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9780801049743 Covenant, Community, and the Spirit: A Trinitarian Theology of Church by Robert Sherman (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049743. $24.99)

“Uniting us to Christ through the faith-creating gospel, the Holy Spirit simultaneously unites us to Christ’s body. Robert Sherman integrates topics that too often float apart, especially personal salvation, the work of the Spirit, and the nature and mission of the church. Deeply rooted in Scripture and the wisdom of Christian interpretation, this exploration is also wonderfully accessible. This is a welcome contribution to the ecumenical conversation, but it is more than that; it is a personally enriching and edifying meditation on what it means to belong to the people of the Triune God.”—Michael Horton


9780801017100 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film by Terry Glaspey (Baker Books. Paperback. 9780801017100. $29.99)

Some of the greatest artists have taken their inspiration from their faith. Now you can discover the stories behind seventy-five masterpieces of art, literature, music, and film–and the artists who created them. From the Roman catacombs to Rembrandt, from Bach to U2, from John Bunyan to Frederick Buechner, author and historian Terry Glaspey unveils the absorbing true stories behind these masterpieces and shares the faith-filled details you might have missed.


9781433544941 Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God by Gerald Bray (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433544941. $18.99)

“Gerald Bray accomplishes an improbable task with this remarkable book on Augustine’s view of the Christian life. Bray surveys the voluminous and brilliant contributions from the bishop of Hippo and presents them in a readable and understandable manner.”—David S. Dockery


9781433543463 Why Trust the Bible? by Greg Gilbert (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433543463. $12.99)

“Now more than ever, Christians need to know how to defend the truth of God’s Word in the midst of an increasingly hostile world. In this book for Christians and non-Christians alike, Gilbert sets forth compelling arguments in support of the trustworthiness of the Bible—equipping believers with an important tool for engaging a skeptical world.”—Josh McDowell


9781433542527 J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life by Leland Ryken (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433542527. $30.00)

“Without a doubt, this is now the definitive, most up-to-date biography of J. I. Packer, and it deserves high praise. With the sensitivity, wisdom, and sheer humanity that a fine biographer needs, Leland Ryken allows us to see the life, mind, and heart of this quiet but highly influential man. Traversing the notoriously complex and hazardous terrain of UK and US evangelicalism with impressive sure-footedness, Ryken not only helps us understand the man and his context, but ourselves as evangelicals.”—Michael Reeves


9781433542176 Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible by Leland Ryken (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433542176. $35.00)

In this comprehensive and systematic volume, renowned literary expert Leland Ryken introduces readers to the specific themes, patterns, and techniques used by the biblical authors. A companion to Ryken’s A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible, this practical guidebook will equip you to interpret each book of the Bible through the lens of its literary forms and features—helping you faithfully read, understand, and teach the Bible with greater insight.


Awe.COV.jacket2.indd Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do by Paul David Tripp (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433547072. $19.99)

“I still remember the first time I was in awe of God. It came after years of attending churches and calling myself ‘Christian.’ It was a major turning point in my life. It is an awe of God that inspires my major life decisions as well as my daily actions. Thank you, Paul, for getting beyond symptoms and getting at the heart of the matter. This book is brilliant, and I wish every believer would read it carefully. We live in a crazy time. We need books like this to help lay healthy foundations for our lives, so that we don’t spend our days overreacting to unpredictable events.”—Francis Chan


9781433544576 The Story of Everything: How You, Your Pets, and the Swiss Alps Fit Into God’s Plan for the World by Jared C. Wilson (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433544576. $15.99)

“It’s fitting that a book called The Story of Everything would weave together things like the cosmos and pets, Augustine and Plato, football and Ecclesiastes. In a truly accessible way, Jared Wilson helps us see that there is indeed something that links all this and more together.”—Michael Kelley


Bauckham_The Bible in the Contemporary World_wrk02.indd The Bible in the Contemporary World: Hermeneutical Ventures by Richard Bauckham (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872234. $22.00)

“The work of a master theologian, these magnificent essays are a joy to read. They combine judicious balance, practical relevance, and theological wisdom. . . . A superb collection that amply repays study.”—Anthony C. Thiselton


