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Dear Readers, Something old, something new . . . Brides have repeated this little saying to themselves for generations, and there’s hard-won wisdom in it. Old things give us deep roots and sturdy foundations; new things give us fresh growth and a bright future. "Something old, something new" is an apt summary of what you’ll find in our fall announcement catalog as well. There’s plenty here that will feel familiar—whether it be our signature New International Commentary series (p. 28) or timeless classics by John Stott (p. 16). But there’s lots to see that’s exciting and new too.

P R A IS E F O R A DOP T E D “This book has the power to enlarge the circle around our families—or, better yet, to erase the circle altogether, so that our vision of family is as wide and as expansive as God’s.”

You’ll find information about our new website and new line of audiobooks. You’ll also see evidence of our growing line of trade books—books written primarily not for pastors or professors but for ordinary readers. We’re proud of these books—books like Kelley Nikondeha’s Adopted, which you’ll learn about on the facing page—and we know you’re going to love them as much as we do.

— SHANE CLAIBORNE (from the foreword)

“Kelley Nikondeha is the voice we need to be hearing these days. Her Adopted will deeply shape your own prophetic imagination and create pathways of belonging in our world. I’ll be recommending this book to everyone.” —SARAH BESSEY author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

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The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World Kelley Nikondeha Foreword by Shane Claiborne

In this compellingly readable book Kelley Nikondeha— adoptive mother and adopted child herself—thoughtfully explores the Christian concept of adoption. Her story and her biblically grounded reflections will give readers rich new insights into the mystery of belonging to God’s big family. “Part memoir, part theological exposition, Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World expands our understanding of what it means to be the family of God. As both an adopted person and an interracial adoptive parent, Kelley Nikondeha writes with transparency, tenderness, and racial awareness. . . . This wonderful book will illuminate a path for all people to experience sacred relationships.” — Christena Cleveland

author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart

“Nikondeha writes with the heart of a poet and a theologian, and as an adopted child and an adoptive parent. Who could have guessed that her story could give such rich insight into theology, family, society, racism, fear, and belonging?” — Brian D. McLaren

author of A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith

“Through the metaphor of adoption, Kelley Nikondeha calls us to a vision of family that is generous, inclusive, and always ready to add another chair. This is the vision of the family of God I long for.” — Idelette McVicker

founder and editor-in-chief of

“Nikondeha effortlessly interweaves her lived experiences of adoption with provocative biblical stories and a daring theological imagination. So good!” — Drew G. I. Hart author of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

Of related interest

Kelley Nikondeha is codirector and chief storyteller for Communities of Hope, a community development enterprise in Burundi, and cofounder of Amahoro Africa, an ongoing conversation between theologians and practitioners within the African context.

Making Room Christine D. Pohl 978-0-8028-4431-6 Living into Community Christine D. Pohl 978-0-8028-4985-4 Saved by Faith and Hospitality Joshua W. Jipp 978-0-8028-7505-1

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“Just when we think we’ve unearthed all the great Christian classics of the past, new ones emerge to surprise and enchant us. This book is just such a classic. . . . Had Shakespeare written prayers, they would certainly not have been any more beautiful than the ones in Four Birds of Noah’s Ark.”

Robert Hudson (from the introduction)

“Hudson has discovered the literary equivalent of buried treasure–in this case, lying hidden in plain sight–and brought it to light for our instruction and delight. Many thanks!”

John Wilson

founding editor of Education & Culture


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Four Birds of Noah’s Ark

A Prayer Book from the Time of Shakespeare Thomas Dekker Edited with an introduction by Robert Hudson

A timeless, little-known literary classic to engage a new generation of readers As the Black Death ravaged London in 1608, in the midst of societal chaos and tragedy, playwright Thomas Dekker wrote Four Birds of Noah’s Ark, a book containing fifty-six prayers for the people of London and all of England. Inventively organized into categories symbolized by four birds—Dove, Eagle, Pelican, and Phoenix—the prayers in this book bear witness to Dekker’s deep faith with a power and poignancy that few written prayers in English literature achieve. Bringing Dekker’s devotional classic back into print for the first time since 1924, editor Robert Hudson has annotated the prayers and modernized the language without sacrificing its enchanting beauty and simplicity. Hudson’s substantive and illuminating introduction is a gem in itself. “Happy the reader who discovers this prayer book by Thomas Dekker, who probably spent more time in debtors’ prison than in church but learned from both how to read the human heart. Dekker’s prayers—gently modernized and engagingly introduced by Robert Hudson—make a rich collection of praise, petition, lament, and thanksgiving wrapped up in an irresistible wit.” — Carol Zaleski

Smith College

“Beautifully crafted, filled with human goodness and biblical truth, these are more than prayers: they are meditations, devotions, and little lessons on what it means to be human and utterly dependent upon God. This is a volume I will return to again and again.” — Karen Swallow Prior author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me

Of related interest The Collects of Thomas Cranmer C. Frederick Barbee & Paul F. M. Zahl 978-0-8028-1759-4

Thomas Dekker (1572–1632) was a prolific writer whose works include The Shoemaker’s Holiday and The Gull’s Hornbook. Robert Hudson is an editor, poet, and scholar whose books include Kiss the Earth When You Pray and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style.

Emblem of Faith Untouched Leslie Williams 978-0-8028-7418-4 A Gathering of Larks Abigail Carroll 978-0-8028-7445-0

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“All my denials finally reached their expiration date. It was the summer of 2007. My wife and I separated; she and our children moved back to Texas to live with her parents. Over the next twelve months, my life was punctuated with a series of funerals: the seminary job, the teaching career, the ministry, countless friendships, and finally my marriage—all entombed. Every few weeks, my shovel dug a fresh grave. And with each burial, my ability to exist in ongoing denial weakened. At first it all seemed like a dream—a nightmarish dream, but still a dream—but I was gradually waking up. “Finally, one day, I did. “This awakening happened worlds away from the life I had known. It was in the cab of a Mack truck, in the oil fields of the Texas Panhandle, in the dead of night.” CHAD BIRD (from chapter 3, “Where the Hell Are You, God?”) 4

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Night Driving

Notes from a Prodigal Soul Chad Bird Journeys that begin in brokenness rarely follow a straight road to healing. There are twists and turns— and setbacks—on the path of repentance. Night Driving tells the story of a pastor and seminary professor whose moral failures destroyed his marriage and career, left his life in ruins, and sent him spiraling into a decade-long struggle against God. Forced to fight the demons of his past in the cab of the semitruck he drove at night through the Texas oil fields, Chad Bird slowly began to limp toward grace and healing. Drawing on his expertise as an Old Testament schol­ar, Bird weaves together his own story, the biblical story, and the stories of fellow sinners as he peels back the layers of denial, anger, addiction, and grief to help readers come face to face with their own identities— and with the God who alone can heal them. “It is not clear to me why God meets us uniquely in pain. It is only clear that he does. In Night Driving Chad Bird gives us an unsparing look at the desperate and unpretty human need for God through the lens of his own journey. We are shepherds of darkness and stewards of scars. If you’re having problems finding God in your life, you may find him here.” — John Ortberg

author of The Life You’ve Always Wanted

“All too infrequently, into our sweet and tidy churchiness, comes a book of such amazing transparency, hope, precision, beauty, and glorious messiness that it shakes us from our lethargic self-justification. . . . Chad’s book is just such a gem.” — Elyse Fitzpatrick

author of Because He Loves Me

Chad Bird is a speaker, scholar, writer, and truck driver who weds biblical truth to life experience to help broken people like himself. He has contributed articles to Modern Reformation, The Federalist, and other publications. He also cohosts the podcast “Forty Minutes in the Old Testament” and blogs at

Of related interest Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung 978-0-8028-7129-9 Light When It Comes Chris Anderson 978-0-8028-7399-6 Wholeheartedness Chuck DeGroat 978-0-8028-7270-8

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“Like novelist John Updike, I’ve especially appreciated Barth’s ‘frank supernaturalism.’ It’s the Barthian theme that has most attracted me, and it’s the main reason I decided to write a biography that, I trust, will entice others to read Barth. . . . “No question that Barth’s theology can be dangerous at times, that it sometimes goes too fast for its own good. Then again, if you want to travel the vast country of God’s grace and get a sweeping view of the wonder of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ, there are few theologians better equipped to help you travel those exquisite highways.”

