Arrived on New Academic the Week of March 21, 2016

Adobe Photoshop PDFLive Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You by Dan Dumas (Bethany House. Paperback. 9780764217760. $10.99)

As a professor and youth director, author Dan Dumas has seen that young people have high expectations for themselves. They want their lives to matter, and there’s no reason our expectations for them should be any different. This book presents practical tools and biblical advice to middle school and high school-aged readers so they can make the most of their youth. It covers everything from making the right friendships to how to think about education and how to invest in their relationships with God. The habits a person forms when they’re young can last a lifetime–now’s the time to make it count.

“Prepare to be amazed by what God can do in your life! This is a book that can make a real difference in your life, right now. Dan Dumas is a man who wants to make an impact in the world with his life, and he wants to help you make an impact as well.” –R. Albert Mohler Jr.

 

9780310514084Loving the City: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Timothy Keller (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310514084. $18.99)

Even if you don’t go to the city to minister, make no mistake—the city is coming to you. Regardless of your particular cultural or geographical context, you will need to consider the city when forming a theological vision that engages the people you are trying to reach. In Loving the City, bestselling author and pastor Timothy Keller looks at the biblical foundations for contextualizing the gospel as we communicate to the culture in a way that is both respectful and challenging. He articulates the key characteristics of a city vision, showing how the city develops as a theme throughout Scripture, from its anti-God origins, to its strategic importance for mission, to its culmination and redemption in glory. Finally, he examines the need for thoughtful cultural engagement, unpacking four models for engaging culture, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and emphasizing a blended approach that balances the key insights of each. Loving the City will help you to minister to your cultural context in a way that is biblically faithful and fruitful.

 

9780310520573Serving a Movement: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Timothy Keller (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310520573. $18.99)

Our goal as Christians is never simply to build our own tribe. Instead, we seek the peace and prosperity of the city or community in which we live through a gospel movement led by the Holy Spirit, a movement united by the gospel of Jesus Christ, a common mission to reach and serve others, and a commitment to be gracious and generous to those who disagree with you. In Serving a Movement, best-selling author and pastor Timothy Keller looks at the nature of the church’s mission and its relationship to the work of individual Christians in the world. He examines what it means to be a “missional” church today and how churches can practically equip people for missional living. Churches need to intentionally cultivate an integrative ministry that connects people to God, to one another, to the needs of the city, and to the culture around us. Finally, he highlights the need for intentional movements of churches planting new churches that faithfully proclaim God’s truth and serve their communities.

 

9780310520597Shaped by the Gospel: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Timothy Keller (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310520597. $15.99)

It is easy to assume that if we understand the gospel and preach it faithfully, our ministry will necessarily be shaped by it—but this is not true.  Many churches claim to be gospel-centered but do not have a ministry that is shaped by, centered on, and empowered through the gospel.  The implications of the gospel have not yet worked their way into the fabric of how that church does ministry. Gospel-centered ministry is more theologically driven than program driven. To pursue it, we must spend time reflecting on the essence, the truths, and the very patterns of the gospel itself.  The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely—a third way of relating to God through grace. In Shaped by the Gospel, bestselling author and pastor Timothy Keller addresses several current discussion and conflicts about the nature of the gospel and shows how faithful preaching of the gospel leads to individual and corporate renewal.

Arrived on New Academic the week of March 14, 2016

9781433684029Progressive Covenantalism: Charting a Course Between Dispensational and Covenant Theologies eds. Stephen J. Wellum and Brent E. Parker (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433684029. $32.99)

Progressive Covenantalism continues to develop the insights of Kingdom through Covenant by a team of scholars who accept the basic biblical-theological framework of the latter work, but now in this work developing that framework in areas which the initial book did not. Where Kingdom through Covenant could only hint at some issues and not develop them fully, Progressive Covenantalism picks up where the former book left off and provides further discussion and argumentation for the position.

 

9781433688942Understanding the Great Commission by Mark Dever (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781433688942. $7.99)

How did the apostles and the churches of the New Testament obey the Great Commission? By gathering Christians together in churches. The church is God’s plan for evangelism, discipleship, and the Great Commission. This connection between the Great Commission and the church dramatically impacts how both leaders and members should think about their work of making disciples. We do it together.

 

9781433688959Understanding the Lord’s Supper by Bobby Jamieson (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781433688959. $7.99)

The Lord’s Supper isn’t just something churches do together, it’s something that binds us together, making many into one. This accessible work biblically explains what the Lord’s Supper is, how it relates to a local church’s life together, who should celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and how we should approach it.

 

9780801049606Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church by Benjamin L. Gladd and Matthew S. Harmon (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049606. $19.99)

Many people think eschatology refers to events occurring at the end of history. In this book, two scholars with expertise in biblical eschatology argue that God’s kingdom breaking into this world through Jesus Christ has inaugurated a new creation, a reality that should shape pastoral leadership and be reflected in the life and ministry of the church. Brief and accessibly written, this book articulates the practical implications of G. K. Beale’s New Testament Biblical Theology and features an introductory chapter by Beale. Each chapter concludes with practical suggestions and a list of books for further study.

