BA Books & Authors on the Web – July 3, 2014

Cover ArtJohn Walker, at Freedom in Orthodoxy, reviewed James K.A. Smith’s Who’s Afraid of Relativism?

“[I]f the church were to heed Smith’s warnings she would grow serious about cultural formation, developing a rich liturgical life, replete with rituals, fasts, and festivities. She would understand her purpose as, most basically, to be herself. To be a witness to the gospel in a world that knows not God. She would understand that Christian particularity is not something to be downplayed, but embraced, for it is only in our particularity that we have anything to offer the world.”

Tim Hoiland reviewed Journey toward Justice, by Nicholas Wolterstorff.

Biblical Preaching, by Haddon Robinson, was reviewed at the Young Restless and Reformed Blog.

Stanley Hauerwas, author of War and the American Difference and With the Grain of the Universe, has been appointed to a Chair in Theological Ethics at the University of Aberdeen.

Dean Borgman, author of Foundations for Youth Ministry, was interviewed by Youth Specialties.

Peter Enns, author of Inspiration and Incarnation, interviewed Daniel Kirk, author of Jesus have I Loved, but Paul?, as part of his ongoing “Aha” Moments series.


BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 27, 2014

Cover ArtDenis Fortin reviewed Robin Jensen’s Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity for RBL.

“Jensen does a magnificent job of presenting these five core motifs of baptism in early Christian documents and art. Her excellent knowledge of ancient literature is evident and her analysis of art forms very enlightening….Any student of early church history and theology will appreciate its value.”

Also at RBL, Abson Joseph reviewed the third edition of Encountering the New Testament, by Walter Elwell and Robert Yarbrough.

Conrade Yap, at Panorama of a Book Saint, reviewed Reading the Historical Books, by Patricia Dutcher-Walls.

Andrew Marr reviewed David Neville’s A Peaceable Hope.

At Analogical Thoughts, James Anderson reviewed Christian Philosophy by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen.

James K.A. Smith, author of Who’s Afraid of Relativism? and Imagining the Kingdom, wrote Steadfast Principles in a Changing World as part of a New York Times series on Christianity and Capitalism.

Old Testament Commentary Survey by Tremper Longman, and New Testament Commentary Survey by D.A. Carson, were recommended in the Pastors Today article How to Find a Good Commentary.

An excerpt from Mark Cannister’s Teenagers Matter was shared in Outreach Magazine.

Haddon Robinson, author of Biblical Preaching, was interviewed by Ministry Magazine.

Walter Moberly’s Old Testament Theology was recommended in Catalyst’s Summer Reading list.


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

Cover ArtAt Acts and More, Steve Walton reviewed Jesus against the Scribal Elite, by Chris Keith.

“If Professor Chris Keith is substantially right (and I am persuaded that he is), there is an important factor to add into our reconstructions of why Jesus was opposed by the educated Jewish elite, and that is that he acted and spoke in ways which challenged their exclusive hold on the right to teach and, especially, to interpret Scripture.”

RJS, at Jesus Creed, has been reflecting on J. Richard Middleton’s The Liberating Image in the posts No Text is an Island, and The Artistry of Creation, Cosmic Temple, and Imago Dei.

Conrade Yap reviewed Models for Biblical Preaching, edited by Haddon Robinson and Patricia Batten.

At the ACT3 Network John Armstrong discussed Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom’s Is the Reformation Over?

Byron Borger, at Hearts & Minds, recommended Liberating Tradition by Kristina LaCelle-Peterson.

Kevin DeYoung recommended Darrell Bock’s BECNT volume on Acts, and Craig Keener’s multi-volume commentary on Acts.


BA Books & Authors on the Web – April 18, 2014

Cover ArtSteve Bishop at An Accidental Blog reviewed The Good of Politics, by James Skillen.

“We can serve God and do politics – in fact we can serve God in doing politics. Religion and politics do mix! In part this is why Skillen has written this excellent book, the title of which may seem to some Christians to be outrageous – how can politics be good? “

Rick Lee James quoted “An Appeal to Abolish War” from War and the American Difference by Stanley Hauerwas.

John Frederick discussed the forthcoming Galatians and Christian Theology, which he edited along with Mark Elliot, Scott Hafemann, and N.T. Wright.

David Turner, author of the Matthew volume in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, wrote about the Jesus Wife Fragment.”