Mark Galli 6

(from the introduction)

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Karl Barth

An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals Mark Galli In this refreshingly accessible introduction to Karl Barth, Mark Galli takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the life and writings of this giant of twentieth-century theology, paying special attention to themes and topics of concern for contemporary evangelicals. “This book is a much-needed, wonderful contribution to both a better understanding of Karl Barth and a more fully evangelical practice of the Christian faith.” — William H. Willimon

author of Conversations with Barth on Preaching

“A gracious, appealing portrait of Barth’s life and thought.” — Fleming Rutledge

author of The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

“A concise and highly readable introduction to some central  aspects of Barth’s life and thought in relation to the particular concerns of evangelicals. Galli’s appreciative but critical posture makes this an ideal starting place for evangelicals (and others) who want to better understand Barth and his ongoing significance for Christian witness in the twenty-first century.” — John R. Franke

author of Barth for Armchair Theologians

“Mark Galli’s masterful compendium of Barth not only beautifully unveils the best of this theological giant, but it’s a cheat sheet as well on the roots of evangelicalism. Most of all, it stirs and deepens our faith in the very ‘Godness of God.’ Don’t miss this book.” — Leslie Leyland Fields

author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas

Mark Galli is editor in chief at Christianity Today and the author of many books, including Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God; God Wins: Heaven, Hell, and Why the Good News Is Better Than Love Wins; and Beautiful Orthodoxy: The Goodness, Truth, and Beauty of Life in Christ.

Of related interest I Was Just Wondering Philip Yancey 978-0-8028-4612-9

Biography October • 978-0-8028-6939-5 5½" × 8½" paperback 176 pages • $18.00 [£14.99]

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“This book is a tour de force—an angle on understanding the life of both congregation and pastor that exceeds anything I have ever read. No directions, no programs, just an immersion into what really takes place in the life of a congregation and a pastor. Winn Collier’s writing is alive.” — Eugene H. Peterson “Shatters all of our idolatrous addictions to big and growing and oversized franchised Christianities. What Collier pens here is nothing short of miraculous. These letters demand to be read.” — A. J. Swoboda

pastor, professor, author of The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

“This is ultimately a love letter to the church not just for what she can be but for what she already is.” — Mandy Smith

pastor, author of The Vulnerable Pastor


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Love Big, Be Well

Letters to a Small-Town Church Winn Collier How can we live well in the particular, everyday places of our lives? Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the task of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor—and not a manager, coach, or CEO. When Granby’s pastoral search committee and Jonas connect via handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them—something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation. Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas’s letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal an earthy spirituality woven into the people’s joys and sorrows. Readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true. “There are some stories so well written, so layered with meaning, so humble and true, that they should be read, reread, and reread again. Winn Collier has written that kind of story.” — Seth Haines

author of Coming Clean: A Story of Faith

“Love Big, Be Well is a welcome mat, a handwritten invitation, a gigantic wrap-around porch, a warm night filled with fireflies. There may not be a surefire formula for living a wideopen, hope-filled life, but this collection of earnest words comes very close.” — Deidra Riggs

author of Every Little Thing

Winn Collier is a pastor, columnist, and author whose other books include Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesus’ Provocative Questions. With his wife, Miska, a spiritual director, and two sons, Collier lives in Virginia, where he serves the good people of All Souls Charlottesville.

Of related interest The Contemplative Pastor Eugene H. Peterson 978-0-8028-0114-2 Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work Eugene H. Peterson 978-0-8028-0660-4

Church & Ministry October • 978-0-8028-7413-9 5" × 8" paperback 176 pages • $16.99 [£13.99]

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Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

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The Life and Times of Martin Luther Meike Roth-Beck Illustrated by Klaus Ensikat

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Wittenberg, Germany, 1517: A monk named Martin Luther publishes ninety-five theses criticizing the practices of the Catholic Church. That one defiant act starts a conflict that will spark the Protestant Reformation and ultimately lead to the transformation of the Christian church in myriad ways. This sophisticated picture book commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by examining the details of Martin Luther’s life and exploring his lasting legacy. Meike Roth-Beck is an author and editor for radio broadcasters and educational publishing houses. Previously, she worked as an adult education teacher and an educator for the Protestant Church in Central Germany. She lives with her family in Eisenach, Germany. Klaus Ensikat is one of Germany’s most beloved illustrators. His artwork has earned him many prestigious awards, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration, which commemorates his lifetime achievements.

Picture Book; Biography September • 978-0-8028-5495-7 9¼" × 11⅝" hardcover 44 pages • $18.00 [£14.99] Color illustrations throughout Ages 7 and up

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How to Become a Multicultural Church Douglas J. Brouwer Foreword by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson Many churches aspire to be more culturally diverse but don't know how exactly to realize that goal. This book addresses that problem by fleshing out ten ways that churches can truly engage and welcome other cultures. In 2014 Douglas Brouwer, a seasoned American pastor, took on the unique challenge of serving a multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural church in one of Europe’s largest cities. In this book Brouwer distills the lessons he has learned from that experience, offering timely wisdom on such issues as language barriers, theological differences, and cultural stereotypes. Honestly recounting his own questions and challenges in multicultural ministry, Brouwer shows how churches everywhere can adjust their attitudes and practices to embrace different kinds of diversity and worship together as God’s people. “An invitation to see anew in ministry.” — Mark R. Gornik

City Seminary of New York

“In an age when diversity can be demonized, Doug Brouwer reveals its beauty as the heart of the gospel and the embodiment of the kingdom of God on earth. Through his rich pastoral experience, particularly at the beloved IPC, he reveals the joys, frustrations, and gifts that emerge in a multicultural congregation. He is an honest, seasoned, and wise guide who will fill readers with the hope that Pentecost is still possible today.” — Luke A. Powery

Duke University

“This book is not some ‘how to’ manual for tinkering with congregational life but, rather, a survival guide for congregational witness in today’s world.” — Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

(from the foreword)

Douglas J. Brouwer is pastor of the International Protestant Church in Zürich, Switzerland. His previous books include Remembering the Faith: What Christians Believe and What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life? Asking the Right Questions.

Also by Douglas Brouwer Remembering the Faith 978-0-8028-4621-1 What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life? 978-0-8028-2961-0

Church & Ministry July • 978-0-8028-7393-4 6" × 9" paperback 189 pages • $20.00 [£16.99]

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Stay in the City

How Christian Faith Is Flourishing in an Urban World Mark R. Gornik and Maria Liu Wong Foreword by Timothy Keller We live in an urban age. To a degree unprecedented in human history, most of the world’s people live in cities.

