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Get to know the Baptist tradition: a rich and diverse heritage highlighted by society-shaping revivals and amazing missionary progress throughout every continent. These movements and missions were motivated by a passion for the value and authority of Scripture and its gospel of grace alone. This collection is filled with resources that analyze Baptists’ role in political and cultural movements, investigate the history and ongoing spread of Christian missions, and dig into the Scripture and doctrine that drove these events.

Explore examples of famed missionary efforts with Allen Yeh and Chris Chun’s comparison of William Carey and Adoniram Judson, and Albert W. Wardin’s analysis of Evangelicals in Russia. Study the church’s influence on contemporary and historical social issues with Gordon L. Heath’s volume on the church in Canada during World War I and Michael A. Buratovich’s collection of letters responding to bioethical questions. And get thorough biblical scholarship with works like Thomas A. Keiser’s exegesis of Genesis 1–11 and Gary L. Schultz treatise on the significance of how we understand the Atonement.

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Key Features

  • Explores historical Baptist missionary movements
  • Studies the church’s influence on contemporary and historical influence on social and political movements
  • Provides scholarly biblical exegesis on key elements of Baptist theology

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On the Edge: Baptists and Other Free Church Evangelicals in Tsarist Russia, 1855–1917

  • Author: Albert W. Wardin Jr.
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 544

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Was the Evangelical Free Church movement in Tsarist Russia indigenous, or was it imported? To what extent did it threaten the political stability of the nation and encroach upon the existing Russian and German churches? On the Edge examines the efforts of ruling regimes to suppress the movement and how the movement not only survived but also expanded. Albert Wardin describes the contributions the movement made to the religious life of Russia, and examines its numerical success and aggressive tactics.

Albert W. Warding Jr. is professor of history emeritus at Belmont University, where he taught from 1967 to 1993. He has served as an officer of the Southern Baptists Historical Society, Belmont Mansion Association, Tennessee Baptist Historical Society, and Membership Committee of the Baptist World Alliance. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Baptists around the World, Evangelical Sectarianism in the Russian Empire and the USSR, and Tennessee Baptists: A Comprehensive History.

Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things: William Carey and Adoniram Judson, Missionary Pioneers

  • Authors: Allen Yeh and Chris Chun
  • Series: Studies in World Christianity
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 162

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William Carey, often dubbed “The Father of Modern Missions,” and Adoniram Judson, America’s first intercontinental missionary, were pioneers whose missions overlapped in chronology, geography, and purpose. Surprisingly, rarely are they both featured in the same volume or compared and contrasted. Here we have unique material by some of the world’s leading experts on these two giants of missionary history, offering perspectives of these men never seen before. Especially relevant to this current age of world Christianity are the perspectives from India and Burma, the lands which received these men for their missionary enterprise.

The names William Carey and Adoniram Judson are easily recognized as the pioneers of Baptist missions. This volume helps us see them in a new light—as the forerunners of a multicultural world Christianity. This exciting volume brings fresh perspectives to the origins of modern missions. Yeh and Chun have done a fabulous job in assembling a range of authors who deepen our understanding of these legendary leaders.

—Dana L. Roberts, professor of world Christianity and history of mission, Boston University School of Theology

This book is a thoughtful theological reflection on the life and work of two significant pioneer missionaries. I strongly commend this book not only to students but also to mission strategists, theologians, historians, and others interested in Christian missions.

—Prosperly B. Lyngdoh, associate professor of missions, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

This book addresses neglected issues, fills important gaps, and affords widened perspectives in our understanding of Carey, Judson, and the early missions movement. Informative, encouraging, and inspiring, this is an important book.

—Gregory A. Wills, professor of church history, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Perhaps what is most remarkable about these figures of two centuries ago is that they continue to instruct us on points of missions, theological currents, and intercultural interactions. Baptist scholarship is also enriched by the variety of Baptists worldwide who have lent their voices to this commemoration. It has plainly charted a new future.

—William H. Brackney, distinguished professor of Christian thought and ethics, Acadia University

For those who have wondered whether there was still a place for missions history in the emerging discipline of world Christianity, with its strong emphasis on the indigenous reception of the gospel over missionary transmission, Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things gives a strong affirmative answer.

