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InterVarsity Press - Fall 2014 New Title Announcement

InterVarsity Press - Fall 2014 New Title Announcement

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New during the Fall of 2014 are books from Os Guinness, W. Mark Lanier, Jim Sire, Mark Labberton, Michael Card and many more.
New during the Fall of 2014 are books from Os Guinness, W. Mark Lanier, Jim Sire, Mark Labberton, Michael Card and many more.

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NEW TITLE ANNOUNCEMENT

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I N SI D E:
Os Guinness calls for renewal 2 Every Christian’s calling 5 Garth Hewitt’s vision for justice 1 3 Be a peacemaker 16 Godly desire 19 Rediscover the labyrinth 2 3 Why study church history? 29

To LIVe AS A FoLLower oF JeSUS IS oUr VocAtIoN, oUr cALLINg. TODAY.

W I L L YO U A N S W E R T h E CA L L ?
F O R M O R E I N f O R M AT I O N , S E E P A g E 5 .

CONTENTS
IVP Books 2-17 IVP Crescendo 18-19 IVP Connect 20-21 Formatio 22-24 IVP Praxis 25-27 IVP Academic 28-38 Recent Releases 39-43 Bestselling Books 44-45 Bestselling Reference Books 46 Bestselling Bible Studies 47 How to Order 48

P.O. Box 1400 Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426 Phone 630.734.4000 Fax 630.734.4200 email@ivpress.com ivpress.com

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Os Gives Hope for the Future

An EXceRPt
“Call it renewal, call it reformation, call it restoration, call it revival, call it the simple but profound Jewish term return, or call it renaissance. What matters is that it is a movement that is led by the Spirit of God, which involves the people of God returning to the ways of God and so demonstrating in our time the kingdom of God, and not in word only but in power and with the plausibility of community expression.”

TaBLe oF contents
1. Our Augustinian Moment 2. Grand Global Tasks 3. Unnecessary, Unlikely, Undeniable 4. The Secret of Cultural Power 5. The Dynamics of the Kingdom 6. Our Golden Age Is Ahead Postscript: One More Time Again? An Evangelical Manifesto

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / GenerAl

192 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3671-0, $16.00

“For decades Os Guinness has been one of the most nuanced, realistic, yet hopeful voices calling Christians to engagement with culture. This latest volume from him should not be missed by anyone. Os summarizes some of the most helpful recent discussions, updates many of his own lifelong challenges to the church, and provides many fresh insights. Highly recommended.”
T I M K e L L e R , Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

A ReneWeD VIsIon FoR tHe MoDeRn WoRLD
FeatuRes • A stirring call for a new Christian renaissance throughout society • A profoundly hopeful vision for how Christians can change the world through cultural renewal • Each chapter closes with discussion questions and a prayer that challenges us to take action in our lives today

In this hopeful appeal for cultural transformation, Guinness shares opportunities for every Christian, on both local and global levels, to win back the West and to contribute constructively to the human future. Hearkening back to similar pivotal points in history, Guinness encourages Christians in the quest for societal change. The church can be revived to become a renewing power in our society—if we answer the call to a new Christian renaissance that challenges darkness with the hope of Christian faith.

Os GuInness (DPhil, Oxford) is
the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he was the founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He lives near Washington, D.C. 3

PReVIous TItLes
978-0-8 308-346 5-5

978-0-8 308-376 7-0

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W. M A R K L A N I E R

FeatuRes & BeneFI ts
• • • One of America’s top trial lawyers examines the plausibility of Christianity An introduction to Christian faith for skeptics, seekers or new believers Explores arguments, evidence and expert witnesses

“Trial lawyers are often noted for incisive analysis, broad knowledge and the ability to spot the weakness in the opposition’s argument. Mark Lanier demonstrates every one of these instincts in Christianity on Trial. His expertise in using the biblical languages uniquely qualifies him to ask— and answer—all the really tough questions. As a fresh assessment of the intellectual validity of the Christian, this book will delight pastors, theologians, church members and even critics.”

On T r i a l
A LAWYER EXAMINES the CHRISTIAN FAITH

Pa I ge Patte R son ,

Southwestern Baptist

Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

“Mark Lanier brings to Christian publishing the same expertise, communication skills and pure, enthusiastic joy for the subject that he has brought to courtrooms and TV-network interviews across America for decades. . . . It is an excellent read for anyone who wants to see the evidence for the basic objective truths of Christian faith.”

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn THeologY / APologeTicS

J o H n M I c H ae L Ta L B ot,

240 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3667-3, $16.00

author of The Jesus Prayer

Does the Christian faith hold up under scrutiny? What does science tell us about the plausibility of a god? Can we trust the alleged eyewitness testimony of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus? Mark Lanier, one of America’s top trial lawyers, uses his experienced legal eye to examine the credibility of the Christian faith. Bringing science, current knowledge and common sense together in a courtroom approach,

this “trial” elucidates a rich understanding of God and a strong foundation for Christian faith. Lanier presents a persuasive case for the Christian faith and leaves it up to us to choose what is worthy of belief and what is not. Christianity on Trial provides a thoughtprovoking starting point in the search for truth.

W. Ma R k Lan I e R

(JD, Texas Tech University) is a trial lawyer and founder of the Lanier Law Firm.

His work for clients across the country is supported by firm offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles. U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers named him to its Best Lawyers in America list for nine consecutive years and most recently as the 2013 Top Class Action Attorney in America.

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• • • Provides a fundamental understanding of Christians’ vocational call in our world Written by Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary Briefly identifies the crisis facing today’s church and points the way forward

MARK LABBERTON

Contents
Preface 1. Called to Flourish 2. A Lost Church in a Lost World 3. The Primary Call 4. Relocating: Where Are We Called? 5. Reorienting: How Are We Called? 6. Refocusing: To Whom and What Are We Called? 7. The Way of the Beloved 8. The Way of Wisdom 9. The Way of Suffering 10. So What Does God Call Me To Do? Epilogue: Light and Salt

THE CRISIS AND PROMISE OF FOLLOWING JESUS TODAY

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / ProFeSSionAl GroWTH

168 pages, hardcover, 5 x 7 inches, 978-0-8308-3683-3, $16.00

The most urgent call upon God’s people is to live as followers of Jesus.The most indicting critique against the church is as simple: its failure to do so. We long to renew our hope for a world broken and hurting. And it is we, God’s people living in the power of the Holy Spirit, who are called to become this hope.

Here is the crisis: we are made and redeemed for this calling, but it slides through our fingers. Here is the promise: living and practicing who and why we are is our Christian vocation whenever and wherever we may be. Will you answer the call?

M a R k L a B B e Rton

is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He

previously served as director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute for Preaching and as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. He served as chair of John Stott Ministries from 2001 to 2004 and continues to serve as a senior fellow of International Justice Mission.

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Song LIstIng august 2 0 1 4
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Bread, the Light, the Life Ink-fingered and Aged The One Who Was Sent “How Can These Things Be?” “All I’ve Ever Done” 6. 7. 8. 9. “Come to Me and Drink” Stranger on the Shore Scribbling in the Sand Jesus Wept

10. One Long Final Wall

10 songs, music CD, 5 1/2 x 5 inches, 978-0-8308-3804-2, $12.98

AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2014

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RELIGION / BiblicAl MeDiTATionS / NeW TeSTAmenT

240 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4413-5, $18.00

With time and experience comes wisdom. John, the longest-surviving apostle, recorded in his Gospel a portrait of Jesus that displays the depth of years of reflection on who Jesus is and what he means to the world. Writing in light of the philosophies of his day, John describes Jesus as the incarnate Word, the divine Logos, the embodiment of all truth and wisdom.

In the final book of the Biblical Imagination Series, Michael Card shows how John stands alongside the other Gospel writers to fill out the picture of Jesus’ divine identity, with stories and sayings of Jesus not recorded by the others. Like John before him, Card has written these words so that we may better believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing we have life in his name.

BIBLIcaL IMagInatIon SeRIes NoW CoMPLete!
For years Michael Card’s music has imaginatively explored the narrative power of the Word of God. Now in the Biblical Imagination Series, Card invites readers to enter into Scripture as he has learned to do, at the level of the informed imagination. Digging into each Gospel with words and music, these volumes will help you discover the biblical text for yourself, ask your own questions and uncover deeper truths. Taking seriously the individual life and voice of each biblical writer, the Biblical Imagination Series will help you reintegrate your mind with your heart to recapture your imagination with the beauty and power of Christ.

269 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-3812-7, $18.00

208 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-3813-4, $16.00

272 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-3835-6, $18.00

10 songs, music CD, 5 1/2 x 5 inches, 978-0-8308-3803-5, $12.98

10 songs, music CD, 5 1/2 x 5 inches, 978-0-8308-3802-8, $12.98

12 songs, music CD, 5 1/2 x 5 inches, 978-0-8308-3801-1, $12.98

M I c H ae L Ca R D

is an award-winning musician, performing artist and writer of “El

Shaddai,” “Immanuel” and many other songs. He has produced over twenty albums. He has also written numerous books, including A Sacred Sorrow, A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children’s book). A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biblical studies, Card also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship. Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

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FeatuRes & BeneFI ts
• • Fifty brief reflections that take you through the book of Acts Includes study questions perfect for small group settings • Companion church-wide curriculum elements available

A 10-WEEK BIBLE READING EXPERIENCE

THE E SSE N T IAL QU E S TION
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[QUESTION]
E S S E N T I A L
THE HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR GOD

eXceRPt FRoM a ReFLectIon
1: The Essential Truth Prepare: How have you made a difference for God with your life so far? Read: Acts 1:1-11 Reflect: The book of Acts is the sequel to Luke’s Gospel, and Luke begins in the typical way, with a look back to where his first book left off—with the death and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1:3-5; see Luke 22–24). It would be easy to breeze past this review, but we’d miss an important point: the first step to making a difference for God is being sure of the “many convincing proofs that

W H I T N E Y

T .

K U N I H O L M

[Jesus] was alive” (1:3). Are you sure of this? Apply: Take some time today to jot down the “chapter headings” or stages in your life story. Is there a chapter on how you encountered Jesus? If so, what difference has it made?

