New and Noteworthy, May 2016: Authors from Churches of Christ
Glenn Pemberton. The God Who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2015. 384 pages. $44.99.
Intended as a textbook for undergraduate Old Testament courses, this book, written by the chair of the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry at Abilene Christian University, also will help Bible class teachers or serious students of the Word. Its overarching theme is that God is powerfully in love with all of his creation — both his chosen people of ancient Israel and the pagans of their day.
Philosophy The Faithful Creator
Ron Highfield. The Faithful Creator: Affirming Creation and Providence in an Age of Anxiety. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2015. 392 pages. $35.
Highfield, professor of religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., presents three ways of understanding God: creation, providence and the problem of evil. The book is appropriate for graduate-level classes, yet it is highly readable. Reaffirming classical theism — the belief that God is transcendent and immutable — Highfield discusses the belief in light of modern times and criticizes recent departures from this perspective.
WORKBOOK Rock Solid
Marvin Bryant. Rock Solid: Building a New Life on the Foundation of Christ. Bloomington, Ind.: WestBow Press, 2015. 115 pages. $11.95.
Written by the preaching minister for the NorthWest Church of Christ in San Antonio, this book is a devotional guide for new Christians. Each of the book’s devotionals presents a Bible reading with questions to consider and space to journal. New believers get exposure to foundational teachings of Christianity. The book includes 50 days’ worth of devotions and a mentor’s guide. It is suitable for individual or group use.
church leaders Rest in Green Pastures
Chris McCurley, editor. Rest in Green Pastures: Encouragement for Shepherds. Dallas: Start2Finish Press, 2015. 117 pages. $12.99.
Nine elders from Churches of Christ across the southern United States, along with one elder’s wife, contribute chapters to this collection. The elders have a combined 70 years’ experience serving New Testament churches as overseers.
Topics include the training and qualifications of elders, the seen and unseen jobs of elders and the honor and responsibilities of serving as an elder.