New titles from Baker Academic and Crossway

Cover ArtGetting to Know the Church Fathers, 2nd Edition: An Evangelical Introduction by Bryan M. Litfin (Baker Academic. 9780801097249. Paperback. $24.99)

This updated and revised edition adds chapters on Ephrem of Syria and Patrick of Ireland.

“After years of neglecting the fathers, evangelicals are waking up to the importance of the patristic era and the various significant authors who inhabited it.‎ And this new edition of Bryan Litfin’s book on this period of church history is an extremely lucid and reliable guide. A must read.”—Michael A. G. Haykin


Cover ArtThe Synoptic Problem: Four Views edited by Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer (Baker Academic. 9780801097249. Paperback. $24.99)

“Multiple-views books on controversial biblical and theological topics have become quite popular and helpful, especially when each contributor responds to the others. This volume is particularly well done, and Porter and Dyer have enlisted outstanding representatives of each of the four most viable solutions to the Synoptic Problem. The editors also place each theory into the history of the discussion, so that students can consider this ‘one-stop shopping’ for scholarship on this important topic.”—Craig L. Blomberg


The Family Life of a Christian LeaderThe Family Life of a Christian Leader by Ajith Fernando (Crossway. 9781433552908. Paperback. $17.99)

“Family life is never easy. This book, from a wise, experienced sage, can help you, regardless of your family situation. It rings with biblical authority and practical counsel, helping equip you to be the husband, wife, father, or mother God is calling you to be.”—Russell D. Moore


Eight Women of FaithEight Women of Faith by Michael A. G. Haykin (Crossway. 9781433548925. Paperback. $14.99)

The Witness of Jane Grey, an Evangelical Queen – “Faith Only Justifieth”

Richard Baxter’s Testimony about Margaret Baxter – “Ruled by Her Prudent Love in Many Things”

Anne Dutton and Her Theological Works – “The Glory of God, and the Good of Souls”

Sarah Edwards and the Vision of God – “A Wonderful Sweetness”

Anne Steele and Her Hymns – “The Tuneful Tongue That Sung . . . Her Great Redeemer’s Praise”

Esther Edwards Burr on Friendship – “One of the Best Helps to Keep Up Religion in the Soul”

Ann Judson and the Missionary Enterprise – “Truth Compelled Us”

The Christian Faith of Jane Austen – “The Value of That Holy Religion”

Recent additions to New Academic

9780805497762_cvr_web Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes by Daniel Akin and Jonathan Akin (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H Books. Paperback. 9780805497762. $14.99)

“A book on Ecclesiastes might seem strange since it teaches ‘of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness to the flesh,’ but the rich truths present in this book are imperative to our full formation as the people of God. The writers have wrung Jesus out of this book, and whether you are planning on preaching a series on Ecclesiastes or just using this to study the Word of God, your heart will be stirred and your mind informed.”—Matt Chandler


9780801097782 Jesus the God-Man: The Unity and Diversity of the Gospel Portrayals by Darrell Bock with Benjamin Simpson (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801097782. $19.99)

“In this book with Ben Simpson, Darrell Bock, one of evangelicalism’s leading historical Jesus scholars, takes the fruit of decades of technical scholarship on every major phase of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection and offers it concisely at a very readable level. Particularly helpful is the view that the Synoptics present Jesus from the earth up, whereas John depicts him from heaven down. An excellent resource that deserves widespread use.”—Craig L. Blomberg


9780801097454 Sacramental Preaching: Sermons on the Hidden Presence of Christ by Hans Boersma (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801097454. $23.99)

“The growing body of literature on patristic exegesis and spiritual interpretation has reached a consensus: the modern modes of biblical interpretation, whether historical-critical or historical-grammatical, are inadequate. Which is to say, Sacramental Preaching is exactly what we need! Boersma’s performed exegesis in fourteen sermons allows us to think through the challenges of interpretation by way of hands-on immersion. This book will be warmly received by the growing cohort of theology students and pastors who want to transcend the inherent limitations of academic biblical studies.”—R.R. Reno


9780801049958 Why Study Religion?: Understanding Humanity’s Pursuit of the Divine by Terry Muck (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049958. $19.99)

“One cannot understand our world today without appreciating the role of religion in global affairs. Drawing upon a rich background in teaching religious studies and interreligious engagement, Terry Muck offers wise, perceptive, and helpful guidance for studying religious traditions. This is a terrific treatment of a crucial subject.”—Harold Netland


