New Additions to New Academic (9/12/16)

The Christ-Centered Expositor: A Field Guide for Word-Driven Disciple Makers by Tony Merida (B&H Academic. 9781433685743. Paperback. $29.99)

“Tony Merida has a reputation across the country for the weightiness of his ministry and the power of his proclamation. This book will show you why the reputation is deserved and will help you build a ministry rooted in the person and work of Jesus.”—Russell D. Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention


Hearts, Heads, and Hands: A Manual for Teaching Others to Teach Others by M. David Sills (B&H Academic. 9781433689642. Paperback. $16.99)

Tried, tested, and proven, Heads, Hearts, and Hands will equip those training pastors with the foundational information they must communicate to those God is calling to serve Him. The content is built around the method Dr. Sills developed to equip pastors with a a spiritual foundation (their “heart”), a biblical foundation (their “head”), and a methodological foundation (their “hands”), ensuring that they know how to rightly divide and teach God’s Word, understand the need to model the spiritual characteristics of a pastor, and have the practical tools necessary to lead and administer a local church.


Ministering in Honor-Shame CulturesMinistering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials by Jayson Georges and Mark D. Baker (IVP Academic. 9780830851461. Paperback. $24.00)

“Georges and Baker have taken the seeds of previous work on honor and shame in the environment of the biblical world and in modern cultures and cultivated them into fruitful insights and guidance in the areas of theology, crosscultural engagement and, especially, missions. They provide a culturally sensitive reading of Scripture and of modern non-Western situations, significantly advancing the question of how awareness of this dimension of the texts and our global community can improve our interactions with people living from a decidedly different axis of values and in our thinking about the contextualization of the gospel.”—David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek


A Little Book for New ScientistsA Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh A. Reeves and Steve Donaldson (IVP Academic. 9780830851447. Paperback. $12.00)

“This volume is a nice resource for science-oriented students, newly believing Christians in science fields, or anyone seeking integration. The book draws us into a consistent, balanced, and active role as bridge between the realms of science and faith.”—Jeffrey Greenberg, Wheaton College


Transforming DiscipleshipTransforming Discipleship: Revised and Expanded by Greg Ogden (IVP Books. 9780830841318. Paperback. $17.00)

“No book has influenced my understanding of discipleship group dynamics and multiplication more than Transforming Discipleship. Through years of research, field-testing, group implementation, and individual feedback, Greg offers a proven, timeless method for making disciples who will make even more disciples. Every pastor, church leader, and follower of Christ should read this book and apply the principles it teaches.”—Robby Gallaty, pastor, Long Hollow Baptist Church

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 29, 2016

9780801008313America at the Crossroads: Explosive Trends Shaping America’s Future and What You Can Do about It by George Barna (Baker Books. 9780801008313. Hardback. $19.99)

“It’s no news flash that American culture and values have undergone massive and unprecedented changes. In America at the Crossroads, George Barna dissects these major transformational changes and explores where we’re likely headed next. Frankly, it doesn’t matter whether we agree with all of his interpretations or prescriptions for turning the ship around. What matters most is that we get our heads out of the sand and honestly grapple with the hard facts and data he presents, because how we respond will shape the future of the church and American society as we known it.” —Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church


9780801016899Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home by Hugh Ross (Baker Books. 9780801016899. Hardback. $17.99)

“Hugh Ross takes us on a riveting tour of the scientific story, from the beginning of the cosmos to present humankind. He shows how that story pushes us toward the conclusion that purpose has driven the whole story, with the different pieces intertwined and each supporting the production of an ideal habitat for human beings right here and right now. Not only will this commend Christian faith to scientifically minded inquirers, but it will also strengthen the confidence of believers that we inhabit and participate in a meaningful and purposeful story.”—C. John “Jack” Collins, professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary


978178498123590 Days in Ruth, Jeremiah and 1 Corinthians by Mark Dever & Mike McKinley (Explore by the Book Series. The Good Book Company. Hardback. 9781784981235. $19.99)

Let Mark Dever and Mike McKinley sit alongside you as you open up your Bible day by day. Their helpful questions, insightful explanations and prompts to apply God’s word to your life will take you to the heart of God’s word and then push God’s word deep into your heart. Enjoy the treasures of Ruth, Jeremiah and 1 Corinthians as you explore the Bible, book by book.