“For those who think that biblical theology (especially the teaching about inaugurated and consummated eschatology) doesn’t relate to daily life and ministry, Gladd and Harmon demonstrate that eschatology permeates every aspect of ministry, from prayer to preaching to missions. The book is filled with practical suggestions, but what makes it unique and powerful is that the practical implications are rooted in what the Scriptures teach about eschatology. Readers will be instructed, edified, and encouraged.” —Thomas R. Schreiner

 

9780801039577Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate by Michelle Lee-Barnewall (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801039577. $22.99)

Regarding gender relations, the evangelical world is divided between complementarians and egalitarians. While both perspectives have much to contribute, the discussion has reached a stalemate. Michelle Lee-Barnewall critiques both sides of the debate, challenging the standard premises and arguments and offering new insight into a perennially divisive issue in the church. She brings fresh biblical exegesis to bear on our cultural situation, presenting an alternative way to move the discussion forward based on a corporate perspective and on kingdom values.

“Imagine using core biblical themes like corporateness, servant leadership, mutuality, and unity to discuss issues of the relationship of men and women to one another in the church. Imagine focusing not on power or rights but on the example of Christ. If you imagine reframing the gender discussion in helpful ways, then you will be interested in Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian. When one serves while leading and pays special attention to corporate versus individual themes, things are transformed from the way the world (and sometimes the way the church on both sides of the debate) talks about them. Read this book no matter which side of the debate you are on–and think afresh.” —Darrell L. Bock

 

9781433552632A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness by John Piper (Crossway.  Hardback. 9781433552632. $24.99)

God has provided a way for all people, not just scholars, to know that the Bible is the Word of God. John Piper has devoted his life to showing us that the glory of God is object of the soul’s happiness. Now, his burden in this book is to demonstrate that this same glory is the ground of the mind’s certainty. God’s peculiar glory shines through his Word. The Spirit of God enlightens the eyes of our hearts. And in one self-authenticating sight, our minds are sure and our hearts are satisfied. Justified certainty and solid joy meet in the peculiar glory of God.

“Never has the church been in greater need of recognizing that Scripture is self-attesting. In this important and timely book, Piper shows what it means not only to conform our thinking but also to submit our worship and our lives as a whole to the self-establishing, self-validating truth and authority of the Bible and, in doing that, to the Christ of the Bible.” —Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

 

9780802873392The Woman, the Hour, and the Garden: A Study of Imagery in the Gospel of John by Addison Hodges Hart (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802873392. $15.00)

Was Jesus ever married? Yes, indeed, says Addison Hodges Hart — but not in the way that recent sensationalist writers have claimed. In this book Hart opens an illuminating window into John’s Gospel as he explores its rich, poetic imagery, particularly the metaphorical significance of “the Woman.” Inspired by the writings of early church fathers and medieval theologians, Hart presents the Gospel of John as an incarnational, sacramental text and shows that it is primarily a revelation of salvation, deeply mystical and intended to lead its readers into a living relationship with the one who is the Bridegroom of his people.

“The best books are short and deep, and this is just such a book. . . . With the help of Christian art and poetry Addison Hodges Hart shows that ‘woman’ is an icon of the gathered community, which leads to the bold conclusion that Christ is indeed married and has taken a bride, the church. This is a book for meditation, to be read slowly with the text of the Gospel in hand.” —Robert Louis Wilken

 

9780830848805Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule by Jonathan Leeman (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830848805. $40.00)

The church is political. Theologians have been debating this claim for years. Liberationists, Anabaptists, Augustinians, neo-Calvinists, Radical Orthodox and others continue to discuss the matter. What do we mean by politics and the political? What are the limits of the church’s political reach? What is the nature of the church as an institution? How do we establish these claims theologically? Jonathan Leeman sets out to address these questions in this significant work. Drawing on covenant theology and the “new institutionalism” in political science, Leeman critiques political liberalism and explores how the biblical canon informs an account of the local church as an embassy of Christ’s kingdom. Political Church heralds a new era in political theology.

“This is a very important book. Impressive in the depth and breadth of its sources, Political Church offers a fresh, cogent and well-informed model that deserves wide attention. Situating his arguments in past and present debates, Leeman formulates a unique paradigm for understanding simultaneously the nature of the church and its relation to the kingdoms of this age. Political Church is an example of a new level of evangelical reflection and serious engagement.” –Michael Horton

 

9780830851300The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History, and Theology by Osvaldo Padilla (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851300. $26.00)

The book of Acts is a remarkable fusion of the historical and theological, and its account of the early church has fascinated theologians and biblical scholars for centuries. Just who was the author of this work? And what kind of book did he write? How do we classify its genre? The Acts of the Apostles provides an advanced introduction to the study of Acts, covering important questions about authorship, genre, history and theology. Osvaldo Padilla explores fresh avenues of understanding by examining the text in light of the most recent research on the book of Acts itself, philosophical hermeneutics, genre theory and historiography. In addition, Padilla opens a conversation between the text of Acts and postliberal theology, seeking a fully-orbed engagement with Acts that is equally attuned to questions of interpretation, history and theology.