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / DeVoTionAl

144 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3674-1, $13.00

Have you ever asked yourself, What difference am I making with my life? On some level, we all struggle to find our own answer to that fundamental question. The search for significance is the underlying motivation for virtually all human activity. It’s what drives us. Whitney Kuniholm addresses these core questions through the lens of fifty brief reflections from the book of Acts. He draws on the question the apostle Paul

asked Jesus: “What shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:10). The experiences of the first Christians show us that God has a mission, an essential mission, for all of his people—whether it is to serve him faithfully in the marketplace, in the home, in school, in the military or someplace else. Are you ready to answer the essential question?

W H I tne Y T. Kun I H o L M

is the president of Scripture Union/USA and former executive vice

president of Prison Fellowship Ministries. He is the author of several books on personal and group Bible study, including The Essential Bible Guide.

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FeatuRes & BeneFIts
• • Uses Jesus as the example for incarnational, missional living Casts a new vision of Christian spirituality rooted in a deep connection to God and others • Includes real-life applications and questions for discussion and reflection

LIFE WITH GOD

Contents
Foreword by Michael Frost Introduction 1. The Stories We Live and the Stories We Live Into 2. Bent and Broken 3. The Dwelling Place of God

FOR THE WORLD

JONES

4. Glimpses of the World to Come 5. A Grammar of the Disciplines 6. Let It Be 7. The Work of the People 8. Table Manners 9. Shabbat Shalom 10. Blessed Are the Placemakers Conclusion

BARRY D. JONES
FOREWORD BY

MICHAEL FROST

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn MiniSTrY / DiSciPleSHiP

208 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3669-7, $16.00

Missional teacher and pastor Barry Jones shares his vision for authentic Christian spirituality focused on becoming more like Jesus. We dwell in a specific place and time in history, with unique bodies and in a world for which God has great purposes of redemption. This presence in the world should lead us to pattern our lives after the life of Jesus. Including practical suggestions for real-life application

and questions for discussion, Jones describes living a missional life from a place of deep connection with and dependence on God. Not only must we have a clear and compelling vision of the life we want to live, but we must also cultivate the spiritual disciplines necessary to live out our vision in the specific contexts of day-to-day life. We need a renewed vision of Christian spirituality that leads us to be conformed into the image of Christ who dwells with us for us.

Ba R RY D . jones

(PhD, Wheaton College) serves as department chair and assistant professor in

the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. Passionate about training future leaders, Barry has served in a variety of ministry capacities, including time as a youth pastor, a camp and retreat speaker, and currently as a teaching pastor at Irving Bible Church.

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• A friendly guide for finding greater clarity and delight in your calling • Filled with engaging images that visually depict the main ideas of the book • Includes questions for reflection or discussion

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / PerSonAl GroWTH

208 pages, paperback, 8 x 8 inches, 978-0-8308-3673-4, $16.00

Work. Play. Love.
Most of our life is spent in these three areas. But all too often, our work is frustrating, our play is exhausting and our relationships are challenging. What would it take to have a life of meaningful work, refreshing fun and great relationships? Mark Shaw paints us a vivid picture of human flourishing, where a convergence of work, play and love brings delight in life. By pursuing wisdom rather than folly, we can have a renewed sense of vocation. Guarding against cultural pitfalls of money, sex and power, Shaw invites us to discover instead a deeper calling to playful work and faithful love. There we can find our place and experience life as it’s intended to be lived— playfully, with freedom and joy. Filled with engaging visual illustrations, this friendly guide will help you discover a life where your work, play and love are all in alignment with God’s purposes for you and a larger mission in the world.

PLaYFuL WoRk and FaItHFuL LoVe
“Shaw, who has been a seminary professor in the United States and Africa, uses plain language and illustrations to explain important concepts that should shape our lives. . . . This book will help the reader understand the joy and delight God intends for us. The discussion questions are insightful and thought provoking, making this an outstanding choice for small group discussion.”
Pau L V. S o R R ent I no , director of religious life, Amherst College

Take a Look InsIDe:

Ma R k S H aW

is the director of the world Christianity program and professor of

historical studies at Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya. He has studied world Christianity at the University of Edinburgh (MTh) and the history of Christianity at Westminster Theological Seminary (ThD). Mark is the author of a number of books, including Global Awakening and The Kingdom of God in Africa: A Short History of African Christianity. He and his wife Lois currently reside in Kenya where they have lived and worked for over twenty-five years.

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SPIRITUAL EQUIPPING FOR MISSION
T H R I V I N G M E S S A G E A S G O D ’ S B E A R E R S

“Relevant, mega-motivational, practical and a vital message for the church in our day.” —DR. GEORGE VERWER, Founder and Former International Director, Operation Mobilization

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• • • Clear spiritual advice from an experienced mission practitioner Connections between inner spiritual life and outer missional witness Helps readers avoid burnout and ministry failure and prepares readers for long-term service

“Finally! For years the mission engine of our world has lacked a book like this. Spiritual formation and discipleship are at the core of effective and fruitful mission. . . . Yet the mission world seems to have somewhat lost this compass for several decades, focusing more on popular business tools and resources in leading mission. Ryan’s book couldn’t come at a more timely moment for the mission world. . . . It’s that important, and it’s that good!”

J ose P H W. Han D L e Y J R . ,

president, Asian Access

“Ryan unpacks the importance of being a serious

RYA N
FOREWORD BY

SHAW
TOM LIN

message bearer and the means we can use of setting our hearts toward consistent growth so that we become more effective.”

Bo B C R eson ,

president/CEO, Wycliffe Bible Translators, USA

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn liFe / SPiriTUAl groWTH

208 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3672-7, $15.00

God calls his people to mission. But the demands of crosscultural ministry can be overwhelming and draining, leading to discouragement and burnout. All of our strategies and methodologies for reaching others are useless if we are incapable of living the holy, faithful lives God intends for us. Yet God does not leave us on our own. The Holy Spirit equips us to succeed and thrive spiritually in preparation of becoming God’s message bearers in the world.

Spiritual formation and discipleship are at the core of effective and fruitful mission. Mission professional Ryan Shaw unpacks ten fundamental spiritual keys we need to practice in order to have a successful outer global witness. He shows how we can partner with God to experience Jesus’ transforming power and presence, with practical insights for praying, growing and persevering as God’s servants in the world.

RYan s H aW is international lead facilitator and president of Student Volunteer Movement 2. He is
the author of Waking the Giant and holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary. He and his wife, Kelly, currently serve as missionaries in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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• • • Testimonies of peace and justice from India, Latin America and the Middle East A vision for peace and justice rooted in the Incarnation Written by legendary singer-songwriter, author and justice-seeker Garth Hewitt

GARTH

HEWITT

Occupied Territories

Occupied Territories

THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE FROM BETHLEHEM TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

Contents
1. God Loves Justice 2. Bethlehem Is Calling 3. Be the Hands of Jesus: The Community of Love 4. Time for Action: Let Justice Roll 5. Money, War and Equality: Tackling the Big Issues 6. God’s Revolution of Love Appendix 1: The Justice of Amos Appendix 2: Let Justice Roll: Amos Trust Liturgies Appendix 3: Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth Appendix 4: Let Justice Roll Down Like Water: A Study on the Prophet Amos by Jasmine Devadason

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / SociAl iSSUeS

192 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3670-3, $16.00

Legendary singer-songwriter Garth Hewitt has traveled the globe, hearing the echoes of God on the margins of society and in the cracks of the world’s empires. Along with his justice-seeking organization, the Amos Trust, he raises awareness of and provides support for those working toward liberation, addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty. Hewitt lays out a “Bethlehem theology” for justice and reconciliation that emerges out of the story of Jesus’

prophesied birth. A lifestyle of justice is an integral part of the Bible message, as Christians seek to stand up to skewed power systems, racial tensions and our own biases. Hewitt reminds us that as Christ-followers in the kingdom of God, we are people of hope because there is a gospel of hope. He challenges us to model what a community of justice may look like as we face the forces of domination with the light and lifestyle of this gospel.

Ga Rt H He W I tt has written ten books on spirituality, social justice and the arts, including Bethlehem
Speaks: Voices from the Little Town Cry Out, while championing social justice worldwide through his human rights organization, the Amos Trust. He has released nearly forty albums in his storied fortyyear music career and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.

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An Innovative Resource for Bible Study

“Frameworks goes beyond academia to practical applications. If I were to teach a New Testament survey class, I would use this book.”
A Da Lu M , teacher of Bible teachers in
115 countries, author of Luke (LifeGuide Bible study)

Frameworks is a fresh, innovative and groundbreaking survey of the New Testament that combines compelling stories, brilliant images and simple illustrations such as maps and charts to create contexts (conceptual frameworks) that guide you through the Bible.

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RELIGION / BiblicAl STUDieS / NeW TeSTAmenT

372 pages, paperback, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, 978-0-8308-3682-6, $30.00

Presented in an attractive, less-is-more format with lots of refreshing white space, this book will make you a better Bible reader and navigator by helping you answer ten questions for each of the twenty-seven New Testament books: 1. Intro—What is this book like? 2. Theme—What is this book about? 3. Purpose—Why was it written? 4. Outline—How is the book organized? 5. Verses—How does it read? 6. Navigation—How do I move through it? 7. Unique things—What makes the book or its author special? 8. Recap—What should I remember most? 9. Questions—How can I explore further or go deeper? 10. Insights—What one verse can I apply right now?

With over 125 high-resolution color photographs and large margins for note taking, Frameworks is the perfect companion to your favorite study Bible.

See tHe NeW TestaMent THRougH FResH EYes
“Superbly crafted and exceedingly helpful. Frameworks will help you navigate your way through the twists and turns of the New Testament text.”
P H I L Co M Fo Rt, editor, Bible scholar, author

Take a Look InsIDe

E R I c La R son

is a writer, teacher and speaker who for the past thirty-five years has helped people

from Cleveland to Castro Valley crack open (and navigate) their Bibles. A successful Silicon Valley business executive, he is the founder of Frameworks Resources, a Bay Area publishing company, and is a Bible teacher at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore, California.

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FeatuRes & BeneFI ts
• • A practical guide to Christian peacemaking by an international expert in peacemaking Provides a biblical framework for resolving conflict, with examples from local and international settings • Advice for families and organizations, especially in working together on teams

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C ATA LY S T S
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P EACE

“For years I read about ‘the God of peace’ and ‘the peace of God.  ’ . . . Then I started visiting war zones: first Bosnia, later the Democratic Republic of Congo, now the Holy Land. Peace is no longer a pretty notion somehow associated with divine beings. . . . This book provides practical guides for helping to create personal peace, interpersonal peace, social peace and peace as an alternative to war. In my life and ministry, I need this book!”

C ATA LY S T S

LY nne H Y B e L s ,

advocate for global engagement,

Willow Creek Community Church

Resolving Conflict in Our Families, Organizations and Communities

“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s brilliant and simple at the same time. It is the most practical thing I’ve seen for being a peacemaker in everyday life for everyday disciples ever. Whether you have a conflict in your family or you’re working globally dealing with conflicts, this book is a must-read.”

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B o B R o B e Rts J R . ,
RELIGION / CHriSTiAn liFe / relATionSHiPS

160 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3668-0, $15.00

senior pastor, NorthWood Church, author of Bold as Love

Conflict happens. It’s a painful reality of life in a fallen world. But we don’t need to be content with broken relationships—conflict resolution is possible. God’s intention for us and for the world is for all to live in peace with one another, and Christian peacemakers have an unparalleled opportunity to be true ambassadors of reconciliation.

Rick Love, founder and president of Peace Catalyst International, shares the principles that have guided his peacemaking efforts around the world. Masterfully blending Scripture and personal experience, he provides a biblical framework for how the God of peace seeks restoration for all who experience conflict—in the home and workplace and even across international borders.

R I ck LoV e

(PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is an internationally recognized expert in Christian-

Muslim relations. He is president of Peace Catalyst International, which devotes much of its resources to peacemaking between Muslims and Christians, and serves as associate director of the World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative.

the passionate intellect

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the

THe PassI onate InteL Lect
Alister McGrath, one of the most prominent theologians and public intellectuals of our day, explains how Christian thinking can and must have a positive role in shaping, nourishing and safeguarding the Christian vision of reality. We have the capacity for robust intellectual and cultural engagement, and should confidently enter the public sphere of ideas.
“The author argues that good theology not only explains but transforms, and in this wellresearched and eminently readable work it’s easy to see what he means. The Passionate Intellect is a feast that will delight, provoke and challenge as well as inform us all.”

passionate intellect

Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind

McGRATH

M I c H ae L Ho Rton , Westminster Seminary California

ALISTER McGRATH
Author of Christianity’s Dangerous Idea

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn THeologY / generAl

210 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3675-8, $16.00

A L I ste R Mc G R at H

(DPhil, DD, Oxford University) holds the chair of theology, ministry and education and

is head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King’s College, London. He was previously professor of historical theology at Oxford University. He speaks at conferences throughout the world and is the author of Christianity’s Dangerous Idea and The Dawkins Delusion?

NOW WITH

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EXPan DeD EDItIon

A DISCUSSION GUIDE

FoRgotten GI R L s ( E XPan De D E DI t I on)
All over the world, women and girls face troubles such as starvation, displacement, illiteracy, sexual exploitation and abuse. Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett traveled to interview girls and to partner with ministries helping females in the most difficult places in the world. These pages hold those girls’ stories of deep pain and suffering, inspiring courage and incredible hope.

FO RGOT TE N

GI R L S

Stories of Hope and Courage

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K a y Mar s ha l l St r om
RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / SociAl iSSUeS

and

Mi c he l e R i c k e t t

a u t h o r s o f Daughters of Hope

192 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-4313-8, $16.00

F o r ewo r d b y Ly n n e H y b e l s

K aY Ma R s H a L L St R o M ,

a professional writer based in Eugene, Oregon, has written more than thirty books. She now partners with her husband (Daniel Kline) as Kline, Strom International, Inc., and together they have spoken on various topics to well over one hundred thousand people in more than twenty countries.

M I c H e L e R I ckett is founder and president of She Is Safe, an international ministry mobilizing advocates to equip women against poverty and oppression through practical grassroots projects. She is also coauthor (with husband, Daniel) of a Bible study course that graduates mentors called Ordinary Women and a contributing author to A Celebration of Women. 17

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• • Carefully distinguishes worry from fear and anxiety Challenges the idolatrous underpinnings of worry and encourages trust and confidence in the God of the Bible • Includes a section describing anxiety disorders and compassionately encourages sufferers to seek help

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Contents
Introduction 1. Frantic 2. Our Worried World 3. Worry’s Destructive Power 4. How and Why We Worry 5. What God Says about Worry 6. It’s All About Perspective 7. The Future Belongs to God

choosing faith in a world of worry

a m y si m pso n
author of Troubled Minds

8. The Fallacy of Possession Appendix A: A Word About Anxiety Disorders Appendix B: Inspiration for the Worried

RELIGION / CHriSTiAn liFe / PerSonAl groWTH

192 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-4314-5, $15.00

In any twelve-month period, 18 percent of adults in the United States experience an anxiety disorder that significantly impairs their ability to function in everyday life. For even more people, worry is an everyday problem. It is a part of our culture, an expectation of responsible people. And Christians are no different. But we are called to live and think differently from the worried world around us. The fact is, worry is sin, but we don’t seem to take it seriously. It is a spiritual

problem, which ultimately cannot be overcome with sheer willpower—its solution is rooted entirely in who God is. Challenging the idolatrous underpinnings of worry, former Christianity Today executive Amy Simpson encourages us to root our faith in who God is, not in our own will power. Worry offends God, and correctly understanding the theology of worry is critical to true transformation.

a M Y s I M P son

(MBA, University of Colorado) is an editor at Christianity Today, leading publishing

efforts for Gifted for Leadership and serving as senior editor of Leadership Journal. Amy is an awardwinning writer, contributor to many church ministry resources and author of the recent release Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.

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• • • Offers insight into how the spiritual disciplines can transform desire Wrestles with the dichotomy of desire versus Christian sacrifice Reflects on the Lord’s Prayer as a way of understanding our wants

jen pollock michel
michel

t e a c h u s t o

teach us to want

Contents
1. Afraid to Want: Fear 2. Aperture of the Heart: Courage 3. Precipice of Hope: Grace 4. Project Kingdom: Good News 5. Visions of Sugarplums: Scripture 6. The Business of Holy: Prayer 7. Bread and Butter: Petition 8. If the Shoe Fits: Confession 9. Be My Neighbor: Community 10. Ruby Slippers: Commitment

w a n t
l o n g i n g , & t h e l i f e a m b i t i o n o f f a i t h

“As women, we often feel the urge to hide our longings, especially in the church. Through her own story of fear, loss and God’s goodness, Jen stirs us to recover and reshape these desires in light of the kingdom of God.”

Re B eka H LYons ,

author of Freefall to Fly

“Jen Pollock Michel fuses three things that make her book essential reading: deep insight, raw honesty and radiant prose. . . . By inviting me deeply into the mess and beauty of her own story, she has given me courage to step into the mess and beauty of my own.”

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / Women’S iSSUeS

Ma R k Buc H anan ,

author of Your Church Is Too Safe

208 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-4312-1, $16.00

As Christians, we’re squeamish about desire. Isn’t wanting sinful and selfish? Aren’t we supposed to find and follow God’s will rather than insisting upon our own? The story of each person is a story of want—desires unmet, hopes dashed, passions pursued and ambitions fulfilled. Our wants cannot be ignored. But when desire is informed by Scripture and reformed by our spiritual practices, it can root us more deeply in

the fundamental belief that God is good and generous and can invite us into active kingdom participation. Jen Pollock Michel guides us on a journey of understanding who we are when we want, and reintroduces us to a God who gives us the desires of our hearts. The disciples asked Jesus to “teach us to pray.” This book asks, “Teach us to want.”

jen P o L Lock M I c H e L

is a writer, speaker and mother of five. She is a member of the Redbud

Writers Guild and writes regularly for Today in the Word, a monthly devotional published by Moody Bible Institute. Jen earned her BA in French from Wheaton College and her MA in literature from Northwestern University. She lives in Toronto, Canada, and blogs at jenpollockmichel.com.

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• • More than 110 LifeGuide titles have sold over 10 million copies Features the inductive study approach in convenient workbook format for groups or individuals • Approach questions help get you thinking or start group discussion • Application questions help you to act on what you have learned

THE MESSIAH
The Texts Behind Handel’s Masterpiece
8 STU D IES FO R I N D I V I D U A L S O R GR O U P S

Douglas Connelly

A B O U T T H E S E RI E S
Since 1985, LifeGuide® Bible Studies have provided solid biblical content and raised thought-provoking issues—making for a one-of-a-kind Bible study experience for individuals and groups. Now with over 110 titles on Old and New Testament books, character studies and topical studies.

A L i f eG u i d e

®

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LifeGuide
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®

64 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3132-6, $8.00

We hear parts of it sung every year during the Christmas season—George Frideric Handel’s great oratorio, the Messiah. But what many listeners fail to realize is that the entire text of the Messiah is drawn from Scripture— and many of the Old Testament passages that shaped Israel’s hope for their Redeemer are included in that text.

Perfect for Advent or Lent, this guide leads you through Scripture passages used in Handel’s work that highlight who Jesus is and what he came to do. It also explores some of the key passages in the Old Testament about the Messiah and their completion in the life and saving work of Jesus. It might change the way you listen to the Messiah. Even more, it might change the way you live.

D oug L as conne L LY

(MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Parkside

Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, Connelly has written numerous books and Bible study guides, including Encountering Jesus, Good & Evil, The Bible for Blockheads, The Book of Revelation for Blockheads, Wisdom for Life’s Journey and Wisdom for the Easter Journey.