9781784980856Life Explored Leader’s Kit by Barry Cooper & Nate Morgan Locke (The Good Book Company. 978178498085. DVD and Paperback. $59.99)



9780802414663Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen (Moody. 9780802414663. Hardback. $12.99)

“God’s call to full-time ministry is a concept few people understand or explain well. It’s not a mystical form of special revelation or an audible voice from heaven. And God doesn’t call men to pastoral ministry without gifting them for the task and sovereignly drawing their hearts to the work. (Which suggests there are a lot of people doing pastoral ministry today who were never called to the task.) Jason Allen skillfully outlines and explains the vital biblical principles for discerning whether a person is truly called to ministry. This helpful handbook answers scores of questions I hear from young men and potential seminary students all the time. I’m grateful for the help this volume will be and the influence I know it will have.”—John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church


PICKWICK_TemplatePreaching as the Word of God: Answering an Old Question with Speech-Act Theory by Sam Chan (Wipf & Stock. 9781498220248. Paperback. $35.00)

“How can we conclude that what we preach is the Word of God–God himself speaking through the sermon–as the Reformers insisted? In this important study, Sam Chan demonstrates that Luther and Calvin have it right, provided we focus on the New Testament insistence that rightly proclaiming the gospel is what is meant by preaching the Word of God. Chan then uses speech act theory to clarify his argument. The work is important not only for students of the Reformation, but for preachers who need to see that the faithful proclamation of the gospel is precisely what authorizes them to insist that their preaching is the word of God.”—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


CASCADE_TemplateDoes God Love Everyone? The Heart of What’s Wrong with Calvinism by Jerry L. Walls (Wipf & Stock. 9781620325506. Paperback. $15.00)

“The movement loosely known as Calvinism has emerged as a vibrant and powerful force within evangelical Protestantism. Jerry Walls, in turn, has emerged as the most forceful and rigorous critic of Calvinism. In this short and readable book, he puts his theological knowledge and philosophical acumen to work in making a biblical and logical case that Calvinism is beset with real difficulties. Does God Love Everyone? raises some sharp challenges that deserve serious engagement.”—Tom McCall, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


9780310522553No God But One: Allah Or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates The Evidence For Islam And Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi (Zondervan. 9780310522553. Paperback. $17.99)

In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi recounted his dramatic journey, describing his departure from Islam and his decision to follow Christ. In the years that followed, he realized that the world’s two largest religions are far more different than they initially appeared.

No God but One: Allah or Jesus? addresses the most important questions at the interface of Islam and Christianity: How do the two religions differ? Are the differences significant? Can we be confident that either Christianity or Islam is true? And most important, is it worth sacrificing everything for the truth?

Nabeel shares stories from his life and ministry, casts new light on current events, and explores pivotal incidents in the histories of both religions, providing a resource that is gripping and thought-provoking, respectful and challenging.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of August 15, 2016

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Abridged and Edited with Commentary by John Foxe. edited by Paul L. Maier and R. C. Linnenkugel. (Kregel. 9780825443299. Hardback. $29.99)

Award-winning historian Paul L. Maier brings his exceptional abilities to bear on Foxe’s massive work in this new color-illustrated, abridged edition. Due to the immense scope of Foxe’s work, previous editions have left out many stories of the unsung heroes of the faith. Maier’s new abridgement includes every martyr mentioned in Foxe’s 1570 edition, while modifying archaic working for today’s readers, condensing extraneous discussions, and providing insightful commentary to place these historical figures in context. Readers are helped not only to know what happened by why it happened and to see the past in a way that informs  the present.