9780830839087 Crossover Preaching: Intercultural-Improvisational Homiletics in Conversation with Gardner C. Taylor by Jared E. Alcantara (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830839087. $35.00)

“On Easter Sunday 2015, Gardner C. Taylor left this world for a better one. But his long and productive life casts a long shadow, and his extraordinary pulpit work merits the kind of close analysis Alcántara offers in this book. Taylor emerges here as a paradigmatic ‘crossover’ preacher, prescient and prophetic, a watchman on the wall with a word from the Lord for his time and for ours.”—Timothy George


9780830840908 An Introduction to the Old Testament: Exploring Text, Approaches Issues by John Goldingay (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840908. $40.00)

“When scouting textbooks, I worry that students will read the textbook instead of the Bible. Not this book! John Goldingay wants ‘to help you study Scripture for yourself,’ and he does this deftly with the enthusiasm of a master teacher, the knowledge of a first-rate scholar and the faith of a dedicated Christian. This handbook is accessible, readable, insightful, faithful—and enjoyable. Don’t let a day go by without delving into the Old Testament with this book close at hand.”—Jack Levison


9780830850945 The Gospel and Pluralism Today: Reassessing Lesslie Newbigin in the 21st Century by Scott W. Sunquist (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830850945. $28.00)

“After a quarter century, Lesslie Newbigin’s testimony to ‘the gospel in a pluralist society’ still feels strikingly relevant, penetrating in its analysis and winsome in its pastoral encouragement of Christian discipleship and witness. Such is the testimony of the authors of this volume, who rehearse, interpret, receive and build upon Newbigin’s missional wisdom. They have done us the great service of calling us to do likewise!”—George R. Hunsberger


9780190221348 Reading C.S. Lewis: A Commentary by Wesley A. Kort (Oxford University Press. Paperback. 9780190221348. $29.95)

“A rich presentation of C.S. Lewis’ place in the literary and academic culture of Oxford and Cambridge, with fresh, exciting views on his space trilogy, Narnia, apologetics, and his standing as a moral philosopher. A must for serious students of this writer, whose importance increases with every decade.”—Philip Zaleski


9780199793228 Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment by Douglas A. Sweeney (Oxford University Press. Paperback. 9780199793228. $74.00)

“A very impressive achievement. Sweeney provides fresh understanding and appreciative insight into Edwards’ enchanted world of Scripture. Edwards saw all of reality as infused with spiritual meaning. So God’s special revelation in Scripture was not only the perspicuous key to everything else, it was also packed with countless cryptic spiritual connotations.”—George Marsden


9780310521280 Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus Final Words Our First Work by Robby F. Gallaty (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310521280. $15.99)

“Tell me how you keep score,” former GE CEO Jack Welch said, “and I will tell you how to win.” Not everything is easily measurable, but too many in the church have overly spiritualized discipleship to the point that measuring is not attempted at best or denigrated at worst. In this helpful book, Robby Gallaty offers the church cogent, clarifying tools for the journey of disciple-making.”—Alvin Reid

Arrived on New Academic the Week of October 5, 2015

9781433676871 John by Murray J. Harris (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament Series. B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433676871. $34.99)

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume.


9781848716308 Knowing Christ by Mark Jones (Banner of Truth. Paperback. 9781848716308. $16.00)

Knowing Christ is a majestic gem that will be passed down from generation to generation as a beloved devotional. Its author takes the reader by a loving pastoral hand into depths and riches, exhorting us to know Christ better and to love him more.’—Rosaria Butterfield


9781781916438 Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past edited by Robert Plummer and Matthew Haset (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781916438. $14.99)

In Held in Honor, you will find 50 devotional reflections on marriage carefully selected from 2,000 years of church history. Alongside each inspiring historical quote is a brief introduction to the person quoted and an accompanying biblical reflection.

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9780800699642 Paul and His Recent Interpreters by N. T. Wright (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9780800699642. $39.00)

This companion volume to N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God and Pauline Perspectives is essential reading for all with a serious interest in Paul, the interpretation of his letters, his appropriation by subsequent thinkers, and his continuing significance today. In the course of this masterly survey, Wright asks searching questions of the major contributors to Pauline studies in the last fifty years.


