Send me a new book catalog and I feel like a kid in a candy store. Last week the InterVarsity Press Winter 2013 New Title Announcement showed up and I just had to take a few minutes to browse and see what great books I should keep an eye out for this winter. Here are the titles that I’m looking forward to:
A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross by Michael Card (February 2013)
Jesus was condemned . . . so we could be set free.
He was wounded . . . so we can be healed.
He died . . . so we might have life.
The cross has lost much of its appeal as a symbol of Christianity. Yet what Christ did at the cross remains central to our faith.
In this richly designed book, Michael Card reflects on what it means for Christians that we meet our savior at a cross. Card combs the Old Testament prophecies and Gospel accounts of Jesus’ self-sacrifice, seeking a renewed vision of the cross-the inconceivable meeting place of violence and grace.
The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails by Randal Rauser (November 2012)
In the real world, we don’t usually sit in lecture halls debating worldview issues in systematic arguments. Chances are that we’re more likely to have haphazard, informal conversations over a latte in a coffee shop.
Meet Randal Rauser, a Christian, and Sheridan, an atheist. Over the course of one caffeinated afternoon, they explore a range of honest questions and real objections to Christian faith. You, dear Reader, are already in this book. Randal has written you into the story, and you’re sitting with him and Sheridan in the coffee shop, listening in on their dialogue. Discover what they have to say to each other–and to you.
Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 378-444), one of the most brilliant representatives of the Alexandrian theological tradition, is best known for championing the term Theotokos (mother of God) in opposition to Nestorius of Constantinople. Cyril’s great Commentary on John, offered here in the Ancient Christian Text series in two volumes, predates the Nestorian controversy, however, and focuses its theological fire power against Arianism. The commentary, which is addressed to catechists, displays Cyril’s breath-taking mastery of the full content of the Bible and his painstaking attention to detail as he seeks to offer practical teaching on the cosmic story of God’s salvation.
David Maxwell provides readers with the first complete English translation of the text since the nineteenth century. It rests on Pusey’s critical edition of the Greek text and puts on display Cyril’s theological interpretation of Scripture and his appeal to the patristic tradition that preceded him. Today’s readers will find the commentary an indispensable tool for understanding Cyril’s approach to Scripture.
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