9780825444173Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting by Sam Serio (Kregel. 9780825444173. Paperback. $16.99)

“Sam Serio has written the book that few others would have. In a sensitive manner, and with absolute care not to offend, he explains how to preach from most of the biblical passages dealing with sexual sin. You will receive much help from his frequent tips. I know of no other book like it. You will want a copy.”—Jay E. Adams, founder of The Institute for Nouthetic Studies


Preaching Old Testament Narratives by Benjamin Walton (Kregel. 9780825442582. Paperback. $18.99)

“In his encounter with an Ethiopian court official who was reading a passage from the scroll of Isaiah, Philip began at that passage and proclaimed Jesus to the official (Acts 8: 26–35). All who teach and proclaim the gospel should be able to do the same with Old Testament narratives. Ben Walton’s book will help that to happen. Preaching Old Testament Narratives is unique in approach and practical in design. Examined and tested by groups of pastors prior to publication, the book gives understandable guidance on narrative interpretation and helpful steps on sermon development from text selection to formulation of the take-home truth. Organized in two main parts, Discover the Message and Deliver the Message, Preaching Old Testament Narratives is not just a quality textbook for personal study or for a course of study; it is a complete course in a textbook, and I highly recommend it as a vital resource for those who preach and teach Old Testament narratives.” —Jerry N. Barlow, Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Work, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Arrived on New Academic Throughout the Week of August 8, 2016

Cover ArtBeing Human in God’s World: An Old Testament Theology of Humanity by J. Gordon McConville (Baker Academic. 9780801048968. Hardback. $27.99)

“Noted Old Testament scholar Gordon McConville draws on his disciplinary expertise to provide this fascinating and rich account of humanity in relation to God, to other humans, and to the nonhuman creation. It is wide-ranging in its coverage of Old Testament texts, in its treatment of key aspects of the multifaceted experience of living in this world, and in its relating these to contemporary thinking about the human. The book’s careful exegesis and wise theological reflection are always accessible. At the same time, McConville’s focus on transformation makes his work a wonderful resource for exploring biblical spirituality in its broadest sense of human flourishing, and in this respect the closing chapter on the Psalms in human formation offers a fitting and inspiring climax.” –Andrew T. Lincoln, emeritus professor of New Testament, University of Gloucestershire


Cover ArtExodus by T. Desmond Alexander (Teach the Text Commentary Series. Baker Books. 9780801092145. Paperback. $26.99)

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text. T. Desmond Alexander is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College in Belfast, Ireland.


Cover ArtAnswers to the Most Important Questions About the End Times: Will I have to go through the tribulation? Who is the Antichrist? What is Armageddon? What will the New Jerusalem be like? And many more by Dr. John Hart (Bethany House. 9780764217852. Paperback. $10.99)

The end times can be confusing, or even troubling, as we struggle to understand such things as when Christ is coming back, who the Antichrist will be, when the tribulation will occur, and how to interpret biblical prophecy. If you are curious, confused, or fearful about any of these things–this book is for you.

Dr. John Hart, Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, clearly and respectfully offers easy-to-understand answers, letting you know exactly what God’s Word says–as well as what it doesn’t say–about the end times. This slender volume answers the most frequently asked questions, then explores how those answers affect you, your family, and your friends.


Being ThereBeing There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting by Dave Furman (Crossway. 9781433550034. Paperback. $12.99)

Everyone has friends or family who suffer from sickness, disability, depression, or the death of a loved one.

Oftentimes, the people who love the hurting also struggle in their own unique ways. They tend to suffer in silence and without much support from others. Writing from the unique perspective of one who needs extra help on a daily basis, Dave Furman, senior pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, offers insight into the support, encouragement, and wisdom that people need when helping others. Furman draws on his own life experiences, examples from the Bible, and wisdom from Christians throughout history to address the heart and ministry of those who are called to serve others. Deeply personal and powerfully pastoral, this book points readers to the strength that only God can provide as they love those who are hurting. Afterword written by Gloria Furman, the author’s wife.