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• • • Twelve weekly sessions survey key texts and themes from the New Testament Includes connections to Old Testament themes Designed for small group study using a workbook format with space to write

Robbie Fox Castleman

“Robbie Castleman has done it again. New Testament Essentials is a delicious blend of research, accessibility and devotion that challenges the reader to examine core beliefs and convictions. . . . Used in the context of private study or, even better, group interaction, this book is an excellent resource for those who are looking to more deeply root and enliven their faith.”

New Testament Essentials
FAT H E R , S ON , S P I R I T A N D K I N GD OM
• 12 weekly sessions • Surveys key texts and themes from the New Testament • Includes connections to Old Testament themes • Workbook format with space to write • Designed for study with one or two others or in small groups

C H R I s YaW,

founder, churchnext.tv

“Robbie Castleman masterfully leads us in a study that introduces us to the glorious teaching of the New Testament, a study that deepens our love and trust in our Savior.”

T R e M P e R Long M an III , Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College and author of Old Testament Essentials

for more Essentials titles

S ee I ns I D e Back coV e R

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RELIGION / biblicAl STUDieS / bible STUDY gUiDeS

160 pages, paperback, 7 x 10 inches, 0-8308-1052-9, $17.00

New Testament Essentials introduces us to the New Testament in three parts: the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, the indwelling of God in the church by the Holy Spirit and the present-and-coming kingdom of God. Following a format similar to the other volumes of the Essentials series, each of the twelve sessions includes a memory verse, Bible study, reading, life application

section and “Connecting to the Old Testament” feature. Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or in a small group, New Testament Essentials offers a comprehensive overview that will enrich your knowledge and deepen your faith.

R o B B I e FoX cast L e M an

(DMin, University of Dubuque) is professor of biblical studies and

theology at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She previously served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and is the author of Story-Shaped Worship, as well as several Bible studies, including the LifeGuide Bible studies Peter and The Story of Scripture.

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RICHARD PLASS AND JA M E S C O F I E L D

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• Coauthored by a professional counselor and a spiritual director who bring together their knowledge in each field for over fifty years combined experience • Shows how deepened psychological understanding contributes to our spiritual growth • Includes questions for reflection and discussion

The RELAT I ONAL SOUL
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RE LATION AL

The

“Our souls long for the help offered in these pages: learning how to connect the dots for developing an integrated and permeable soul based on our truest relationship with the triune God of love and a deeply trusting quality of relationships with others. I highly recommend reading and reflecting on this life-giving content offered by two trustworthy professionals. You will dog-ear many pages to reference in your personal journey toward genuine transformation.”

S OU L
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Moving from False Self to Deep Connection

Ste P H en Macc H I a ,

founder and president of Leadership Transformations, author of Crafting a Rule of Life

RELIGION / CHriSTiAn liFe / SPiriTUAl groWTH

192 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3587-4, $16.00

“Loneliness is proof of our relational design. At the core of our being is this truth—we are designed for and defined by our relationships.” God is out to reclaim and restructure the deepest terrain of the human soul by helping us shed our reactive “false self” and put on our receptive “true self.” Through spiritual disciplines and a conscious participation in

the love of the Father, Son and Spirit, we transform our self-awareness and our connection with other people. Authored by counselor Dr. Richard Plass and spiritual director James Cofield, The Relational Soul brings together concepts from psychology and spiritual formation and helps readers engage in relationships in more lifegiving ways.

D R . R I c H a R D P L ass is president of Cross Point Ministry in Jeffersonville, Indiana. After serving in pastoral ministry for twenty-five years, he obtained a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in counseling. In his current work at CrossPoint he cultivates spiritual formation in the lives of leaders.

j I M co F I e L D is director of CrossPoint Ministry. He holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and taught communications at Tennessee Temple University and Greek at Dallas Theological Seminary. Jim served as a church planter and pastor for over fifteen years before joining CrossPoint where he offers spiritual direction and retreat leadership.

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• • • Forty brief chapters ideal for daily reading through Lent or any time of the year Includes reflections on Jesus through the book of Mark Includes historical information on the practice of walking a labyrinth and shows how it is relevant today

T r Av i S S c h o l l
Foreword by Wa lt e r Wa n g e r i n J r .

S c ho l l

Wa l k i n g
the

Wa l k i n g
the

Contents
Part 1: Before the Beginning Part 2: Christ, the Path Part 3: The Way of Love Part 4: Calling, by Name Part 5: Practicing the Everyday Part 6: The Things We Keep and Leave Behind Part 7: The Way of the Cross Part 8: After the End Acknowledgments Appendix: Ways to Walk a Labyrinth Daily Scripture Readings Index

l a b yr i n t h
A Place to Pray and Seek God

One day Travis Scholl discovered a labyrinth in his neighborhood. As he began to walk it, he found this ancient practice offered a much-needed path away from life’s demands, allowing him to encounter God in quiet solitude. “Underneath the surface, walking the labyrinth is a profound exercise in listening, in active silence, in finding movement and rhythm in the stillnesses underneath and in between every day’s noise,” says

l a b yr i n t h

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn LiFe / SPiriTUAl GroWTH

240 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3583-6, $16.00

Scholl. “Walking the labyrinth is an exercise in finding the voice speaking in whispers underneath the whirlwind of sound.” Providing a historical and modern context for this unique spiritual discipline, Scholl weaves his own journey through a labyrinth with the Gospel of Mark’s telling of the twists and turns of Jesus’ life, providing forty reflections ideal for daily reading during Lent or any time of the year.

t R aV I s sc H o L L

is the managing editor for theological publications at Concordia Seminary in

St. Louis. He writes regularly for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on religion and culture and has published poems in Peregrine, Palimpsest and Prospect. He holds an MDiv from Yale University Divinity School and is the author of Living Lent: Daily Prayers for the Season.

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• • Includes a helpful graphic depiction of the elements of a balanced rhythm of life Offers perspective on how we live out our personal formation for the sake of helping the world • Presents an embodied, whole-life approach to spirituality

PETERSON EUGENE H.

Foreword by

Contents
Foreword by Eugene Peterson Introduction 1. Training Naked 2. Jesus with a Six-Pack 3. Got Power? 4. Irritating One Another 5. Puzzling the City 6. Jesus Moccasins 7. Downward Mobility 8. Working It Out 9. Learning Jesus Afterword Bibliography

BI SAC

RELIGION / CHriSTiAn liFe / SPiriTUAl groWTH

228 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-3588-1, $16.00

How do we allow the life of Jesus to flow through our whole bodies into our everyday lives? Having Jesus in our hearts is not enough. Our spirituality must involve our everyday actions and extend to our sphere of influence. The disembodied Jesus story has not only stunted the growth of the

church, but it has also allowed Christians to hurt and oppress those in the world around us. In this raw and honest whole-life approach to Christian formation, Tom Smith directs us into a “rhythm of life” that brings flourishing to our personal spirituality that then extends to our service in the world.

to M s M I t H

the cofounder of Rhythm of Life, a spiritual formation consulting group. He was

formerly pastor at Claypot, a church community in Johannesburg, South Africa, and continues to consult South African churches in the areas of spiritual formation and racial reconciliation. He is married to Lollie and has two children, Tayla and Liam.

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• Candid, heartwrenching exploration of ministry failure drawn from the experiences at the Epic Fail Pastors Conferences • • Offers hope and grace without minimizing brokenness Includes fresh research on how people can recover from failure and reflection questions for personal or group study

J.R. Briggs
Foreword by Eugene

H. Peterson

“Briggs offers an engaging, appealing and learned description of the failed life, invoking his readers to see afresh the breathtaking journey of all the landmarks along the way. Briggs reminds us that half of resurrection is death. And that, to truly live, we must fail. Jesus breathed his Spirit over a group of failed disciples from his cross. That same kind of thing seems to be going on in this book.”

FAIL
Finding HOPE and GRACE in the Midst of MINISTRY Failure
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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn miniSTrY / PASTorAl reSoUrceS

A . J . S Wo B o Da ,
of Messy

PhD, professor, pastor, and author

“Beyond platitudes or Twitter-quote pep talks, J.R. offers peace, real encouragement, and a better definition of success for Christian ministry. . . . Failures large and small, visible and invisible, will stand up and shout for J.R.’s wisdom, wit and honesty.”

Pau L Pasto R , associate editor of Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal and PARSE

224 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-4111-0, $16.00

What do we do when we’ve failed? Some ministries are shipwrecked by moral failures like affairs or embezzlement. But for most of us, the sense of failure is more ordinary: disillusionment, inadequacy, declining budgets, poor decisions, opposition, depression, burnout. Many pastors are deeply broken and wounded, and we come to doubt that God has any use for us.

J.R. Briggs, founder of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, knows what failure feels like. With candid vulnerability, Briggs explores how failure devastates us and transforms us. He challenges our cultural expectations of success and gives us permission to grieve our losses. Somehow, in the midst of our pain, we are better positioned to receive the grace of healing and restoration.

j . R . B R I ggs

has served in ministry for over a decade in megachurches, house churches and

church plants. He founded Kairos Partnerships and serves as the cultural cultivator of the Renew Community, a Jesus community in the greater Philadelphia area. He also serves with the Ecclesia Network, is on staff with Fresh Expessions US and created and curates the Epic Fail Pastors Conferences.

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KAREN MASON
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• • • A practical guide written with the working pastor in mind Each chapter contains discussion questions and a list of additional resources Tackles widespread myths about suicide, as well as how suicide affects a community

PREVENTING SUICIDE
MASON

PREVENTING SUICIDE
OR S, A HA ND BO OK FO R PA ST AL CH AP LA IN S AN D PA ST OR CO UN SE LO RS

Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Who Dies by Suicide? 2. Shattering Myths About Suicide 3. Suicide and Christian Theology 4. Theories of Suicide 5. Helping Someone in a Suicide Crisis 6. Helping a Survivor of Attempted Suicide 7. Helping the Helpers 8. Helping Suicide Survivors 9. Helping the Faith Community Conclusion Notes

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn miniSTrY / coUnSeling & recoVerY

240 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4117-2, $18.00

What is the church’s role in suicide prevention? While we tend to view the work of suicide prevention as the task of professional therapists and doctors, the church can also play a vital role. Yet many pastors, chaplains and pastoral counselors feel overwhelmed and unprepared to prevent suicides. In this practical handbook, psychologist Karen Mason

equips ministry professionals to work with suicidal individuals. Integrating theology and psychology, she shows how pastoral caregivers can be agents of hope, teaching the significance of life, monitoring those at risk and intervening when they need help. Church leaders can provide comfort in the midst of suffering and offer guidance for the future.

ka R en M ason

(PhD, University of Denver) is associate professor of counseling and psychology at

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She previously managed the Office of Suicide Prevention for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Mason is a member of the American Psychological Association and is the author of When the Pieces Don’t Fit: Making Sense of Life’s Puzzles.