It is thus vital, say Mark Gornik and Maria Liu Wong, for Christians to think constructively about how to live out their faith in an urban setting. In Stay in the City Gornik and Liu Wong look at what is happening in the urban church—and what Christians everywhere can learn from it. Once viewed suspiciously for their worldly temptations and vices, cities are increasingly becoming centers of vibrant Christian faith. Writing from their experience living and working in New York City, Gornik and Liu Wong invite readers everywhere to join together in creating a more flourishing—and faith-filled—urban world. “This book is for those who are living, seeking to live, and hoping to sustain, lives of joy and purpose in the city through practices that undergird thriving faith in a 24/7 urban world. Whether in a changing neighborhood where new restaurants and creative businesses are arriving, in a community where lives are always in the balance, or in a place of prime real estate and executive offices, the vocation of urban Christians begins with being and staying present to God in the local context, attending to what is in front of us with all of our senses. Ministry is theology ‘on the ground,’ asking and answering the complex questions of faith and life, work and home in a dynamic, constantly changing urban world.” — from the introduction, “Waiting for the Spirit” Mark R. Gornik is director of City Seminary of New York and the author of Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City and To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City. Maria Liu Wong is dean of City Seminary of New York.

Also by Mark Gornik To Live in Peace 978-0-8028-4685-3

Faith & Life October • 978-0-8028-7404-7 5" × 8" paperback 80 pages • $12.00 [£9.99]

Word Made Global 978-0-8028-6448-2


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Incarnational Ministry Being with the Church Samuel Wells

With may be the most important word in the Christian faith. In the Trinity, as Samuel Wells points out, we see the eternal persons of the Godhead being with each other. In the Gospels we see Jesus being with the people he encounters, mediating God’s grace to them with his own incarnational presence. Those in ministry are likewise called to the task of being with—with God, with the church, and with the created world and those who dwell in it. In Incarnational Ministry Wells elaborates on the concept of being with in eight dimensions: presence, attention, mystery, delight, participation, partnership, enjoyment, and glory. His vivid narratives and wise reflections will challenge readers to deeper discipleship and more vital ministry as they explore what it means to be with the troubled, the hurt, the afflicted, the challenged, the dying—and all who are embraced by the church’s incarnational ministry. “Sam Wells, one of the finest priest-theologians of our time, weaves together deep theology with the practical heart and skill of a pastor. This book is a must-read and a challenge for all who want to grow in their understanding and practice of being Christians together, following the God who chose to journey with us in Jesus.” — Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury

“In this beautiful volume Sam Wells lays out a path for us to become more fully present to God, self, others, and creation. Using the phrase ‘being with,’ Wells guides readers to take up a truly incarnational stance that is fundamental to the way of Christ.” — Elaine Heath

Of related interest

Duke Divinity School

Shaping the Prayers of the People Samuel Wells & Abigail Kocher 978-0-8028-7097-1

Samuel Wells is Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Among his other books are Learning to Dream Again: Rediscovering the Heart of God and A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God.

Being Christian Rowan Williams 978-0-8028-7197-8 Envisioning the Congregation, Practicing the Gospel John W. Stewart 978-0-8028-7164-0

Christian Ministry August • 978-0-8028-7485-6 5½" × 8½" paperback 229 pages • $22.00 [£17.99]

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Modern evangelical classics from John Stott for a new generation of Christian readers

Basic Christianity Third Edition

Foreword by Rick Warren

Named one of the Top 100 Books of the Millennium by World magazine and listed among Christianity Today’s Top 100 Books of the 20th Century, Basic Christianity has impacted countless readers worldwide.

John Stott (1921–2011) was rector emeritus of All Souls

“There are a few landmark books that everyone in the world should read. This is one of the rare few. . . . Basic Christianity is a classic introduction to the faith.”

Church, Langham Place, London, founder of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and a world-renowned preacher and teacher. His many other books include The Cross of Christ, Your Mind Matters, Why I Am a Christian, The

— Rick Warren “Anything John Stott says is worth listening to. Anything he writes is worth reading. Basic Christianity is not only a classic must-read for every believer; it is truly a blessing preserved on the written page for the enrichment of this generation and those to come.” — Anne Graham Lotz

Message of the Sermon on the Mount, and The Radical Disciple.

Basic Introduction to the New Testament Revised by Stephen Motyer Foreword by Alistair Begg

The content of this book—originally published in 1954 as Men with a Message—introduces readers to the message of the New Testament writers, including Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, Paul, and more. This publication presents anew the text of the book’s 1994 edition, which was updated and expanded by Stephen Motyer at John Stott’s invitation. “A marvelously concise, spiritually minded introduction that I highly commend.” — Mark Dever Capitol Hill Baptist Church

“The bold, clean cover of this trim new edition certainly catches the eye, but it is the compelling relevance of the content that will continue to serve generations who never enjoyed the privilege of hearing John Stott preach.” — Alistair Begg Truth For Life

September • 978-0-8028-7551-8 5½" × 8½" paperback 176 pages • $8.00 UK & Europe rights: IVP


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Confess Your Sins The Way of Reconciliation Foreword by Ray Ortlund

Between Two Worlds

“We need to gain in the church today a clearer view of God’s revealed ideal for the preacher,” says Stott in his introduction to The Preacher’s Portrait. To that end, he presents brief studies of five words used in the New Testament to describe preachers and their task: steward, herald, witness, father, and servant. In the course of these five studies, Stott considers the message and authority of preachers, the character of their proclamation, the vital necessity of their own experience with the gospel, and their motives and moral qualities. Together, these five New Testament words reveal the preacher’s portrait, says Stott—“a portrait painted by the hand of God himself on the broad canvas of the New Testament.”

“Preaching is indispensable to Christianity.” Renowned preacher John Stott opens this book with those five bold words. He maintains, further, that “nothing is better calculated to restore health and vitality to the church than a recovery of true, biblical, contemporary preaching.” Indeed, Stott was aiming to foster such a recovery when he wrote Between Two Worlds. The genius of this book is the way it synthesizes and distills Stott’s wealth of wisdom on preaching, focusing not so much on technical matters but more on theological foundations and on necessary personal characteristics of the preacher—sincerity, earnestness, courage, and humility. Preachers old and new will continue to find much to chew on in these pages.

Five New Testament Word Studies

Here is timeless wisdom on a neglect­ed Christian practice. Though the Bible clearly teaches that confession is necessary, many Christians are uncertain how and to whom they should confess their sins. Identifying and examining three types of confession, Stott gives vital assurance and guidance in Confess Your Sins: The Way of Reconciliation. “An excellent biblical, historical, and practical treatment of the subject from which all Christians will profit.” — Carl R. Trueman Westminster Theological Seminary

“If the wisdom so ably offered in Confess Your Sins is heeded in our churches, the power of true reconciliation will feel like heaven on earth!” — Ray Ortlund Immanuel Church, Nashville

July • 978-0-8028-7509-9 5½" × 8½" paperback 116 pages • $12.00 [£9.99]

The Preacher’s Portrait

November • 978-0-8028-7553-2 5½" × 8½" paperback 120 pages • $10.00 USA & Canada rights only; IVP elsewhere

The Challenge of Preaching Today

July • 978-0-8028-7552-5 6" × 9" paperback 312 pages • $28.00 USA, Canada, & Philippines rights only; IVP elsewhere

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A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church James Calvin Davis Offers a faithful, constructive way to deal with dissent What happens when we approach disagreement not as a problem to solve but as an opportunity to practice Christian virtue? This book by James Calvin Davis reclaims the biblical concept of forbearance to develop a theological ethic for faithful disagreement. Pointing to Ephesians and Colossians, in which Paul challenged his readers to “bear with each other” in spite of differences, Davis argues that the practice of forbearance offers Christians a dignified, graceful, and constructive way to deal with conflict. “Forbearance—an old-fashioned word, perhaps, but if ever we needed to recover its use, now is the time. Our politics and economics, our communities and churches, and even our families are fractured by polarizing disagreements that often grow into debilitating conflicts. In this discerning book James Calvin Davis deftly narrates the meanings, spirit, power, and practice of ‘bearing with one another’ as a fundamental Christian civic virtue.” — Craig Dykstra Duke Divinity School