“This study of the book of Acts presents Luke not only as author but also as exemplary historian, storyteller and theologian. Luke’s three-stranded cord of authorial discourse is on conspicuous display in his composition of Peter’s, Stephen’s, Philip’s and Paul’s speeches. Where other textbooks often focus on the narratives in Acts (e.g., Pentecost) and the practices of the early church, Padilla highlights the speeches in Acts and their continuing significance, going beyond the call of New Testament duty by dialoguing with postliberal theologians and asking whether they can do justice to the speeches in Acts and in particular their truth claims. The result is an introductory text that not only illumines the book of Acts, but also encourages Christians today to ‘act out the acts of the apostles’ (John Donne), to speak out their speech acts.” –Kevin J. Vanhoozer

 

9781941337509Born This Way?: Homosexuality, Science, and the Scriptures by J. Alan Branch (Weaver Book Company. Paperback. 9781941337509. $14.99)

Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way” has become an anthem for homosexual rights, asserting in a simplistic fashion that same-sex attraction is a trait much like hair or skin color. In Born This Way?, the author surveys the most common scientific arguments in favor of homosexuality and respond to pro-homosexual arguments. A review of the research will show that, while there are some genetic or biological factors that correlate with a higher incidence of same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior, as of yet there is no proof of genetic or biological causation for homosexuality.

 

9780310516460Four Views on Hell: Second Edition ed. Preston Sprinkle (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310516460. $18.99)

Recent years have seen much controversy regarding hell: Do we go to heaven or hell when we die? Or do we cease to exist? Are believers and unbelievers ultimately saved in the end? This second edition of Four Views on Hell, featuring all new contributors, highlights why the church still needs to wrestle with the doctrine of hell. In the familiar counterpoints format, four leading scholars introduce us to the current views on eternal judgment, with particular attention being given to the new voices that have entered the debate.

Contributors and views include:

  • Denny Burk: Eternal Conscious Torment
  • John Stackhouse: Annihilationism (Conditional Immortality)
  • Robin Parry: Universalism (Ultimate Reconciliation)
  • Jerry Walls: Purgatory

General editor Preston Sprinkle concludes the discussion by evaluating each view, noting significant points of exchange between the essayists. The interactive nature of the volume allows the reader to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each view and come to an informed conclusion.

 

9780310531388Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward by Nabeel Qureshi (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310531388. $14.99)

From New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism. San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of jihad, but do the terrorists’ actions actually reflect the religion of Islam? The answer to this question is more pressing than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive in the West seeking shelter from the violent ideology of ISIS. Setting aside speculations and competing voices, what really is jihad? How are we to understand jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond? In Answering Jihad, bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus) answers these questions from the perspective of a former Muslim who is deeply concerned for both his Muslim family and his American homeland.

Preaching Magazine Announces Albert Mohler’s Top 10 Books for Preachers in 2015

Book lovers rejoice upon the annual announcement of Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s Top Books list in Preaching Magazine. Mohler, whose legendary reading habits are widely known, is a titan book consumer who reads as deeply as he does widely. Thus, those of us on the Shelf Space team were thrilled to see the following ten books for preachers recommended by Dr. Mohler. Preachers are, after all, not just to be people of the Book, but people of books. Mohler is most certainly correct: “we cannot thrive without books.”


 

* quotes below are from “The Best Books for Preachers in 2015” by R. Albert Mohler Jr. March/April 2016 Issue Preaching

“Preachers, if no one else, have to understand that the reading of books, even if countercultural, is essential and inextricably linked to long-term faithfulness in Christian ministry … For preachers, we are still in the age of books, and one of our challenges is choosing which books deserve our time, our eyes, and our investment. At the very least, these ten are a good place to start.”

 

9781433542527Leland Ryken, J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015)

“It is hard to imagine an evangelical figure that could eclipse the influence of J. I. Packer … This is the kind of biography any major theological figure should hope would one day be written of him. With bated breath and no possibility of disappointment, preachers will read this biography with much interest and excitement.”

 

9780525953036 (1)Timothy J. Keller, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (New York: Viking, 2015)

Preaching Magazine’s 2015 Book of the Year

 

 

9780830836994Os Guiness, Fools Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015)

“Guinness serves as a public intellectual among evangelicals, and in his latest book he points to the need for Christians to learn the essential task of persuasion in an increasingly secular world. . . This is one of those books that deserve a careful, slow, and generous reading. It certainly deserves a place on the preacher’s reading list.”

 

9781629950846John M. Frame, A History of Western Philosophy and Theology (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2015)

“This book deserves a place on a preacher’s bookshelf even if the preacher never intends to sit down and read it in its entirety.”

