary creation.
  • Criticisms of the atheistic interpretation of evolution held by Richard Dawkins and his belief that intelligent design is merely an illusion.
  • Galileo’s peaceful relationship between Scripture and nature, including his view that “the intention of the Holy Spirit [in the Bible] is to teach us how one goes to heaven, and not how heaven goes.”
  • Darwin’s religious beliefs and evidence of the impact that intelligent design had on him throughout his life, along with his claim, “It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist [personal God] and an evolutionist.”

Added to New Academic the Week of November 7, 2016

9781433684142Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology by Al Fuhr and Andreas J. Köstenberger (B&H Academic. 9781433684142. Hardback. $34.99)

This text provides a step-by-step approach to Bible study based on a three-part interpretive framework–observation, interpretation, and application. Building on the premise that the Bible is historical, literary, and theological, Köstenberger and Fuhr walk the reader through all of the steps necessary to accurately interpret and apply the Bible.


9781462747849Turning Everyday Conversations Into Gospel Conversations by Jimmy Scroggins and Steve Wright (B&H Books. 9781462747849. Paperback. $12.99)

Turning Everyday Conversations Into Gospel Conversations equips believers to use the innovative “3 Circles,” a user-friendly evangelistic tool for a new generation. Scroggins and Wright train readers to incorporate the biblical metanarrative, as well as our own personal stories, to tell the good news that Jesus has made a way out of the broken places we find ourselves.


9781581346473God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ by Stephen J. Wellum (Crossway. 9781581346473. Hardback. $40.00)

“In lucid prose, Wellum lays out the contours of a responsible Christology by tracing the arguments of the New Testament through the determinative early centuries of the Christian church, using such discussion as the jumping-off point for broader theological reflection. This is now the handbook to give to theology students and other Christians who want to understand how confessional orthodoxy regarding the doctrine of Christ developed. Highly recommended.”—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


9780830851751Saving Calvinism: Expanding the Reformed Tradition by Oliver D. Crisp (IVP Academic. 9780830851751. Paperback. $18.00)

“Oliver Crisp’s Saving Calvinism is Reformed theology an Arminian can appreciate even if disagreements remain. This Arminian wishes every Calvinist would read Saving Calvinism and allow it to soften the hard edges of much contemporary Reformed theology.”—Roger Olson, Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University


9780830851379An Explorer’s Guide to Karl Barth by David Guretzki (IVP Academic. 9780830851379. Paperback. $18.00)

“One of the biggest challenges to studying the work of Karl Barth with genuine comprehension is simply getting started and moving in the right direction. In this volume, David Guretzki provides an ideal place for readers to begin, based on years of introducing his students to Barth’s writings and theological ideas. A most welcome resource for those embarking on the journey of reading Barth as well as those seeking to teach them.”—John R. Franke, theologian in residence, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis


9780830848812Called by Triune Grace: Divine Rhetoric and the Effectual Call by Jonathan Hoglund (Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture Series. IVP Academic. 97808308488112. Paperback. $35.00)

“Hoglund’s work on the divine call is an elegant and richly informed study of the doctrine. He mines biblical exegesis, historical theology, and systematics in this profound work. At the same time, he construes God’s call in terms of divine rhetoric. Hoglund’s work represents an excellent example of theological interpretation that marries biblical exegesis and systematic reflection.”—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, associate dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


9780199987931Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers by Daniel L. Dreisbach (Oxford University Press. 9780199987931. Hardback. $34.95)

“For several years Daniel Dreisbach has been publishing extensively researched articles on specific aspects of the Bible’s presence in Revolutionary America. Now he has expanded that research, added to the subjects considered, and provided a rich interpretive context. Although the resulting book does not answer all questions concerning how Scripture was put to use, it does represent a landmark investigative triumph and a splendid contribution to early United States history.”—Mark A. Noll


9780310523536Letting Go: Rugged Love For Wayward Souls by Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert (Zondervan. 9780310523536. Paperback. $15.99)

