BA Books & Authors on the Web – November 6, 2015

Cover ArtNorman Wirzba, author of From Nature to Creation, was interviewed at Jesus Creed.

“How we name things determines how we are going to relate to them. I don’t treat a “weed” the same way as I treat a “flower” even though both are plants. If the world is a “store” we will position ourselves as consumers. If the world is God’s “creation,” and we appreciate what that name means, then we will have to position ourselves in unique ways.”

Also, From Nature to Creation was reviewed by Alvin Rapien at The Poor in Spirit.

Mike Penza shared his favorite quotes from The Pastor as Public Theologian, by Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan.

Derek Rishmawy attended the recent Center for Pastor Theologians’ conference, and reflected on the messages of Baker Academic authors Peter Leithart, James K.A. Smith, and Kevin Vanhoozer.

Cover ArtKhaled Anatolios’ Retrieving Nicaea was reviewed at Marginalia.

“Along the way, as Anatolios directs, the reader proceeds beyond the coherence of Nicaea to its beauty and truth. In this refusal to separate doctrine and spirituality, action and reflection, Retrieving Nicaea provides a lasting contribution to both church and academy.”

Mike, at Brave Daily, reflected on the 10th anniversary of Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns, and the new updated edition.

Handbook of Religion, edited by Terry Muck, Harold Netland, and Gerald McDermott, was reviewed at Sojourner Theology.

Cover ArtJames K.A. Smith was interviewed at The Living Church.

Could you briefly describe your own academic trilogy?
Desiring the Kingdom (2009) is an overview account of human beings as liturgical animals, so reading culture liturgically. Also, what would Christian education look like? Imagining the Kingdom (2013) covers how worship works. Awaiting the King (2017), its working title, will focus on political theology. If the body of Christ is the outpost of the city of God, how does that shape us for political engagement? How does it also relativize our tendency to partisan ideologies? I want to rewrite Augustine’s City of God for the 21st century. Augustine’s analysis of the Roman Empire is liturgical and so he’s looking at the rites of Rome.”

BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 4, 2015

Cover ArtIn the Southeastern Theological Review, Jonathan Pennington, author of Reading the Gospels Wisely, dialogued with James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

Smith’s insight into the power and importance of story made me sing here and he does a great job of articulating this. I want to affirm wholeheartedly with Smith that narrative/story/poetic/artistic truth is powerful and essential to our human existence. As Smith and I have both argued in our own way, there is an irreducibility to poetic or narrative truth. One cannot just take a story or poem, getting its “meaning”—defined as the propositional truth contained within the supposed husk of the story— and then discard it.

Yet—and this is a big part of my whole goal in writing RGW—this is precisely how we have often read and interpreted and preached the Gospels, as if their narrative form is at best something to get through to the real, meaty, doctrinal truth, and at worst is an embarrassment and inferior form of truth-telling.

Cover ArtKevin Vanhoozer wrote The Pastor as ‘Organic Intellectual’ for Leadership Journal, in which he drew from his recently released The Pastor as Public Theologian.

“On a regular basis pastors address the big questions – questions of life and death, meaning and meaninglessness, heaven and hell, the physical and spiritual. To be sure, no church wants a pastor to be an intellectual if this means being so cerebral and preoccupied with ideas that one cannot relate to other people. This kind of intellectual is so theoretical as to be practically good for nothing. However, the kind of intellectual I have in mind is a particular kind of generalist who knows how to relate big truths to real people.”

Matthew Montonini, at New Testament Perspectives, is looking forward to Francis Watson’s The Fourfold Gospel.

At Crux Sola, Christopher Skinner discussed his work with Nijay Gupta on a forthcoming Baker Academic title.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – May 8, 2015

Cover ArtAt Jesus Creed, RJS discusses Israel’s election in light of Walter Moberly’s Old Testament Theology.

Moberly reflects on this election of Israel by God and the sense of wonder and devotion to God that it should bring to the people. God’s election of Israel reflects his love of Israel and this is an end in itself. “It is justified in the way that love is justified – and love is its own justification. … Fundamentally, however, love transcends rationalizations.”

Justin Taylor, at The Gospel Coalition, shared quotes on Apocalyptic Literature and What It Says that We Gather from James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

At Lonely Vocations, Matthew Forrest Lowe reviewed A New Heaven and a New Earth by J. Richard Middleton.

James, at Thoughts, Prayers & Songs, reviewed Matthew Schlimm’s This Strange and Sacred Scripture.

Galatians and Christian Theology, edited by Mark Elliott, Scott Hafemann, N. T. Wright, and John Frederick, was reviewed at Intelmin Apologetics.

CHOICE connect reviewed Robert Johnston’s God’s Wider Presence.