At Panorama of a Book Saint, Conrade Yap reviewed Haddon Robinson’s Biblical Preaching, Third Edition.

At Pneuma Review, Michael Muoki Wambua reviewed Everyday Theology, edited by Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles Anderson, and Michael Sleasman.

The Need for Expository Preaching – an Excerpt from Biblical Preaching, 3rd Edition

Cover ArtThe following is an excerpt from Biblical Preaching, by Haddon Robinson.


Those in the pulpit face the pressing temptation to deliver some message other than that of the Scriptures—a political system (either right-wing or left-wing), a theory of economics, a new religious philosophy, old religious slogans, or a trend in psychology.

Ministers can proclaim anything in a stained-glass voice at 11:30 on Sunday morning following the singing of hymns. Yet when they fail to preach the Scriptures, they abandon their authority. No longer do they confront their hearers with a word from God. That is why most modern preaching evokes little more than a wide yawn. God is not in it.

God speaks through the Bible. It is the major tool of communication by which he addresses individuals today. Biblical preaching, therefore, must not be equated with “the old, old story of Jesus and his love” as though it were retelling history about better times when God was alive and well. Nor is preaching merely a rehash of ideas about God—orthodox, but removed from life. Through the preaching of the Scriptures, God encounters men and women to bring them to salvation (2 Tim. 3:15) and to richness and ripeness of Christian character (vv. 16–17). Something fills us with awe when God confronts individuals through preaching and seizes them by the soul.

The type of preaching that best carries the force of divine authority is expository preaching. It would be fatuous, however, to assume that everyone agrees with that statement. A poll of churchgoers who have squirmed for hours under “expository” preaching that is dry as cornflakes without milk could not be expected to agree. While most preachers tip their hats to expository preaching, their practice gives them away. Because they seldom do it, they too vote no….Yet in spite of damage done by admirers, genuine expository preaching has behind it the power of the living God.

©2014 by Haddon W. Robinson. Published by Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.


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New Release: Biblical Preaching, 3rd Edition

Cover ArtThis bestselling text by Haddon Robinson, considered by many to be the “teacher of preachers,” is a contemporary classic in the field. It offers students, pastors, and Bible teachers expert guidance in the development and delivery of expository sermons. This new edition of Biblical Preaching has been updated throughout and includes helpful exercises.


Praise for the Second Edition

“[An] outstanding introduction to the task of preparing and presenting biblical sermons. More than any other book of the past quarter century, Biblical Preaching has profoundly influenced a generation of evangelical preachers.” – Preaching

Biblical Preaching brims with homiletic wisdom from a master of the art. Robinson not only shares insight about exegeting passages for preaching, he also provides many strategies on how to communicate scripture in the beneficial manners. . . . Whether a preacher is a neophyte or a seasoned veteran, this homiletical handbook rewards its readers thirty- and sixty- or even a hundredfold.” – The Clergy Journal

“The definitive textbook on contemporary expository preaching….Robinson’s famous question ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ has become the fundamental issue for thousands of preachers in their effort to understand the primary intention of a given text for contemporary audiences. Exercises at the end of each chapter enhance the practicality of the book. Written in 1980, the book was really ahead of its time. Today it serves as an essential primer on preaching the Word of God faithfully and powerfully in these times.” –


Haddon W. Robinson (PhD, University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching and senior director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He has authored numerous books, including It’s All in How You Tell It and Making a Difference in Preaching

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – February 21, 2014

Cover ArtPhil Long shared a two part review of Jesus among Friends and Enemies, edited by Chris Keith and Larry W. Hurtado. Part one, part two.

“One of these reasons this collection is valuable is that a few of the chapters cover characters that are not the usual fodder for a historical Jesus study. While there are a number of books on John the Baptist or Judas, there are few that are interested in Mary Magdalene, the Bethany Family, and the Beloved Disciple, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Overall I find this a worthy collection that offers some detailed study of characters in the Gospels that are rarely examined closely.”

Enoch Kuo, at Fare Forward, reflected on “secular liturgies” in James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

Haddon Robinson will be discussing Biblical Preaching, Third Edition, on The Bob Dutko Show live on Thursday, March 6, from 1:08-1:38 p.m. EST.

The Pneuma Review reviewed Churchmorph by Eddie Gibbs, and Across the Spectrum by Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy