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New & Notable Books

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I am in the unique and enjoyable position of receiving copies of most of the latest and greatest Christian books and I like to provide regular roundups of some of the best and brightest of the bunch. Here are some of the notable books that I’ve received in the past week or two.

Emancipating the World: A Christian Response to Radical Islam and Fundamentalist Atheism by Darrow Miller – “Darrow Miller’s book contains a perceptive analysis of troubling world trends that now threaten to take the history of nations in a harmful direction and also several practical steps, grounded in Scripture, that Christians can take as they seek to oppose these trends and positively transform their cultures for good. I am happy to recommend it!” – Wayne Grudem (Learn more and shop at Amazon)

Living Zealously by Joel Beeke & James La Belle – “In Living Zealously, Joel R. Beeke and James A. La Belle address the much overlooked topic of Christian zeal. Having mined the depths of Puritan wisdom on what it means to live earnestly for Christ, they explain it in a way that is familiar to our modern ears and applicable to our souls.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible by Vern Poythress – “In Inerrancy and Worldview, Dr. Vern Poythress offers the first worldview-based defense of scriptural inerrancy, showing how worldview differences create or aggravate most perceived difficulties with the Bible. His positive case for biblical inerrancy implicitly critiques the worldview of theologians like Enns, Sparks, Allert, and McGowan. Poythress, who has researched and published in a variety of fields— including science, linguistics, and sociology—deals skillfully with the challenges presented in each of these disciplines.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God’s Address edited by Craig Bartholomew and David Beldman – “In Hearing the Old Testament world-class scholars discuss how contemporary Christians can better hear and appropriate God’s address in the Old Testament. This volume is part of a growing interest in theological interpretation of the Old Testament.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon)

The Mysteries of God by Maurice Roberts – “In The Mysteries of God, author Maurice Roberts reminds us that it is important that we be thoroughly informed about God’s mysteries because they are His eternal purposes by which He has given Christ to be our Savior; understanding and believing them give us eternal life with God in the glory of heaven. In an edifying and easy-to-understand style, the author ‘investigates’ twelve of the great mysteries of the Bible, including the mystery of God, the mystery of the gospel, the mystery of Christ’s glorious indwelling, and the mystery of the last things.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Paul’s Letter to the Romans by Colin G. Kruse – “In this Romans commentary Colin Kruse shows how Paul expounds the gospel against the background of God’s sovereign action as creator, judge, and redeemer of the world. Valuable “additional notes” on important theological themes and difficult texts — such as Paul’s discussion of same-sex relationships, the salvation of “all Israel,” and the woman Junia, who was “well known among the apostles” — further connect Romans to contemporary issues. Throughout his commentary Kruse expertly guides readers through the plethora of interpretations of Romans, providing a reliable exposition of this foundational epistle.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Word Versus Deed by Duane Litfin – “Many Christians are excited to debate the importance of social justice and evangelism now more than ever before. Seeking to level the balance, Litfin steers the conversation toward the biblical harmony of word and deed, pointing out the church’s tendency to overcorrect—either cutting out the preaching of the gospel or forgetting the application of action.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon or Westminster Books)


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