BA Books & Authors on the Web – January 8, 2016

Cover ArtAncient Christian Worship by Andrew McGowen, and Reformed Catholicity by Michael Allen and Scott Swain, were recommended in Reformation 21’s 2015 End of Year Review of Books.

In my humble judgment, Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation, written by Michael Allen and Ref21’s own Scott Swain, deserves book of the year status. Allen and Swain present a vision for Protestant engagement with the Church’s past and the saints that populate that past that every evangelical Christian really should read.

A Vision for Preaching, by Abraham Kuruvilla, won an Editor’s Choice award in Preaching Today’s 2016 Book Awards.

Exploring Catholic Theology, by Bishop Robert Barron, was reviewed at Stuart’s Study.

At the Ligonier blog, Keith Mathison included Craig Keener’s Acts: An Exegetical Commentary in his post My 5 Favorite Theology Reads of 2015.

Cover ArtIngolf Dalferth’s Crucified and Resurrected was reviewed at Tabletalk Theology.

Crucified and Resurrected is a lovely, meticulously-argued, challenging work that resists simplistic pronouncements. One can only slowly work through it and leave notes in the margins. Readers will be fully rewarded for their efforts.

Alvin Rapien at The Poor in Spirit also reviewed Crucified and Resurrected.

The Accordance blog recommended Rodney Decker’s Reading Koine Greek.

Spiritual Companioning by Angela Reed, Richard Osmer, and Marcus Smucker, was reviewed by Joshua Valdez.

Zack Ford, at Longing for Truth, reviewed An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication by Quentin Schultze and Diane Badzinski.


BA Books & Authors on the Web – December 11, 2015

Cover ArtDefending Substitution by Simon Gathercole, and 2 Corinthians by George Guthrie, were reviewed in the latest issue of Themelios.

“Guthrie has provided a benchmark commentary on 2 Corinthians. His work demonstrates excellent scholarship that is marked by humility as well as pastoral warmth and wisdom. Throughout this commentary Guthrie’s interpretive decisions are both judicious and persuasive….Should be an automatic inclusion into the library of anyone hoping to mine the wealth of this wonderful epistle.”

At Jesus Creed, RJS continued to reflect on J. Richard Middleton’s A New Heaven and a New Earth.

Brandon Smith at Theology and Christian Life named A New Heaven and a New Earth as one of his 5 Favorite Books of 2015.

An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication, by Quentin Schultze and Diane Badzinski, was reviewed at Longing4Truth.

Cover ArtBooks at a Glance recommended the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, edited by G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson.

“It’s not often that you come across a book that genuinely deserves to be on every pastor’s shelf, but almost never can we say of a new book that it really ought to be on every pastor’s desk, ready at hand always for use in every sermon preparation. Beale and Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament is without question such a book.”

Greg Peters, author of The Story of Monasticism, was interviewed at The Christian Humanist.

Charles Farhadian’s Introducing World Religions was reviewed at Sojo Theo.

Introducing World Religions is clear, stimulating, and bursting with useful information for readers of all backgrounds. It comes highly recommended.”

Hans Madueme, co-editor of Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin, was interviewed by Fred Zaspel at Books at a Glance.


Promoting Peace – an Excerpt from An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication

The following is an excerpt from An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication, by Quentin Schultze and Diane Badzinski.


Being Mild-Mannered, Not Inflammatory

We speak and write with restraint, not with unbridled emotions. Recognizing that how we communicate is just as important as the actual words we use, we calm our souls even in the midst of emotionally charged conflicts. We avoid escalating conflicts. We’re temperate and measured, even when our own emotions start boiling. We practice self-control. Even when we’ve been wronged, we practice healthy rather than combative resistance. “Hate is for emergencies, like a fast battery charge; it is a quick fix like heroin,” writes Christian author and ethicist Lewis Smedes. “As a long-term energizer, it is unreliable. And in the end it kills.”

Cover ArtBeing Gentle, Not Harsh

Our verbal and nonverbal communication is soft and gentle, not angry and brash. We think of our speech as a light breeze rather than a mighty hurricane. A gentle response to someone turns away wrath, but a harsh reply stirs up anger, says the writer of Proverbs. Blessed are the meek—the gentle. Harsh words rub salt into wounds. We speak with grace to those who hear us.