—Mark Shaw, director, Center for World Christianity, Africa International University

Allen Yeh is associate professor of intercultural studies and missiology at Biola University near Los Angeles, California. He is the coauthor of Routes and Radishes and Other Things to Talk About at the Evangelical Crossroads.

Chris Chun is associate professor of church history at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary near San Francisco, California. He is the author of The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards in the Theology of Andrew Fuller.

Dance in Scripture: How Biblical Dancers Can Revolutionize Worship Today

  • Author: Angela Yarber
  • Series: Art for Faith’s Sake
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 126

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Dance in Scripture: How Biblical Dancers Can Revolutionize Worship Today examines the dances of seven biblical figures: Miriam, Jephthah’s daughter, David, the Shulamite, Judith, Salome, and Jesus. Each figure offers a virtue that has the potential to revolutionize worship today. Yarber combines unconventional hermeneutics with dance history to highlight the nuances of the texts that often go unnoticed in biblical scholarship, while also celebrating the myriad ways the body can be affirmed in worship in creative ways. Liberation, lamentation, abandon, passion, subversion, innocence, and community each contribute to the exciting ways embodied worship can be revolutionized. This is a book for those interested in biblical scholarship, dance, the arts, feminist and queer theory, or revolutionizing worship.

Angela Yarber has, for over a decade, studied the intersection of dance and worship by women in the Hebrew Bible. She thoughtfully and insightfully searches out the meanings and nuances of the Hebrew words used to narrate acts of worshipful dance and demonstrates that worship in the Hebrew Bible was active and embodied.

—Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

In this ground-breaking text, Angela Yarber connects seven of the central but oft-overlooked biblical narratives about dance with both the questions of gender and gender identity with dance history. The human body is ever forefront in her work as the site of gender, personhood, and presence yet always as revelatory of the meaning of the incarnation. Intermingling her scholarly studies with her pastoral acumen, she offers more than a ‘feminist theories twist’ to these biblical narratives by offering a practical and pragmatic guide for contemporary liturgy and for engaging her congregations in the depths of meaning in the Bible.

—Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Catholic Studies Program, Georgetown University

Angela Yarber is also author of The Gendered Pulpit: Sex, Body, and Desire in Preaching and Worship and Embodying the Feminine in the Dances of the World’s Religions. She has a PhD in art and religion from the Graduate Theological Union and has been a clergywoman, professional artist, and dancer since 1999.

Participating Witness: An Anabaptist Theology of Baptism and the Sacramental Character of the Church

  • Author: Anthony G. Siegrist
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 222

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At a time when the fractious legacy of the Protestant Reformation is coming under new scrutiny, Anthony Siegrist explores the implications of ecumenism for believers’ baptism. Writing from within the tradition of the Radical Reformation, he challenges dominant ecclesiological assumptions and argues that this central practice needs to be reconstrued. Siegrist works constructively to develop a concrete account of believers’ baptism that attends closely to the dynamics of divine initiation. Siegrist deliberately stretches the traditional Anabaptist conversation to include not just expected voices like Yoder and Marpeck, but also luminaries from the broader Christian tradition—Barth, Bonhoeffer, and a variety of ancient sources are creatively engaged. The intent of Participating Witness is eminently practical, but its argumentation is carried out with theological rigor.

In recent years, a number of younger Anabaptist and Mennonite thinkers have argued that churches with a high view of the Spirit’s work need not deny his presence in word, water, bread, and wine. The conversation continues in this wonderful new book by Anthony Siegrist. . . . This is surely one of the most helpful and accessible books to appear on the topic.

Joseph Mangina, professor of systematic theology, Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology

Anthony Siegrist argues persuasively that the Anabaptist tradition must reorient itself to more clearly recognize God’s action in believers’ baptism. Drawing on resources from the several Christian traditions to make this case, he does so in order to commend particular Anabaptist gifts to the wider church in the post-Christendom context. Participating Witness is an important and constructive intervention in several conversations.

Jeremy M. Bergen, assistant professor of religious studies and theology, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo

Anthony Siegrist is willing to write out of a genuine concern for the well-being of the church. At the same time he does so without compromising scholarly integrity. He takes his own tradition seriously and . . . endeavors to draw generously from the wider Christian tradition.

