No God But One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity, by Nabeel Qureshi (M.A. ’08), Zondervan, August 2016. In No God but One, New York Times best-selling author Nabeel Qureshi takes readers on a global, historical, yet deeply personal journey to the heart of the world’s two largest religions. He explores the claims that each faith makes upon believers’ intellects and lives, critically examining the evidence in support of their distinctive beliefs. Fleshed out with stories from the annals of both religions, No God But One unveils the fundamental, enduring conflict between Islam and Christianity — directly addressing controversial topics like Jihad, the Crusades, Sharia, the Trinity and more.
Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities in Asian American Life and Ministry, by Benjamin C. Shin (M.Div. ’93, Th.M. ’96, associate professor of Bible exposition) and Sheryl Takagi Silzer (’93), Wipf and Stock, September 2016. Cultural and generational differences have led to many misunderstandings and conflicts within the Asian American church. How can these tangled threads be rewoven into a beautiful tapestry of God’s grace? Shin and Silzer apply their years of study and teaching to explain how the cultural complexities that occur between the different generations of the Asian American church can be untangled. Taking lessons from their own spiritual journeys, they show how each generation can experience the amazing grace of the gospel.
Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love, by Bryan Loritts (M.A. ’98, Biola trustee), Zondervan, October 2016. God doesn’t want your spiritual scorekeeping. He simply wants your surrender. The punchline of the Gospel of Matthew is just that — a message of grace and performance-free love to do-good, try-harder Jews who thought they had to earn their way into God’s favor. It’s an ancient message, yet it can be a lifeline to us today as we live in a world of performance metrics. Saving the Saved proclaims the good news that once the pressure is off to perform, we are free to abide. Beyond the man-made rules and the red tape, there is a God who knows you by name. Come and meet him as you’ve never known him before.
Neuroscience and the Soul: The Human Person in Philosophy, Science and Theology, edited by Gregg A. Ten Elshof (professor of philosophy), Steven L. Porter (professor of philosophy and theology) and Thomas M. Crisp (professor of philosophy), Eerdmans, November 2016. It is a widely held belief that human beings are both body and soul, that our immaterial soul is distinct from our material body. But that traditional idea has been seriously questioned by much recent research in the brain sciences. In Neuroscience and the Soul— the outgrowth of a conference sponsored by Biola’s Center for Christian Thought — 14 distinguished scholars grapple with current debates about the existence and nature of the soul, bringing philosophy, theology and neuroscience together in conversation.
The Triune God, by Fred Sanders (professor of theology, Torrey Honors Institute), Zondervan, December 2016. The Triune God aims to secure our knowledge of the triune God by rightly ordering the theological language with which we praise him. It reaches its conclusions about how the doctrine should be handled on the basis of the way the Trinity was revealed. As such, it is a study that offers dogmatic principles for trinitarian exegesis. The book is the second volume in Zondervan’s New Studies in Dogmatics series, which seeks to provide thoughtful, concise and readable treatments of major theological topics, expressing the biblical, creedal and confessional shape of Christian doctrine for a contemporary evangelical audience.
The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams, by Zac Hicks (’02), Zondervan, October 2016. Modern worship leaders are restless. They have inherited a model of leadership that equates leading worship with being a rock star. But leading worship is more than a performance; it’s about shaping souls and making disciples. Every worship leader is really a pastor. The Worship Pastor is a practical and biblical introduction to this essential pastoral role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories, it is organized to address questions of theory and practice, striving to balance conversational accessibility with informed instruction. It is meant to be read by pastors, worship leaders, worship teams and anyone else interested in deepening their understanding and experience of worship.