9781587433849 Public Faith in Action: How to Think Carefully, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity by Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz (Baker Academic. Hardback. 9781587433849. $21.99)

“The world needs our active Christian faith more now, perhaps, than ever. Public Faith in Action provides a deeply thoughtful model for how we as Christians might work out our faith for the glory of God and the flourishing of communities and people. One needn’t agree with every application here in order to be instructed, challenged, and inspired by this call to commitment, conviction, and character as we strive to serve a suffering world faithfully and well.”.”—Karen Swallow Prior


9781781917664 Biblical Church Revitalization by Brian Croft (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781917664. $11.99)

“… outlines a simple, biblical guide for church revitalization that can benefit pastors in churches of any size, and lessons from his personal journey augment a thoroughly biblical approach to the task of church revitalization.”—Thom Rainer


Exodus for You Exodus for You by Tim Chester (Good Book Company. Hardback. 9781784980245. $24.99)

Without Exodus, we have an impoverished understanding of the nature of God, the achievement of the cross, the triumph of the resurrection and the identity of God’s people.

With his trademark Christ-centered clarity, Tim Chester walks readers through Exodus, making its great themes thrillingly clear to those new to the book, and unearthing wonderful new surprises for those familiar with it.


y648 It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies by Mary Eberstadt (HarperCollins. Hardback. 9780062454010. $25.99)

“Mary Eberstadt is one of America’s most vibrant and compelling thinkers. This book takes on the question of religious liberty, and does so without mincing words. The book will equip you to know what’s happening to America’s first freedom and will inspire you to act.”—Russell Moore


9780830844616 Rewriting Your Broken Story: The Power of an Eternal Perspective by Kenneth Boa (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830844616. $16.00)

“Søren Kierkegaard was right when he said that we have to define life backwards and then live it forwards. It is the arrival that defines the reason for the departure. It is right thinking about life that gives freedom its map. And as Ken Boa observes in this book, ‘an eternal perspective will inform us of something more (and better) than what we can see.’ Boa has provided a helpful and hopeful map to guide us through life’s journey. I know his words will encourage and challenge you.”—Ravi Zacharias


9780830840991 The Face of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Theology of Shame and Redemption by Philip Jamieson (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840991. $20.00)

“In this fine little book, Jamieson offers a Christ-centered reframing of forgiveness that shows how shame exceeds guilt as humanity’s worst predicament before God and one another, and how the face of Christ provides the best therapeutic remedy. A good example of both pastoral theology and Christian psychology, the work strongly reflects a scripturally-driven agenda and the author’s Christian theological tradition, both of which shape how contemporary psychology is skillfully interpreted and appropriated, while noting its worldview biases and limitations. Highly recommended.”—Eric Johnson


9780825444210 The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? edited by Carol Hill, Gregg Davidson, Tim Helble, and Wayne Ranney. (Kregel. Hardback. 9780825444210. $26.99)

“Can Bible-believing Christians also believe that the earth is billions of years old and that the Grand Canyon could not have been formed by Noah’s Flood? Yes, insist the eleven authors of this fascinating book. On page after page, professional geologists explain that “flood geology” omits essential facts and fails to explain massive amounts of evidence in the Grand Canon [sic] itself. This important book must be carefully considered by everyone involved in the debate about the age of the earth.”—Wayne Grudem


9780198718376 Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President by Barry Hankins (Oxford University Press. Hardback. 9780198718376. $35.00)

When Woodrow Wilson was elected as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in 1897, his preacher father allegedly remarked, “I would rather that he held that position than be president of the United States.” Fifteen years later he was both. Easily one of the most religious presidents in American history, almost all of Wilson’s policies and important speeches were infused with religious concepts. The son, grandson, and nephew of southern Presbyterian divines, with six consecutive generations of preachers on his mother’s side, Wilson viewed his political career as a sacred calling. As he remarked to a Democratic Party leader just before his inauguration in 1913, “God ordained that I should be the next president of the United States.”

As a scholar, Princeton University president, governor of New Jersey, then president, Wilson spent his entire career trying to further the cause of public righteousness. In 1905, he uttered his life’s credo: “There is a mighty task before us and it welds us together. It is to make the United States a mighty Christian nation and to Christianize the World.” Nonetheless, the 28th president was not principally a religious figure, and he didn’t fit comfortably in any religious camp, either in his own time or today. In Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President, Barry Hankins tells the story of Wilson’s religion as he moved from the Calvinist orthodoxy of his youth to a progressive, spiritualized religion short on doctrine and long on morality.