—Karl Koop, professor of history and theology and director of the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, Canadian Mennonite University

Critiquing the sometimes arrogant, martyr-fueled dimensions of his own tradition while discerningly mining ecumenical writings, Siegrist offers an unapologetic yet generous-spirited Anabaptist theology. More specifically, his argument culminates in a richly textured theological account of baptism that counters thin, ‘merely’ symbolic, and voluntarist accounts. One can only hope this very helpful book will provoke needed conversations.

—Mark Thiessen Nation, professor of theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Anthony G. Siegrist earned his ThD from Wycliffe College and is assistant professor of theology at Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada.

The Oneness and Simplicity of God

  • Author: Barry D. Smith
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 154

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That God is numerically one is foundational to the theology of the Hebrew Bible. Christian theologians historically have affirmed that there is a more fundamental type of oneness attributable to God. God is one not merely in the sense of being the only God, but also in the sense of being simple or non-composite, having no parts of any kind. In this way, God is said to be an absolute unity. After a consideration of all the evidence, Barry D. Smith reaches the conclusion that there is no basis for ascribing simplicity to God. The simplicity doctrine is not found in Scripture and the traditional arguments used to establish it are unconvincing. In addition, the recent defenses of the simplicity doctrine prompted by Alvin Plantinga’s work Does God Have a Nature? are unsuccessful. It should not be thought, however, that the rejection of divine simplicity means that by default God must be conceived as composite, not even as a perfect composite with maximally great, God-making properties. Rather, there is a third option: God should not be conceived as either simple or composite. The question of in which mode God has attributes or exemplifies properties should be set aside.

Steeped in Scripture and utterly conversant with philosophical strategies from ancient to contemporary, Barry Smith has canvassed reasons old and new, for and against, insisting that God must be simple. A skilled teacher could use this study to introduce students into the intricacies of philosophical theology, while leading them to see how the ‘point of it all’—characterizing a free creator in relation to creatures—can sometimes elude so detailed a study, though apophatic finally wins.

—David Burrell, Hesburgh Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Barry D. Smith is professor of philosophy and religious studies at Crandall University in New Brunswick, Canada. He is the author of Jesus’ Twofold Teaching about the Kingdom of God and What Must We Do to Be Saved? Paul Parts Company with His Jewish Heritage.

Of Heroes and Villains: The Influence of the Psalmic Lament on Synoptic Characterization

  • Author: D. Keith Campbell
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 212

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Gripping stories, whether modern or ancient, always include heroes and villains. The Synoptic Gospels, chock full of villains (religious leaders and others) in pursuit of an emerging hero (Jesus), are no different. Drawing first-century Jews into their familiar past and beckoning modern readers to join in its appreciation, these writers employ a literary tactic that intensifies this conflict; they depict these characters as Old Testament heroes and villains. To enter this fascinating, intertextual character portrayal, this book, in building on 80 years of lament studies, advances our understanding of the Synoptists’s literary and rhetorical use of the Psalmic Lament in relation to other Old Testament motifs to characterize Jesus and his opponents. Other contributions made along the way, including insights into the Synoptists’s literary appropriation of Isaiah’s Servant, are all geared toward helping us better understand how Matthew, Mark, and Luke characterize their hero and villains.

Campbell’s work is in many ways groundbreaking, filling a gap in research and bringing the riches of lament research on the Old Testament to bear on the narrative presentation of Jesus in the gospels. His argument is careful and, to my mind, persuasive as he blends historical, literary, and theological aspects of gospel research. I shall refer to it again and again.

—Heath A. Thomas, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and director of PhD studies, Southeastern Seminary

Keith Campbell’s study pushes the conversation forward, and it is difficult to think of a higher compliment than that for a scholarly work. Campbell adds to our understanding of the use of lament within the Synoptic Gospels. He also advances the literary study of the Gospels by demonstrating how characterization develops through the evoking of preceding texts, such as the Lament Psalms. The scholarly conversation moves ahead with this contribution.

—Joel F. Williams, professor of New Testament Studies, Cedarville University

D. Keith Campbell earned his PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is visiting lecturer of New Testament and Christian studies at Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China; adjunct instructor of New Testament and theology at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Beijing; and a teaching fellow with the International Institute for Christian Studies.