Key Selling Points • Practical resource for church leaders • Offers tools for working around polarization • Helps Christians deal with conflict both within and outside their local churches James Calvin Davis is professor of religion at Middlebury College and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is also the author of In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues That Divide Us. Of related interest Disagreeing Virtuously Olli-Pekka Vainio 978-0-8028-7504-4 Toughest People to Love Chuck DeGroat 978-0-8028-7143-5 Against the Tide Miroslav Volf 978-0-8028-6506-9


Ethics; Practical Theology September • 978-0-8028-7510-5 6" × 9" paperback 240 pages • $25.00 [£20.99]

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Migrants and Citizens

Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration Tisha M. Rajendra Foreword by Daniel G. Groody, CSC In all the noisy rhetoric currently surrounding immigration, one important question is rarely asked: What ethical responsibilities do immigrants and citizens have to each other? In this book Tisha Rajendra reframes the confused and often heated debate over immigration around the world, proposes a new definition of justice based on responsibility to relationships, and develops a Christian ethic to address this vexing social problem. “A creative contribution to the urgent ethical challenges raised by migration today. Drawing on social analysis and Christian thought, Tisha Rajendra shows that treating migrants justly will require rethinking and reshaping the social, political, and economic relationships that set the context for the movement of people today. Essential reading for all concerned with ethics and migration.” — David Hollenbach, SJ

Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

“What a joy to find wisdom and reason brought to bear on this contentious issue! Using case studies to illustrate the complexities of immigration, Rajendra exposes flaws in common narratives about immigrants. . . . This is a must-read book not only for those who are interested in immigration policy but also for anyone searching for an adequate theory of justice in our complex world.” — Karen Lebacqz author of Six Theories of Justice

“In tackling the pressing social issue of immigration reform, Rajendra’s Migrants and Citizens exposes and reforms our understanding of who we really are as human beings. A prophetic and revealing work.” — Paul Louis Metzger

author of Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths

Tisha M. Rajendra is associate professor of theological ethics at Loyola University Chicago. She has written essays and articles for various journals, including Political Theology and Journal of Catholic Social Thought. This is her first book.

Of related interest Just Immigration Mark R. Amstutz 978-0-8028-7484-9 Dear White Christians Jennifer Harvey 978-0-8028-7207-4 Dare We Speak of Hope? Allan Aubrey Boesak 978-0-8028-7081-0

Ethics August • 978-0-8028-6882-4 6" × 9" paperback 179 pages • $25.00 [£20.99]

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Calling All Years Good

Christian Vocation throughout Life's Seasons Kathleen A. Cahalan and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, editors A uniquely comprehensive discussion of vocation from infancy to old age Do infants have a vocation? Do Alzheimer’s patients? In popular culture, vocation is often reduced to adult work or church ministry. Rarely do we consider childhood or old age as crucial times for commencing or culminating a life of faith in response to God’s calling. This book addresses that gap by showing how vocation emerges and evolves over the course of an entire lifetime. The authors cover six of life’s distinct seasons, weaving together personal narrative, developmental theory, case studies, and spiritual practices. Calling All Years Good grounds the discussion of vocation in concrete realities and builds a cohesive framework for understanding calling throughout all of life. “These chapters widen our vocational vision beyond that crucial time of young adulthood in order to contemplate the many ways God calls each of us at every moment of our lives. I know of no other book that takes such a serious and sustained look at the life stages of vocation.” — Edward P. Hahnenberg

author of Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call

Contributors: Matt Bloom, Kathleen A. Cahalan, Joyce Ann Mercer, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Jane Patterson, Katherine Turpin. Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of practical theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. Her previous work includes Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives and The Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All around Us. Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at Vanderbilt University. She is also the author of Christian Theology in Practice: Discovering a Discipline.

Of related interest The Stories We Live Kathleen A. Cahalan 978-0-8028-7419-1 Vocation Douglas J. Schuurman 978-0-8028-0137-1 Calling and Clarity Doug Koskela 978-0-8028-7159-6


Faith & Life July • 978-0-8028-7424-5 6" × 9" paperback 244 pages • $20.00 [£16.99]

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Saved by Faith and Hospitality Joshua W. Jipp

Foreword by Christine D. Pohl

Too few Christians today, says Joshua Jipp, understand hospitality to strangers and the marginalized as an essential part of the church’s identity. In this book he argues that God’s relationship to his people is fundamentally an act of hospitality to strangers; divine and human hospitality lie at the very heart of the biblical message and Christian faith. “A wonderfully succinct, substantive, and engaging treatment. . . . Jipp brings to life a fascinating and fruitful conversation between the ancient biblical texts and our current challenges.” — Christine D. Pohl (from the foreword) author of Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition

“Points toward the possibility of a church that is not drenched in the un-Christian characteristic of irrational xenophobia but instead follows in the footsteps of Jesus’s hospitality."

— Soong-Chan Rah

author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity

Joshua W. Jipp is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. New Testament Studies August • 978-0-8028-7505-1 6" × 9" paperback 200 pages • $20.00 [£16.99]

Church in Ordinary Time A Wisdom Ecclesiology Amy Plantinga Pauw

Much of Christian theology is focused on the story of Jesus and the promised consummation of all things—but the church exists in the gap between them. How can we live more faithfully as Christians between Christ’s resurrection and the eschaton? In this book Amy Plantinga Pauw presents a compact Trinitarian ecclesiology, drawing particularly on Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and argues that the liturgical season of ordinary time aptly symbolizes the church’s existence as God’s creature in this time between the times. “Beautifully framed and written, this is an ecclesiology that matters. Amy Plantinga Pauw is one of the leading American theologians of our generation; when you read Church in Ordinary Time, you can see why she is such a respected and important voice.” — Willie James Jennings Yale University

Amy Plantinga Pauw is Henry P. Mobley Jr. Professor of Doctrinal Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Her previous books include a commentary on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and The Supreme Harmony of All: The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards. Theology September • 978-0-8028-7186-2 5½" × 8½" paperback 192 pages • $20.00 [£16.99]

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Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies

The Theater of God’s Glory Calvin, Creation, and the Liturgical Arts W. David O. Taylor

“At a time when Protestant treatments of the arts tend to be marked by excessive shame and breast-beating, studies like this remind us of treasures easily overlooked. For some, Calvin would be the last theologian from whom we might expect wisdom on the liturgical arts. But David Taylor, with exemplary skill and clarity, shows us otherwise. This is an immensely important study from one of the key leaders in theology and the arts today.” — Jeremy Begbie Duke University

“David Taylor’s extraordinary study of Calvin and the liturgical arts consistently surprises and delights. Its greatest strengths are its command of Calvin’s full works, not just the Institutes, and its ability to think with Calvin but far beyond his self-imposed strictures. The result is a more profoundly incarnational Calvin and a more deeply scriptural rendering of the liturgical arts.” — Samuel Wells St. Martin-in-the-Fields

W. David O. Taylor is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the director of Brehm Texas, an initiative in worship, theology, and the arts. Theology August • 978-0-8028-7448-1 6" × 9" paperback 240 pages • $30.00 [£24.99]

Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching Nancy Lammers Gross Foreword by Lillian Daniel

Many women preachers and worship leaders have trouble speaking; they struggle to fully use their physical voices. Maintaining that there is often a disconnect between a woman’s self-understanding as a preacher and her own body, Nancy Lammers Gross presents not only techniques but also a theologically empowering paradigm shift to help women fully embody their God-given preaching vocations. “This is a stunning book by one of the finest teachers of our generation of preachers. In a voice both clear and compassionate Nancy Lammers Gross says what most needs to be said about and for women preachers. The effect is stunning. Stunningly helpful. Stunningly powerful. Even stunningly beautiful. . . . All preachers will be helped by this important volume’s insights into preaching and women’s experience.” — Jana Childers San Francisco Theological Seminary