“This book by Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert is essential reading for all those with wayward loved ones and for all of us who are called to walk with them in the pain.”—Heath Lambert, Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors


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Arrived on New Academic Last Week (11-7-16)

9780801048630Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God: The Wittenberg School and Its Scripture-Centered Proclamation by Robert Kolb (Baker Academic. 9780801048630. Hardback. $49.99)

“While Luther rightly dominates Lutheranism as the single most important theological leader of the movement, he neither emerged from a vacuum nor operated as a Reformer in isolation. Instead, he was part of the vibrant intellectual ferment of his time, particularly as that was instantiated in the University of Wittenberg. Drawing on a lifetime of study not only of Luther himself but also of the Wittenberg School of which Luther was a part, Robert Kolb here offers a superb contextual analysis of Luther’s biblical exegesis and theology both in his own day and as they were subsequently developed by his students. For those interested in the history of exegesis, the thought of Martin Luther, and the formation of post-Luther Lutheranism, this book is a treat.”—Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary


9780801030734Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue by Kutter Callaway and Dean Batali (Engaging Culture Series. Baker Academic. 9780801030734. Paperback. $27.99)

Watching TV Religiously shows that television–as a technology, a narrative art form, a commodity, and a portal for our ritual lives–confronts viewers theologically. Whether its content is explicitly spiritual or not, TV routinely invites (and sometimes demands) theological reflection. In a time when television is reshaping contemporary life in unexpected ways, this book articulates something of the presence and activity of God in the golden age of TV and forges an appropriate response to an ever-changing cultural form. It constructs a theology of television that allows for both celebration and critique, helping Christians more fully understand and appreciate the power and meaning of TV. A supplemental website provides additional resources, conversations, and close readings of TV programs.


9780801097515Paul the Ancient Letter Writer: An Introduction to Epistolary Analysis by Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Baker Academic. 9780801097515. Paperback. $24.99)

“Weima’s work on Paul as the writer of letters is an essential resource for anyone who studies the Pauline Epistles. The author is clearly a master teacher because the book is marked by an unusual clarity and organization. Weima clearly explains various literary conventions that are used, but best of all he gives ample examples to illustrate the different conventions. I learned much from this book and recommend it gladly to students, pastors, and scholars.”—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


9781587433054Here I Walk: A Thousand Miles on Foot to Rome with Martin Luther by Andrew L. Wilson (Brazos Press. 9781587433054. Paperback. $17.99)

Here I Walk (my nominee for wittiest book title of the year) is charming, passionate, and blessedly resistant to cliché. In a season crowded with books about Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the legacy of Protestantism, make room on your shelf for this winsome travelogue.”—John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture


9781781918692Why Should I Believe Christianity? by James N. Anderson (Christian Focus Publications. 9781781918692. Paperback. $12.99)

“… The Christian ministry, taken as a whole, must be understood as an apologetic calling. This is why books like Why Should I Believe Christianity deserve careful reading by pastors and laypeople alike. In this book, believers will find a compelling defense of the Christian worldview and the resources necessary to stand firm in a faithless age.”—R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


97817819178172,000 Years of Christ’s Power, Vol. 4: The Age of Religious Conflict by Nick Needham (Christian Focus Publications. 9781781917817. Hardback. $29.99)

“It is a brave historian who tackles the extremely challenging task of writing the 2,000-year history of the Church. Well, Nick Needham has more than risen to the challenge. This eagerly-awaited fourth volume has been well worth the wait and, not to pressure our brother scholar, we now look forward to the concluding volume!”—Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


9783110412840The Diary of Andrew Fuller, 1780-1801 edited by Michael D. McMullen and Timothy D. Whelan (The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller. De Gruyter. 9783110412840. Hardback. $140.00)

Only portions of the diary of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), one of the most important surviving manuscripts from that century, have appeared in print in various volumes published between 1816 and 1882, portions usually inaccurately transcribed and highly editorialized. The current edition is the first complete and accurate transcription of Fuller’s diary based on the sole surviving volume now residing at Bristol Baptist College. This edition, with exhaustive identifications, notes, and valuable appendices for students of Baptist history, provides a fascinating glimpse into Fuller’s ministry at Soham and Kettering during a period (1780-1801) when he became the titular head of the Particular Baptists as a result of his preaching throughout Northamptonshire and surrounding counties; his writing, such as his influential work, The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation (1785); and his multi-national work as founding secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society (1792), a position he diligently maintained until his death in 1815, having left a legacy unequalled by any other minister of his generation.