Jesus Goes to Washington: His Progressive Politics for a Sustainable Future

  • Author: Douglas J. Miller
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 226

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This book explores how Christian spirituality and the political ethic of Christianity’s founder, Jesus of Nazareth, might contribute to today’s most pressing political issues. Douglas J. Miller proposes a new ethical paradigm of sustainability that he sees in the teachings of Jesus in a world filled with social misery, shame, and exploitation. Miller argues that Jesus disgraced the justifying ethic of the prevailing Roman oligarchies, and that these institutions finds active counterparts in today’s political landscape. Miller presents Jesus as a progressive who led a movement to respect creation and all its inhabitants.

In Jesus Goes to Washington, Miller celebrates the international Earth Charter. Given the urgency environmental issues, the charter implores us to muster every spiritual force at our disposal for immediate action. Miller argues that as history’s most influential moral authority, Jesus provides the needed impetus for achieving a just and sustainable global society.

Doug Miller provides a refreshing oasis in the midst of a socio-theological desert. His quest to ‘re-politicize’ Jesus of Nazareth leaves one with a portrait of the Jesus of Scripture who is as timely today as he was twenty-one hundred years ago. For those of us who hunger and thirst for the truth of Christ, we have in this work a rare treasure of scholarly thought, practical application, and scriptural integrity.

—Charles E. Booth, senior minister, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church

In this revolutionary book, Doug Miller shakes us up to act politically for Jesus Christ the Savior. The book reveals clearly that we have not read, understood, and interpreted the Bible correctly. We must now believe in a savior of the world who was a politician and died a political death.

—Nzunga Mabudiga, professor, theologie pastorale, Universite Chretienne du Nord d’Haiti

If you are a conservative Christian, this book is a must-read. Your assumptions will be challenged and your journey as a follower of Jesus Christ will be enlarged.

—Luis Cortes Jr., founder and president, Esperanza

Doug Miller’s sharp insights and clear reading of the gospels open up a fresh view of the politics of Jesus Christ. While the words of Jesus have been appropriated and exploited by right-wing interests in recent years, Miller deconstructs Christ's words with patience and clarity to demonstrate that the core of his message reflects a strong commitment to liberal values of social justice, economic equality, and regard for the environment.

—Jerry Roberts, author, Diane Feinstein: Never Let Them See You Cry

For too long, Jesus’ gospel has been preached as a kind of disembodied spiritualism that the church then tried to tie to social justice action. Doug Miller’s approach reverses that order, grounding the teachings of Jesus as a form of social justice action and countering the last hundred years' tendency to frame Jesus as a teacher of individualistic piety. This is a real and valuable contribution.

—Wes Brown, professor emeritus of psychology and the department of religion, St. Olaf College

Douglas J. Miller graduated from Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Claremont Graduate School. He was professor of Christian social ethics at Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer Seminary) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also pastored the First Baptist Church of Santa Barbara, California. His work appears in Christianity Today, The American Baptist Journal, Baker’s Dictionary of Christian Ethics, and The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.

A Multi-Intentioned View of the Extent of the Atonement

  • Author: Gary L. Shultz Jr.
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 206

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Christians have a variety of views about the extent of the atonement. Some believe that the atonement only extends to the elect, those whom God chose to save before the foundation of the world. Others believe the atonement is unlimited, that Jesus died for all people whether they ever believe in him or not. Despite the differences in these two traditional understandings they share one thing in common: both believe that Jesus died for a single, intended purpose. But what if God's intentions in the atonement are multiple, not single? The Bible teaches exactly this, that Jesus died both to pay for the sins of all people and to secure the salvation of those God chose to believe in him before time began. This book explains and defends a multi-intentioned view of the extent of the atonement. Author Gary Schultz asserts that this view does the best job of understanding all of what the Bible says about the extent of the atonement, that it is more theologically comprehensive than the traditional views, and that it has the best potential for consensus on who exactly Jesus Christ died for when he was crucified for our sins.

This work by Gary Shultz is a much-needed contribution to a long-standing debate. . . . I have been greatly benefited and stimulated by this excellent work. I highly commend it.