9780190264796 Protestantism After 500 Years edited by Thomas Howard and Mark Noll (Oxford University Press. Hardback. 9780190264796. $35.00)

“Even if the Reformation cannot be praised or blamed for everything that has happened since, it is vital for understanding a great many things. The illuminating essays in this volume will provide both scholars and non-specialists with an excellent and balanced overview of how to understand the ongoing impact of Protestantism in helping to shape the modern world.”—George Marsden


9780567570734 Joel by Christopher Seitz (International Theological Commentary Series. T&T Clark. Hardback. 9780567570734. $94.00)

“Finally, a commentary series that places theology at the centre of academic interpretation. With his proven expertise, Christopher Seitz – am internationally renowned scholar in the tradition of Brevard S. Childs – is exactly the right person to begin this new series. His reading of Joel is done with good knowledge of both the power and limits of biblical criticism. Seitz revives the prophet Joel’s forgotten theological impact. An excellent piece of work, his interpretation brings to light once more the treasures of the Christian tradition of exegesis with impressive knowledge, which is greatly enhanced by his own theological observations.”—Hermann Spieckermann

New Titles from Crossway

Out now from Crossway:

9781433549533The Lordship of Christ: Serving Our Savior All of the Time, in All of Life, with All of Our Heart by Vern S. Poythress (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433549533. $19.99)

Jesus Christ was not merely a human being. He was not merely a famous religious teacher. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. This radical claim from the Bible has profound implications for every area of life—for every person and every facet of society. Drawing on key biblical texts, Vern Poythress explores what acknowledging the authority of Christ means for the way we should think and act. Unpacking how this authority affects spheres of life such as religion, politics, science, art, education, and the future, Poythress helps us pursue obedience to Christ as an expression of our gratitude and devotion—and our anticipation of the joy promised to us when we serve him with all of our heart.

“My good friend Vern Poythress has written Redeeming ScienceRedeeming SociologyRedeeming Mathematics, and Redeeming Philosophy, as well as excellent books on linguistics and logic. The Lordship of Christ expounds the foundation beneath all these other studies—namely, the fact that Christ rules over every area of human life. This is the principle rediscovered by Abraham Kuyper, that every square inch in the universe belongs to Jesus. Poythress’s book contains a strong biblical defense of this principle. It also contains the best discussion yet of the one-kingdom/two-kingdoms controversy.” —John M. Frame


9781433549731When Trouble Comes by Phil Ryken (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433549731. $12.99)

Whether we’re dealing with suffering, temptation, sin, grief, or persecution, it’s easy to feel alone in our troubles. But the reality is that everyone experiences trouble at some point, and we have a Father in heaven who promises to always be with us. In this honest and encouraging book, Phil Ryken offers hope and practical examples from his own life, the lives of major characters from the Bible, and Jesus himself to show us that we’re never alone in our pain. Though suffering is normal and affliction is to be expected, Christians can put their hope in God—our very present help in times of trouble.

When Trouble Comes is a profound book for people in profound trouble. We don’t need to go looking for it, of course. Sooner or later, some life-altering catastrophe that only God can get us through crashes into our lives. And God does help us, very wonderfully, as we fall into his loving arms. Dr. Ryken, a man I highly respect, gently shows us from the Bible how God cares for us when our very lives are on the line. May the Lord bless you as you read this encouraging book, even as he has blessed me.” —Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.


9781433550706Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame by Heather Davis Nelson (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433550706. $12.99)

Shame is everywhere. Whether it’s related to relationships, body image, work difficulties, or a secret sin, we all experience shame at some point in our lives. While shame can manifest itself in different ways—fear, regret, and anger—it ultimately points us to our most fundamental need as human beings: redemption. Shame never disappears in solitude, and Heather Davis Nelson invites us to not only be healed of our own shame but also be a part of healing for others. She shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, giving us courage us to walk out of shame’s shadows and offering hope for our bondage to brokenness. Through the gospel, we discover the only real and lasting antidote to shame: exchanging our shame for the righteousness of Christ alongside others on this same journey.