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• • • Profiles of seven missional churches in dynamic relation to their communities Interviews with pastors from a variety of denominations and movements Identifies best practices and common challenges facing church planters

Mark Lau Branson and Nicholas Warnes

Starting Missional Churches

Contents
1. Shifting Perceptions on How We Plant Churches 2. Perspectives from the Missional Conversation 3. Balancing Location and Relationships 4. Gathering Neighbors 5. A Beautiful Community of Diversity 6. Creating Third Spaces 7. Growing Roots in a Secularized Context 8. An Expression of Faith That Fits 9. Creating Glocal Disciples of Jesus 10. Reflections, Frameworks and Priorities

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Neig in the

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn cHUrcH / GroWTH

192 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4116-5, $18.00

All mission is local—the people of God joining the work of God in a particular place. Here we meet seven missional churches and identify best practices while examining common challenges regarding their genesis.

Using stories, interviews with pastors and a look at common preconceived notions of church planting in the West, this guide serves as a reference to those interested in bringing the body of Christ to their specific context—and to probe how that context shapes the structure of their congregation.

M a R k Lau B R anson (MA, Claremont School of Theology; EdD, University of San Francisco) is the Homer L. Goddard Associate Professor of the Ministry of the Laity at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Memories, Hopes and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change.

n I c H o L as Wa R nes is the organizing pastor of Northland Village Church, a faith community in northeast Los Angeles that focuses on creating spaces for reconciling relationships. He received the 2013 Villager of the Year award from the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce for his support of education and the arts in his community. 27

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Offers an engaging perspective and fresh approach to apologetics from a master in the field

• •

Urges the value of the arts in apologetics, focusing on the significance of literature Includes in-text features useful for students, practicing apologists and interested nonprofessionals

James W. Sire

APOLOGETICS BEYOND REASON
WHY SEEING REALLY IS BELIEVING

Contents
Preface Acknowledgments 1. The Past as Prologue: God Adumbrations in Many Daily Forms 2. Wondering About God: An Argument from René Descartes and Stanislaw Lem 3. In the Beginning: An Argument from God 4. Secondary Worlds: An Argument from Literature 5. Bright Wings and Wobbling Lighthouses: An Argument from Hopkins and Woolf 6. Night Thoughts and Day Dreams: An Argument from Francisco Goya 7. Meeting the Unexpected: An Argument from Jesus Afterword

RELIGION / CHriSTiAn THeologY / APologeTicS

176 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4055-7, $18.00

In this accessible and engaging work, veteran apologist Jim Sire gives us eyes to see the myriad “signals of transcendence” all around us that point to the specific truth of God in Christ. Focusing on the power of good literature—even from those who deny the existence of God—enables us to perceive and testify to God’s reality in ways that rational argument alone cannot. It testifies to the existence of

a transcendent realm and often, in fact, to the truth of the Christian faith. “While reason can be very helpful in pointing us to God and helping us in our apologetics, what compels and convinces people is more multidimensional,” says Sire. “What is needed is a more holistic apologetic that not only includes truth but also goodness and beauty.”

ja M es W. s I R e

(PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is

an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy and theology at many universities and seminaries. He is an active lecturer in the United States and Europe, and his books include The Universe Next Door, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

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• • Perfect for ministry students Practical insights for the contemporary Christian from early church figures and movements • Clear, succinct textbook introducing the rationale for the study of church history

ROBERT F. REA

WHY CHURCH HISTORY MATTERS
An Invitation to Love and Learn from Our Past

Contents
1. What Is the Tradition? 2. How Have We Understood Tradition Historically? 3. How Do We Understand the Tradition Today? 4. Who Am I? History and Christian Identity 5. A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Christian Community Across the Centuries 6. Accountability Partners: Sharing Accountability with Historic Christians 7. Mentors and Friends: Historic Christians Broaden Our Horizons and Fill Gaps in Our Understanding 8. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: Christian Exegesis Across the Centuries 9. Tradition and Ministry Celebrate the Body of Christ

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RELIGION / cHriSTiAn cHUrcH / HiSTorY

192 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-2819-7, $20.00

There are many questions about the role and value of the church’s traditions for Christians today. Let’s be honest: even those of us who admit that church history is important are often too intimidated or busy to delve into it deeply. And for students, it is sometimes difficult to see how church history matters in practical ways for future vocations inside and outside the contemporary church.

In this wide-ranging book, veteran teacher Bob Rea tackles these barriers to embracing the significance of our spiritual forefathers. In three parts he covers how Christians understand church tradition, why it is beneficial to broaden our horizons of community and how tradition helps us understand ministry. Rea not only skillfully explains why church history matters—he shows why it should matter to us.

R o B e Rt F. R ea

(PhD, Saint Louis University) is a professor of church history and historical

theology at Lincoln Christian University. Prior to his teaching career, he served as a pastor and youth minister, and has contributed articles or book reviews to publications such as the Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, Christian Standard and The Stone-Campbell Journal.

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• Stages a debate between the three main viewpoints on the relationship between faith and reason • Outlines the Tension Position, Faith Seeking Understanding view and the Thomistic Synthesis

Faith and Reason: T H R E E V I E WS
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with contributions by

Craig A. Boyd
Contents

Alan G. Padgett Carl Raschke

1. Faith and Philosophy in Tension Carl Raschke

Faith and Reason
THREE V IEWS

Faith Seeking Understanding Response The Synthesis of Reason and Faith Response 2. Faith Seeking Understanding Alan G. Padgett Faith and Philosophy in Tension Response Synthesis of Reason and Faith Response 3. The Synthesis of Reason and Faith Craig Boyd Faith and Philosophy in Tension Response

E DITE D BY

Steve Wilkens

Faith Seeking Understanding Response Conclusion: A Brief Note on Disagreeing Christianly Steve Wilkens List of Contributors Index

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RELIGION / PHiloSoPHY

190 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4040-3, $25.00

Many people wrestle with the relationship between faith and reason as they dig into the roots of this theological and philosophical pursuit. Does a shared interest in a common set of questions indicate that philosophy and theology are close kin and allies, or are they competitors vying for our souls, each requiring a loyalty that excludes the other?

In Faith and Reason, Steve Wilkens edits a debate between three different understandings of the relationship between faith and reason, between theology and philosophy. Bringing together multiple views on the relationship between faith, philosophy and reason, this introduction to a timeless quandary will help you navigate, with rigor and joy, one of the most significant discussions of the Christian community.

ste V e W I L kens

(PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific

University. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific’s C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology. His books include Hidden Worldviews, Christianity and Western Thought, Volume Two and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics.

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• • • Provides an overview and analysis of the various theodicies Combines the personal and theoretical sides of the problem of suffering Written in an accessible and concise manner

RICHARD RICE

RICE

SUFFE RIN G and the Search
for Meaning

SUFFE R IN G and the Search for Meaning

Contents
Preface 1. My God, Why? The Question That Never Goes Away 2. God Never Makes Mistakes: Perfect Plan Theodicy 3. Let Freedom Ring: The Free Will Defense 4. No Pain, No Gain: Soul Making Theodicy 5. An Enemy Hath Done This: Cosmic Conflict Theodicy 6. Love Makes the World Go Round: Openness of God Theodicy 7. Even God Can’t Do Everything: Finite God Theodicy 8. Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Protest Theodicies 9. Fragments of Meaning: When Suffering Comes to You Indexes

“I know of no better brief summary, analysis and critique of contemporary approaches to the problem of evil. . . . This should become a standard text in courses on philosophy of religion as well as a useful resource for anyone interested in theodicy.”

Contemporary Responses to the Problem of Pain
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Seminary

George W. Truett Theological

RELIGION / CHriSTiAn THeologY / generAl

170 pages, paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 978-0-8308-4037-3, $18.00

Richard Rice guides readers through the seven most significant theodicies—approaches used to make sense of suffering in light of God’s justice or control. He considers the strengths and weaknesses of each option, always guiding us toward greater understanding and compassion. Rice helps readers construct a personal framework for dealing practically with suffering, one that draws from philosophy, ethics, theology and realworld experience.

Rice provides the resources for each of us to find a response to our suffering that is both intellectually satisfying and personally authentic. He weaves together the theoretical side of the theodicies with personal stories of people who have experienced great pain. We are left with the overarching insight that suffering never has the final word.

R I c H a R D R I ce
of Faith.

is professor of religion at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. He is the

author of several books, including God’s Foreknowledge and Man’s Free Will and Reason and the Contours

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• • • New exposition of the cross of Christ and its meaning and significance Covers the passion narrative and offers a New Testament theology of atonement Equally valuable for preachers and serious nonspecialists

C HRIST
CRUCIFIED
UN DE R STA N DI NG the ATONEMENT

CRUCIFIED
MACLEOD

Contents
Part 1: The Way of the Cross 1. A Man of Sorrows 2. From the Third to the Ninth Hour 3. The Divine Paradox: The Crucified Son Part 2: The Word of the Cross 4. Substitution: The Man for Others 5. Expiation: Covering Our Sin 6. Propitiation: Averting the Divine Anger 7. Reconciliation: God’s Way of Peace 8. Satisfaction: Enough to Justify Forgiveness 9. No Other Way? 10. Redemption: Setting the Prisoners Free 11. Victory: Disarming the Powers

DONALD MACLEOD
“Donald Macleod’s work is always stimulating, sometimes provocative and never less than excellent. This is a contribution to thought on the atonement that is both timely and incisive.”