9780802872258Reading the Bible Missionally edited by Michael W Goheen (Eerdmans. 9780802872258. Paperback. $35.00)

Essays from top biblical and missiological scholars discuss reading the Scriptures missionally, using mission as a key interpretive lens. Five introductory chapters probe various elements of a missional hermeneutic, followed by sections on the Old and New Testaments that include chapters on two books from each to illustrate what a missional reading of them looks like. Essays in two concluding sections draw out the implications of a missional reading of Scripture for preaching and for theological education. Contributors include Richard Bauckham, Craig G. Bartholomew, N.T. Wright and others.


9781619708525Genesis: A New Commentary by Meredith G. Kline (Hendrickson. 9781619708525. Paperback. $19.95)

Meredith Kline’s posthumously published Genesis: A New Commentary—which distills his mature views on the book of Genesis and, indeed, on Scripture as a whole—will appeal greatly to those who already admire his work, and make his thinking accessible to a broader audience. The commentary has been edited by Kline’s grandson Jonathan G. Kline, who received his PhD in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University, and contains a foreword by Michael S. Horton.


9780310000921Tweetable Nietzsche by C. Ivan Spencer (Zondervan. 9780310000921. Paperback. $16.99)

Nietzsche’s incalculable sway on our culture persists to this day. Even his acerbic criticism of Christianity has affected the religion. But many people remain unaware of the pervasive attitudes Nietzsche disseminated, attitudes they echo. His stark prophecy that “God is dead, and we killed him” thrives in this accelerating secular age where postmodernists lionized him as a prophetic voice of a new era.

Tweetable Nietzsche introduces and analyzes the worldview of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s tweets, 140 characters or less, provide readers a distilled essence of every major aspect of his worldview. Each tweet illustrates some aspect of his worldview contributing toward a full-orbed understanding of Nietzsche’s thought.

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Arrived on New Academic the Week of October 24, 2016

9781433643927The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review by David L. Allen (B&H Academic. 9781433643927. Hardback. $59.99)

The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review is a comprehensive historical summary of the question of the atonement’s extent from the Early Church Fathers to the present. The work includes the debates within Reformed Theology on the subject since the Reformation as well as chapters covering the issue within Baptist history and theology from the early 17th century to the present. Included is a critique of the arguments for limited atonement and a final chapter outlining why belief in an unlimited atonement is significant for preaching and evangelism.


9780802871534A Short Life of Martin Luther by Thomas Kaufmann (Eerdmans. 9780802871534. Paperback. $18.00)

Martin Luther, the Augustinian friar who set the Protestant Reformation in motion with his famous Ninety-Five Theses in October 1517, was a man of extremes on many fronts. He was both hated and honored, both reviled as a heretic and lauded as a latter-day apostle. This superb translation of Thomas Kaufmann’s popular German biography highlights the two conflicting “natures” of Martin Luther, depicting Luther’s earthiness as well as his soaring theological contributions, his flaws as well as his greatness.


9780830826414The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom: A Thematic-Theological Approach by Andrew Abernethy (New Studies in Biblical Theology. IVP Academic. 9780830826414. Paperback. $25.00)

“In a well-written and remarkably comprehensive treatment, Dr. Andrew Abernethy takes us through the book by unfolding the way God and his kingdom are presented in each of the three major sections of the prophecy, and then by outlining the way this reigning God uses agents to accomplish his purpose. Dr. Abernethy undertakes all of this exegetical and theological exploration with an eye peeled for the way New Testament writers, seven centuries later, pick up on these trajectories to bring us to Christ.”—D. A. Carson