“Heather Davis Nelson has written a wonderful work on the topic of shame. She brilliantly weaves her own stories and those of others into the larger story of what God does with our shame. She fearlessly brings the light of Jesus to shine in the dark recesses of our souls as she helps to free us from the pain of shame.” —Paul E. Miller


9781433550829His Love Endures Forever: Reflections on the Immeasurable Love of God by Gary J. Williams (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433550829. $16.99)

God is love. There are few more quoted statements in all of Scripture. Although wonderfully simple, this truth is incredibly profound—and therefore often misunderstood, twisted, and taken out of context. Rather than remembering that it is God who is love, we too often make human love our standard. Exploring what the Bible teaches about God’s love, this book will lead you to marvel at both its unique nature and its immeasurable greatness.

“In this timely reflection on God as love, Garry Williams draws upon theology and Scripture, history and literature, current events and age-old questions to illuminate a truly tremendous subject. He intersperses this reflection with incisive questions for meditation and clothes the whole in plain, nontechnical language. And the result? A truly profound study of what has to be regarded as the heart of the biblical perspective about God.” —Michael A. G. Haykin


9781433550867Theologians You Should Know: An Introduction. From the Apostolic Fathers to the 21st Century by Michael Reeves (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433550867. $19.99)

Whether you realize it or not, you are the beneficiary of centuries of careful study and reflection on God’s Word. The writings and teachings of figures from the past are crucial to what the church believes today. But just like intriguing guests of honor at a dinner party, these theologians can be intimidating to get to know. Introducing you to the lives and thought of figures such as the Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Karl Barth, and others, this book makes the writings of these significant theologians accessible and approachable—opening up for you the riches of church history and enlarging your vision of God and his plan for the world.

“Historical theology is the study of the formulation of doctrine from the church of the past. As such, it provides a storehouse of wisdom, a wonderful legacy handed down from earlier theologians to the church today. Though hundreds of theologians contributed to this legacy, Michael Reeves introduces us to the theologians you should know. It is one of the best introductions to historical theology and its purveyors that exists!” —Gregg R. Allison


9781433550997The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of  Parenting Children with Special Needs by Andrew & Rachel Wilson (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433550997. $12.99)

Sometimes life throws you a curveball. Andrew and Rachel Wilson know what it means to live a life they never expected. As the parents of two children with special needs, their story mingles deep pain with deep joy in unexpected places. With raw honesty, they share about the challenges they face on a daily basis—all the while teaching what it means to weep, worship, wait, and hope in the Lord. Offering encouragement rooted in God’s Word, this book will help you cling to Jesus and fight for joy when faced with a life you never expected.

The Life We Never Expected is an honest, confessional, and hopeful book. It doesn’t flinch from telling the whole truth about the trials of parenting special-needs children, and it reminds us of our need for the gospel every day. This isn’t a book that’s going to tell you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and try harder. This is a book for those who are on the floor, weeping, because they need to know Jesus is with them.” —Russell D. Moore

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 20, 2016

Out now on New Academic:

9783110412857The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, Volume 9: Strictures on Sandemanianism ed. Nathan A. Finn (De Gruyter. Hardback. 9783110412857. $140.00)

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) was the leading Baptist theologian of his era, though his works are just now being made available in a critical edition. Strictures on Sandemanianism is the first published volume in The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller. In this treatise, Fuller critiqued Sandemanianism, a form of Restorationism that first emerged in Scotland in the eighteenth century and was influencing the Scotch Baptists of Fuller’s day. Fuller’s biggest concern was the Sandemanian belief that saving faith is merely intellectual assent to the gospel. Fuller believed this “intellectualist” view of faith undermined evangelical spirituality. Strictures on Sandemanianism became a leading evangelical critique of Sandemanian views. This critical edition will introduce scholars to this important work and shed light on evangelical debates about the faith, justification, and sanctification during the latter half of the “long” eighteenth century (ca. 1750 to 1815).


Bavinck_The Mysterious Riddle_wrk01.inddThe Riddle of Life by J. H. Bavinck (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802873330. $20.00)

In the spirit of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, eminent thinker J. H. Bavinck’s Riddle of Life offers a compact and compelling treatise on Christian belief, starting with the eternal questions that haunt every conscious human being: Why are we here? Where do we come from? What is our destiny? How should we live? He goes on to explore essential topics including sin, salvation, and Jesus the Redeemer; faith and idolatry; God’s great plan for creation; and the ultimate purpose behind our lives.