Nancy Lammers Gross is the Arthur Sarell Rudd Associate Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, the author of If You Cannot Preach Like Paul . . . , and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Practical Theology July • 978-0-8028-7322-4 6" × 9" paperback 182 pages • $20.00 [£16.99]


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Among the Ashes On Death, Grief, and Hope William J. Abraham

Foreword by Nicholas Wolterstorff

How can we hold fast to the hope of life eternal when we lose someone we love? In this beautiful book William Abraham reflects profoundly on death and hope in the face of devastating grief. Beginning with a stark account of his own grief after his oldest son unexpectedly died, Abraham draws on the book of Job, looks at the significance of grief in debates about the problem of evil, probes what Christianity teaches about life after death, and ultimately relates our experiences of grief to the death of Christ. “This is a deeply honest book. Abraham does not shirk from saying that though we have no theological explanation for the untimely death of children, we nonetheless have ground for hope. Readers will find this honesty refreshing and consoling.” — Nicholas Wolterstorff (from the foreword) William J. Abraham is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Grief and Suffering September • 978-0-8028-7528-0 5¼" × 8¼" hardcover 112 pages • $16.00 [£12.99]

The Crucifixion

Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ Fleming Rutledge Winner of the Christianity Today 2017 Book of the Year Award Academy of Parish Clergy 2015 Reference Book of the Year “Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion is one of the most stimulating and thoughtprovoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. . . . A delight for the inquiring mind — and man, will it ever preach.” — Robert Barron on Word on Fire “Rutledge helps those who preach and those who listen not only to understand the meaning and significance of the crucifixion, but also to stand under it in awe and devotion.” — Anthony B. Robinson in Christian Century “This is a work of a lifetime that could only be written by someone who has lived a life determined by the cross.” — Stanley Hauerwas Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest widely recognized in North America and the UK as a preacher, lecturer, and teacher of other preachers.

Theology Available • 978-0-8028-7534-1 6" × 9" paperback 696 pages • $30.00 [£24.99]

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Reading Paul with the Reformers Reconciling Old and New Perspectives Stephen J. Chester Foreword by John M. G. Barclay

“For a scholarly generation, students of Paul have confidently treated the sixteenthcentury Reformers as Paul’s ‘misinterpreters-in-chief.’ Now Stephen Chester’s patient and learned treatment of the Reformers’ Pauline exegesis exposes both their thoughtfulness and their potential as wise conversation partners in the present. This is a major contribution to Pauline study.” — Beverly Roberts Gaventa Baylor University

“It is rare to find a book on justification in Paul that is so original. Chester here displays remarkable learning, touching on historical fields most New Testament scholars know hardly anything about. Every scholar with an interest in Pauline soteriology should read this book.” — Simon Gathercole University of Cambridge

Stephen J. Chester is professor of New Testament and academic dean at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is also the author of Conversion at Corinth: Perspectives on Conversion in Paul’s Theology and the Corinthian Church.

Pauline Studies July • 978-0-8028-4836-9 6" × 9" hardcover 504 pages • $60.00 [£49.99]

Paul and the Person

Reframing Paul’s Anthropology Susan Grove Eastman Foreword by John M. G. Barclay

In this book Susan Grove Eastman presents a fresh and innovative exploration of Paul’s participatory theology in conversation with both ancient and contemporary conceptions of the self. Juxtaposing Paul, ancient philosophers, and modern theorists of the person, Eastman opens up a conversation that illuminates Paul’s thought in new ways and brings his voice into current debates about personhood. “Eastman’s interdisciplinary study of Paul’s anthropology, in conversation with voices ancient and modern, contends that participation, imitation, and relationality are at the heart of being a person. Elegantly written and persuasively argued, this groundbreaking book also invites further conversation. A remarkable achievement.” — Michael J. Gorman St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Susan Grove Eastman is associate research professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School and the author of Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians. Biblical Studies October • 978-0-8028-6896-1 6" × 9" paperback 224 pages • $30.00 [£24.99]


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r efor mation r esources, 1517–2017

The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity Global Perspectives Dale T. Irvin, editor

“Two major issues of Christianity—reform and globalization—are brought together in this fascinating volume. Dale Irvin has assembled an insightful group of scholars to think again about the Reformation, but this time from Middle Eastern, Latin American, and other perspectives that are vitally important but much neglected. . . . A very fitting and creative way to remember the Reformation 500 years later.” — Scott W. Sunquist Fuller Theological Seminary

Contributors: Charles Amjad-Ali, Joel Morales Cruz, David D. Daniels, Rebecca A. Giselbrecht, Vladimir Latinovic, Peter C. Phan. Dale T. Irvin is president and professor of world Christianity at New York Theological Seminary. Global Christianity August • 978-0-8028-7304-0 5½" × 8½" paperback 203 pages • $39.00 [£32.99]

From Conflict to Communion

Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Introduction by William G. Rusch

The first American print edition of a major ecumenical initiative, the culmination of decades of dialogue between two church bodies that have historically been divided, From Conflict to Communion contains the report produced by the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, followed by a study guide and liturgical material suitable for joint Catholic-Lutheran worship services. Ecumenism Available • 978-0-8028-7377-4 6" × 9" paperback 160 pages • $18.00 [£14.99]

Wittenberg Meets the World

Reimagining the Reformation at the Margins Alberto L. García and John A. Nunes Foreword by Martin E. Marty

“How are we to read and interpret the Protestant Reformation at the time of its fifth centennial? This book is necessary reading for any who attempt to answer that question. Its wide vistas of the meaning of the Reformation for the twenty-first century will challenge many preconceived notions and open new avenues for thought.” — Justo L. González 978-0-8028-7328-6 5½" x 8½" paperback 208 pages • $22.00 [£17.99]

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The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia Harry S. Stout, general editor

Kenneth P. Minkema and Adriaan C. Neele, associate editors Foreword by George M. Marsden

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is widely acknowledged to be one of America’s most important theologians and considered a fountainhead of American evangelicalism. He not only played an important role in his own time but also influenced the generations that followed in profound ways. With more than four hundred entries, The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia provides a wide-ranging reference on Edwards, offering succinct synopses of topics large and small from his life, thought, and work. “The astonishing renaissance in study of Jonathan Edwards has very much needed a definitive reference work. This is it. An army of first-rate Edwards scholars has written authoritatively on every angle of his life and thought. The book summarizes, but it should also spur, the best kind of historical and theological scholarship.” — Mark Noll author of America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

Harry S. Stout is the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University and general editor of the Works of Jonathan Edwards and director of the Jonathan Edwards Center. Reference December • 978-0-8028-6952-4 6½" × 9½" hardcover 700 pages • $60.00 [£49.99]

A History of Biblical Interpretation

Volume 3: The Enlightenment through the Nineteenth Century Alan J. Hauser and Duane F. Watson, editors A History of Biblical Interpretation provides detailed and extensive studies of the interpretation of the Scriptures by Jewish and Christian writers throughout the ages. This third installment examines the period after the Reformation until the dawn of the twentieth century. Its essays cover broad intellectual and historical movements such as historical criticism, textual criticism, and the quest for the historical Jesus. Other contributions focus on particular individuals, including Baruch Spinoza, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and F. C. Baur. Each chapter also includes a helpful bibliography for additional study. Contributors: Bill T. Arnold, William Baird, J. D. G. Dunn, Travis L. Frampton, Alan J. Hauser, Christine Helmer, Darrell Jodock, Dirk Jongkind, Jeffrey F. Keuss, Michael C. Legaspi, Carter Lindberg, Thomas H. Olbricht, J. W. Rogerson, James A. Sanders, David B. Schreiner, Duane F. Watson. Alan J. Hauser is professor of biblical studies and Judaism at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.Duane F. Watson is professor of New Testament studies at Malone University, Canton, Ohio.