—John Hammett, professor of systematic theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, North Carolina

Few issues fuel debate as much as the extent of the atonement. Gary Shultz boldly enters the discussion, surveying the theological landscape, raising key questions, and setting forth this well-researched, evenhanded, and thought-provoking proposal.

—Christopher W. Morgan, Dean, California Baptist University, California

Few things are closer to the heart of the gospel than the extent of the atonement. What one believes about this crucial subject impacts preaching and evangelism in a significant way. This book by Gary Schultz is one of the most important contributions to the discussion I have read. It is biblical, eminently readable, and covers the important issues in a clear manner. Scholars, pastors, and laypeople alike will benefit from this fine work.

David L. Allen, dean, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas

Gary L. Schultz Jr. earned his PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Fulton, Missouri, assistant professor of religion at Liberty University Online, and adjunct professor of theology and church history at Baptist Bible Theological Seminary. He has written several scholarly articles and reviews.

Canadian Churches and the First World War

  • Editor: Gordon L. Heath
  • Series: McMaster Divinity College Press General Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 310

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Most accounts of Canada and the First World War either ignore or merely mention in passing the churches’ experience. Such neglect does not do justice to the remarkable influence of the wartime churches nor to the religious identity of the young Dominion. The churches’ support for the war was often wholehearted, but just as often nuanced and critical, shaped by either the classic just war paradigm or pacifism’s outright rejection of violence. The war heightened issues of Canadianization, attitudes to violence, and ministry to the bereaved and the disillusioned. It also exacerbated ethnic tensions within and between denominations, and challenged notions of national and imperial identity. The authors of this volume provide a detailed summary of various Christian traditions and the war, both synthesizing and furthering previous research. In addition to examining the experience of Roman Catholics (English and French speaking), Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Mennonites, and Quakers, there are chapters on precedents formed during the South African War, the work of military chaplains, and the roles of church women on the home front.

Contents:

  • “The South African War as Prelude to the First World War,” by Gordon L. Heath
  • “‘We Are All Involved in the Same Issue’: Canada’s English-Speaking Catholics and the Great War,” by Mark G. McGowan
  • “French-Speaking Catholics in Quebec and the First World War,” by Simon Jolivet
  • “‘Khaki Has Become a Sacred Color’: The Methodist Church and the Sanctification of World War One,” by David B. Marshall
  • “For Empire and God: Canadian Presbyterians and the Great War,” by Stuart Macdonald
  • “The Anglican Church and the Great War,” by Melissa Davidson
  • “‘O God of Battles’: The Canadian Baptist Experience of the Great War,” by Michael A. G. Haykin and Ian Hugh Clary
  • “Canadian Lutherans and the First World War,” by Norm Threinen
  • “Quakers and Mennonites and the Great War,” by Robynne Rogers Healey
  • “Dismissed: Military Chaplains and Canadian Great War History,” by Duff Crerar
  • “Paying ‘the price of war’: Canadian Women and the Churches on the Home Front,” by Lucille Marr
The churches were one of Canada's most comprehensive social institutions in the early twentieth century. Their response to the Great War dramatically affected how the nation (and they) would survive the monumental challenge. Subverted and sidelined by the rampant ideological crosscurrents of the twentieth century, that story is at last well told in these eleven finely nuanced, thoroughly documented essays. This is a most welcome and worthy companion piece to the recent flurry of new writing on 'the war that ended peace.

—Richard Allen, senior Canadian historian, McMaster University, Canada

The eleven articles that Gordon L. Heath has collected depict the effort of Canadian churches, their chaplains, and women to cope with a world war. . . . The articles are provocative and full of compassion for those who served, died, remained at home grieving, and . . . refused to go to the killing fields. An important and thoughtful reflection for those interested in the place of Canadian churches in World War I!

—Terence J. Fay, adjunct professor of Christian history, University of St. Michael’s College, Canada

Gordon L. Heath is associate professor of Christian history at McMaster Divinity College, and serves as director of the Canadian Baptist Archives. He is the author of A War with a Silver Lining: Canadian Protestant Churches and the South African War, 1899-1902, Doing Church History, and coauthor with Stanley E. Porter of The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction.