Hart_Leaves Upon the Wind_wrk02.inddA Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays by David Bentley Hart (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872647. $35.00)

Why has Don Juan become so passé of late? What’s the trouble with Ayn Rand? How did the Doge of Venice come to venerate the counterfeit remains of Siddhartha Gautama? Why does the Bentley family’s collection of ancestral relics include a bronzed human thumb? And what, exactly, is the story behind Great Uncle Aloysius, who was born a Quaker but died a pagan? This collection of occasional essays brings us David Bentley Hart at his finest: startlingly clear and deliciously abstruse, coolly wise and burningly witty, fresh and timeless, mystical and concrete — often all at once. Hart’s incisive blend of philosophy, moral theology, and cultural criticism, together with his flair for both the well-told story and the well-turned phrase, is sure to delight.


9780802873279Today When You Hear His Voice: Scripture, the Covenants, and the People of God by Gregory W. Lee (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802873279. $30.00)

What vision of biblical authority arises from Scripture’s own use of Scripture? This question has received surprisingly little attention from theologians seeking to develop a comprehensive doctrine of Scripture. Today When You Hear His Voice by Gregory W. Lee fills this gap by listening carefully to the Epistle to the Hebrews. Lee illuminates the unique way that Hebrews appropriates Old Testament texts as he considers the theological relationship between salvation history and scriptural interpretation. He illustrates these dynamics through extended treatments of Augustine and Calvin, whose contrasting perspectives on the covenants, Israel, and the literal and figural senses provide theological categories for appreciating how Hebrews innovatively presents Scripture as God’s direct address in the contemporary moment.

“Greg Lee here makes a significant integrative contribution to discussions about the theological interpretation of Scripture by comparing and contrasting three Christian readings of the Old Testament: Augustine, Calvin, and the Epistle to the Hebrews. The result is an important proposal about biblical authority and interpretation that carries considerable ecumenical and interdisciplinary promise. Lee’s suggestion regarding the literal sense allows Protestants to lie down with Roman Catholics, and systematic theologians with biblical exegetes.” –Kevin Vanhoozer


9780802841148The Apostle Paul: His Life, Thought, and Letters by Stanley E. Porter (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802841148. $40.00)

In this comprehensive introduction to the apostle Paul, Stanley Porter devotes serious consideration both to the background and major contours of Paul’s thought and to the unique contributions of each of his letters. Porter begins by introducing the Pauline tradition and outlining the basics of Paul’s life, the chronology of his ministry, and his several imprisonments. Porter then discusses the background to Paul’s thought, examines some of the major themes of his writings, and treats issues concerning the Pauline epistles, such as pseudonymity and canon. Finally, Porter delves into all thirteen of Paul’s letters individually, placing them within their historical contexts and examining critical issues relating to the content and interpretation of each letter. The result is a thorough, balanced treatment of one of the most important figures in Christianity.


9780802874092Discovering Romans: Content, Interpretation, Reception by Anthony Thiselton (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802874092. $22.00)

This third volume in the Discovering Biblical Texts series offers readers a compact, up-to-date, and student-friendly introduction to Paul’s letter to the Romans, focusing on its structure, content, theological concerns, key interpretive debates, and historical reception. Anthony C. Thiselton alerts readers to key issues and questions raised by the text, encouraging in-depth study and a sincere grappling with the theological and historical questions raised by this often-controversial epistle. He pays special attention to the book’s reception and its influence on Christian history and culture, exploring and explaining the approaches and conclusions of a wide range of ancient and modern interpreters.


9781601784650Pulpit Aflame: Essays in Honor of Steve Lawson eds. Joel R. Beeke and Dustin W. Benge (Reformation Heritage. Hardback. 9781601784650. $25.00)

The apostle Paul instructed Timothy to preach the word! . . . ‘Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching’ (2 Tim. 4:2). This instruction is in keeping with the principle reflected in the book of Acts that the proclamation of God’s Word is the heart of corporate worship. Yet in many churches, preaching is in decline under the influence of a culture that prefers entertainment to exposition. In this volume, fourteen experienced preachers reaffirm the centrality of preaching in the life of the church as they explore what the Scriptures have to say about the mandate, meaning, motivation, and method of preaching. With wisdom and conviction, the authors remind the church that God works through the faithful preaching of His Word, no less in the twenty-first century than in the first.