 

9781433544941 (1)Gerald Bray, Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015)

As a pastor, Augustine’s understanding of the Christian life is absolutely crucial. In this very important volume, Gerald Bray offers an understanding of Augustine that will greatly encourage every preacher and assist every minister to be more faithful in the pastoral calling.”

 

9780310515784 (1)Thomas Schreiner, Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).

“…Schreiner provides a rigorous and accessible defense of the traditional Protestant understanding of justification. He rightly understands and argues that faith alone is essential to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he offers one of the most practical and biblical presentations of justification.”

 

9781848715653Various Authors, You Must Read: Books That Have Shaped Our Lives (Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 2015)

“In order to honor Iain Murray, longtime leader of Banner of Truth, You Must Read offers a collection of essays from a considerable set of evangelical preachers on the books that have had profound impacts on their life and ministry. . . This is the kind of book that should be read as a celebration of the immense power of the printed word. Every one of the books cited within this volume is worthy of the preacher’s time and consideration. This means that You Must Read commends itself as an extraordinarily helpful introduction to each of these recommended books. Preachers and readers alike will enjoy this book’s recommendations about other books.”

 

9780374154097 (1)Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (FSG Books: New York, 2015)

“In this important work, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer what is, to date, the most comprehensive understanding of how these four influential authors shared so much of their lives and literary development together. . . Preachers will find this book to be a mix of fascinating insight and a compelling catalyst for thought. This volume is primarily concerned with the literary aspects of all of the authors, rather than the theological issues that linked the members of the Inklings together. Nevertheless, preachers will find this volume to be a passageway, opening into a world that seems now so very far away – the world of the Inklings.”

 

RTP_3121_DUSTJACKET_daring_mission_tyndale_base_nov10a.inddStephen J. Lawson, The Daring Mission of William Tyndale (Reformation Trust: Orlando, 2015)

“In this biography of William Tyndale, Steve Lawson demonstrates how a biography can be both interesting and fully accessible. This is the kind of biography that a preacher will begin to read and find it virtually impossible to put down. Furthermore, its relatively small length means that in an economy of time it offers maximum profit for the avid reader.”

 

9780802837356 (1)James R. Edwards, The Gospel According to Luke, Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015)

“Every volume in the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series is almost essential for the Christian preacher’s library. This series, edited by D. A. Carson, is a rare combination of exegetical rigor, theological insight, and spiritual wisdom.”

 

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Arrived on New Academic the week of March 7, 2016

9780801013171Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons (Baker Books. Hardback. 9780801013171. $19.99)

Many Christians today feel overwhelmed as they try to live faithfully in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to their beliefs. Politics, marriage, sexuality, religious freedom–with an ever-growing list of contentious issues, believers find it harder than ever to hold on to their convictions while treating their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even family members who disagree with respect and compassion. This isn’t just a problem that affects individual Christians; if left unaddressed, the growing gap between the faithful and society’s tolerance for public faith will have lasting consequences for the church in America.

Good Faith is a wise and accessible guide to ‘being a Christian in the public square’ today.” —Tim Keller

 

9781781917176John: Jesus Christ is God (Focus on the Bible) by William C. Cook (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781917176. $15.99)

John’s Gospel is the mature reflections of the last living apostle. John the apostle wrote this book approximately fifty-five years after the resurrection of Jesus. During those years he had reflected on the words and deeds of Jesus and the result is that the pages of the Gospel contain the seasoned thinking of one of Jesus’ closest friends.New Testament scholar William F. Cook brings us the latest in the popular Focus on the Bible series. In a lucid and engaging style, he leads us through the Gospel of John.

“A wonderful companion to John’s Gospel. Writing for the non-specialist, Dr. Cook makes solid scholarship accessible for everyone. Well-written and insightful introductions, reflections, and study questions relate the Gospel to today’s reader.” —Andreas J. Kӧstenberger

 

9781781917190The Experience That Counts (Grace Essentials) by Jonathan Edwards (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781917190. $9.99)

What does it mean to be a Christian? Is Christianity a matter of the intellect alone? What about desires, feelings, and experiences? What is conversion? These questions are not new, Jonathan Edwards, the great American theologian tackled these, and many other, against the background of the First Great Awakening. These questions, and the answers Edwards gives to them, are profoundly relevant to us today. Find ‘a guide for the perplexed’ – a voice of clear Biblical and spiritual sanity to lead us safely through the maze of contemporary confusion in this crucial area.

 

9781781917152A Great Blessing to Me: John Newton Encounters George Whitefield by Grant Gordon (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781917152. $14.99)

George Whitefield, regarded as the preaching wonder of his day, and John Newton, one of the leading spiritual guides of the movement that Whitefield had a significant hand in creating, Evangelicalism, are perennially interesting figures. These lives, intertwined as this study of a portion of those lives reveals, speak across the centuries to our day. These two marvelous characters have much to teach contemporary Christians. A great read for both the professional historian and the thoughtful Christian.