Preaching and the Personal

  • Author: J. Dwayne Howell
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 170

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J. Dwayne Howell emphasizes that preaching is a personal event: a minister or speaker prepares his or her sermon and presents it to the congregation. Preaching, however, also includes the Bible as a central source; this source comes from and provides a basis for the believing community. The preaching event is also personal for the members of the congregation, who are not simply recipients of the preacher’s words based on a biblical text. The congregation is involved personally in that each individual interprets the words and the text. What is said in the text, in the sermon, and the listener's response represent parts of each one’s testimony. Testimony runs throughout preaching, the Bible, and the congregation. It is in this interchange of preacher, text, and listener that not just one testimony develops but many testimonies are present.

People do not resist the call to the ministry because they are afraid they will have to prepare church budgets. No, like so many who went before them, they do not feel adequate to accept the responsibility of proclaiming God's word. I encourage all, from neophyte to seasoned preachers, to engage in this fascinating conversation. These preachers and scholars challenge us to reflect upon the crucial issues of identity and authority in the pulpit.

—Lucy Lind Hogan, Hugh Latimer Elderdice Professor of Preaching and Worship, Wesley Theological Seminary

This volume provides a much-needed insight into the preaching event. Its title aptly reflects the authors’ firm belief that text, preacher, and congregant are all active participants in interpreting and understanding Scripture. Divergent voices have contributed essays, yielding a collection that addresses many kinds of preaching events.

—Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, McAfee School of Theology

J. Dwayne Howell is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in the School of Theology at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and pastor of the Rolling Fork Baptist Church in Gleanings, Kentucky. He serves as the chair of the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

The House of God: A Book of Meditations on the First Epistle of Paul to Timothy for Students of the Gospel Ministry

  • Author: John Peter Bodner
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 394

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The discipline of meditating day and night in the Book of the Lord (Joshua 1; Psalm 1) is a costly art, hard won in any age—perhaps even more so in today’s stressful times of multi-tasking ministry and cut-and-paste computing.

First hand-written in black-and-red notebooks from scraps of paper, using only a King James Bible and a Strong’s Concordance, The House of God records the spiritual exercise of a working pastor and itinerant preacher over 18 months, the last six spent confined to hospital with injured legs.

For pastors and students of the Gospel ministry, the book furnishes a three-year course for weekly private worship, complete with original hymns, select Bible readings, and intense devotional meditations on Paul’s first epistle to Timothy. The author prayerfully aims to nourish “the inner man of the heart” and to encourage the practice of Scripture meditation.

I myself, a pastor for over twenty-five years, have not yet come across a devotional book like this one. Instead of being an amalgamation of various commentaries, it is the outcome of a unique process of independent study and meditation on this epistle, which makes for an original book of devotions. The style is that of one speaking to God and is comparable to that of Augustine in his Confessions. In short, this book would be a helpful tool for ministers and students in theology who are being equipped to serve in the sacred office. It would be very useful as a devotional commentary in the work of sermon preparation.

—Gerald R. Procee, Maranatha Free Reformed Church, Ancaster, Ontario

Up until the mid-twentieth century, one could find books that were made to be savored and meditated upon, to read a bit and put it down and think and pray a bit. Such is the book you are holding in your hand. With Scripture readings, hymns and poems, exposition and meditation, and cross references, this book reminds me of some of the better works of bygone generations when . . . the goal was conformity to Christ—not just how well read you were. This obvious labor of love . . . draws me closer to Christ and better fits me for my calling as a Christ-like man and Christ’s man for my congregation. It is a privilege to commend such a fine work. If I were a rich man, I would put it in the hands of every Protestant pastor, professor, seminarian, and elder.

—Steven Martin, Heritage Church, Fayetteville, Georgia

John Peter Bodner is a Reformed Baptist pastor. Ordained to the gospel ministry at Grace Baptist Chapel, Tottenham, London, England, he has preached in churches of several denominations. He has served the Canadian Protestant League and Trinitarian Bible Society (Canada). He is currently pastor at Hope Assembly of Bible Christians, Mississauga, and preacher at Westfield Chapel, North Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Bold Girls Speak: Girls of the Bible Come Alive Today

  • Author: Mary Stromer Hanson
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 200

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Bold Girls Speak inspires girls to go boldly where God calls. Explore the stories of biblical women as Mary Stromer Hanson follows smart, problem-solving girls in both the Old and New Testaments who persevere and thrive with God’s help in difficult circumstances. Most are unnamed and overlooked, living in a foreign culture, but the small ones can make a big difference. A few of the main characters are well known and named, but most are found in tucked-away verses in the shadows of the powerful. Each story is accompanied by age-appropriate commentary and discussion questions appropriate for classes, mother-daughter groups, home-schoolers, and Christian schools.