9780830840915 Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis edited by Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840915. $28.00)

“Modern Pauline scholarship has largely done away with caricatures of Early Judaism, which arose out of ignorance of the sources, and replaced them with caricatures of the Protestant Reformers, spawned by a similar ignorance. This volume sets the record straight on a number of counts and raises the question of whether the concerns of the Reformers in their day may not have made them sensitive to aspects of Paul’s thought to which moderns are oblivious. A provocative and timely study.”—Stephen Westerholm


9780830840892 How to Read Job by John H. Walton (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840892. $18.00)

“Walton and Longman, two seasoned commentators on Job, argue that readers should redirect their efforts from seeking in its pages reasons for human suffering to instead recognizing the lesson to trust in a sovereign God within the incongruities of life. The pious may not understand their painful lot, but assurance and rest come in accepting the wisdom of the Almighty. Thoughtful and accessible, this is a welcome addition to the How To Read series.”—M. Daniel Carroll R.


9781400205417 It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die by Jefferson Bethke (Thomas Nelson. Paperback. 9781400205417. $16.99)

“In this new book, Jefferson Bethke gives us a brisk, readable overview of the story of God’s reconciling project with the universe. You will benefit from thinking with him about such grand topics in an enjoyable conversational format.”—Russell Moore


9780310521167 Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics edited by Oliver Crisp (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310521167. $26.99)

The proceedings of the third annual Los Angeles Theology Conference seek to identify the place of the doctrine of atonement in systematic theology. Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics intentionally excludes discussion of theories of atonement, typologies of those theories, and contests among various theories. Instead, it undertakes the question: What else is there to do in atonement theology besides rehashing types and theories?


9780310494539 Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct edited by Milton Eng (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310494539. $16.99)

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible contains a devotion on every book in the Hebrew Bible and can be used as weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester or sequence of courses. The main point each devotion offers comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Hebrew Bible, not from the English Bible. The authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions: grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, linguistic, etc. Each devotion closes with a practical application. Contributors include Daniel I. Block, Mark J. Boda, Hélène Dallaire, Nancy Erickson, Karen H. Jobes, Bo H. Lim, Tremper Longman III, Miles V. Van Pelt, and Bruce K. Waltke, among others.


9780310520306 Character Formation in Online Education: A Guide for Instructors, Administrators, and Accrediting Agencies by Joanne J. Jung (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310520306. $16.99)

Character Formation in Online Education stems from author Joanne Jung’s years of experience teaching online courses with the aim of improving the teaching environment for professors and the learning environment for students. By replicating, customizing, and incorporating the best and most effective practices of what a great professor does in on-campus classes, reimagined for an online delivery system, Jung shows how a higher level of learning and transformation can be achieved through online learning communities.


9780310516972 Luis de Molina: The Life and Theology of the Founder of Middle Knowledge by Kirk MacGregor (Zondervan. Hardback. 9780310516972. $27.99)

“Kirk MacGregor has written a game-changer. MacGregor show that Molina didn’t develop the notion of middle knowledge simply for the sake of philosophical speculation, but because of his deep concern for pastoral ministry. This book will become an invaluable resource for Molinism studies.”—Ken Keathley


9780310521303 The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users: Grammatical Terms Explained for Exegesis by Michael Williams (Zondervan. Paperback. 9780310521303. $18.99)

The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users is ideally suited for:

  • Pastors and ministry leaders who may have learned Hebrew at one time but have experienced the loss of much of that learning
  • College and seminary students who are learning Hebrew and need a guide to help understand the significance of the grammatical terminology
  • Bible software users who never formally learned Hebrew in the classroom and need help understanding the meaning of the terms they encounter

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9780802872722 Systematic Theology Anthony C. Thiselton (Eerdmans. 9780802872722. Hardback. $40.00)

In this concise, one-volume systematic theology, celebrated scholar Anthony Thiselton comprehensively covers the spectrum of Christian doctrine with an eye to practical application for Christian discipleship. Expertly incorporating biblical exegesis, philosophy, conceptual grammar, and hermeneutics, this work is the most succinct multidisciplinary systematic theology available.


