Check out these recent reviews and interviews of several popular B&H Academic titles and authors.
Bruce Ashford and Chris Pappalardo, One Nation Under God
Whether you are already sick of the presidential election season, anticipating your candidate to usher in the Kingdom of God, or just confused by the whole process, Ashford and Pappalardo provide a helpful resource for navigating the messy process of political engagement.
So we have to ask the question: as evangelicals, do we really want to let anger be the primary driver of our voting? The answer is no. If we do, we will wake up in the morning with a hangover, wondering what we found so attractive in him or her, and experiencing who knows what sort of consequences.
Thom Rainer, I Will
Here’s a needed book for pastors and church members alike. Pastors need to know what church members are really thinking these days. At the same time, church members would do well to recognize how the culture has affected us all and turned us into church consumers who only view church in terms of what benefits it can give. Lost in the shuffle is service, which clearly is a bedrock of Christianity.
Charles Quarles, Illustrated Life of Paul
The Illustrated Life of Paul is a perfect volume for all pastors, teachers and dedicated students of the Bible. It is not written by a scholar to scholars. It is written to all who wish to increase their understanding of the Bible and the Apostle Paul in particular. I would say it’s a must read and a studious one at that.
S. Donald Fortson and Rollin Grams, Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition
Easily projected to be one of the most important books of 2016. The comprehensive treatment of the issues at hand are presented in a clear and persuasive manner that only the most uninformed of readers would be willing to ignore.
What makes this book unique is simple. This book responds to those who claim homosexuality is compatible with Christianity by considering both the evidence from church history and the evidence from the Bible. . . . For those who are intellectually honest, this just becomes too much to bear. After reading Fortson’s and Rollin’s book, they may not agree with what Christians have always believed. But, they would have to admit that Christians have always believed it.
Thomas Schreiner, Hebrews
‘In his volume on “Hebrews,” Thomas R. Schreiner says, “The words of Jesus on the cross, ‘it is finished’ (John 19:30) capture the theology of Hebrews. My aim in this commentary is to focus on the biblical theology of the letter. The emphasis on biblical theology shows up especially in the introduction and conclusion where theological structures and themes are considered. The commentary will conclude, after presenting an exegesis of each chapter, with a discussion of some major theological themes in Hebrews.
Bobby Jamieson, Going Public
The books aims, by and large, to help those who are already convinced of believer’s baptism and formal church membership sift through the issues related to “open” versus “closed” membership. Most of Jamieson’s readers will already be generally familiar with the terrain he is surveying, and largely sympathetic to his ecclesiological commitments. For such readers, this book will serve as a valuable resource. In addition, Going Public functions as a sort of sourcebook for key categories and texts pertinent to a number of important topics related to a Protestant, credobaptist perspective on church membership and the ordinances. Especially for pastors of churches that lean in this direction (which, admittedly, I am one), Jamieson’s work here is a welcome contribution. For all of my above-noted quibbles, I imagine that this is a book I will be turning to often as a reference.