Enjoy the well-written and beautifully drawn portraits of these biblical women. Setting them within the cultural context of the ancient world in which they played key roles, Hanson has deftly written engaging stories that will entertain and inform all those who wish to learn more about the Bible, its world, and the women who lived in it.

Richard S. Hess, Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Denver Seminary

Mary Stromer Hanson is a recent graduate of Denver Seminary. Hanson has particular interest in Christian feminism and studies of women in the Bible. She is also the author of Ten Bold Girls of the Bible.

The Stem Cell Epistles: Letters to My Students about Bioethics, Embryos, Stem Cells, and Fertility Treatments

  • Author: Michael A. Buratovich
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 274

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Human embryos, it has been said, “have no muscles, nerves, digestive system, feet, hands, face, or brain; they have nothing to distinguish them as a human being, and if one of them died, no one would mourn as they would for one of us.” Consequently, early human embryos are being dismembered in laboratories around the world to produce embryonic stem cells, which, we are told, are the tools that will lead to the next quantum leap in medicine. Should Christians support such small sacrifices for something that might potentially relieve the suffering of millions, or should we vigorously oppose it?

Developmental biologist and professor of biochemistry Michael Buratovich was asked such a question (among others) by his students. This book contains his measured answers and provides support from the scientific literature to substantiate his claims. He shows that embryonic stem cells are unnecessary, since the renaissance in regenerative medicine is occurring largely without them. Furthermore, he sets forth the scientific and historic case that the embryo is the youngest and most vulnerable member of humanity, and that ones such as these are precisely those whom the Christian church worked to protect in the past—and should champion in the present.

In order to make the case for ethical advancements in science, we must understand science, which can seem like a daunting task. Michael Buratovich does a great service for his readers by inviting us into the conversations he has with his students. Using a helpful and easy-to-understand question-and-answer format, he clearly explains the science, what is at stake, and why it matters.

—Jennifer Lahl, The Center for Bioethics and Culture

For many, our information on stem cells is as old as the 2004 presidential election when it was the hotly debated issue that inspired false and irresponsible promises, and social conservatives were accused of denying the disabled their dreams of being well. Now, thanks to Michael Buratovich, we have no excuse for being misinformed. Accurate and encouraging about ethical medical advances where appropriate, The Stem Cell Epistles is accessible, interesting, and the new go-to source on stem cell bioethics.

—John Stonestreet, Colson Center for Christian Worldview and Summit Ministries

Written as a series of responses to questions, this book skillfully combines a strong moral argument, rooted in Christian tradition, against the use of embryonic stem cells with clear and detailed scientific exposition of the basics of human embryology. It offers particularly valuable descriptions of the successes and possibilities of alternatives to the use of embryonic stem cells. Anyone interested in this complex moral matter should find the book extraordinarily helpful.

—Fritz Oehlschlaeger, professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

This is a rare book. Buratovich brings to this issue not only his own expertise as a scientist, but awareness that philosophical and theological questions percolate beneath the scientific questions. Not only that, his answers exhibit the twin virtues that all good writing and thinking should exhibit: charity and clarity.

Francis J. Beckwith, professor of philosophy and church state studies, Baylor University

Buratovich has provided a helpful discussion on a variety of longstanding as well as emerging controversies on bioethics. He consults ancient and modern voices from ethics, philosophy, and theology and lays them aside current discoveries and developments in biological science. . . . The result is a splendid, comprehensive, and detailed treatment of abortion, personhood, stem cell research, and cloning. He does it with fairness, sensitivity, and objectivity—those graces missing from much of public discourse.