Conrade Yap, at Panorama of a Book Saint, reviewed Praying with Paul by D.A. Carson.

Chris Woznicki shared a quote on Trinity and Election from George Hunsinger’s Reading Barth with Charity.

Andrew McGowan, author of Ancient Christian Worship, was interviewed on the Aqueduct Project’s GOD Talks podcast.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 12, 2014

Cover ArtFaith & Leadership featured Take it from Bonhoeffer — there is no ‘Christian youth’, from Andrew Root’s forthcoming Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.

“To label the young ‘Christian youth,’ Bonhoeffer believes, is to make faith bound not in their humanity and the eschatological work of Christ, not in the wrestling of their being, but in this episodic time of ‘special privilege’ created by culture. Faith becomes a fashion, a particular, distinct period during which you are loyal to something before moving on to something else.

Your ‘Christian-ness’ is bound in your ‘youthfulness.’ Once youthfulness fades with age or new lifestyle commitments, so too can ‘Christian.’ ‘Christian’ was an adjective you used to describe your high school days. As you outgrow the privileged space (especially the youth group), as you outgrow your youth, you outgrow ‘Christian.’”

Also, I Read Too Much shared a pre-release review of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.

Jarvis Williams reviewed Douglas Moo’s Galatians BECNT volume for Books at a Glance.

Dennis Hamm, S.J, author of the Philippians, Colossians, Philemon volume in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS), was interviewed by the Center for Catholic Thought.

Daniel Keating’s CCSS volume on First and Second Peter, Jude was reviewed at RBL by Abson Joseph.

Antonius, at Stages of Prayer, reviewed the Acts of the Apostles volume of the CCSS, by William Kurz, SJ.

Adam Kurihara reflected on the mall and Apple in light of James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

Nick Nowalk, at The Strange Triumph of the Lamb, shared a quote on holiness and mission from The Drama of Scripture, by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen.

At The Gospel Coalition, Gavin Ortlund interviewed Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Preaching.

Chris Woznicki, at Think Out Loud, is looking forward to forthcoming Baker Academic titles from Michael Allen and Scott Swain, Matthew Levering, Simon Gathercole, and Christopher Seitz.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 29, 2014

Cover ArtThe Christian Century recently featured Meeting God at the Movies, an excerpt from Robert Johnston’s forthcoming God’s Wider Presence.

“Few in the church have been encouraged to think theologically about encounters with God that take place outside the church and its scripture. The result is a disconnect between how the church speaks formally of God’s self-revelation and how those who are not Christians speak of that same reality.”

Nijay Gupta shared a brief review of Chris Keith’s Jesus against the Scribal Elite, as did Joshua Paul Smith.

Books at a Glance interviewed Douglas Moo about his recent BECNT volume on Galatians.

At the Helwys Society Forum M. Grady Calhoun reviewed Resounding Truth by Jeremy Begbie.

Between the Times reflected on The Mystery of God, by Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall

Tim Henderson, at the Earliest Christianity blog, recommended James Thompson’s The Church According to Paul.

At First Things, Karen Swallow Prior wrote about marriage and drew from James K.A. Smith’s work in Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

As part of his ongoing “Aha Moments” series, Peter Enns, author of Inspiration and Incarnation, interviewed Jeannine Brown, author of Scripture as Communication and Becoming Whole and Holy.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 15, 2014

Cover ArtBruce Ellis Benson, author of Liturgy as a Way of Life, was interviewed by Alvin Rapien at The Poor in Spirit.

“What is liturgy? Probably the simplest way of answering that is that it all about how we live our lives. We have routines; we have ways of doing things; we have things that are essential to our lives. How we order our lives has to do with what we value. So, far from being just some kind of thing that “liturgical churches” do, liturgy is something that we cannot help but do on a daily basis.”

The Verbum Blog interviewed Mary Healy and Peter Williamson, editors of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series and authors of the volumes on The Gospel of Mark and Ephesians. Read part one and part two of their discussion.

Hoon Lee, at Exploring Church History, reviewed Timothy Wengert’s Reading the Bible with Martin Luther.

At Panorama of a Book Saint, Conrade Yap reviewed Encountering the Book of Romans by Douglas Moo.

Conversations in Faith reviewed Reading the Historical Books by Patricia Dutcher- Walls.

The Books & Culture Podcast discussed J. Richard Middleton’s forthcoming A New Heaven and a New Earth.

Thomas Schreiner’s The King in His Beauty was reviewed by David Maas for RBL.

Joshua Torrey, at Grace for Sinners, reviewed Clayton Jefford’s Reading the Apostolic Fathers.

Marc Cortez listed Practicing Christian Doctrine by Beth Felker Jones in his post The Best Theology Books from the First Half of 2014.

At Brief Inquisition? Michael Hansen reflected on James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

James Skillen, author of The Good of Politics was interviewed about the conflicts in Iraq, Gaza, and Ukraine by the Christian Courier.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 8, 2014

Cover ArtEternity Bible College’s Theology for Real Life blog selected James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom as their book of the month.

“And here’s where Smith’s argument gets very important. The world is busy shaping our desires. Meanwhile, the church fights back by filling our minds. We fight love with facts. This is where the worldview approach often falls short. Descartes famous saying, ‘I think therefore I am,’ summarizes our default view of humanity. We are thinking beings. So put the right knowledge into a person’s head and he or she will behave accordingly. And there is some truth here. But we all know it’s not the whole picture.”

Also working through Desiring the Kingdom, Joel Willitts at Euangelion.

Conrade Yap, at Panorama of a Book Saint, reviewed Teenagers Matter by Mark Cannister.

Matthew Montonini, at New Testament Perspectives, is looking forward to George Guthrie’s forthcoming BECNT volume on 2 Corinthians.

At Hearts & Minds, Byron Borger recommended a number of Baker Academic titles, including:

Will Coberly at the Shepherds Theological Seminary blog recommended D.A. Carson’s New Testament Commentary Survey. At Wisdom For Life, Steve Cornell also recommended Carson’s survey, along with Tremper Longman’s Old Testament Commentary Survey.

Susan Holman, editor of Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society, was interviewed by Alvin Rapien at The Poor in Spirit.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 1, 2014

Cover ArtFrederick J. Murphy’s Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World was reviewed by J. Todd Hibbard for RBL.

“[A] book that can be recommended enthusiastically. It contains a wealth of information that will enrich one’s reading of the apocalyptic literature of the biblical period, whether beginner or seasoned scholar.”

Also at RBL, Keith Bodner reviewed From Paradise to the Promised Land, by T. Desmond Alexander.

Marilyn Matevia reviewed Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Journey toward Justice, for The Englewood Review of Books.

Beginning with the Word, by Roger Lundin, was reviewed by Condrade Yap at Panorama of a Book Saint.

At Grace for Sinners, Mathew Sims reviewed Desiring the Kingdom, by James K.A. Smith.

Both Bob on Books and David Koyzis at Notes from a Byzantine-Rite Calvinist reviewed James Skillen’s The Good of Politics.

That Happy Certainty featured a series on Douglas Moo and his work in Galatians.

Atonement, Law, and Justice, by Adonis Vidu, was recommended by T. L. Arsenal.

EQUIP Book Club reflected on The Family by Jack and Judy Balswick.

At New Testament Perspectives, Matthew Montonini mentioned Francis Moloney’s forthcoming Reading the New Testament in the Church.

Gary Burge, author of Interpreting the Gospel of John and Jesus and the Land, wrote about the collapse of ethics in the conflict in Israel and Gaza.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 13, 2014

Cover ArtAt The Two Cities, Adam Harger reviewed Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism, edited by Christopher Hays and Christopher Ansberry.

“[T]his book is unique in helping the reader to think through the implications for faith and theology if one engages with historical-critical approaches to the Bible….One of the primary goals of the authors is to convince evangelicals of the need to engage in scholarly discussion, while assuring that it can be done without jeopardizing evangelical faith.”

Don Wacome, at Perspectives, reviewed James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

Reading a Different Story by Susan VanZanten, as well as the overall Turning South series, were reviewed on the Books & Culture podcast.

At Pastor’s Library, Joey Cochran reviewed the fifth edition of Tremper Longman’s Old Testament Commentary Survey.

Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Sermons, was interviewed at Preaching Today. You can read part one here, and part two here.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – April 11, 2014

Cover ArtAt The Tentative Apologist, Randal Rauser interviewed Peter Enns about Scripture, inerrancy, and his book Inspiration and Incarnation.

“[T]here is no better guide in the process of re-examination than Peter Enns, Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University. Beginning with the publication of his book Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, Professor Enns has emerged as a leading progressive evangelical voice, challenging conservative Christians everywhere to rethink what they’ve been taught about the Bible.”

Justin Taylor recommended the forthcoming Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin, edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves.

Douglas Connelly, at The Englewood Review of Books, reviewed Timothy Wengert’s Reading the Bible with Martin Luther.

Nate Claiborne began to engage with Who’s Afraid of Relativism? by James K. A. Smith

Constance Cherry, author of The Special Service Worship Architect, was interviewed at The Threshing Floor.

Robin Jensen  was interviewed by Anglican Review with Michael Porter about her book Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity.

Byron Borger recommended James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

Larry Hurtado announced the release of Chris Keith’s Jesus against the Scribal Elite.