Biblical Studies July • 978-0-8028-4275-6 6⅛" × 9¼" hardcover 457 pages • $60.00 [£49.99]


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In the Beauty of Holiness Art and the Bible in Western Culture David Lyle Jeffrey

Beautifully illustrated work from an eminent authority on the Bible, art, and culture Beauty is a highly significant subject in the Bible. So is holiness. In this study of Christian fine art David Lyle Jeffrey explores the relationship between beauty and holiness as he integrates aesthetic perspectives from the ancient Hebrew Scriptures through Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant down to contemporary philosophers of art. Incorporating sample artworks ranging from the Roman catacombs to Marc Chagall, Jeffrey demonstrates that the Bible has consistently been the most profound and productive resource for the visual arts in the West. He contextualizes Western European art from the second century through the twenty-first in relation not only to the biblical narrative but also to liturgy and historical theology. Lavishly illustrated throughout with 146 masterworks, reproduced in full color, In the Beauty of Holiness is ideally suited to students of Christian fine art and to general readers wanting to better understand the story of Christian art. “David Jeffrey here provides a visual theology of the beauty of holiness through a richly illustrated selection of Christian art stretching over the whole of Christian history. Whether that story is unknown or familiar to readers, all will come away instructed and inspired by this cornucopia of imagery.” — William Dyrness Fuller Theological Seminary

“A richly illustrated and truly learned study of the complex relationship between visual art and Christian theology and practice. . . . Indispensable to the conversation among artists and theologians.” — Robin Jensen

Of related interest The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology Paul Corby Finney 978-0-8028-3811-7

University of Notre Dame

David Lyle Jeffrey is Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.His previous books include People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture.

Saints: A Visual Guide Edward & Lorna Mornin 978-0-8028-3249-8 The Mystical Language of Icons Solrunn Nes 978-0-8028-6497-0

Humanities September • 978-0-8028-7470-2 8" × 10" hardcover (w/jacket) 439 pages • 146 color illustrations • $49.00 [£40.99]

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Th e N ew I nter national Com m entary on th e Old Testam ent

The Books of Haggai and Malachi Mignon R. Jacobs

This new commentary on Haggai and Malachi by Mignon Jacobs offers clear and insightful interpretation of the ancient text while drawing out themes that are especially relevant to contemporary concerns, such as honoring or dishonoring God, the responsibilities of leaders, questioning God, and hearing the prophetic word in challenging times. “A commentary on Haggai and Malachi from a wise and experienced scholar like Mignon Jacobs is to be welcomed. . . . Those who may be unsure of what two shorter prophetic books have to say to the modern reader need look no further. This is an excellent contribution to an increasingly important commentary series.” — Daniel L. Smith-Christopher Loyola Marymount University

Mignon R. Jacobs is professor of Old Testament studies, dean, and chief academic officer at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. Among her other books is Gender, Power, and Persuasion: The Genesis Narratives and Contemporary Portraits.

Biblical Commentary December • 978-0-8028-2625-1 6⅛" × 9¼" hardcover 424 pages • $48.00 [£39.99]

Th e N ew I nter national Com m entary on th e N ew Testam ent

The Letter to Philemon Scot McKnight

Paul’s letter to Philemon carries a strong message of breaking down social barriers and establishing new realities of conduct and fellowship. It is also a disturbing text that has been used to justify slavery. Though brief, Philemon requires close scrutiny. In this commentary Scot McKnight offers careful textual analysis of Philemon and brings the practice of modern slavery into conversation with the ancient text. Too often, McKnight says, studies of this short letter gloss over the issue of slavery—an issue that must be recognized and dealt with if Christians are to read Philemon faithfully. Pastors and scholars will find in this volume the insight they need to preach and teach this controversial short book in meaningful new ways. “McKnight makes this small letter stand tall among the writings of the Pauline corpus. A sheer joy to read!” — Michael F. Bird Ridley College, Melbourne

Scot McKnight is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Lisle, Illinois. His many other books include The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others; A Community Called Atonement; and the NICNT commentary on James. He also writes the award-winning Jesus Creed blog at Biblical Commentary October • 978-0-8028-7382-8 6⅛" × 9¼" hardcover 160 pages • $25.00 [£20.99]


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t h e Tw o H o r i z o n s O l d T e s t a m e n t C o m m e n t a r y


Stephen G. Dempster “This volume on Micah by Stephen Dempster represents biblical-commentary writing at its best. With brilliant insights, an engaging literary style, an impassioned tone, and a wholeBible theological acumen, Dempster invites us into the world and message of this eighthcentury prophet. But he does not leave us there. He challenges us to let Micah’s life-giving message transform our thinking about pressing social and ethical issues in our time.” — Daniel Block, Wheaton College Stephen G. Dempster is professor of religious studies at Crandall University, Moncton, New Brunswick. Biblical Commentary September • 978-0-8028-6513-7 6⅛" × 9¼" paperback 304 pages • $30.00 [£24.99]

Th e Bi ble i n M edi eval Tradition

The Book of Jeremiah

Joy A. Schroeder, translator and editor “A broad sampling of the medieval exegetical tradition on Jeremiah. . . . Joy Schroeder's accessible translation, richly annotated and preceded by a thorough introduction to the medieval interpretive tradition, shows that medieval commentators have much to offer to modern interpreters. Included here are select translations from almost every medieval commentary currently available in a printed edition, ranging from the Carolingian Rabanus Maurus to the late medieval mystic Denis the Carthusian.” — Frans van Liere, Calvin College

Biblical Commentary August • 978-0-8028-7329-3 6" × 9" paperback 344 pages • $55.00 [£45.99]

Joy A. Schroeder is professor of church history at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.

A Commentary on the Gospel of John Johannes Beutler, SJ

Translated by Michael Tait / Foreword by Francis J. Moloney, SDB

“Displaying notably solid judgment and lucid insight, the lifetime Johannine study of one of Europe’s leading New Testament scholars is now available to the English-speaking world in this clear and accessible form. . . . A must-read for John’s interpreters!” — Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University Johannes Beutler, SJ, is professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt am Main, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. Biblical Commentary September • 978-0-8028-7336-1 6" × 9" hardcover 600 pages • $90.00 [£74.99]

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Majority World Theology

So Great a Salvation

Soteriology in the Majority World Gene L. Green, Stephen T. Pardue, and K. K. Yeo, editors In this volume nine scholars from the global church reflect deeply on soteriology in the Majority World. Taking African, Asian, Latin American, and First Nations cultural contexts into account, this book allows readers to see God’s creative deliverance in a fresh light. Contributors: Milton Acosta (Colombian), Ray Aldred (Cree), Sung Wook Chung (Korean American), Rosinah Mmannana Gabaitse (Botswanan), Elaine W. F. Goh (Malaysian Chinese), Emily J. Choge Kerama (Kenyan), Jules A. MartínezTheology Olivieri (Puerto Rican), Daniel J. Treier October • 978-0-8028-7274-6 (American), K. K. Yeo (Chinese American). 6" × 9" paperback 176 pages • $22.00 [£17.99]

Paul and the Gift John M. G. Barclay

Jesus Creed 2015 Book of the Year Academy of Parish Clergy 2015 Top Ten Book for Parish Ministry “Pauline studies and the church will be indebted to Barclay’s Paul and the Gift for decades, and those who read and ponder will never be the same again.” — Scot McKnight in Books & Culture “Technical, learned, and masterful, this book could prove to be the most rewarding and influential exposition of Pauline theology written in nearly two decades.” — Matthew L. Skinner in Christian Century John M. G. Barclay is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham


Biblical Studies September • 978-0-8028-7532-7 6" × 9" paperback 672 pages • $55.00 [£45.99]

Jesus and the Last Supper Brant Pitre

“This beautifully written work confirms Brant Pitre’s eminence as a scholar of the very first rank. Catholic participation in the Jesus quest has hereby finally borne its hoped-for fruit, with enormous implications for all Christians. Pitre should win the Ratzinger Prize for this book alone.” — Matthew Levering Mundelein Seminary

“You’ll never look at the Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, or Mass the same way after reading this book. A sumptuous feast of exegesis and theology!” — Michael F. Bird Ridley College, Melbourne

Brant Pitre is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.


