Arrived on New Academic the Week of February 2, 2015

9781936760671 Good News about Satan: A Gospel Look at Spiritual Warfare by Bob Bevington (Cruciform Press. 9781936760671. Paperback. $9.99)

“The literature on spiritual warfare is often speculative and sensational. It’s hard to know which authors to trust. But spiritual warfare is certainly an important biblical topic; from one perspective it is the central topic of the whole Bible. So it’s important that believers get sober and reliable guidance on the subject. Bob Bevington’s book is one of the most helpful. He has not put to rest all of the controversies in this area, but his book is reliable, biblical, and practical. It is easy to understand and challenges our spiritual complacency.”—John M. Frame

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9781606352021 The Collected Poems of C.S. Lewis: A Critical Edition edited by Don W. King (Kent State University Press. 9781606352021. Hardback. $75.00)

The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis offers readers, for the first time, a one-volume collection of Lewis’s poetry, including many poems that have never appeared in print. With the poems arranged in chronological order, this volume allows readers the opportunity to compare the poetry Lewis was writing while he was also writing his fiction and nonfiction prose.

 

9781601783714 God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation by David W. Saxton (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601783714. Paperback. $18.00)

“The Puritans had much to say about biblical meditation and the important role it plays in a sanctified thought life. Dave Saxton has written an extremely helpful and encouraging digest of some of the best Puritan teaching on the subject. You need to get a copy, read it, put its principles into practice, and ‘be transformed by the renewal of your mind.’”—John MacArthur

Arrived on New Academic the Week of January 26, 2015

9781433672217 A History of Christianity: An Introductory Survey by Joseph Early (B&H Publishing Group. Paperback. 9781433672217. $39.99)

While seeking to be comprehensive, historian Joseph Early Jr. centers on key events, people, theological developments, and conflicts that have shaped Christianity over its two-thousand-year history. He also presents the development of Christianity within the social, political, and economic challenges of the times. In doing so, he paints a clear, detailed, and balanced picture of the opportunities and struggles faced by the church and the contributions made by significant people, institutions, and traditions.

 

9781433669712 Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views edited by Andrew Naselli (B&H Publishing Group. Paperback. 9781433669712. $24.99)

Carl Trueman (Westminster Theological Seminary) argues that Christ’s atoning work secured the redemption of his elect alone. While infinite in value, Christ’s death was intended for and applied strictly to those whom the Father had elected unconditionally in eternity past.

John Hammett (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) argues that Christ’s atoning work had multiple intentions. Of these intentions two rise to the fore: (1) the intention to accomplish atonement for God’s elect and (2) the intention to provide atonement for all mankind.

Grant Osborne (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) argues that Christ’s atoning work provided atonement generally for all mankind. The application of that atoning work is conditioned, however, on each person’s willingness to receive it.

 

9781433533556 The Psalms, Volume 1: Rejoice, the Lord Is King by James Johnston (Preaching the Word Commentary Series. Crossway Books. Hardback. 9781433533556. $34.99)

“Johnston is a pastor who rightly deserves the title ‘pastor-scholar,’ and his scholarly abilities and studies, as well as his pastoral sensibilities and sensitivities, are on full display in his commentary on the Psalms. As Johnston helps you exegete, illustrate, and apply the heart of the Old Testament in light of the person and work of Christ, I trust that your heart—like the men on the road to Emmaus—will burn within.”—Douglas Sean O’Donnell

 

Romans 8-16 for You by Timothy Keller (The Good Book Company. Hardback. 9781910307298. $22.99. On sale for $11.49 in the LifeWay Campus Stores)

Arrived on New Academic the Week of January 12, 2015

ConvictionalCivility_CVR_PRINT.indd Convictional Civility: Engaging the Culture in the 21st Century, Essays in Honor of David S. Dockery edited by C. Ben Mitchell, Carla D. Sanderson, and Gregory Alan Thornbury (B&H Academic. Hardback. 9781433685088. $29.99)

Throughout his ministry, David S. Dockery has persistently advocated “convictional civility” as a vision for contemporary engagement—in which witness is more important that winning, and fidelity is more effective than fighting. In this volume, respected Christian leaders honor him by presenting these essays that explore convictional civility as a lifestyle of bearing witness for Christ and of contributing to the common good.

 

9780805496765 Exalting Jesus in Song of Songs by Daniel L. Akin (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H Books. Paperback. 9780805496765. $14.99)9780805496451

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Mark Howell (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H Books. Paperback. 9780805496451. $14.99)

This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. It’s presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect & Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy-reading, practical and friendly commentary.

 

9780801016943 The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions by Norman L. Geisler (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801016943. $15.99)

“No longer do you have to worry or be afraid when someone asks you a tough question about your faith. This book will equip you with solid answers to questions most Christians struggle to answer. Not only will it help you build confidence to defend the faith, but it will also be an encouragement as you grow in your faith.”from the foreword by Josh and Sean McDowell

 

9780801017087 The Supremacy of God in Preaching (Revised) by John Piper (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801017087. $15.99)

John Piper has added valuable new material reflecting on his thirty-three years of preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church, offering a glimpse of what a lifetime of putting God first has done for the faith of the hundreds of thousands who have heard him preach over the years.