Being Inviting, Not Threatening

We convey a sense of being open to and interested in others. We avoid being the kinds of people who frighten or intimidate others. We’re personally hospitable in our hearts and minds. We win people over by first empathizing with them and then communicating with them, not at them.

Being Cooperative, Not Confrontational

Peaceful communicators seek common ground for conversation, not arguments to win. We’re interested in working with others rather than demanding that they agree with us. We welcome collaboration. We’re open to win-win compromises. Peaceful communication avoids warlike rhetoric about battles and enemies. This isn’t easy because popular culture fosters a warlike atmosphere with winners and losers. “When was the last time you went to see a movie about peace?” asks theologian Stanley Hauerwas. “War has seized our imagination.”

Being Patient, Not Hasty

Communicating for shalom, we accept the long view of nurturing our relationships rather than the short view of quickly resolving all of our conflicts and eliminating all misunderstanding. A fool is hotheaded and reckless, says Proverbs. We admit that communication is complex and needs sensitive, thoughtful consideration. Nuances are important. Getting to know each other takes time. We’re patiently on guard against quickly stereotyping others. We accept others’ need for time too. We’re generous with our time when our neighbor says, “I need time to think about it” or “I can’t discuss it right now.” As long as two persons keep talking, they are not totally hostile.

©2015 by Quentin Schultze and Diane Badzinski. Published by Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.


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New Release: An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication

Cover ArtVirtually every human endeavor involves interpersonal communication. Leading Christian scholar and media commentator Quentin Schultze and respected professor of communication Diane Badzinski offer a solid Christian perspective on the topic, helping readers communicate with faith, skill, and virtue in their interpersonal relationships.

Designed as a companion to Schultze’s successful An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, this inviting book provides biblical wisdom on critical areas of interpersonal communication: gratitude, listening, self-assessment, forgiveness, trust, encouragement, peace, and fidelity. Given the rapid rise and widespread use of social media, the book also integrates intriguing insights from the latest research on the influence of social media on interpersonal relationships.


“A firm foundation for flourishing interpersonal relationships in a digital age, integrating timeless scriptural wisdom, cutting-edge communication research, and compelling insights from everyday life in a highly engaging, student-friendly volume.” – Janie Harden Fritz, Duquesne University

“Their insights are practical, wise, and much needed in today’s divisive communication climate.” – Tim Muehlhoff, Biola University

“This book is disturbing–in all the right ways. No matter how good you think your relationships are, be prepared to come away convicted, recommitted, and passionate about making them even better. If your relationships need restoration, hope fills these pages.” – Robert Woods, Spring Arbor University

“Well researched, accessibly written, biblical in its wisdom, and practical in its advice. I gladly recommend this book as a rich resource for learning to build real community through effective communication.” – Larry Crabb, NewWay Ministries

An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication will shake up your vision for relating….Recommended for personal reflection and college classroom learning in communication and psychology.” – Bill Strom, Trinity Western University

“I highly recommend Schultze and Badzinski’s Essential Guide for use in universities, churches, or any other setting where authentic, life-giving communication is desired.” – Mary Albert Darling, Spring Arbor University

“With its readability index a perfect ten, this book by award-winning authors turns the pivotal ideas of interpersonal communication into pathways of harmony and transformation.” – Clifford Christians, University of Illinois


Quentin J. Schultze (PhD, University of Illinois) is professor emeritus of communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and CEO of Edenridge Communications. Schultze has been quoted in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News & World Report, the New York Times, Fortune, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. He has been interviewed by CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and NPR and is the author of many books, including An Essential Guide to Public Speaking. He blogs at

Diane M. Badzinski (PhD, University of Wisconsin) is professor of communication and chair of the department at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado, where she teaches interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, cross-cultural communication, and research methods. She received the Outstanding Affiliate Faculty Award for contributions to Spring Arbor University’s online master of arts in communication program and writes regularly on communication topics.

For more information on An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication, click here.