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Biblical Studies August • 978-0-8028-7533-4 6" × 9" paperback 604 pages • $40.00 [£33.99]

Jesus the Eternal Son

Answering Adoptionist Christology Michael F. Bird Foreword by Richard Bauckham

Adoptionism—the idea that Jesus is portrayed in the Bible as a human figure who was adopted as God’s Son at his baptism or resurrection—has been com­monly accepted in much recent scholarship as the earliest explanation of Jesus’s divine status. In this book Michael Bird draws that view into question with a thorough examination of pre-Pauline materials, the Gospel of Mark, and patristic sources. “An engagingly written, well-researched, and persuasive challenge to a modern (and ancient) adoptionist reading of early Christianity. As one expects from Michael Bird, this book displays his wide-ranging command of relevant disciplines and his respectful engagement with a variety of views.” — Craig S. Keener Asbury Theological Seminary

Michael F. Bird is lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. His previous books include An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans and The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, which won the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award for biblical studies. New Testament Studies July • 978-0-8028-7506-8 6" × 9" paperback 152 pages • $18.00 [£14.99]

Steward of God’s Mysteries Paul and Early Church Tradition Jerry L. Sumney Foreword by Patrick Gray

“An extensive and sustained argument against sensationalist claims that Paul was the inventor or second founder of Christianity or that he somehow corrupted the pure religion of Jesus. Jerry Sumney’s careful historical approach situates Paul within pre-Pauline and non-Pauline traditions in the earliest church and presents Paul as more of a transmitter than an innovator of these traditions. Enormously helpful to students and scholars alike.” — Troy W. Martin Saint Xavier University

“A highly recommended and insightful contribution to understanding Paul’s place within the diversity and richness of Christian origins.” — Warren Carter Brite Divinity School at TCU

Jerry L. Sumney is professor of biblical studies at Lexington Theological Seminary. His previous books include Paul: Apostle and Fellow Traveler; Servants of Satan, False Brothers, and Other Opponents of Paul; and The Bible: An Introduction, now in its second edition.

New Testament Studies September • 978-0-8028-7361-3 6" × 9" paperback 224 pages • $28.00 [£23.99]

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Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire Paul B. Duff

Foreword by Margaret Mitchell

When Jesus of Nazareth began proclaiming the kingdom of God early in the first century, he likely had no intention of starting a new religion. Yet a new religion did eventually develop—one that not only included non-Jews but was soon dominated by them. How did this happen? Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire by Paul Duff offers an accessible and informed account of Christian origins, beginning with the teaching of Jesus and moving to the end of the first century. Duff’s narrative shows how the rural Jewish movement led by Jesus developed into a largely non-Jewish phenomenon permeating urban centers of the Roman Empire. Paying special attention to social, cultural, and religious contexts—as well as to early Christian ideas about idolatry, marriage, family, slavery, and ethnicity— Duff ’s study will help readers cultivate a deeper understanding of the identity, beliefs, and practices of early Christ-believers. Paul B. Duff is professor of religion at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is also the author of Who Rides the Beast? Prophetic Rivalry and the Rhetoric of Crisis in the Churches of the Apocalypse and Paul in Corinth: The Apologetic Context of 2 Corinthians 3. Early Church November • 978-0-8028-6878-7 6" × 9" paperback 272 pages • $30.00 [£24.99]

Into All the World

Emergent Christianity in Its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs, editors In this volume eminent Australian scholars and others with close links to Australian institutions elucidate key themes in emergent Christianity. In their analysis of the spread of Christianity throughout the Jewish and Greco-Roman world of the first century, the contributors discuss the post-Pauline New Testament writings and examine the impact of the church’s growth on Jews, Gentiles, and the Roman state with its imperial cult. Contributors: Bradley J. Bitner, Edward Bridge, Johan Ferreira, Chris Forbes, Lydia Gore-Jones, Mark Harding, James R. Harrison, Stephen Llewelyn, Timothy MacBride, Paul McKechnie, Alanna Nobbs, Ian K. Smith, Murray J. Smith, David Starling, L. L. Welborn, Bruce W. Winter. Mark Harding is the former dean of the Australian College of Theology and an honorary associate of Macquarie University. Alanna Nobbs is professor of ancient history and former deputy director of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre at Macquarie University.

New Testament Studies July 978-0-8028-7515-0 6" × 9" paperback 425 pages • $55.00 [£45.99]


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The Urban World and the First Christians Steve Walton, Paul R. Trebilco, and David W. J. Gill, editors

In the tradition of The First Urban Christians by Wayne Meeks, this book explores the relationship between the earliest Christians and the city environment. The authors first look at how the urban physical, cultural, and social environments of the ancient Mediterranean basin affected the ways in which early Christianity progressed. They then turn to how the earliest Christians thought and theologized in their engagement with cities. With a rich variety of expertise and scholarship, The Urban World and the First Christians is an important contribution to the understanding of early Christianity. Contributors: Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, Cédric Brélaz, Paul Cloke, David W. J. Gill, David G. Horrell, Chris Keith, Anthony Le Donne, Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer, Helen Morris, Ian Paul, Volker Rabens, Anders Runesson, Matthew Sleeman, Joan Taylor, Paul R. Trebilco, Steve Walton, Wei Hsien Wan. Steve Walton is professor in New Testament at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham (London). Paul R. Trebilco is professor of New Testament studies at the Un­iversity of Otago, New Zealand. David W. J. Gill is professor of archaeological heritage and director of heritage futures at the University of Suffolk.

Early Christianity September • 978-0-8028-7451-1 6" × 9" paperback 368 pages • $48.00 [£39.99]

Hope and Community

A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, Volume 5 Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen This fifth and final installment in Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s ambitious five-volume systematic theology develops a constructive Christian eschatology and ecclesiology in dialogue with the Christian tradition, with contemporary theology in all its global and contextual diversity, and with other major living faiths—Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. “A fitting finale to a remarkable tour de force of systematic theology, this volume exhibits the qualities we have come to appreciate in Kärkkäinen’s scholarship: it is comprehensive, relevant, respectful yet critical of Christian tradition, and engaging of global and interreligious realities.” — Adonis Vidu Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His many previous books include Christ and Reconciliation, Trinity and Revelation, Creation and Humanity, and Spirit and Salvation, which respectively comprise the first four volumes in A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World.