9780830851546Paul’s New Perspective: Charting a Soteriological Journey by Garwood P. Anderson (IVP Academic. 9780830851546. Hardback. $45.00)

“Garwood Anderson’s study of Paul’s soteriology charts a bold course over the troubled seas of Pauline debate and among darkened clouds of theological dispute. He successfully shows that there is a way forward in the disputes about ‘justification’ and ‘ethnicity’—a way beyond the entrenched dogmatism and intractable polarities that have emerged. Anderson brings us to a peaceful oasis where the treasures of the old and the freshness of the new come together. Among his insights are the multidimensional nature of union with Christ and the overlooked significance of Paul’s sacramental realism for informing this discussion. This book is not the final word in the debate, but it is a good word—one that hopefully moves the discussion about Paul, justification and the New Perspectives along.”—Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia


9780830851539Biblical Theology: The God of the Christian Scriptures by John Goldingay (IVP Academic. 9780830851539. Hardback. $60.00)

“There are Old Testament theologies and New Testament theologies but very few biblical theologies. Yet, for Christians, the two testaments belong together. What Christian readers of Scripture need is biblical theology. So, while most scholars stay within their areas of specialization, John Goldingay boldly crosses all the boundaries scholars erect between different parts of the Bible and gives us what we need: a ‘digest of the Scriptures,’ as he calls it. His independence of mind ensures that his discussions are unpredictable and interesting. His lively and accessible style will make this a valuable resource for a wide readership.”—Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament, University of St. Andrews, Scotland


9780830826421Unceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of Ruth by Peter Lau and Gregory Goswell (New Studies in Biblical Theology. 9780830826414. Paperback. $25.00)

The Old Testament book of Ruth is understandably a firm favorite in the church for small-group study and preaching: a heart-warming story of loyalty and love, a satisfying tale of a journey from famine to fullness. In the academy, the book has been a testing ground for a variety of hermeneutical approaches, and many different ways of interpreting it have been put forward. However, the single interpretative lens missing is the one that is most beneficial for the church: biblical theology.

Lau and Goswell’s valuable New Studies in Biblical Theology volume aims to fill this gap. First, they focus on the meaning of the text as intended by the author for the original readers, but are mindful that the book is set within the wider context of Scripture. Second, they discuss selected themes in Ruth, including redemption, kingship, mission, kindness, wisdom, famine, and the hiddenness of God. Within the overarching narrative of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, these themes can be viewed as different threads within the same cloth, or can be heard as different instrumental ‘voices’ within a symphony.


9780830844722Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien (IVP Academic. 9780830844722. Paperback. $16.00)

“Richards and O’Brien offer the latest installment in IVP’s Behaving Badly books. Unlike when God or Jesus seems to behave badly, we need not exonerate Paul of everything he did, even when it is narrated in Scripture. The stakes are higher with what he taught, however. Our authors show that Paul’s teaching surpassed the quality of his peers, even if he didn’t go all the way toward certain positions we might wish he held. This is an easy-to-read, judicious guide to responding to Paul’s apparent misogyny, homophobia, Scripture-twisting, hypocrisy, and more. In some instances there are other credible options as well, but Richards and O’Brien always give us defensible options. Highly recommended for all who are troubled about these issues or who want to help those who are troubled about them.”—Craig L. Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary


9780735221659Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780735221659. Hardback. $20.00)

Even people who are not practicing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the nativity. Every Christmas displays of Baby Jesus resting in a manger decorate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story?

In his new book Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’ birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a deeper and more meaningful way.