9780310527862Basics of Classical Syriac: Complete Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon by Steven C. Hallam (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310527862. $49.99)

Basics of Classical Syriac by Steven C. Hallam is a beginning Syriac grammar, workbook, and lexicon all in one and can be used by independent learners or a classroom setting. Of the early translational languages of the New Testament, none is more important than Syriac. A working knowledge of Syriac provides a lens from which to study the early texts of the Greek New Testament, the Peshitta (the Syriac translation of the Bible), and various early church history texts and commentary, thus Basics of Classical Syriac is useful for students across a range of disciplines. Workbook exercises for each chapter enable students to know whether they are grasping the fundamentals of the language. Basics of Classical Syriac provides an ideal first step into this ancient language and focuses on getting the student into text translation as quickly as possible.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 13, 2016

Arrived last week on New Academic:

9780830851355Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (Studies in Culture and the Arts) by Jonathan A. Anderson and William A. Dyrness (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851355. $24.00)

“This is a book we have needed for a long time. The standard story of modern art, told by religious and non-religious people alike, is that it is the art of secularism and pervaded by nihilism. That was the story told by Hans Rookmaaker more than forty years ago in the book that became enormously influential among evangelicals, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture. Anderson and Dyrness tell a very different story. They show that modern art has been pervaded by religious concerns and theological issues. What they have dug up is truly amazing; the book is an eye-opener. They frame their story as a response to Rookmaaker. But the story they tell and the interpretations they offer are for everyone. Only those who refuse to read can ever again think of modern art in the old way.” –Nicholas Wolterstorff


9780830850952Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective (Missiological Engagements) by John G. Flett (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830850952. $40.00)

“The missiological movement in the nineteenth century was a powerful force in the creation of the ecumenical movement in the twentieth. Today, it would seem that missiological theology gives promise of reorienting an ecumenical movement that is threatening to retreat into a form of splendid isolation, making itself unwittingly supportive of the attitudes of colonization that missiologists (through a lengthy period of self-criticism) have largely left behind them. At the heart of this book lies a searing indictment of those ‘communion ecclesiologies’ that, through their identification of the being of the church with practices internal to them, foster an understanding of mission in terms of the cultivation of precisely those practices in other contexts, without regard for the fact that the church itself is being treated in the process as a culture whose task then becomes the subsumption of other cultures into itself. This is a book that is bound to make some folks angry. Hopefully, it will awaken many others to the need for more culturally-sensitive accounts of Christian mission.” –Bruce L. McCormack


9780825442094What Happened in the Garden?: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and Fall of Man ed. Abner Chou (Kregel. Paperback. 9780825442094. $19.99)

Evangelicals are no strangers to the creation versus evolution debate. Now the argument has spread beyond the contents of the creation account and into Genesis 2-3, with speculation about the historicity of Adam, and the fall. But does it matter which position one holds? Is anything really at stake?

The faculty of The Master’s College come together to contend that the second and third chapters of Genesis are indeed historical, that there are excellent reasons for believing so, and that it is an essential issue within Christian thought and life. The contents of these chapters establish the history of how everything in the world came to be what it is today. This Scripture passage—Genesis 3 especially—explains what we observe in the legal system, literature, gender roles, education, psychology, and science. Far from irrelevant, the theology and historicity of Genesis are in fact critical to our everyday lives.

What Happened in the Garden? includes new scientific, literary, business, educational, and legal perspectives on creation. Through this multidisciplinary look at the debate, the contributors prove that to change our understanding of the fall is to change the way we understand reality, to revise the Christian worldview, and to reshape the faith itself.


9781596389489Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries by Sinclair B. Ferguson, Joel R. Beeke, Michael A. G. Haykin (Reformation Heritage. Paperback. 9781601784766. $8.00)

Church history is important because it shows us how God’s faithful dealings with His people in the Bible continue in the ongoing life and work of Christ in our world. If you have ever wished for a short book highlighting church history’s most important events that will enlighten your mind and peak your interest, this is the one you ve been waiting for. Three prolific church historians collaborate their efforts in Church History 101 to present you with a quick read of church history’s high points.


9780310522591.jpgA Doubters Guide to the Ten Commandments: How, for Better or Worse, Our Ideas about the Good Life Come from Moses and Jesus by John Dickson (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310522591. $15.99)

The Ten Commandments are perhaps some of the most well-known and vexed verses of the whole Bible. They have found their way into our art, monuments, literature, and culture—even into Richard Dawkins famed “Ten Atheist Commandments.” In A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments, bestselling author John Dickson explores how these ten verses have changed our world and how they show us what the Good Life looks like. Whether or not one believes in the Bible, these ten ancient instructions open up a window to the Western world and on our own soul.