“George Whitefield and John Newton were two of the titans of eighteenth-century British evangelicalism. But for too long, the precise nature of their mutual influence has remained unclear. Grant Gordon’s much-needed book rectifies that problem with its treasure trove of illuminating research.” —Thomas S. Kidd

 

9781781917169Psalms By the Day: A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer (Christian Focus. Hardback. 9781781917169. $24.99)

Following on from the successful and much acclaimed Isaiah by the Day, Alec Motyer leads us through the Psalms in this new devotional translation. Day by day you will read freshly translated passages from the Psalms and have an opportunity to explore the passage further through the authors notes and devotional comments.

“Expository without being dry, devotional without being forced. As we get to look over his shoulder, we learn to read the Psalms better for ourselves … delicious combination-richly full, concisely put.” —Mark Dever

 

9780802874054Church History: An Introduction to Research Methods and Resources by James E. Bradley and Richard A. Muller (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802874054. $30.00)

In their widely praised, long popular “Church History,” James Bradley and Richard Muller lay out the guidelines, methods, and basic reference tools for research and writing in the fields of church history and historical theology. Over the years, this book has helped countless students define their topics, locate relevant source materials, and write quality papers. This revised, expanded, and updated second edition includes discussion of internet-based research, digitized texts, and the electronic forms of research tools and their uses. The bibliography of study aids has also been greatly expanded to account for many important new resources made available since the first edition was published (1995). Accessible and clear, this introduction will continue to be useful for both students and experienced scholars in the field.

“This is the most comprehensive and most lucidly written introduction to the methods of historical research and writing in the field of church history that I have seen. The authors are to be commended for engaging issues of faith and critical scholarship in ways that detract neither from personal commitment nor from historical rigor. . . . All in all, a magnificent achievement.” —Harry S. Stout

 

9781909559141Why Bother With the Church? By Sam Allberry (Good Book Company. Paperback. 9781909559141. $7.99)

The church has an image problem. It is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites. How different that picture is to how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. It is a precious bride, a sparkling jewel, a lifeboat for forgiven sinners that is precious and holy; nurturing and warm; filled with truth, friendship and all embracing, forgiving love. Sam Allberry understands the collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers, we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve. In this brief accessible but thorough guide to church, Sam outlines what church is and why we need it. And how, when we have got it wrong, we can move closer to what a true church should be.

“Sam Allberry has a God-given gift for presenting potentially complex topics in a way that is biblically faithful, skillfully concise, pastorally wise, and culturally relevant. Brimming with Christ-exalting passion and practical instruction, this brief book ably addresses many questions people are asking about the church while stirring the affections of those who believe the church is central to God’s activity in the earth today.” —Bob Kauflin

 

9781784980214Zeal Without Burnout by Christopher Ash (Good Book Company. Hardback. 9781784980214. $12.99)

Thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on. Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether.His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. Understood properly, and built into our lives as Christians who are zealous to serve the Lord, they will serve to protect us from burnout, and keep us working for God’s kingdom and glory.

“Books like this are a needed resource for the weary pastor. Christopher Ash draws on years of personal experience and rich biblical wisdom to provide ministers with a tremendously encouraging resource to persevere and thrive in the ministry. This is a book all pastors need to read and take to heart for the sake of their church and for the sake of the fruitfulness of their ministry.” —R. Albert Mohler

 

9780310529941Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson (Harper Collins. Paperback. 9780310529941. $18.99)

One of the church’s primary responsibilities is to foster genuine spiritual growth in people’s lives. Today’s pastors bring tremendous effort and passion to this task, but they are often disappointed by people who sit in the pews for years, knowing about Jesus but never really knowing him. In 2004, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago undertook a three-year study to measure spiritual growth called the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey. Over the next six years, additional data was collected from over a quarter million people in well over a thousand churches of every size, denomination, and geographic area. Move presents verifiable, fact-based, and somewhat startling findings from the latest REVEAL research, drawing on compelling stories from actual people—congregation members of varying spiritual maturity, as well as pastors who are equally candid as they share their disappointments and their successes. It provides a new lens through which church leaders can see and measure the evidence of spiritual growth. The local church is uniquely equipped to foster spiritual growth and challenge people to pursue a life of full devotion to Christ. Move helps pastors and church leaders inspire and direct that challenge with confidence as they lead their congregations to move closer to Christ.

 

9780190253066The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society by John Fea (Oxford University Press. Hardback. 9780190253066. $29.95)

Founded in 1816 with the goal of distributing copies of the Bible throughout the world, the American Bible Society (ABS) is a seminal institution for American Christians. Endorsed in its time by Francis Scott Key, John Jay, Theodore Roosevelt, Billy Graham, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, today the ABS is a ministry based in Philadelphia with a $300 million endowment and a mission to engage 100 million Americans with the Bible by 2025. In The Bible Cause, the first complete history of the ABS in nearly thirty years, noted American historian John Fea demonstrates how the history of the ABS has intersected at nearly every point with the history of the United States.