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn THeologY / SoTeriologY

272 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4061-8, $22.00

Ro B e Rt Let H a M , director of research and senior lecturer in systematic and historical theology, Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is presented in all four Gospels and has universal, inclusive and cosmic significance, because in him the Creator acts and suffers. There is a special relationship between Christ and humanity—he is “with” us, and he is “for” us. The grandeur of the cross lies in the fact that the incarnate Son of God offered himself in our place, bearing the penalty for our sin.

Donald Macleod considers seven key words Christians use to describe what happened on the cross: substitution, expiation, propitiation, reconciliation, satisfaction, redemption and victory. No single one of these tells the whole truth, nor do all of them together exhaust the meaning of the cross. Together, they give a coherent picture of the salvation wrought by Jesus at Calvary.

D ona L D M ac L eo D

served as professor and chair of systematic theology at the Free Church of

Scotland College in Edinburgh. He pastored Kilmallie Free Church for six years and also served at Patrick Highland Free Church in Glasgow, Scotland. He was an editor of The Monthly Record of the Free Church of Scotland and a columnist in the West Highland Free Press and The Observer newspaper.

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• Seasoned Gospels scholar addresses the long-debated meaning of the so-called Little Apocalypse in Mark 13 • • A micro-lens commentary on a controversial chapter in Mark Clarifies the disciples’ questions, Jesus’ answers and Mark’s intentions with an interpretive translation

Contents
1. Determining Our Goal 2. Key Issues Involved in Interpreting Mark 13 3. Jesus’ Prediction of the Destruction of the Temple (and Jerusalem) 4. The Coming Destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem and the Sign Preceding It 5. The Coming of the Son of Man 6. The Parable of the Fig Tree and the Coming Destruction of the Temple (and Jerusalem) 7. The Parable of the Watchman and the Exhortation to Be Alert for the Coming of the Son of Man 8. An Interpretative Translation of Mark 13

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RELIGION / BiblicAl STUDieS / JeSUS, THe GoSPelS & AcTS

160 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4058-8, $18.00

The Gospels contain many hard sayings of Jesus, but perhaps none have puzzled and intrigued readers as much as Jesus’ discourse on the coming of the Son of Man in Mark 13. Is Jesus speaking entirely of an event in the near future, a coming destruction of the temple? Or is he referring to a distant, end-of-the-world event? Or might he even be speaking of both near and distant events? But in that case, which words apply to which event, and how can we be sure?

Seasoned Gospels scholar Robert Stein follows up his major commentary on Mark with this even closer reading of Mark 13. In this micro-lens commentary he walks us step by step through the text and its questions, leading us to a compelling interpretive solution.

R o B e Rt H . ste I n

is senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist

Theological Seminary. He is the author of An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus, The Method and Message of Jesus’ Teachings, Difficult Passages in the New Testament, A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, Studying the Synoptic Gospels: Origin and Interpretation and The Synoptic Problem: An Introduction.

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FeatuRes & BeneFI ts
• Offers a thoroughly researched and deeply nuanced theology of the Johannine corpus • Organizes the biblical-theological themes of the Johannine corpus around the persons involved—Father, Son, Spirit, the Christian community and the world

JOHANNIN E THEOLOGY

Contents
Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. The Revelation of God (The Father) 7. The Believer and the True God: Coming to Christ 8. The Believer and the True God: Abiding in Christ 9. Disciples of Christ in Community 10. The Community of Christ’s Disciples in the World Bibliography Author Index Subject Index Scripture Index

The Gospel, The episTles and the ApocAlypse

3. The World 4. God’s SelfRevelation in Christ’s Person 5. God’s SelfRevelation in Christ’s Work 6. The Revelation of the Father in the Son by the SpiritParaclete

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RELIGION / biblicAl STUDieS / neW TeSTAmenT

464 pages, hardcover, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4056-4, $40.00

In this magisterial synthesis, Paul A. Rainbow presents the most complete account of the theology of the Johannine corpus available today. Both critical and comprehensive, this volume includes all the books of the New Testament ascribed to John: the Gospel, the three epistles and the book of Revelation. While not proclaiming a definitive position on the question of authorship, this work seeks to shed light

on the theology common to all the New Testament authors. John’s root beliefs concerning God, humanity, sin, the world and the significance of the Christ-event on eschatology unite the examined books with the rest of the New Testament canon. The Johannine corpus also highlights the important areas of Christology, soteriology and ecclesiology in a manner that is worth exploration.

Pau L a . R a I n B oW

(DPhil, Oxford) is professor of New Testament at Sioux Falls Seminary. He is the

author of The Pith of the Apocalypse and The Way of Salvation.

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• • Builds on and deepens the hope-focused theory Describes over seventy-five new, couple-tested, evidence-based practical interventions and strategies

Jennifer S. Ripley and Everett L. Worthington Jr.

COUPLE THERAPY

Contents
Part I: A Theory of Change Part II: Beginning Counseling Part III: Case Studies in Treatment Planning Part IV: Interventions Within the Sessions Part V: Conquering the Difficulties You’ll Face Part VI: Concluding Treatment

COUPLE THERAPY
A NEW HOPE-FOCUSED APPROACH
virtue-oriented approach • practical cases for counseling and enrichment evidence-based practices • dozens of new and revised interventions

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn miniSTrY / coUnSeling & recoVerY

360 pages, casebound, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-2857-9, $35.00

Following the successful Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling, Jennifer Ripley and Everett Worthington Jr. have written a new book that expands on their previous theoretical approach while describing in detail new practical interventions for couple counseling and enrichment. Weaving together classic cases and over seventyfive brand-new practical interventions, Ripley and Worthington root their practical examples in an even deeper theoretical framework and research in attachment

and intimate bonds. Written with the couple counselor in mind, this book occupies a rare niche that is accessible not only to therapists and counselors but also to pastors and married couples alike. The assessment tools included help facilitate improved marriages in many settings, and the combination of theory and real-life case studies easily integrates into the practices of professional counselors and researchers as well as into the lives of couples.

jenn I F e R R I P L e Y (PhD) is a licensed clinical psychologist and the director of clinical research at the Marriage and Ministry Assessment Training and Empowerment Center at Regent University. She has sat on the board for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and has served as program chair for the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association.

e V e R ett L . Wo Rt H I ngton J R . (PhD) University of Missouri) is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN and The 700 Club and is the author of seventeen books, including Handbook of Forgiveness, Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling and Forgiving and Reconciling. 35

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BIBLICAL ETHICS
WA L K I N G I N T H E WA Y O F W I S D O M

An Introduction to

• •

Organized around the Ten Commandments and ethical themes springing from them Third edition incorporates new sections and material

ilkin pan

An Introduction to
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• Ethical alternatives such as relativism, social contract, utilitarianism and evolutionary ethics • • The seven deadly sins as well as the cardinal virtues vs. theological virtues End-of-life ethics, stem-cell research, animal rights, sexuality, genetics and technology, and other bioethical issues such as plastic surgery and surrogate motherhood • • Technology and its depersonalizing effects The church’s engagement in society and how Christians can make a difference in the media

Robertson McQuilkin and Paul Copan

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640 pages, casebound, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-2818-0, $45.00

Unlike many approaches to ethics, this book foundationally turns to Scripture. The result is an overview of biblical ethics that addresses the life of love and wisdom to be lived out by Christians as virtuous individuals, in community, in society and in a world of God’s creation.

McQuilkin and Copan stay focused on how we are fulfilling the purposes of God for our lives—a will that is for our good and our well-being. This comprehensive study is the place to begin on the journey of living wisely, faithfully and obediently.

R o B e Rtson M cQ u I L k I n
writer, engaging in

is a speaker and conference

Pau L co Pan

is the Pledger Family Chair of

extensive

Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has written several books, including Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical and Scientific Exploration. Formerly he served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and taught at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.

ministry in the United States and overseas. He served as president of Columbia International University and as headmaster of Ben Lippen School as a missionary in Japan. His books include Five Smooth Stones and Life in the Spirit.

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GLOBAL EVANGELICALISM

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Explores the nature and key aspects of evangelicalism Surveys history of evangelicalism in all major regions of the globe Sets evangelicalism within the context of globalization

Contents
Part I: Theoretical Issues 1. Defining Evangelicalism 2. The Theological Impulse of Evangelical Expansion 3. Globalization, Religion and Evangelicalism Part II: Evangelicalism at Ground Level 4. Europe and North America 5. Africa 6. Latin America 7. Asia 8. Australasia and the Pacific Islands Part III: Issues in Evangelical Encounters with Culture 9. Evangelicals and Interdenominationalism 10. Evangelicals and Gender: Critiquing Assumptions

GLOBAL

EVANGELICALISM
Theology, History and Culture in Regional Perspective

E S S AYS B Y

Ogbu Kalu, Mark A. Noll, René Padilla, Scott Sunquist, Sarah Williams and others

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn cHUrcH / HiSTorY

318 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4057-1, $30.00

Evangelicalism is not merely a North American, religiously charged ideology that dominates the popular mind. Over the last century, evangelicalism has taken on global proportions. It has spread from its northern heartlands and formed burgeoning new centers of vibrant life in the global South. Alongside Islam, it

is now arguably the most important and dynamic religious movement in the world today. Now, a gathering of front-rank historians of evangelicalism offer conceptual and regional overviews of evangelicalism, as well as probings of its transdenominationalism and views of gender.

D ona L D M . L e W I s (PhD, Oxford University) is professor of
church history at Regent College. He has written and edited several other books, including the two-volume Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860.

R I c H a R D V. P I e R a R D

(PhD, University of Iowa) is an

active lecturer and author on history, politics and the church. He served as a professor of history at Indiana State University and then as the Stephen Phillips Chair of History at Gordon College. Richard’s essays and articles have appeared in periodicals like Reformed Journal, Christian Century and Christianity Today.