Winter_Divine Honors for the Caesars_wrk03.indd Divine Honours for the Caesars: The First Christians’ Responses by Bruce W. Winter (Eerdmans. 9780802872579. Paperback. $35.00)

This authoritative study by Bruce Winter explores the varied responses of first-century Christians to imperial requirements to render divine honours to the Caesars. Winter first examines the significant primary evidence of emperor worship, particularly analysing numerous inscriptions in public places and temples that attributed divine titles to the emperors, and he then looks at specific New Testament evidence in light of his findings.


On Mission_frontcover On Mission: Devotions for Your Short-Term Trip by Patric Knaak (New Growth Press. 9781942572121. Paperback. $14.99)

Each of the ten daily devotionals features a bible passage from Christ’s life and ministry, an article to help the reader understand the spiritual lessons of the passage, and journaling exercises to help connect what they are learning with events and lessons experienced on the trip. On Mission is applicable to a broad range of mission trips and suitable for audiences from high school students to adults.


Suffering and the Heart of God-CB1 Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores by Diane Langberg (New Growth Press. 9781942572022. Paperback. $24.99)

“In a poetic, powerful, passionate, and challenging book, Diane Langberg, with her many years of counseling experience, takes us on a disturbing (and healing) journey into the hearts of the survivors of many different types of terrible trauma all over the world—into our own bent and broken hearts, and then into the heart of an amazing, loving God who was humiliated, crucified, and abandoned so that we (and the whole creation) might be healed and delivered from the power of evil. This is a superb master-class in counseling and pastoral care with a gifted, experienced, and wise therapist.” —Richard Winter


9781596381391 Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change by Denny Burk and Heath Lambert (P&R Publishing. 9781596381391. Paperback. $9.99)

“In Principles of Conduct, John Murray reminds us that ‘the line of demarcation between virtue and vice is not a chasm but a razor’s edge.’ In Transforming Homosexuality, Denny Burk and Heath Lambert shine scholarly and pastoral light on that razor’s edge, helping Christians to discern the difference between sexual temptation and sexual lust as it bears on same-sex attraction. This is a bold and provocative book. It will also likely be a controversial book. But it is predominantly a loving book that seeks to help people with unwanted homosexual desires be transformed by the full knowledge that God’s grace for us in Christ is sufficient for all our various struggles and sins.”—Rosaria Butterfield


9780310270881 A Theology Of Mark’s Gospel: Good News About Jesus The Messiah, The Son Of God by David E. Garland (Zondervan. 9780310270881. Hardback. $44.99)

This landmark textbook … both covers major Markan themes and also sets forth the distinctive contribution of Mark to the New Testament and the canon of Scripture, providing readers with an in-depth and holistic grasp of Markan theology in the larger context of the Bible.


9780310491705 The Holy Spirit by Christopher R. J. Holmes (New Studies in Dogmatics Series. Zondervan. 9780310491705. Paperback. $24.99)

Who is the Holy Spirit and how does the Spirit come to be in relation to the Father and the Son? What is the mission of the Spirit and where does it come from? Chris Holmes takes up the questions surrounding the Spirit’s procession and mission with the help of three of the church’s greatest teachers—Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Karl Barth.

Drawing on their engagements with the Fourth Gospel, Holmes presents an account of the Spirit’s identity, origin, and acts, to show how the acts of the Spirit derive from the Spirit’s life in relation to Father and Son—and the extent to which the Spirit’s mission testifies to the Spirit’s origin.

Holmes presents a way forward for pneumatology. Housed within the doctrine of the Trinity, pneumatology’s joyful task is to describe the Spirit’s acts among us in light of their source in the Spirit’s acts in God. The end of this inquiry is our beatitude—knowledge of the Trinity that yields to love of the Trinity.