“John Fea’s history of two hundred years of the American Bible Society is full of unusually perceptive insights. The book shows how the society advanced both evangelistic and nationalistic purposes, sustained great activity at home and abroad, balanced heavenly-minded goals with up-to-date business savvy, promoted an old religion through modern technologies, and prospered with inter-denominational cooperation while surviving considerable controversy. It is a splendid book to mark a noteworthy anniversary.” —Mark A. Noll

 

9781629951867What About Free Will? Reconciling Our Choices with God’s Sovereignty by Scott Christensen (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629951867. $17.99)

Christensen explains two views that acknowledge God’s sovereignty and its relation to human responsibility: compatibilism and libertarianism. Providing cogent, biblical answers, Christensen argues for compatibilism and shows how it makes sense of evil, suffering, prayer, evangelism, and sanctification. You will gain a deeper understanding of both arguments, as well as a greater appreciation for the significant role that choices play in God’s work.

“A clear, intelligent, immensely helpful overview of one of the most confusing conundrums in all of theology. . . . Scott Christensen doesn’t sidestep the hard questions. The answers he gives are thoughtful, biblical, satisfying, and refreshingly coherent. Lay readers and seasoned theologians alike will treasure this work.” —John F. MacArthur

 

9781596388734Church Revitalization From the Inside Out by R. D. Stuart (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781596388734. $15.99)

Is your church suffering, and you’re not sure why? Church planter and professional interim pastor R. D. Stuart encourages church leaders to examine the different ways that they themselves may be exacerbating the problem. Unfortunately, flawed leadership is a big cause of ailing churches today. The good news is that God gives us the humility and ability to change. With forthright prose and practical examples from his own experiences, Stuart diagnoses different leadership failures and prescribes treatment for them. Along the way, he tackles making tough decisions; striving for unity; taming gossip; cultivating humility; and loving even the hard-to-love sheep. Ultimately, Church Revitalization from the Inside Out will help ministry leaders to strengthen their churches as they grow in faithfulness.

“The best word to describe Bob Stuart’s book on church leadership is edifying. As an experienced pastor with a burden for shepherds and sheep, he writes to strengthen the church by strengthening its leaders. I know firsthand that he knows what he is talking about—God used him to help heal my home church after a terrible split! Bob speaks biblical and practical truth into many areas of leaders’ lives.” —Robert A. Peterson

 

9781596389236Christian Theistic Evidences (Second Edition) by Cornelius Van Til (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781596389236. $19.99)

When defending Christianity, we often play by man’s rules, letting secular science and philosophy determine the cards we’re allowed to bring to the table. But can we effectively defend the primary authority of Scripture if we start with other sources of authority that relegate it to minor status from the outset? K. Scott Oliphint provides a foreword and explanatory notes in this retypeset syllabus, originally from Cornelius Van Til’s famous Christian Evidences class at Westminster Seminary. Van Til argues for the defense of a pure, full-fledged Christianity, unadulterated by a scientific methodology founded on non-Christian assumptions. He offers us instead a Christian philosophy and methodology for defending the faith that presupposes the absolute authority of the triune God of Scripture.

“Critics of Van Til often complained that in Van Til’s presuppositionalist apologetics there was no room for the use of evidences to verify the Christian faith. But Van Til often said that evidences were an important part of apologetics. . . . Christian Theistic Evidences is Van Til’s philosophy of fact, his philosophy of science, and as such it should interest everyone who seeks to understand Van Til’s work.” —John M. Frame

 

9781633420946Counseling One Another by Paul Tautges (Shepherd Press. Paperback. 9781633420946. $14.95)

A vibrant ministry of counseling is sorely needed in the church today: a ministry in which believers in Christ demonstrate biblical love to one another within a gospel-centered, truth-driven, and grace-dispensing church environment. Solidly rooted in the belief that the Scriptures are sufficient for every soul-related struggle in life, and fully committed to the truth that the Holy Spirit is competent to accomplish the work of sanctification, this paradigm-shifting book will challenge every believer to be a part of the process of discipleship in the lives of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

“Paul Tautges is fast becoming one of the major names in biblical counseling and pastoral ministry. His Counseling One Another blog and his blog posts and book lists at the Biblical Counseling Coalition are much sought-after resources. They are on the cutting edge of what the church needs today to advance God s work in our broken world.” —Bob Kellemen

 

9780718078492VIP: How to Influence with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose by O. S. Hawkins (Thomas Nelson. Hardback. 9780718078492. $12.99)

In his newest book VIP, O.S. Hawkins takes readers through what it takes to create a life of Influence–vision, integrity, and purpose. Through inspirational stories, biblical examples, and charged challenges towards greatness, O.S. Hawkins illuminates a path for you to uncover what it is going to take for you to become a VIP. Following the great success of his books The Joshua Code and The James Code, VIP is the next step on your journey toward the life God has for you.   