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• The first sustained evangelical engagement with postcolonial theology • Brings together over twenty seasoned and new scholars from around the world who contribute to contemporary theology • Challenges evangelicalism to examine the colonial legacies of the church

POST C O L O N I A L
C ONVE R SAT I ON S
Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis

SeLectIons FRoM Contents
Reflection on Postcolonial Friendship Brian D. McLaren Postcolonial Feminism, the Bible and the Native Indian Women Jayachitra Lalitha Converting a Colonialist Christ: Toward an African Postcolonial Christology Victor Ifeanyi Ezigbo and Reggie L. Williams

Edited by

Kay Higuera Smith, Jayachitra Lalitha and L. Daniel Hawk
With Contributions from Richard Twiss, Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Amos Yong, John Franke, Gregory Cuéllar, Teri Merrick, Safwat Marzouk, Victor Ifeanyi Ezigbo and others

Jesus/Christ the Hybrid: Toward a Postcolonial Evangelical Christology Joya Colon-Berezin and Peter Goodwin Heltzel Recovering the Spirit of Pentecost: Canon and Catholicity in Postcolonial Perspective Megan K. DeFranza and John R. Franke

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RELIGION / CHriSTiAn THeologY / liberATion

285 pages, paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 978-0-8308-4053-3, $30.00

In 2010, the Postcolonial Roundtable gathered at Gordon College to initiate a new conversation regarding the significance of postcolonial discourse for evangelicalism. This volume is the fruit of that discussion. Addressing themes like nationalism, mission, Christology, catholicity and shalom, these

groundbreaking essays explore new possibilities for evangelical thought, identity and practice. Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations models the kind of open dialogue that the church needs in order to respond appropriately to the pressing concerns of the world today.

kaY H I gue R a s M I t H

(PhD, Claremont

jaYac H I t R a L a L I t H a
Testament at

(DTh, Serampore Theological

L . Dan I e L H aW k
University) Theological is

(PhD,

Emory of Old

Graduate University) is professor of religion and chair of the department of biblical studies at Azusa Pacific University. Her specialization is in the New Testament and early Judaism.

University) is associate professor of New Tamilnadu Seminary in Madurai, South India, where she is dean of the women’s studies department.

professor in

Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Seminary Ashland, OH. An ordained United Methodist minister, he is the author of Joshua in 3-D and Every Promise Fulfilled.

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1 & 2 KIngs
A new volume in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series, this commentary on 1 & 2 Kings examines the successes and failures of monarchy in the divided kingdoms. It works with the final form of the biblical text and pursues historiographical, narrative and theological questions, including the relation of each chapter’s themes to biblical theology. 615 pages, hardcover, 978-0-8308-2509-7, $40.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

CHRIstIan SPIRItuaL Fo RMat Ion
This comprehensive theory and practice of Christian spiritual formation weaves together biblical and theological foundations with interdisciplinary scholarship, real-world examples, personal vignettes, and practical tools to assist readers in becoming whole persons in relationship with God and others. 368 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4042-7, $30.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

BRoke
When Caryn Rivadeneira and her family experienced financial struggle, she was plunged into a series of questions about the goodness of God. Her honest book explores the various ways she discovered God’s presence in the midst of continued financial hardship and is a powerful reflection on the brokenness of our human condition. 173 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4311-4, $16.00 / IVP CRESCENDO

CHRIstIanItY anD DeVeLoPMentaL PsYcHoPatHoLogY
Developmental psychopathology has become one of the most significant frameworks for child psychology. This volume of essays explores this framework from an integrative Christian viewpoint, combining theory, research and theology to explore a holistic understanding of children’s development. 480 pages, casebound, 978-0-8308-2855-5, $40.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

CHRIst-SHaPeD CHaR acteR
What are the pathways that lead us to God? In this book Helen Cepero leads you through the journey beginning with three ways of love, then three ways of continuing in faith, and then lastly, three ways of living in hope. These nine pathways will lead you into deeper life with Christ. 185 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-3582-9, $16.00 / FORMATiO

CHRIstIanItY & PsYcHoanaLYsIs
The past thirty years has seen a theoretical and clinical renaissance in psychoanalysis, as well as a flourishing of Christian engagement in the fields of psychology and anthropology. This volume of essays stages a new conversation between Christianity and psychoanalysis that opens up new ways of thinking about the rich mosaic of human experience. 304 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-2856-2, $30.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

CHRIstIan MIssIon In tHe MoDeRn WoRLD
John Stott shows that Christian mission must encompass both evangelism and social action. He begins with careful definitions of five key terms: mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation and conversion. Then, through a thorough biblical exploration of these concepts, Stott provides a model for ministry to people’s spiritual and physical needs alike. 137 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4410-4, $15.00 / IVP BOOKS

ConnectIng WItH MusLIMs
Fouad Masri provides practical ways for Christians to initiate conversations and develop relationships with Muslims. Offering insights into Muslim culture, Masri addresses seven common questions that Muslims ask about Jesus and the Christian faith, providing sensitive answers that winsomely guide Muslims to Jesus. 199 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4420-3, $15.00 / IVP BOOKS

CHRIstIan PoLItIcaL WItness
George Kalantzis and Gregory W. Lee edit twelve essays that explore the topic of Christian political witness, originally presented at the 2013 Wheaton Theology Conference. Contributors include Stanley Hauerwas, Mark Noll, William Cavanaugh, Peter Leithart and Scot McKnight. 240 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4051-9, $26.00 / IVP ACADEMIC

THe CRoss anD GenDeRcIDe
Violence against women and girls is a pressing global problem. In this groundbreaking study, Elizabeth Gerhardt proposes a holistic theology of the cross as the basis for a prophetic response by the church to a problem that is not only moral and ethical, but also confessional. 200 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4049-6, $22.00 / IVP ACADEMIC

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DeatH BeFoRe tHe FaLL
In this “open letter” to evangelicals, Ronald Osborn wrestles with the problem of biblical literalism and the ongoing challenge of animal suffering within an evolutionary understanding of the world. Osborn forces us to ask hard questions, not only of the Bible and church tradition, but also of ourselves. 197 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4046-5, $25.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

FounDatIons FoR SouL CaRe
Eric L. Johnson proceeds to offer a new framework for the care of souls that is comprehensive in scope, yet flows from a Christian understanding of human beings—what amounts to a distinctly Christian version of psychology. This book is a must-read for any serious Christian teacher, student, or practitioner in the fields of psychology or counseling. 716 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4054-0, $40.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

DIscoVeRIng YouR LeaDeRsHIP StYLe
God can use your unique gifts, passions and personality to help you become a better leader. The “leadership stool” model is designed to form fruitful Christian leadership. Coupled with a free online assessment, this book helps pastors and Christian leaders harness gifts and balance weaknesses. 224 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4113-4, $16.00 / IVP pRAXiS

THe FutuRe oF tHe GLoBaL CHuRcH
Patrick Johnstone, author of six editions of the phenomenal prayer guide, Operation World, draws on his fifty years experience to present a breathtaking, full-color graphical and textual overview of the past, present and possible future of the church around the world. xiv + 242 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5695-4, $35.00 / IVP bOOkS

THe EtHIcaL VIsIon oF tHe BIBLe
This introduction to the world of biblical ethics walks readers through the ethical teachings of key people and texts within the Bible. Instead of focusing on what the Bible says about various ethical issues, it emphasizes how the different parts of the Bible encourage its readers to think ethically about every issue. 411 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4028-1, $25.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

THe GosPeL In tHe MaRketPLace oF IDeas
Capturing important insights from Paul’s speech to the multicultural and multireligious city of Athens in Acts 17, Paul Copan and Kenneth Litwak seek to enhance and embolden the church’s witness in today’s pluralistic society by helping us point contemporary Athenians beyond “an unknown God” to the God and Father of Jesus Christ. 180 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4043-4, $18.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

EXPLoRIng CHRIstIan DoctRIne
This reliable and highly readable textbook provides comprehensive coverage of core Christian beliefs. Based on the author’s introductory Christian doctrine course, the book rests firmly on biblical foundations while providing a balanced discussion of areas where evangelicals disagree. 308 pages, casebound, 978-0-8308-2546-2, $30.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

GRanD CentRaL QuestIon
All religions and worldviews seek to answer the fundamental questions of human existence. But not every worldview places equal emphasis on each issue. Abdu Murray digs deeply into atheism, pantheism and a prominent proponent of theism (Islam), comparing each to the central message of Jesus. 261 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-3665-9, $17.00 / IVP BOOKS

FaItH Is LIke SkYDIVIng
Images and analogies can provide concrete handles for making the Christian faith more plausible. Evangelist and apologist Rick Mattson has collected dozens of easy-touse images for explaining Christianity. With practical tips on how to interact with your skeptical friends, this book provides a handy toolkit of evangelistic resources. 231 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4411-1, $15.00 / IVP bOOkS

GRassRoots AsIan THeoLogY
A dynamic chapter of church history is now being written in Asia. But the theological inflections at its heart are not well understood by outsiders. Simon Chan explores Asian Christianity at its grassroots, sustaining level and finds a vibrant, implicit theology that is authentically Asian. 216 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4048-9, $22.00 / IVP ACADEMIC

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HoW Do We KnoW?
Epistemology, the study of knowledge, can often seem like a daunting subject. In this brief introduction, the authors guide students through the discipline of epistemology. By asking basic questions and using clear, jargon-free language, they provide an entry into some of the most important issues in contemporary philosophy. 175 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4036-6, $20.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

IntRoDucIng CHRIstIan MIssIon ToDaY
Michael Goheen gives us a full-scale introduction to mission studies today. Goheen covers the full horizon of major issues in mission, including its global, urban and holistic contexts. This text shows how the missional church encounters the pluralism of Western culture and global religions. 448 pages, casebound, 978-0-8308-4047-2, $30.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

I Beg to DIFFeR
Communications expert Tim Muehlhoff provides a strategy for having difficult conversations, helping us move from contentious debate to constructive dialogue. Insights from Scripture and communication theory provide practical ways to manage disagreements and resolve conflicts. 224 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4416-6, $15.00 / IVP BOOKS

JeReMIaH
The book of Jeremiah is full of national tragedy and the drama of rediscovering the forgotten book of Mosaic law. Derek Kidner, in this volume that was formerly part of the widely respected The Bible Speaks Today Series, gives careful attention to the text and reveals its startling relevance to our own troubled time. 176 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-2935-4, $17.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

