James K.A. Smith on Political Theology

In this video from the recent Center for Pastor Theologians conference, Jamie Smith explores some themes from the forthcoming third volume in his Cultural Liturgies series. Specifically, his proposal for a richly Christian political theology.

Kevin Vanhoozer on the Importance of Pastor-Theologians

Kevin Vanhoozer, co-author of The Pastor as Public Theologian, recently discussed the importance of pastor-theologians in an excellent series of videos for the Center for Pastor Theologians. [HT: Justin Taylor]

Cover Art“This is a timely, more than timely–urgent–book. Kevin Vanhoozer, one of our leading theologians, protests the ‘putting asunder’ of theology by American pastors….It was not always this way. Vanhoozer and Strachan skillfully fashion insight and discernment to bring us back to what the church ordained us to do.” – Eugene H. Peterson

“Preachers today must present biblical truth to people who are more and more resistant to it. The skillful preacher must understand something of the history of ideas and the baseline cultural narratives of our day in order even to be comprehensible to them….This book is an important, ringing call for working pastors and preachers to exercise a higher level of theologically informed leadership in our churches.” – Tim Keller

Video: Daniel Block on Worship and the Scriptures

How do the Scriptures Govern Worship?

Worship in the Church

Using For the Glory of God in the Classroom

Cover ArtAbout the Book: In For the Glory of God, respected Old Testament scholar Daniel Block examines worship in the Bible, offering a comprehensive biblical foundation and illuminating Old Testament worship practices and principles. He develops a theology of worship that is consistent with the teachings of Scripture and is applicable for the church today.

“Truly a tour de force on the theology and practice of worship. Featuring rich exegetical and theological insight, Block’s analysis of key biblical texts challenges the contemporary church to think more biblically about the nature of true worship and to establish practices of worship that are rooted in Scripture.” – Carol M. Kaminski, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“In this accessible, comprehensive resource, world-class Old Testament scholar Daniel Block presents a complete biblical theology for the worship of God….destined to become an essential text for putting God at the center of worship.” – Philip G. Ryken, president, Wheaton College

For more information on For the Glory of God, click here.

Video: Daniel Block on the Meaning of Worship and the Centrality of the Old Testament

Introducing For the Glory of God

The Old Testament and Christian Worship

Understanding Life as Worship

Cover ArtAbout the Book: In For the Glory of God, respected Old Testament scholar Daniel Block examines worship in the Bible, offering a comprehensive biblical foundation and illuminating Old Testament worship practices and principles. He develops a theology of worship that is consistent with the teachings of Scripture and is applicable for the church today.

“This book is a scholar’s gift to the church….Biblical scholars and theologians will appreciate his thorough study. Pastors and other worship leaders will wonder how they ever got along without it. We are all in his debt.” – John H. Walton, Wheaton College

“A study of worship that seeks a biblical theology and eschews mere pragmatism ….Readers will be surprised to encounter a Baptist scholar who espouses weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the use of religious images, and the practice of prostration, by way of his thick readings of Scripture. Especially helpful is Block’s close attention to both Testaments and to the debates of church history.” – Edith M. Humphrey, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

For more information on For the Glory of God, click here.

Video: Patricia Dutcher-Walls on Reading Biblical History in the Classroom and the Church

The Challenge of Reading Biblical History

Using Reading the Historical Books in the Classroom

Using Reading the Historical Books in the Church

Cover ArtAbout the Book: Biblical history can be some of the most difficult material for beginning students to grasp. The conventions of contemporary history writing are quite different from those of ancient Israelite writers. In Reading the Historical Books a master teacher offers basic orientation to the genre and conventions of the Old Testament historical books, helping students become careful and attentive readers.

“This student’s guide is a model of clarity, economy, and explanatory skill. Writing in a straightforward and interesting style and spicing up her discussion with specific ancient and modern examples, Patricia Dutcher-Walls lays out a sensible reading plan for any who wish to take the Bible seriously.” – V. Philips Long, Regent College

“Finally, an accessible work that reunites the literary and historical aspects of the Old Testament historical books and trains contemporary readers to hear the text in responsible ways that can shape the course of life today.” – Mark J. Boda, McMaster University

For more information on Reading the Historical Books, click here.

Video: Patricia Dutcher-Walls on History in the Ancient World

Writing History in the Ancient World

Introducing Reading the Historical Books

Explaining Ancient History in a Digital Age

Cover ArtAbout the Book: Biblical history can be some of the most difficult material for beginning students to grasp. The conventions of contemporary history writing are quite different from those of ancient Israelite writers. In Reading the Historical Books a master teacher offers basic orientation to the genre and conventions of the Old Testament historical books, helping students become careful and attentive readers.

“For those coming to serious study of the Bible for the first time, there cannot be any more important lesson than to understand how to read the Bible’s ancient historical records faithfully on their own terms. They are not always the same as ours. You will not find a better or more sympathetic introductory book than this one to point you in the right direction.” – H. G. M. Williamson, University of Oxford

“This engaging guide to reading historical narrative in the Old Testament is a great text for beginners. Dutcher-Walls assumes little and draws on a wide variety of relevant texts and illustrations from the Bible, ancient Near Eastern sources, and especially modern historical texts and media contexts. There is nothing better for communicating basic principles of Hebrew Bible historiography to modern readers.” – Richard S. Hess, Denver Seminary

For more information on Reading the Historical Books, click here.