Click here to read an except from this book.

 

9781433539350 The Natural Sciences: A Student’s Guide by John A. Bloom (Crossway . Paperback. 9781433539350. $11.99)

“Bloom has written an excellent overview of the main philosophical issues facing Christians working in the natural sciences. He shows that not only is there no conflict between science and belief in God, but there are now many scientific discoveries that support such belief. A clear, concise, and highly readable treatment. I highly recommend it, especially for college students.”—Stephen C. Meyer

 

9781433543500 Who Is Jesus? by Greg Gilbert (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433543500. $12.99)

“The two most important questions for anyone to answer concern Jesus the Christ. Who exactly is he? And how do I relate properly to him? Gilbert addresses these questions effectively in this important book. From the moment at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked his disciples about the opinions concerning his identity until now, no other question has had such eternal consequences. This perceptive volume is written with the touch of the Spirit of God in revealing Jesus the Christ.”—Paige Patterson

 

9781433541100 Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach by Vern S. Poythress (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433541100. $21.99)

In this book, Vern Poythress argues that the harmony of abstract mathematical truths, the physical world of things, and the personal world of our thinking depends on the existence of the Christian God. Poythress shows that these distinct “perspectives” on mathematics cohere because all three find their origin in God’s consistent character and nature.

Whether it’s simple addition and subtraction or more complex mathematical concepts such as set theory and the nature of infinity, this fascinating book lays a theistic foundation for all mathematical inquiry.

 

9781433545085 Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Russ Ramsey (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433545085. $17.99)

“I don’t know anyone who can make the stories—and the Story—in Scripture feel as present, as alive, and as sweeping as Russ Ramsey. His prose, his grasp of history and theology, not to mention his love of Jesus, does more than merely draw me into his book—it makes me want to read the Bible.”—Andrew Peterson

 

9781433540103 Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More by J.R. Vassar (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433540103. $14.99)

“Vassar diagnoses the central problem of every human heart with the brilliance of a surgeon, but—even better—he shows us with pastoral wisdom and fatherly care the words that will heal us forever.”—Jared C. Wilson

 

9780674048362 American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism by Matthew Avery Sutton (Harvard University Press. Hardback. 9780674048362. $35.00)

American Apocalypse is a work of impressive erudition as well as a work of beauty. Arguing for the centrality in the American evangelical tradition of ideas about how the world will end, Sutton embeds the narrative in twentieth-century US and international political history in a way that few American religious historians have been able to do.”—Grant Wacker

 

9780830840663 The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom by Lee J. Beach (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840663. $25.00)

Drawing on a close engagement with Old Testament and New Testament texts, The Church in Exile offers a biblical and practical theology for the church in a post-Christian age. Beach helps the people of God today to develop a hopeful and prophetic imagination, a theology responsive to its context, and an exilic identity marked by faithfulness to God’s mission in the world.

 

9781601783608 The Works of William Perkins, Volume 1 edited by J. Stephen Yuille (Reformation Heritage Books. Hardback. 9781601783608. $50.00)

“Without a doubt, the Puritans were theological titans. The Puritan theological tradition did not emerge out of a vacuum. It was shaped by leaders and theologians who set the trajectory of the movement and shaped its commitments. William Perkins was one of those men. Perkins’s contribution to Puritan theology is inestimable, and this new reprint of his collected works is a much-awaited addition to all who are still shaped and influenced by the Puritans and their commitment to the centrality of the grace of God found only in Jesus Christ. Even now, every true gospel minister stands in debt to Perkins, and in his shadow.”—R. Albert Mohler Jr.

New Commentary on Hebrews by Thomas R. Schreiner

Arriving on New Academic early this week, the inaugural volume in the BiblicalBTFCP_CommentaryOnHebrews_CVR_R2.indd Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary series from B&H Academic. Upon arrival through 2/7/15, this volume will be on sale for $24.99 (reg. $39.99).

In his volume on Hebrews, Thomas R. Schreiner says, “The words of Jesus on the cross, ‘it is finished’ (John 19:30) capture the theology of Hebrews.”My aim in this commentary is to focus on the biblical theology of the letter. The emphasis on biblical theology shows up especially in the introduction and conclusion where theological structures and themes are considered. In the introduction I will examine four different structures that are woven into the entire letter: 1) promise/fulfillment; 2) eschatology; 3) typology; and 4) spatial orientation (which can also be described as the relationship between heaven and earth in the letter). The commentary will conclude, after presenting an exegesis of each chapter, with a discussion of some major theological themes in Hebrews.

Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Recent Arrivals to New Academic

9781433671142 Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families by C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433671142. $24.99)

In Christian Bioethics, an ethicist and physician discuss how to think about such thorny ethical issues. Combining their backgrounds in medicine and theology, C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley address real-life moral questions in a way that is accessible for both the layperson and the clinician, allowing readers eavesdrop on their conversation about the training of doctors, the interpretation of the Bible, and controversial issues like abortion, assisted suicide, genetic engineering, and in vitro fertilization.

Examining these topics under three general headings — the taking of life, the making of life, and the faking of life — Christian Bioethics is a worthy guidebook for anyone facing difficult decisions about health care.

 

9781433685804 The Power of Positive Praying, 50th Anniversary edition by John R. Bisagno (B&H Publishing Group. Paperback. 9781433685804. $15.99)

Jesus was our model and teacher in prayer. By His life and His lips our Lord’s constant fellowship with the Father pointed to the necessity of ours. But Jesus didn’t pray merely as an example to us. For thirty-three years, He lived as a man, tempted in all points like as are we. He prayed because He had to pray. He prayed because He must.In this 50th anniversary edition of  The Power of Positive Praying, Dr. Bisagno expands this classic work with eight new chapters on prayer.

 

9781433684166 Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida (B&H Publishing Group. Hardback. 9781433684166. $12.99. Only $5.00 in the LifeWay Campus Stores)

 

9780801049798 Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation by Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049798. $19.99)

Can Christians and churches be both catholic and Reformed? Can they commit not only to the ultimate authority of apostolic Scripture but also to receiving this Bible within the context of the apostolic church? This volume argues that to be Reformed means to go deeper into true catholicity rather than away from it. Michael Allen and Scott Swain offer a manifesto for a catholic and Reformed approach to dogmatics that seeks theological renewal through retrieval of the rich resources of the historic Christian tradition. The authors provide a survey of recent approaches toward theological retrieval and offer a renewed exploration of the doctrine of sola Scriptura. The book includes a substantive afterword by J. Todd Billings and will appeal to professors and students of theology or Christian doctrine.

 

9780801049293 Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living, 3rd edition by Stanley J. Grenz and Jay T. Smith (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049293. $27.99)

This revised edition of a classic college-level introduction to theology presents the core doctrines of the Christian faith, encouraging readers to connect belief with everyday life. Stanley Grenz, one of the leading evangelical scholars of his era, and Jay Smith, an expert on Grenz’s theological legacy, construct a helpful theology that is biblical, historical, and contemporary. The third edition includes a foreword by John Franke, a new preface and afterword, resources for further study, and updated footnotes. The book’s easy-to-use format includes end-of-chapter discussion questions and connects theological concepts with current cultural examples.

 

9780801016080 30 Events That Shaped the Church: Learning from Scandal, Intrigue, War, and Revival by Alton Gansky (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801016080. $17.99)

The church that began as a ragtag group of Middle Eastern fishermen, tax collectors, and zealots became the multiethnic, multifaceted church we know today through historical events that, while they may seem distant, have a direct effect on our everyday lives.
Now thirty of these course-altering events are brought vividly to life by consummate storyteller Alton Gansky. Spanning twenty centuries of history, this lively book will entertain, educate, and enlighten you even as it enriches your appreciation for those who have come before us in the faith.

 

9781434706867 The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption by Matt Chandler with Jared Wilson (David C. Cook. Paperback. 9781434706867. $15.99)

Scripture says we’re to nurture our hearts above all else-yet we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradict and cheapen God’s design for love and intimacy.

Matt Chandler, one of today’s top Christian voices, helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds. In The Mingling of Souls, he reveals the process Solomon himself followed-Attraction, Courtship, Marriage…even Arguing.

 

9780802866219 Revelation: A Shorter Commentary by G.K. Beale with David H. Campbell (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802866219. $35.00)

“In this volume we are treated to a briefer version of Greg Beale’s massive commentary on Revelation, but that work’s exegetical depth and theological profundity are still present in the abbreviated volume. No one can afford to preach, teach, or write on Revelation without reading Beale.”—Thomas R. Schreiner

 

9780830840717 The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons edited by Christopher Gehrz (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840717. $26.00)

In this groundbreaking volume edited by Christopher Gehrz, scholars associated with the Pietist tradition reflect on the Pietist approach to education. Key themes include holistic formation, humility and open-mindedness, the love of neighbor, concern for the common good and spiritual maturity. Pietism sees the Christian college as a place that forms whole and holy persons. In a pluralistic and polarized society, such a vision is needed now more than ever.

 

9780881465006 In Subjection: Church Discipline in the Early American South, 1760-1830 by Jessica Madison (Mercer University Press. Hardback. 9780881465006. $35.00)

This study of church discipline cases describes a system of subjection with obligations for all–men, women, parents, children, masters, and servants. Although many historians have mistaken this for “oppression,” most Southerners accepted the idea of “subjection,” regarding it as a divinely ordained system for their mutual governance and benefit. Using Baptist church record books from across North and South Carolina, the author invites readers to sit in on business meetings of the past to see how churches regulated the behavior of their members.