9780310520795 Awakening The Evangelical Mind: An Intellectual History Of The Neo-Evangelical Movement by Owen Strachan (Zondervan. 9780310520795. Hardback. $24.99)

The first major study to draw upon unknown or neglected sources, as well as original interviews with figures like Billy Graham, Awakening the Evangelical Mind uniquely tells the engaging story of how evangelicalism developed as an intellectual movement in the middle of the 20th century. Beginning with the life of Harold Ockenga, Strachan shows how Ockenga brought together a small community of Christian scholars at Harvard University in the 1940s who agitated for a reloaded Christian intellect.

With fresh insights based on original letters and correspondence, Strachan highlights key developments in the movement by examining the early years and humble beginnings of such future evangelical luminaries as George Eldon Ladd, Edward John Carnell, John Gerstner, Gleason Archer, Carl Henry, and Kenneth Kantzer.


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9781426759369 Why Mission? by Dean Flemming (Reframing New Testament Theology Series. Abingdon Press. 9781426759369. Paperback. $29.99)

“Since writing The Mission of God, I have felt guilty that it paid so much more attention to a missional reading of the Old than of the New Testament. This fine book relieves me of that guilt. This is an outstandingly clear and faithful exposition of what it means to read the New Testament from the perspective of, and with the intention of participating in, the mission of God as revealed in the whole Bible.”—Christopher J. H. Wright


vison.indd A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry by Abraham Kuruvilla (Baker Academic. 9780801096747. Paperback. $21.99)

“Many authors of books on homiletics propose proprietary definitions of preaching that demand too many specific sermon elements. Kuruvilla, however, sees the big picture. His vision is broad enough to embrace a spectrum of preaching objectives while remaining focused on the inspired words of Scripture. No book presents a better balance of heart and head, Spirit and truth, and orthodoxy and orthopraxy than A Vision for Preaching.”—Hershael W. York

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9780801018350 The New Pastor’s Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry by Jason Helopoulos (Baker Books. 9780801018350. Paperback. $14.99)

“I wish I could have read this book when I was just starting out in ministry. This personal, practical volume will serve as a valuable guide for many young pastors, and quite a few older ones too.”—Kevin DeYoung

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9781451499698 Atlas of the European Reformations by Tim Dowley (Fortress Press. 9781451499698. Paperback. $24.00)

“The beautifully produced maps of this Atlas—along with informative time lines, well-chosen illustrations, and clear, accessible prose—make this book an excellent contribution to 500th anniversary commemorations of the Reformation. All who are concerned about the fate of Christianity today will benefit from this illuminating window into the crises, the renewal, and the world-wide effects of the Reformation era.”—Mark A. Noll

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9780830840687 The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God’s Speakability by Archie J. Spencer (Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology Series. IVP Academic. 9780830840687. Paperback. $35.00)

“Spencer’s provocative thesis maintains that Augustine’s undue reliance on the Neoplatonic tradition led most of the subsequent Christian tradition astray. Boethius, Pseudo-Dionysius, Anselm, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, as well as the later Thomist tradition, all were beguiled by a totalizing metaphysical epistemology that was alien to God’s self-revelation in Christ. Spencer’s penetrating critique, along with his clarion call for an alternative, Christological analogy of faith, is truly deserving of the intense discussion it is bound to evoke.”—Hans Boersma


9781496406026 God & Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours by Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley (Tyndale. 9781496406026. Hardback. $26.99)

God and Churchill tells the remarkable story of how one man, armed with belief in his divine destiny, embarked on a course to save Christian civilization when Adolf Hitler and the forces of evil stood opposed. It traces the personal, political, and spiritual path of one of history’s greatest leaders and offers hope for our own violent and troubled times.

