New Additions to New Academic

The Message of the Twelve: Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets by Alan Fuhr and Gary Yates (B&H Academic. 9781433683763. Paperback. $34.99)

Note: this book should arrive on New Academic this week.

The Message of the Twelve is thoroughly conversant with the latest scholarship, solidly conservative, and rich in literary and theological insight. I highly recommend this text for anyone interested in getting better acquainted with the wonderful, yet often neglected treasures that are the Minor Prophets. ”—J. Michael Thigpen, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University


Designed to LeadDesigned to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck (B&H Books. Hardback. 9781433690242. $22.99)

Note: this book should arrive on New Academic this week.

Many churches do not develop leaders intentionally and consistently. When leaders emerge from some churches, it is often by accident. Something is missing. Something is off.

Authors Eric Geiger (author of bestselling Simple Church and Creature of the Word) and Kevin Peck argue that churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders. All three are essential for leaders to be formed through the ministry of a local church.

From the first recordings of history God has made it clear that He has designed creation to be led by His covenant people. More than that, He has decided what His people are to do with that leadership. Whether you are called to lead your home, in the marketplace, in God’s church, or in your community, if you are called by God you are called to lead others to worship the glory of God in Jesus Christ.


In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship by David Prince (B&H Books. 9781433690259. Paperback. $16.99)

Note: this book should arrive on New Academic this week.

We live in a sports-obsessed world. From fans wearing their favorite team’s colors to high school soccer players practicing after school, we encounter sports every day. Nothing else in our culture produces so much passion and intrigue. Such obsession, for the Christian, must produce critical reflection. How should the Christian think about sports? What does Christ have to do with athletic competition? Can sports be redeemed? In the Arena will answer these questions so that readers:

  • Understand how the gospel of Christ shapes our understanding and enjoyment of sports.
  • Receive practical instruction on how to use sports in parenting and discipleship.
  • Become confident in using the arena of sports for discipleship, parenting, and recreation.


Introduction to World Christian History by Derek Cooper (IVP Academic. 9780830840885. Paperback. $18.00)

“A welcome addition to the ever-expanding scholarship in the field of world Christianity studies, Derek Cooper’s book helps to rewrite our traditional Western understanding of church history and course-correct away from North Atlantic–centrism. Cooper gently leads us away from our particular tendencies to see and tell only our own stories toward a broader canvas of the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ that came before us and has not had its time in the spotlight.”—Allen Yeh, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University


Leading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children's MinistryLeading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children’s Ministry by Pat Cimo and Matt Markins (Moody Publishers. 9780802414649. Paperback. $14.99)

Leading KidMin is about what it takes to achieve big-time change. Moving past the “why” and getting straight to the “how,” Leading KidMin provides tools and strategies for actually leading, influencing, and implementing change on a local church level—all from the vantage point of the children’s ministry director.

The mission of Leading KidMin is to create a movement of change-agents who don’t just know that change is needed, but are equipped to make it happen, leading their churches in becoming more aligned, effective, and geared for growth.

Recent titles that arrived on New Academic

Cover ArtThe Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking by Craig S. Keener (Baker Academic. 9780801097768. Hardback. $32.99)

“Only a scholar with Craig Keener’s nous could write the most authoritative work to date on Paul’s belief in the transformation of a person’s mind from godless reasoning to possessing the mind of Christ. Keener describes the Pauline vision of the believing mind as one immersed in the Jesus story, freed by the Spirit’s power, bathed in divine wisdom, and oriented toward heaven. This book will, quite literally, open your mind to Paul’s theology of the mind.” – Michael Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia


Cover ArtThe Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation by Craig Ott (Baker Academic. 9780801097409. Paperback. $22.99)

“Having read this book once in order to endorse it with integrity and enthusiasm, I know that I shall read it again and often in the course of my own thinking and writing. The contributors provide both a breadth of perspectives and a depth of historical background that are illuminating, instructive, and challenging. The book has increased my understanding of and respect for divergent confessional views on Christian mission, while compelling me to re-examine and clarify my own. Like the Bereans, I am motivated afresh to search the Scriptures to see if these things are true–and such an effect is surely the mark of a truly stimulating and worthwhile book.” – Christopher J. H. Wright, Langham Partnership


Cover ArtThe Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God’s Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation by J. Daniel Hays (Baker Books. 9780801016202. Paperback. $19.99)

“The word fresh would not normally be the first descriptor to come to mind when dealing with a book grounded in biblical backgrounds, but it fits here. I really enjoyed Danny Hays’s The Temple and the Tabernacle, and I learned a lot. Hays has dug a way out of a number of ruts in thinking about the tabernacle and Solomon’s temple, and his insights continue to reverberate through his treatment of the temple(s) in the rest of the biblical story. The theological fruit of the study are especially exciting as the author draws out implications for the modern church.” – George R. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University


Cover ArtEvery Season Prayers: Gospel-Centered Prayers for the Whole of Life by Scotty Smith (Baker Books. 9780801014031. Paperback. $14.99)

“We are a weary, disabled people. Life beats us down. We forget God, relegating him to Sunday mornings and selected ‘spiritual’ moments. Scotty Smith’s prayers break God out of the box and bring him into our Cyber Mondays, cranky Tuesdays, selfish Wednesdays, weary Thursdays, Black Fridays, and lonely Saturdays–giving us a weeklong taste of resurrection Sundays! Scotty’s prayers pry open the hidden corners of our lives and invite God in. Enjoy the feast!” – Paul Miller, executive director, seeJesus