9781941337615Christians in the Crosshairs: Persecution in the Bible and Around the World Today by Gregory C. Cochran (Weaver Book Company. 9781941337615. Paperback. $14.99)

“If you’re skimming this endorsement to determine if you want to read the book, please allow me to offer a suggestion. Read the story of Sister Yuen in the Introduction. If that doesn’t open your heart to be concerned about the issue discussed in this book then you should pray for the Lord to help you with your hardness of heart.”—Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality; The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


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New Additions to New Academic (10-24-16)

pier_disruptivegospel_wSpine.inddA Disruptive Gospel: Stories and Strategies for Transforming Your City by Mac Pier (Baker Books. 9780801019203. Paperback. $14.99)

“Global cities present simultaneously some of the greatest challenges and opportunities for the gospel. I encourage all leaders who care about the advance of the gospel to read this.”—Michael Oh, executive director/CEO, Lausanne Movement


9780801008283Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders by Greg Scheer (Baker Books. 9780801008283. Paperback. $19.99

“I usually find introductions to worship and worship leading disappointing because they are either theologically, historically, liturgically, or practically weak. There is always some gap. For the first time, I’ve found something that briefly yet thoroughly covers it all!”—Zac Hicks, Canon for Worship and Liturgy, Cathedral Church of the Advent


intendedforevil-sc.inddIntended for Evil: A Survivor’s Story of Love, Faith, and Courage in the Cambodian Killing Fields by Les Sillars (Baker Books. 9780801009099. Paperback. $17.99)

“Single death: tragedy. Million deaths: statistic. Sometimes attributed to Joseph Stalin, sometimes to others, that formula certainly holds true for writing about the Khmer Rouge’s murder of 1.7 million Cambodians. So Les Sillars was wise to tell the story of one man, Radha Manickam, and his journey through Communist hell during the 1970s. It’s also a tale of coming to Christ and surviving through God’s grace. If you want to understand that era, Intended for Evil is a great book to read.”—Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World


devoted7a-810x1280-203x320Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson (Banner of Truth. 9781848716902. Paperback. $18.00)

Devoted to God stresses the foundational importance of fundamental issues such as union with Christ, the rhythms of spiritual growth, the reality of spiritual conflict, and the role of God’s law. Here is a fresh approach to an always relevant subject, and a working manual to which the Christian can turn again and again for biblical instruction and spiritual direction.


ryle-auto-bio-210x317Bishop J. C. Ryle’s Autobiography: The Early Years edited by Andrew Atherstone (Banner of Truth. 9781848716865. Hardback. $30.00)

Edited by Andrew Atherstone, this critical edition of Ryle’s manuscript autobiography, dictated in 1873, is a rich and unparalleled account of the early decades of his life and ministry. Written for his children and never intended for publication, Bishop J.C. Ryle’s autobiography is essential reading for a proper appreciation of the man behind the headlines in the years before he reached national and international fame.

Bishop J. C. Ryle’s Autobiography also includes many photographs from the Ryle family albums, never before published. Seven substantial appendices examine the Ryle Family Bible, Ryle’s schoolboy speeches, his conversion, his earliest evangelical tracts, and his final will and testament.


9781587433917Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground by Richard J. Mouw (Brazos Press. 9781587433917. Hardback. $24.99)

“Richard Mouw and I were walking together to a dinner meeting in Washington, DC, one evening when we realized we were lost. It took us an hour to get where we were going, and I consider that God’s providence. I learned more in that hour’s walk than I had in a long time, and I’m still quoting what I learned from Dr. Mouw that night. This book is much like that walk. You, the reader, will find here deep insight into important topics, told with a gleam in the eye, all at a brisk, entertaining pace. You will ponder what you read here often. Even on those few points when I as a reader would argue with Mouw (on Mormonism, for instance), he kept my attention and sharpened me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. Richard Mouw’s life, brilliance, experience, and prose are extraordinary. Read this book. You will be the better for having walked alongside such a humble genius.”—Russell Moore, president, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention


9780802867698An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans by Michael F. Bird (Eerdmans. 9780802867698. Paperback. $28.00)

An Anomalous Jew presents the figure of Paul in all his complexity with his blend of common and controversial Jewish beliefs and a faith in Christ that brought him into conflict with the socio-religious scene around him. Bird elucidates how the apostle Paul was variously perceived — as a religious deviant by Jews, as a divisive figure by Jewish Christians, as a purveyor of dubious philosophy by Greeks, and as a dangerous troublemaker by the Romans.