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9781433533792 Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word by Voddie Baucham Jr. (Crossway.9781433533792. Paperback. $19.99)

“Voddie Baucham’s book is both scriptural and fresh, aware of biblical principles, cultural trends, and human nature. I especially appreciate his expository approach, by which he brings God’s Word into every apologetic conversation. I recommend it as an excellent introduction to apologetics as it needs to be practiced today.”—John M. Frame


9781434709097 Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible by Brian Cosby (David C. Cook. 978143470909. Paperback. $15.99)

Uncensored is a sensible, accessible, and informed guide to help us have greater confidence in God’s Word. This book will give you a new appreciation for how all the pieces of the Bible fit together into a coherent story.”—Michael Horton


978-0-8028-6889-3_Barclay_Paul and the Gift_jkt.indd Paul and the Gift by John M.G. Barclay (Eerdmans. 9780802868893. Hardback. $70.00)

“John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift has the singular virtue of making seem self-evident a point missed in the extensive literature spawned by Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism: modern understandings of grace — shaped by Paul — have prevented us from seeing aright the real but diverse ways in which grace functioned in Jewish literature of the Second Temple period. . . . This book as a whole represents a watershed in Pauline studies.”—Stephen Westerholm


9780802871701 John, His Gospel, and Jesus: In Pursuit of the Johannine Voice by Stanley E. Porter (Eerdmans. 9780802871701. Paperback. $30.00)

“These studies by Stanley Porter help to rehabilitate the Fourth Gospel when compared with the Synoptics. There is evidence that it is earlier, more unified, more historical, and more in line with mainstream early Christian theology than is often granted. This book is a welcome addition to the growing number of works treating John from this positive perspective.”—Craig L. Blomberg


9780802873354 The Challenge of Preaching by John Stott; abridged and updated by Greg Scharf (Eerdmans. 9780802873354. Paperback. $16.00)

“I know of no book that better unites pastoral practice and preaching advice than John Stott’s original Between Two Worlds. Inevitably the analogies and allusions of such a classic become dated, so I welcome this updated and retitled version that, under the expert hand of Greg Scharf, is designed to make Stott’s wisdom and heart reach the next generation of biblical preachers.”—Bryan Chapell


9781451462708 The Annotated Luther, Volume 2: Word and Faith edited by Kirsi I. Stjerna (Fortress Press. 9781451462708. Hardback. $39.00)

Volume 2 of The Annotated Luther series contains a number of the writings categorized under the theme Word and Faith. Luther was particularly focused on what the word “does” in order to create and sustain faith. Writings in the volume range from the large core documents Bondage of the Will, Against the Heavenly Prophets, The Smalcald Articles, and Large Catechism to Luther’s own Confession of Faith and treatments of Moses, the Gospels, and Two Kinds of Righteousness.


Practical Family Ministry Ideas2.indd Practical Family Ministry: A Collection of Ideas for Your Church edited by Timothy Paul Jones and John David Trentham (Randall House Publications. 9780892659876. Paperback. $15.99)

This resource will help pastors and other church leaders evaluate all aspects of ministry in relation to equipping families to disciple the next generation. It is a perfect tool for ministry staff to read together as it sets up the right perspective on the future of the church. Contributors include Danny R. Bowen, Scott Douglas, Christopher Harding, Brian Howard Honett, Timothy Paul Jones, Gary May, Philip L. McKinney II, Joshua A. Remy, Robert Lee Stanford, John Ellis Steen, Matthew Scott Thompson, John David Trentham, and Steve Wright.


9780718031633 The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches In A Multiethnic World by Derwin L. Gray (Thomas Nelson. 9780718031633. Paperback. $15.99)

“In a time when too many pastors and too many churches are content to minister among those who look like them, we need leaders with gospel courage and a biblical insight to call us out of monochromatic apathy. Derwin Gray is the right voice at the right time. Read The High Definition Leader and be energized to see the kingdom of Christ in all its vivid diversity once again.”—Russell Moore


9780310515784 Faith Alone—The Doctrine Of Justification: What The Reformers Taught…And Why It Still Matters by Thomas R. Schreiner (The 5 Solas Series. Zondervan. 9780310515784. Paperback. $19.99)

“The doctrine by which the church stands or falls—that’s how Luther described the importance of justification by faith alone. Without the imputed righteousness of Christ received by faith alone, we are truly without hope before a holy God. Thomas Schreiner, one of the most clear-headed and biblically faithful New Testament scholars of our generation, has produced a compelling and careful defense of the doctrine of justification that readers will find both exegetically faithful and theologically enriching. This book will help the church in this generation to stand on solid ground.”—R. Albert Mohler Jr.