Andrew FullerAndrew Fuller: Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Mission by John Piper (Crossway. 9781433551895. Paperback. $8.99)

Missionary biographies often inspire enthusiasm, zeal, and urgency for missions among God’s people. But how do Christians give their lives to missions if they feel called to remain in their homeland? In 1792, British pastor Andrew Fuller formed the Baptist Missionary Society, an organization dedicated to the promotion of mission work both at home and overseas. In this concise biography, best-selling author John Piper introduces readers to this incredible Christian who—although he never served abroad himself—inspired the modern missionary movement that gave rise to such figures as William Carey and Hudson Taylor. Working tirelessly to raise funds for missionaries in the field and championing the importance of sound doctrine for fruitfulness in missions, Fuller stands as an example to all Christians eager to devote themselves to knowing, guarding, and spreading the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.


The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land edited by Gerald R. McDermott (IVP Academic. 9780830851386. Paperback. $26.00)

Introduction: What Is the New Christian Zionism? (Gerald McDermott)

Part I: Theology and History
1. A History of Supersessionism: Getting the Big Story Wrong (Gerald McDermott)
2. A History of Christian Zionism: Is Christian Zionism Rooted Primarily in Premillennial Dispensationalism? (Gerald McDermott)

Part II: Theology and the Bible
3. Biblical Hermeneutics: How Are We to Interpret the Relation Between Tanak and the New Testament on This Question? (Craig Blaising)
4. Zionism in the Gospel of Matthew: Do the People of Israel and the Land of Israel Persist as Abiding Concerns for Matthew? (Joel Willitts)
5. Zionism in Luke-Acts: Do the People of Israel and the Land of Israel Persist as Abiding Concerns in Luke’s Two Volumes? (Mark Kinzer)
6. Zionism in Pauline Literature: Does Paul Eliminate Particularity for Israel and the Land in His Portrayal of Salvation Available for All the World? (David Rudolph)

Part III: Theology and Its Implications
7. Theology and the Churches: Mainline Protestant Zionism and Anti-Zionism (Mark Tooley)
8. Theology and Politics: Reinhold Niebuhr’s Christian Zionism (Robert Benne)
9. Theology and Law: Does the Modern State of Israel Violate Its Call to Justice in the Covenant by Its Relation to International Law? (Robert Nicholson)
10. Theology and Morality: Is Modern Israel Faithful to the Moral Demands of the Covenant in Its Treatment of Minorities? (Shadi Khalloul)
Part IV: Theology and the Future
11. How Should the New Christian Zionism Proceed? (Darrell Bock)
12. Implications and Propositions (Gerald McDermott)


Praying for Your Pastor: How Your Prayer Support Is Their Life Support by Eddie Byun (IVP Books. 9780830844661. Paperback. $15.00)

“To be a minister of the gospel who is faithful to the Word of God is increasingly difficult in our present age. Pastors and shepherds care for the people of God, often at great expense to themselves. Eddie Byun gives us an insightful and sobering look into the life of those who serve in ministry and skillfully presents the need for the whole body of Christ to be laboring in prayer. This book is for anyone who wants to join the fight in protecting the hearts and lives of those whom God has called to lead the church.”—Kevin Peck, lead pastor, Austin Stone Community Church


CoverJonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture by Jonathan M. Yeager (Oxford University Press. 9780190248062. Hardback. $74.00)

“Building on preliminary work on Edwards’s reception in the intellectual worlds of early modern Europe and America, and on studies of the various editions of his works, Yeager is the first to explore, in a systematic way, the intersection of Edwards’s writings and print culture, his publishers, printers, and editors through the eighteenth century. Joining a material culture approach with the history of the book, we have here an entirely new perspective on Edwards as an early evangelical writer and spokesperson.”—Kenneth P. Minkema, Executive Editor & Director, Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University

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.