Echoes of Scripture in the GospelsEchoes of Scripture in the Gospels by Richard B. Hays (Baylor University Press. 9781481304917. Hardback. $49.95)

“This exceptional book combines thoroughness and elegance in equal measure, also conjoining scholarly rigour with bold Christian conviction in its conclusions. Richard Hays has produced here a gripping account of the diverse approaches of the evangelists to the Old Testament, and it is a volume to which I can confidently predict I will return again and again.” – Simon Gathercole, Reader in New Testament, University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology, Fitzwilliam College


Cover ArtReturn to Justice: Six Movements That Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience by Soong-Chan Rah and Gary VanderPol (Brazos Press. 9781587433764. Paperback. $19.99)

“I know Soong-Chan Rah and Gary VanderPol personally and highly respect them and cherish that they have done an excellent job in articulating the history of the return of justice to the evangelical church. I am blessed we can participate in that return as we find ourselves at a wonderful crossroads. I wish that the church community worldwide could read this book, particularly those who are a part of this new multicultural church planting and post-racial generation.” – John M. Perkins, founder, John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, Jackson, Mississippi; author of Leadership Revolution


Pauline Churches and Diaspora Jews by John M. G. Barclay (Eerdmans. 9780802873743. Paperback. $48.00)

For the past twenty years, John Barclay has researched and written on the social history of early Christianity and the life of Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora. In this collection of nineteen noteworthy essays, he examines points of comparison between the early churches and the Diaspora synagogues in the urban Roman world of the first century.

With an eye to such matters as food, family, money, circumcision, Spirit, age, and death, Barclay examines key Pauline texts, the writings of Josephus, and other sources, investigating the construction of early Christian identity and comparing the experience of Paul’s churches with that of Diaspora Jewish communities scattered throughout the Roman Empire.


Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost by Craig S Keener (Eerdmans. 9780802874399. Hardback. $48.00)

“Few subjects are more important today than the relation between hermeneutics and the Holy Spirit, if we want to take the Bible seriously. Craig Keener rightly insists that ‘spiritual’ hermeneutics includes global Pentecostalism but is also much broader. We need careful attention to meaning to curb undue subjectivism. . . . I warmly commend this informative and commonsense approach to a crucially important subject.” – Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham


Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization by Os Guinness (IVP Books. 9780830844654. Hardback. $20.00)

“I read everything Os Guinness writes because he always challenges my thinking and enlarges my perspective. Impossible People may be his most important work. Read it, then buy five copies for friends and discuss it together. The message is that important. This could be the most important book you read this year.” – Rick Warren, pastor, Saddleback Church

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 18, 2016

Charts for Intermediate Greek Grammar and Syntax: A Quick Reference Guide to Going Deeper with New Testament Greek by Andreas J. Köstenberger, Benjamin L Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer (B&H Academic. 9781433649851. Laminated. $6.99)

The premier “cheat sheet” for Greek Syntax and Exegesis. Keyed to the best-selling Going Deeper with New Testament Greek (by Köstenberger, Merkle, and Plummer), this set of folding laminated pages covers all traditional syntactical categories (for example, uses of the genitive, rules about the Greek article, possible translations of the imperfect tense), as well as information about New Testament textual criticism, current summaries on Verbal Aspect debates, and steps on doing Greek word studies. Each syntactical category includes an example from the Greek New Testament (with Greek text quoted) and an accompanying English translation. The specific word or phrase in question is in bold font in both the Greek and English text. With these laminated sheets by your side, you will never waste time flipping through your intermediate grammar looking for that syntactical term or grammatical function you can’t quite remember.


Ephesians by Benjamin L. Merkle (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament Series. B&H Academic. 9781433676116. Paperback. $24.99)

“Ben Merkle’s commentary on Ephesians should be on the shelf of everyone who studies the Greek text of Ephesians. Three things stand out in this commentary. First, the structure of the text is nicely portrayed so that readers can see the flow of the argument. These structural layouts alone are worth the price of the book. Second, the book concisely and clearly sets forth the various grammatical options. Merkle fairly and wisely adjudicates among the various options. Third, Merkle’s commentary on the text captures well the theology in one of Paul’s most important letters.”—Thomas R. Schreiner


The Bride(zilla) of Christ: What to Do When God’s People Hurt God’s People by Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin (Multnomah. 9781601428721. Paperback. $15.99)

“Rather than lamenting for a return to the early church through misplaced nostalgia, or recommending magic bullet solutions for the pain in the church, The Bride(zilla) of Christ offers insights into the true wounds of consumerism, individualism, and materialism with healing balm of a gracious gospel, community church, and winsome worldview. Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck bring weighty matters of forgiveness, honesty, and unity in Christ to the forefront to help solve the crisis of church members wounding one another.”—Daniel Montgomery


A Clear and Simple Treatise on the Lord’s Supper by Theodore Beza. Translated by David C. Noe (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601784674. Hardback. $40.00)

“This excellent volume of translated treatises of Theodore Beza provides a close look at important writings from Calvin’s successor in Geneva. The main piece is Beza’s defense of Calvin’s view of the Lord’s Supper, particularly on the presence of Christ in the Supper, in opposition to Joachim Westphal, who represented the Lutheran viewpoint. This was a crucial theological topic between Reformed and Lutheran communions. Here Beza’s powers are on full display as he makes the case for the validity of the view Calvin articulated and responded to other contested matters such as biblical hermeneutics, Christology, and worship. We owe a great debt to the superb work of David Noe, whose outstanding translation and notes unlock these works and give us a greater appreciation of Beza and a deeper understanding of key issues.”—Donald K. McKim

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