Video: Douglas Moo on Encountering the Book of Romans, 2nd Edition

Cover ArtAbout the Book: In this updated edition of his successful textbook, a leading evangelical New Testament scholar offers a guide to the book of Romans that is informed by current scholarship and written at an accessible level.

The new edition of Encountering the Book of Romans has been updated throughout and features a new interior design. After addressing introductory matters and laying the groundwork for reading Romans, Douglas Moo leads readers through the weighty argument of this significant book, highlighting key themes, clarifying difficult passages, and exploring the continuing relevance of Romans.

“Douglas Moo is the preeminent evangelical Pauline scholar of our generation. His Encountering the Book of Romans is a wonderful distillation of nearly four decades of solid exegetical work on Paul’s most famous letter. In this updated edition, Moo continues to lead students through the major blocks and themes of the letter in a way that is easy to understand but does not dumb down the sophistication of Paul’s message.” – Michael F. Bird, Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College

“The product of a notable Pauline scholar and an experienced teacher, this textbook provides an excellent and reliable guide to reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans. For those encountering this letter for the first time, this work will bring alive Paul’s important message for all believers. For those revisiting this letter, this work also serves as a helpful introduction to the scholarly reading of this Pauline letter.” – David W. Pao, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

For more information on Encountering the Book of Romans, click here.

Video: Ecclesiastes, a Book for Our Time

Ecclesiastes, a Book for Our Time

Ecclesiastes in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms

Cover ArtAbout the Book: In this addition to the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series, Craig Bartholomew, coauthor of the well-received Drama of Scripture and a leading voice in the call for a renewal of theological biblical interpretation, combines a careful exegetical reading of the book of Ecclesiastes with keen theological insights.

Along with helpful translation and commentary, Ecclesiastes considers the theological implications of the text and its literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions. All serious students of the Bible will find here an accessible commentary that will serve as an excellent resource for their study.

“It is a rare commentary that is both readable and learned. Even rarer is one that immerses readers in the deep questions of life. Bartholomew’s new book helps us to think our way through Ecclesiastes and its mazes. More than that, it confronts us anew with the mystery and responsibility of human existence before the face of God.” – Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, Eastern University

“Bartholomew has made a major breakthrough in providing an integrated, holistic reading that recognizes the tensions within the book but regards them as intentional….Calling it a welcome addition to the commentaries on Ecclesiastes would be to understate the significance of Bartholomew’s work. I think it is a landmark!” – Stephen Dempster, Atlantic Baptist University

For more information on Ecclesiastes, click here.

Video: Michael Allen on Adoption, Justification, and Theological Interpretation

Marriage, Adoption, and Justification

Justification and Theological Interpretation

Using Justification and the Gospel in the Classroom

Cover ArtAbout the Book: Seeking to move beyond current heated debates, Justification and the Gospel offers a fresh, alternative approach to a central theological topic.

Michael Allen locates the doctrine of justification within the wider context of the gospel, allowing for more thoughtful engagement with the Bible, historical theology, and the life of the church. Allen considers some of the liveliest recent debates as well as some overlooked connections within the wider orbit of Christian theology. He provides a historically informed, ecumenically minded defense of orthodox theology, and demonstrates justification’s relevance for ongoing issues of faith and practice.

“The new debate on justification is getting interesting! Allen provides a lucid scholarly guide to the controversies….How little the classic fault lines still apply! How much less can the matter of justification be regarded as passe.” – Paul R. Hinlicky, Roanoke College

“With a keen eye and deft hand Allen plunges into the ever-changing discussion of the biblical teaching on God’s justification of sinners, practicing a truly inter-subdisciplinary examination that draws upon exegetical, historical, and dogmatic studies….This volume will fire fresh exchanges regarding the nature of the gospel and the definition and application of God’s justifying action in Christ Jesus.” – Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary

For more information on Justification and the Gospel, click here.

Video: Justification, Dogmatics, and the pistis christou Debate

Why a Dogmatic Approach to Justification?

Faith of Christ vs. Faith in Christ?

Cover ArtAbout the Book: Seeking to move beyond current heated debates, Justification and the Gospel offers a fresh, alternative approach to a central theological topic.

Michael Allen locates the doctrine of justification within the wider context of the gospel, allowing for more thoughtful engagement with the Bible, historical theology, and the life of the church. Allen considers some of the liveliest recent debates as well as some overlooked connections within the wider orbit of Christian theology. He provides a historically informed, ecumenically minded defense of orthodox theology, and demonstrates justification’s relevance for ongoing issues of faith and practice.

“Allen shows how historic catholic and Reformation sources can illuminate a biblical doctrine of justification, moving beyond the caricatures of pre-Enlightenment theologians that have become common in recent debates…..[A] valuable work that will enlighten, provoke, and edify.” – J. Todd Billings, Western Theological Seminary

“When dealing with the explosive topic of justification, fair-minded communication and understanding between theologians, biblical scholars, historians, and practitioners are often hard to find….Allen’s study is logically sound, biblically informed, theologically nuanced, and relevant for the life of the church. Amid ongoing debates, we need this book.” – Kelly M. Kapic, Covenant College

For more information on Justification and the Gospel, click here.