 

9780300187328American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths by Thomas S. Kidd (Yale University Press. Paperback. 9780300187328. $20.00)

Thomas Kidd, a widely respected scholar of colonial history, deftly offers both depth and breadth in this accessible, introductory text on the American Colonial era. Interweaving primary documents and new scholarship with a vivid narrative reconstructing the lives of European colonists, Africans, and Native Americans and their encounters in colonial North America, Kidd offers fresh perspectives on these events and the period as a whole. This compelling volume is organized around themes of religion and conflict, and distinguished by its incorporation of an expanded geographic frame.

 

9780310522355Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose Through Intentional Discipleship by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310522355. $16.99)

Today’s Christian women do not simply want nice fellowships and cookie-cutter answers about how to deal with life. Though churches are filled with good ministry programming—activities, outreach events, and an endless selection of options—many churches neglect their fundamental mission to make disciples. Christian women want to mentor and to be mentored, though they may not fully understand what that means, the significance of this desire, or how to get there. The church must rise to answer these questions, meet life’s challenges, and develop creative ways of equipping modern women to mentor well. In Mentor for Life, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson lays a solid foundation for mentoring that is based on God’s kingdom vision, challenges women to consider the cost of discipleship, and the high calling they have received in Christ. It shows how to develop mentoring relationships that function communally in existing small groups that are diverse and inclusive. It also presents a mentoring framework of knowing and loving God, understanding our identity in Christ, and loving our neighbor, which encourages theological reflection and cultivates a basic Christian worldview. Filled with examples from Robinson’s experience in the military and business world, this resource gives readers the wisdom they need to disciple others and as a foundation for kingdom service.

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9781523374953 Jesus the Hero Family Devotional by David Prince (Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. Paperback. 9781523374953. $14.99)

Jesus is the Hero. The Hero of what? The Hero of the self-revelation of God in the Bible. The Hero of the created order. The Hero of world history. The Hero of redemptive history. The ultimate Hero of all things. Paul explains, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent” (Col 1:16-18). Christ is the one in whom God will ultimately sum up the entire cosmos (Eph 1:10), and we are called to sum up all things in Christ right now (1 Cor 10:11; 2 Cor 1:20; Heb 9:26). Every text of Scripture is about Jesus because, in reality, everything is ultimately about Jesus. The Jesus the Hero Family Devotional is an attempt to help followers of Christ in the task of summing up all things in Christ right now.

 

9781433608186 That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Biblical Names by W. Murray Severance (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781433608186. $14.99)

That’s Easy for You to Say includes the acceptable pronunciation of every proper name in every major English translation of the Bible. Guidelines are based on Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic speech and the most widely accepted modern English usage. You can hear the pronunciation of each word contained in That’s Easy for You to Say at mystudybible.com. In addition to helping you pronounce over 7000 words, That’s Easy for You to Say has a section that give the meaning of Bible names for which the meaning is known.With That’s Easy for You to Say you can approach your next sermon, devotion, or Bible Study with the confidence that you can pronounce all of the Bible names in the text with which you’re dealing.

 

9780801049767 The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective eds. Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049767. $22.99)

The “new perspective” on Paul, an approach that seeks to reinterpret the apostle Paul and his letters against the backdrop of first-century Judaism, has been criticized by some as not having value for ordinary Christians living ordinary lives. In this volume, world-renowned scholars explore the implications of the new perspective on Paul for the Christian life and church. James D. G. Dunn, N. T. Wright, Bruce Longenecker, Scot McKnight, and other leading New Testament scholars offer a response to this question: How does the apostle Paul understand the Christian life? The book makes a fresh contribution to the new perspective on Paul conversation and offers important new insights into the orientation of the Christian life.

 

9781433550430 Lessons From a Hospital Bed by John Piper (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433550430. $7.99)

Physical sickness affects more than just our bodies; it takes a toll on our emotional and spiritual health as well. In this honest book, best-selling author John Piper shares ten lessons he learned while in the hospital. Written to help those in the hospital focus their attention on God, his grace, and his plan—when such focus can be especially hard—this volume blends together personal narrative with biblical reflections to help readers rely on the God who stands ready to comfort and support his people. Whether it’s cultivating a sense of gratitude, resisting the temptation to watch television 24/7, or looking for ways to serve those around them, this book encourages those who are sick to fight for faith in the midst of their illness.

 

9780830851324 Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology: Origins and Development, 1920-1953 by Shao Kai Tseng (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830851324. $39.00)

Theologians have long assumed that Karl Barth’s doctrine of election is supralapsarian. Challenging decades of scholarship, Shao Kai Tseng argues that despite Barth’s stated favor of supralapsarianism, his mature lapsarian theology is complex and dialectical, critically reappropriating both supra- and infralapsarian patterns of thinking. Barth can be described as basically infralapsarian because he sees the object of election as fallen humankind and understands the incarnation as God’s act of taking on human nature in its condition of fallenness. Tseng shows that most of Barth’s Reformed critics have not understood his doctrine of election accurately enough to recognize his affinity to infralapsarianism and, conversely, that most Barthians have not understood Reformed-orthodox formulations of election with sufficient accuracy in their disagreement with the tradition. Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology offers a clear understanding of both the historic Lapsarian Controversy and Barth’s distinct form of lapsarianism, providing a charitable dialogue partner to aid mutual understanding between Barth and evangelicals.