Theology October • 978-0-8028-6857-2 6" × 9" paperback 575 pages • $50.00 [£41.99]

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Th e Church at Worsh i p

Leaning on the Word

Worship with Argentine Baptists in the Mid-Twentieth Century Lester Ruth and Eric L. Mathis This new Church at Worship volume by Lester Ruth and Eric Mathis draws from a rich selection of primary sources to immerse readers in the worship life of Conservative Baptists in northwest Argentina from 1948 to 1964. Combining historical, theological, and practical perspectives, Leaning on the Word offers an instructive cross-cultural case study of a distinctive worshiping community. Lester Ruth is Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School. Eric L. Mathis is assistant professor of music and worship and director of anima: the Center for Worship and Worship & Liturgy the Arts at Samford University. November • 978-0-8028-7390-3 7¾" × 9¼" paperback 176 pages • $29.00 [£24.99]

Keeping the Soul in Christian Higher Education A History of Roanoke College Robert Benne

This history of Roanoke College explores the school’s 175-year tradition of educational excellence with a special focus on its struggles to remain faithful to its religious heritage. Robert Benne points concretely to the strengths and weaknesses of Roanoke’s strategies for keeping the soul in higher education and suggests what other Christian colleges can learn from his school’s long quest. Robert Benne is Jordan Trexler Professor Emeritus at Roanoke College and founder of the Benne Center for Religion and Society. History

August • 978-0-8028-7517-4 6" × 9" paperback 296 pages • $28.00 [£23.99]

Early Religious Writings, 1903–1909 Pavel Florensky

Translated by Boris Jakim

Eight profound writings by Pavel Florensky, one of the twentieth century’s greatest polymaths—most of them presented in English translation for the first time. Splendidly interweaving religious, scientific, and literary themes, these essays showcase the diversity of Florensky’s broad learning and interests. The volume concludes with “The Salt of the Earth,” arguably Florensky’s most spiritually moving work. Pavel Florensky (1882–1937) was one of the preeminent Russian Orthodox thinkers of the twentieth century. His best-known work is The Pillar and Ground of Truth: An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters. Theology June • 978-0-8028-7495-5 6" × 9" paperback 240 pages • $35.00 [£29.99]


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Studies in the History of Christian Missions

Race and Redemption

British Missionaries Encounter Pacific Peoples, 1797–1920 Jane Samson In this historical examination of the encounter between British missionaries and people in the Pacific Islands, Jane Samson reveals the paradoxical yet symbiotic nature of the two stances that the missionaries adopted—“othering” and “brothering.” Arguing that gender was as important a category in the story as race, Samson paints a complex picture of the interactions between missionaries and native peoples—and the ways in which perspectives shaped by those encounters have endured. History November • 978-0-8028-7535-8 6⅛" × 9¼" paperback 288 pages • $50.00 [£41.99]

Jane Samson is professor of history at the University of Alberta.

The Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America

Elephant Baseball A Missionary Kid’s Tale Paul Heusinkveld

“Heusinkveld really did play elephant baseball—but his memoir evokes something far more exotic, a magical stepping back into a childhood spent at an American missionary school, Kodaikanal, cloistered at 7,000 feet in the misty mountains of South India. Heusinkveld writes with a heartache for a time and place that no longer exists, but along the way he explores his own identity and grapples with an unthinkable tragedy.” — Kai Bird

author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American Prometheus

Memoir; History Available • 978-0-8028-7550-1 6" × 9" paperback 295 pages • $28.00 [£23.99]

Growing Pains

How Racial Struggles Changed a Church and a School Christopher H. Meehan This book tells the painful story of integrating Timothy Christian School in suburban Chicago during the turbulent 1960s and the subsequent creation of Chicago West Side Christian School, a “beacon of reconciliation.” “If we are to ever build Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the ‘beloved community,’ people interested in reconciliation must be willing to truthfully confront past epochs of racial injustice. Growing Pains represents a compelling step in that direction.” — Mark Mulder

author of Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure

Social Justice; History Available • 978-0-8028-7570-9 6" × 9" paperback 230 pages • $25.00 [£20.99]

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Author Index Abraham  Among the Ashes  Barclay  Paul and the Gift 

Title Index

23 30

Adopted  Nikondeha 

Benne  Keeping the Soul in Christian Higher Education 



Cahalan & Miller-McLemore  Calling All Years Good  Chester  Reading Paul with the Reformers 

The Books of Haggai and Malachi (nicot)  Jacobs 



Church in Ordinary Time  Pauw 


17 The Crucifixion  Rutledge  23 Confess Your Sins  Stott 


Dekker & Hudson  Four Birds of Noah’s Ark 


Dempster  Micah (thotc) 

Early Religious Writings, 1903–1909  Florensky 


Duff  Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire 

Elephant Baseball (hsrca)  Heusinkveld 


Eastman  Paul and the Person 

Forbearance  Davis 


Florensky  Early Religious Writings, 1903–1909 




Four Birds of Noah’s Ark  Dekker & Hudson 


3 25

From Conflict to Communion  Lutheran World Federation 

14 Green et al  So Great a Salvation (mwt)  30 Gornik & Liu Wong  Stay in the City 

Growing Pains (hsrca)  Meehan 

Harding & Nobbs  Into All the World 

Hope and Community  Kärkkäinen 

32 26


Irvin  The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity 


Jesus and the Last Supper  Pitre 

27 21 Kärkkäinen  Hope and Community  33



Jeffrey  In the Beauty of Holiness 

Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire  Duff 

Jipp  Saved by Faith and Hospitality 

Jesus the Eternal Son  Bird 

Meehan  Growing Pains (hsrca) 

35 28

Karl Barth  Galli 


The Letter to Philemon (nicnt)  McKnight 

21 Pitre  Jesus and the Last Supper  30 Rajendra  Migrants and Citizens  19

Love Big, Be Well  Collier  Micah (thotc)  Dempster 

Roth-Beck  The Life and Times of Martin Luther  Ruth & Mathis  Leaning on the Word (caw) 


Night Driving  Bird 


Schroeder  The Book of Jeremiah (bmt) 

The Preacher’s Portrait  Stott 

Race and Redemption (shcm)  Samson 



Reading Paul with the Reformers  Chester  Saved by Faith and Hospitality  Jipp 


Sumney  Steward of God’s Mysteries 

30 14 Steward of God’s Mysteries  Sumney  31 The Theater of God’s Glory (cicw)  Taylor  22


Stay in the City  Gornik & Liu Wong 


Taylor  The Theater of God’s Glory (cicw) 


Walton et al  The Urban World and the First Christians 




So Great a Salvation (mwt)  Green et al 

Stout et al  The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia 

Wells  Incarnational Ministry 

24 17

The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity  Irvin 



Stott  The Preacher’s Portrait 



Paul and the Person  Eastman 


Stott  Basic Introduction to the New Testament  Stott  Between Two Worlds 



Paul and the Gift  Barclay 

35 29



Migrants and Citizens  Rajendra 



34 28

The Life and Times of Martin Luther  Roth-Beck 

Samson  Race and Redemption (shcm) 



Leaning on the Word (caw)  Ruth & Mathis 

Pauw  Church in Ordinary Time 

Stott  Basic Christianity 


Keeping the Soul in Christian Higher Education  Benne 

McKnight  The Letter to Philemon (nicnt) 

Rutledge  The Crucifixion 



The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia  Stout et al 

Lutheran World Federation  From Conflict to Communion 


15 In the Beauty of Holiness  Jeffrey  27 Incarnational Ministry  Wells 

Into All the World  Harding & Nobbs 


Jacobs  The Books of Haggai and Malachi (nicot) 




How to Become a Multicultural Church  Brouwer 

Hauser & Watson  History of Biblical Interpretation, vol 3  Heusinkveld  Elephant Baseball (hsrca) 


History of Biblical Interpretation, vol 3  Hauser & Watson 


Gross  Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching 

Stott  Confess Your Sins 



Commentary on the Gospel of John  Beutler 


Nikondeha  Adopted 


Calling All Years Good  Cahalan & Miller-McLemore 


Collier  Love Big, Be Well 


The Book of Jeremiah (bmt)  Schroeder 




Between Two Worlds  Stott 

Brouwer  How to Become a Multicultural Church 

Galli  Karl Barth 



Basic Introduction to the New Testament  Stott 


Bird  Jesus the Eternal Son 

Davis  Forbearance 

Basic Christianity  Stott 


Beutler  Commentary on the Gospel of John  Bird  Night Driving 


Among the Ashes  Abraham 

The Urban World and the First Christians  Walton et al  Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching  Gross 

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