IMMIgR atIon
Dale Hanson Bourke sheds light on the terms, history and legal issues shaping the debate over immigration. With an even-handed presentation of the most controversial issues, she provides a framework for American Christians who wish to understand the complexity of the issue and the church’s appropriate response. 144 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4409-8, $15.00 / IVP BOOKS

JoHn 1–1 2
Contemporary scholars will find this volume indispensable for understanding the significance of the “spiritual Gospel” for Reformation theology and practice, and pastors will discover here a consistently fruitful source for preaching, teaching and discipleship in the “grace and truth” that have come through Jesus Christ. 400 pages, hardcover, 978-0-8308-2967-5, $50.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

In SeaRcH oF MoR aL KnoWLeDge
For most of the church’s history, people have seen Christian ethics as normative and universally applicable. Recently, however, this view has been lost, thanks to naturalism and relativism. R. Scott Smith argues that Christians need to overcome Kant’s fact-value dichotomy and recover the possibility of genuine moral and theological knowledge. 400 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4038-0, $35.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

JustIce AWaken Ing
Justice Awakening is a handbook for Christians who want to bring an end to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Pastor and activist Eddie Byun provides biblical foundations for understanding God’s heart for justice and the oppressed. Here are practical, on-theground steps that any believer or church can take. 192 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4419-7, $13.00 / IVP BOOKS

IncaRnate
The church is to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world, showing and telling the kingdom of God. But this incarnational mission is challenged by numerous “excarnational” forces, pulling us ever inward and selfward. In this prophetic cultural study missiologist Michael Frost helps us find our way back to the mission of God. 239 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4417-3, $16.00 / IVP bOOkS

Let CReatIon RejoIce
The Bible is full of images of God caring for his creation in all its complexity. Yet experts warn us that a so-called perfect storm of factors threatens the future of life on earth. The authors assess the evidence for climate change and other threats that our planet faces in the coming decades while pointing to the hope God offers the world and the people he made. 192 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4052-6, $20.00 / IVP ACADEMIC

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LetteR s anD HoMILIes FoR HeL LenIZeD CHRIstIans, VoLuMe 1
Now in paperback, this unique commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy, and 1-3 John probes each letter’s social setting and the rhetorical strategies of the author. Ben Witherington shares how several of these “letters” are better understood as homilies and provides special sections for life application. 623 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-2457-1, $35.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

NeW TestaMent THeoLogY
New Testament theology centers on Jesus Christ—his person, work and mission. Now in paperback, this comprehensive New Testament theology is a standard reference and text, reflecting mature conservative scholarship at its best. 1,064 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-2948-4, $50.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

Le VItIcus
Leviticus describes a point in human history when God came and dwelt in the midst of the ancient Israelites and taught them what their purpose in life really was. Jay Sklar’s commentary makes clear what it is that the Lord said to them and, in so doing, makes clear what he says to us today. 336 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4284-1, $16.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

ORganIZatIonaL LeaDeRsHI P
This comprehensive text provides theological foundations while tracing the historic roots of management, organization and leadership theories. This leads to five essential challenges and practices—communication, negotiation, decision making, financial stewardship and personal development. 288 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4050-2, $25.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

LIVIng In CHRIst’s PResence
Dallas Willard explores what it means to live well now in light of God’s kingdom. This book is adapted from the talks given at the February 2013 Dallas Willard Center Knowing Christ Today Conference. Each chapter is followed with an illuminating dialogue between Dallas Willard and John Ortberg. 192 pages, hardcover, 978-0-8308-3584-3, $20.00 / FORMATiO

PReacHIng In an Age oF DIstR actIon
How do we preach when all of us—hearers and preachers alike—are constantly distracted? J. Ellsworth Kalas offers wise insights for effective preaching in an age of distraction. God can meet people precisely at the point of their distraction, connecting through pastoral attentiveness, creativity and excellence. 167 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4110-3, $16.00 / IVP pRAXiS

THe Message oF JeReMIaH
A replacement volume in the Bible Speaks Today Series, this book offers a new exposition on Jeremiah, a book of the victory of God’s love and grace. The prophet’s redemptive, reconstructive work comprises the book’s portrait of the future—a future that we see fulfilled in the New Testament through Jesus the Messiah. 448 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-2439-7, $20.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

ReFoRMIng MeRcY MInIst RY
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s the second greatest commandment, according to Jesus, but it’s easier said than done. Never shying away from the complicated nature of contemporary issues, Ted Rivera identifies thirty-three ways we can engage the world with Christian compassion. 192 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4421-0, $15.00 / IVP BOOKS

THe NeW PaRIsH
Tucked away in neighborhoods throughout North America there is a profound work of hope quietly unfolding. Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen have seen—in cities, suburbs and small towns all over North America—how powerful the gospel can be when it takes root in the context of a place. 208 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4115-8, $17.00 / IVP pRAXiS

Sentness
What is at the heart of the church’s work in the world? It’s not church-as-usual, that’s for sure. In defiance of the temptations to make the church all about its members, Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw call us to embrace our “sentness,” to follow Jesus into our world and call it to faith. 208 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4418-0, $16.00 / IVP bOOkS

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SeXuaLIt Y & SeX THeR aPY
The field of human sexuality is complex, particularly for Christian therapists and psychologists seeking to be faithful to Scripture, informed by science and sensitive to culture. This survey and appraisal of the field from a Christian perspective grounds sex therapy in the biblical affirmation of physicality and the redemptive purposes of human life. 365 pages, hardcover, 978-0-8308-2853-1, $35.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

THe T WeLVe DIscIPLes
Jesus had about three years to mold a dozen fearful, faithless men into the pillars of a worldwide movement. Despite this brief window, time in Jesus’ presence had a transforming effect on each of them, and they were changed by Jesus’ power. This study of Jesus’ first followers will transform you too. 79 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-3147-0, $8.00 / IVP CONNECT

SLoW CHuRcH
In a fast-food world, Christianity can seem outdated, archaic. The temptation becomes to pick up the pace and play the game. Chris Smith and John Pattison invite us out of franchise faith and back into the ecology, economy and ethics of the kingdom of God, where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loved the church. 208 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4114-1, $16.00 / IVP pRAXiS

UnLost
This is a journey of the mind as well as the heart as Michael uncovers for us the false views of God that were causing him to wander and leads us to the true God of the Bible who is waiting with open arms. Unlost is a fresh, narrative view of the gospel story illustrated from the author’s life and experience. 169 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4415-9, $16.00 / IVP BOOKS

SPIRItuaL DIRectIon
God is present with us and he gives us companions on the journey. A spiritual director is one such companion, offering spiritual guidance. Gordon T. Smith has written a comprehensive introduction to the art of both giving and receiving spiritual direction, for directors, directees or simply those who want to learn more about this ancient ministry. 103 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-3579-9, $15.00 / FORMATiO

VIsIons oF VocatIon
Vocation is more than a job. It is our relationships and responsibilities woven into the work of God. In following our calling to seek the welfare of our world, we find that it flourishes and so do we. Garber offers here a book for parents, artists, students, public servants and businesspeople—for all who want to discover the virtue of vocation. 256 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-3666-6, $16.00 / IVP BOOKS

THe THeoLogY oF tHe Book oF IsaIaH
What should we make of the sprawling and puzzling book of Isaiah—so layered and complex in its composition? John Goldingay helps us see, hear and understand the grandeur of this prophetic masterpiece among the Prophets as both separate parts and as a whole, clearly tied together with unifying themes. 160 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4039-7, $18.00 / IVP ACADEMiC

YoutH M InI st RY In a Mu LtIFaItH Soc Iet Y
Veteran youth minister and researcher Len Kageler digs into the data surrounding this exciting multifaith era and offers surprising confidence that our kids can be guided into mature Christian faith while simultaneously learning to love their neighbors of other religions. 224 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4112-7, $16.00 / IVP pRAXiS

THeoLogY QuestIons EVeRYone Asks
Written by college professors in plain language, this guide to the basics of the Christian faith answers real questions students ask about the Bible, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the church, how we should live, the future and more. 203 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-4044-1, $20.00 / IVP ACADEMIC

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E S S E N T I A L R E S O U R C E S for B I b L E S T U D I E S and S M A L L G R O U P S
OThER ESSENTIALS TITLES:
Greg Ogden
Author of Discipleship Essentials

Essential Commandment
A DI S C I P L E’ S GU I DE T O L OV I N G G OD A N D O T H E R S

The

• 12 sessions for individuals, small groups or mentoring pairs and triads • In-depth, practical help for living out the Great Commandment • Great for churches to do corporately • Proven format that facilitates solid growth and transformation

Greg Ogden

Discipleship Essentials
A G U I D E T O B U I L D I N G YO U R L I F E I N C H R I S T
• Now updated with a new study on stewardship • 25 studies designed for use in mentoring relationships • Great small group material • An innovative tool for making disciples • Over 100,000 copies sold

E X P A N D E D

E D I T I O N

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“My friend Dan Meyer will inspire, teach and equip you to confidently share Christ with others.” —LEE STROBEL

Daniel Meyer

Witness Essentials
E VA N G E L I S M T H A T M A K E S D I S C I P L E S
• Guides believers into a deeper understanding of the gospel message • Inspiration and instruction on talking with seekers about the good news • Shows how the gospel leads to life change • 12 sessions for use in small groups and mentoring pairs or triads • Follows the format of the bestselling book Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden

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Every believer can use a better understanding of the Bible. These
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• Follow-up to Greg Ogden’s bestselling book Discipleship Essentials • 12 sessions for use in small groups, one on one, or in mentoring pairs or triads • Includes expanded readings on key aspects of leadership • Inductive Bible study and leadership exercises in each session

Essentials studies help us see Scripture in its own historical and cultural context before guiding us to apply it to our own lives. Use these tools to enrich your biblical knowledge while growing in discipleship.

Leadership Essentials
S h a p I n G V I S I O n , M u lt I p ly I n G I n F l u E n c E , DE F I n I nG c h a r ac t E r

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G I V E G O D A FA I R H E A R I N g

“A witty, well-paced and thoroughly engaging account of the place of evidence in the courtroom and in life. Mark Lanier makes a powerful case for the trustworthiness and reasonableness of the Christian faith.”
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