 

9780830846092 A Spirituality of Listening: Living What We Hear by Keith R. Anderson (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830846092. $16.00)

“Biblical spirituality . . . asserts that God is not done with the business of revelation and creation but instead continues to have something to say and something yet to be accomplished in the very culture that isn’t sure if God is done speaking.” So begins Keith Anderson as he invites us on a journey to relearn how to listen. “My claim is simple: spirituality is grounded in ordinary life experiences. We need to learn to listen to rhythms of life, narratives and creation.” Rather than settling for a one-sided relationship with God in which we speak but never hear back, we can learn to hear God as we go through our lives. The key is paying attention to the moments that make up our days. As we participate in the world around us, God speaks to us through creation, through the stories we tell, through our pain and as we follow God down unexpected pathways. Learning to listen doesn’t happen in ten easy steps. Instead it is a process of approaching the world with wonder and curiosity as we seek to make sense of what we hear. Hearing God speak takes time and practice, and Anderson offers reflective exercises at the end of each chapter to help us along the way. Listen―and step into a world alive with God’s presence.

 

9780830841226 Disaster Ministry Handbook by Jamie D. Aten and David M. Boan (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830841226. $19.00)

When disasters happen, people turn to local churches as centers for response and assistance. When floods or tornadoes devastate an area, or when shootings and violence shock a community, knowing what to do can be the difference between calm and chaos, courage and fear, life and death. But few churches plan in advance for what they should do― until the storm hits. Don’t get caught unprepared. If a natural disaster or human tragedy strikes your community, your church can minister to the hurting. Jamie Aten and David Boan, codirectors of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provide a practical guide for disaster preparedness. Disaster ministry is a critically important work of the church, preparing for the unthinkable, providing relief to survivors, caring for the vulnerable and helping communities recover. Filled with resources for emergency planning and crisis management, this book provides best practices for local congregations. By taking action in advance, your church can help prevent harm and save lives during a disaster. The time to plan is now. Be prepared.

 

9780830844432 Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch (IVP Books. Hardback. 9780830844432. $20.00)

Flourishing people are strong and weak. Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living―withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing, says Andy Crouch, travels down an unexpected path―being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders―people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering. We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to hunger, ridicule, torture and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be combined in every human life and community. Only when they come together do we find the flourishing for which we were made. With the characteristic insight, memorable stories and hopeful realism he is known for, Andy Crouch shows us how to walk this path so that the image of God can shine through us. Not just for our own good, but for the sake of others. If you want to become the kind of person whose influence leads to healthy communities, someone with the strength to be compassionate and generous, this is the book for you. Regardless of your stage or role in life, whether or not you have a position of leadership, here is a way to love and risk so that we all, even the most vulnerable, can flourish.

 

9780802413482 Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together and Send Us Out by Philip Nation (Moody Publishers. Paperback. 9780802413482. $14.99)

Most books on the spiritual disciplines follow the same pattern: introduce the discipline, prove it from Scripture, and give tips for how to do it. Habits for our Holiness does more than that: It connects the disciplines to all of life. By showing how the disciplines have their greatest power when practiced in community and on mission, Philip Nation gives Christians a bigger reason—and greater desire—to pursue spiritual disciplines. He also warns us of what happens when we neglect them. With plenty of examples, stories, and illustrations, Habits for our Holiness will inspire you to nourish your life with discipline, enjoy the fruit of godliness, and have a hand in building the church.

 

9781601784339 Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition eds. Robert Davis Smart, Michael Haykin, and Ian Hugh Clary (Reformation Heritage Books. Paperback. 9781601784339. $20.00)

When Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, He poured out His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This significant historical and redemptive event was not the last time Christ poured out His Spirit in redemptive history. Mindful of these subsequent acts, Pentecostal Outpourings presents historical research on revivals in the Reformed tradition during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Investigating the British Isles, it observes the outpourings experienced among Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, Irish Dissenters, Calvinistic English Baptists, and Scottish Presbyterians. It then moves on to evaluate the revival instincts among Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and the Dutch Reformed in America. May the knowledge of these outpourings of the Holy Spirit help us seek God earnestly to revive His Church once again.

 

9781910587430 God and Politics: Jesus’ Vision for Society, State, and Government by Mark Dever (10Publishing. Paperback. 9781910587430. $4.99)

In a society where religion is increasingly private, and faith is OK as long as it’s not shared, many would seek to keep God out of their politics. But is that right, and is it biblical?

This is an important topic to consider, not just for those working in government, but for all of us as we seek to be responsible citizens in a fallen world.

Mark Dever unpacks what the Bible has to say on this topic, and teaches how we can Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s without compromising on what we believe. We’ll see that our duty to God is comprehensive and that there isn’t an area of life that we can separate from His influence. This little book won’t take long to read, but its impact could last a lifetime.