—Mark Van Valin, Pastor, Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church

Michael A. Buratovich is professor of biochemistry at Spring Arbor University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UC Davis and his PhD in cell and developmental biology from UC Irvine. Dr. Buratovich also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Sussex University and the University of Pennsylvania. He runs the blog “Beyond the Dish,” and is also a licensed lay preacher with the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Gathering Together: Baptists at Work in Worship

  • Editors: Rodney Wallace Kennedy and Derek C. Hatch
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 206

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Explore liturgy in Baptist life and thought, as Rodney Kennedy and Derek Hatch address the practices of Christian worship in a theological light, examining how each brings individual Christian believers and communities of faith to a greater understanding and embodiment of the gospel. In this mode, worship becomes a seamless garment that forms disciples of Christ and opens out toward the world. In short, theology, worship, and mission all intersect in the liturgical life of the body of Christ. In addition to theological engagement with liturgical practices, Gathering Together links reflection to praxis by offering sample patterns as a guide for reenvisioning the shape of Baptist (and other free church) worship.

Contents:

  • “Worship and Becoming the Body of Christ,” by Kyle Childress
  • “The Christian Year: Practicing the High Priesthood of Believers,” by Michael D. Sciretti Jr.
  • “Liturgical Ties of Community,” by Amy Butler
  • “Pastoral Prayers in Worship,” by Sharlande Sledge
  • “Creeds and Freedom: Another Baptist Witness,” by Philip E. Thompson
  • “Reclaiming the Liturgical Heart of Preaching,” by Rodney W. Kennedy
  • “Communing Together: Baptists Worshiping in the Eucharist,” by Scott W. Bullard
  • “Baptism: The Substance and the Sign,” by Elizabeth Newman
  • “Music as Liturgy,” by C. Randall Bradley
  • “The Missional Heart of Liturgy,” by Cameron Jorgenson

Rodney Wallace Kennedy earned his PhD from Louisiana State University. He is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, as well as director of the Baptist House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, also in Dayton. He is the author of several books on homiletics, including Sermons from Mind and Heart.

Derek C. Hatch earned his PhD from the University of Oregon. He teaches theology and ethics at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

Genesis 1–11: Its Literary Coherence and Theological Message

  • Author: Thomas A. Keiser
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 186

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Although the object of centuries of study, only relatively recently has Genesis 1-11 been analyzed with attention to its literary unity and theological purpose. With the latter twentieth century’s increased attention to synchronic approaches, many scholars began to consider Genesis 1-11 from the perspective of a literary unity in its final form and, therefore, to consider matters of intent and theological content. Yet, in spite of these treatments, there have been virtually no attempts to view the entire section of Genesis 1-11 as a literary and theological unity presenting a coherent message.

This book begins to fill this void by seeking to identify the message of these chapters through utilization of a literary-theological approach. The study focuses on literary features, including the broader issues of surface and deep structure, while other topics of special concern include rhetoric as the art of composition for the purpose of communication and persuasion, and the use of speech as an important indicator of key issues in Hebrew narrative.

It is rare to encounter a volume that allows the text the weight of interpretative value accorded here. This is a singular achievement, rooted in serious scholarship and reflection, and comes with the highest accolades as a wonderful contribution to our understanding of not only the initial chapters of the Bible, but perhaps, the key to understanding the Bible as a whole.

John D. Hannah, research professor and chair of the department of theological studies, distinguished professor of historical theology, Dallas Theological Seminary

Thomas Keiser’s application of literary-theological exegesis of the opening chapters of the Torah demonstrates the effectiveness of a text-centered approach for discerning the verbal meaning of Scripture. His careful and contextual reading confirms the literary coherence of Genesis 1-11 and brings with it many enlightening exegetical and theological insights.

—Seth D. Postell, lecturer in biblical studies, Israel College of the Bible

In this well-researched, clearly written, exegetically sound study, Keiser challenges us to read these chapters as God intended them to be read. He demonstrates that there is a theological message here that is foundational to our understanding of all that comes later. I heartily recommend this important work.

Robert B. Chisholm Jr., professor and chair of the department of Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

Thomas A. Keiser is professor of biblical languages at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. The concentration of his studies has been on biblical theology derived from a literary-theological approach to Scripture, with a special focus upon discourse analysis.