2019 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for Your Favorite IVP Books of 2019!
Between November 2018 and December 2019, IVP published more than 130 new titles. It’s that time of year for their 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards!
Nomination voting is over, but now IVP is happy to announce their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards finalists and it’s time for you to choose the winners!
Voting will close on Friday, February 7 at 12:00 PM CT.
In 2015, Prof. John Barclay wrote Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans), an important monograph that rocked Pauline studies and has widely been hailed the most important book on Paul in the last two decades.
In 2020, Barclay will publish another book on the theme of grace. From what I can gather, this book revisits and summarizes his key arguments (it is much shorter than PatG), and Barclay engages with the critical feedback he has received in the last few years. If you read Paul and the Gift, you will be interested in the way Barclay responds to the ongoing conversation about Pauline theology. If you did not read Paul and the Gift, this book will serve as a nice condensed summary (it would seem).
2019 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Nominate Your Favorite IVP Books of 2019!
Between November 2018 and December 2019, IVP published more than 130 new titles. They need your help to select the fan favorites for their 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards!
The deadline to nominate is Friday, January 24 at 12:00 pm.
The finalists will be selected and voting will be live on Monday, January 27!
Baker Academic has kindly allowed me to post the introduction to the new book, The State of New Testament Studies, edited by Scot McKnight and myself (2019). This short introduction offers a succinct orientation to developments and shifts in NT studies in the last two decades or so. (Click on image below)
“We know that all Christians in the early church celebrated Easter, and that Jesus commanded us to celebrate other rituals like the Lord’s Supper. But the birth of Jesus was not celebrated—either by Jesus or his apostles. And we read about Jesus’s birth in only two of the four Gospels. Still, we celebrate the birth of Jesus every year.
But are we really doing that—or have the commercial attractions of Christmas completely overtaken our remembrance of Christ? We should give some careful thought to our Christmas rituals and what effect they have on us. What might we be able to do to change this?
We all know of the Christmas gift rituals that powerfully overtake a child’s entire being year after year. And how about the Santa Claus myth?
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I greatly enjoyed hanging out with my friend Jonathan T. Pennington in Louisville this past summer. We had great Thai food, good coffee, and enriching conversation.
Check out this episode of his fun Youtube show, Cars, Coffee, Theology! (Click on image for my episode)
Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ
Wow! Coming off his last book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone, Matthew W. Bates dives right back into the subject with momentum and augmented detail.
The specific focus found in Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ breaks down the walls, barriers, and misunderstandings behind centuries of gospel definitions and misinterpretations.
Bates has no trouble getting straight to the point, comparing Scripture to the teachings of some well-known theologians, and clearing the clutter from erroneous tradition.
This is a must-read for pastors, lay-people, and anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of what “believing” in Christ Jesus truly means. You’ll walk away motivated, challenged, and with a refreshed outlook which will help grow your allegiance toward King Jesus.
My friends Ben Blackwell, John Goodrich, and Jason Maston have been editing a great series in the last few years: Reading Romans in Context, Reading Mark in Context, and now—Reading Revelation in Context. I was honored to contribute to the first two volumes (Romans, Mark), and so I have first hand knowledge of how helpful these books are.
But I will say—now that I have been able to peruse the Revelation volume—that this seems to me to be the most important of the three. Why? Because Mark and Romans make a lot of sense on their own, by just reading the text and following the story or argument. Yes, of course “reading in context” is helpful, highly insightful, and makes for an overall more accurate and satisfying reading. When it comes to Revelation—to be honest, most of us (including myself) just flip through the pages looking for
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