This week I’m in Nashville looking at the forthcoming titles from HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Week before last I attended the sales conference for Baker Publishing Group. I want to feature just a few of those that are coming from Baker Academic and Brazos Press.
From Brazos Press we have a new title from Scot McKnight entitled Kingdom Conspiracy.
“According to Scot McKnight, ‘kingdom’ is the biblical term most misused by Christians today. It has taken on meanings that are completely at odds with what the Bible says. ‘Kingdom’ has become a buzzword for both social justice and redemption so that it has lost its connection with Israel and with the church as a local church.
“McKnight defines the biblical concept of kingdom, offering a thorough corrective and vision for the contemporary church. The most important articulation of kingdom was that of Jesus, who contended that the kingdom was in some sense present and in some sense future. McKnight explains that kingdom mission is local church mission and that the present-day fetish with influencing society, culture, and politics distracts us from the mission of God: to build the local church. He also shows how kingdom theology helps to reshape the contemporary missional conversation. The book includes a foreword by Gregory A. Boyd.”
Since we’re on the topic of church a new title from Baker Academic by James W. Thompson called The Church According to Paul promises to be a great read.
“Amid conflicting ideas about what the church should be and do in a postmodern Christian climate, the missing voice is that of Paul. The New Testament’s most prolific church planter, Paul faced diverse challenges as he worked to form congregations. Leading biblical scholar James Thompson examines Paul’s ministry of planting and nurturing churches in the pre-Christian world to offer guidance for the contemporary church. Thompson shows that Paul offers an unprecedented vision of the community that is being conformed to the image of Christ. He also addresses contemporary (mis)understandings of words like missional, megachurch, and formation.”
The latest entry in the award-winning Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament will be on 1-2 Thessalonians by Jeffrey A.D. Weima.
“Jeffrey Weima . . . a Thessalonians expert, experienced teacher, and widely traveled speaker, presents well-informed evangelical scholarship at an accessible level to help readers understand the sociological, historical, and theological aspects of these letters.”
Two other commentaries are also coming. One in the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: First, Second, and Third John by George L. Parsenios and Revelation by Peter S. Williamson in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture.
Finally, we have Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation by Matthew Levering.
“How do human beings today receive divine revelation? Where and in what ways is it mediated so that all generations can hear the fullness of the gospel? In this volume, distinguished theologian Matthew Levering shows that divine revelation has been truthfully mediated through the church, the gospel, and Scripture so that we can receive it in its fullness today. Levering engages past and present approaches to revelation across a variety of traditions, offering a comprehensive, historical study of all the key figures and perspectives. His thorough analysis results in an alternative approach to prevailing views of the doctrine and points to its significance for the entire church.”
There is much more coming but this should keep you reading for a while. Watch for these titles this fall.