June 26, 2008
Jesus Creed on IVP
Scot McKnight, prolific author and blogger, just posted several entries plugging recent IVP books. In a post on evangelizing postmoderns, he recommends two books. The first is True Story by James Choung:
Choung begins in a different place and it makes all the difference in the world for the gospel: instead of beginning with guilt, he begins with humans designed for good. So, he critiques the bridge strategy by making a better strategy. . . . The book is amply “storified” and is a huge, huge step forward in evangelism. Pastors and parents need this book; youth ministers and college ministers need this book.
The second book is I Once Was Lost by Don Everts and Doug Schaupp, which McKnight describes as "sound thinking. And they know that conversion is mysterious and organic. Good for these two authors; I applaud the effort of seeking to understand conversion as a process and that postmoderns have a story to tell, a postmodern story of conversion." (Christianity Today also recently reviewed this book here.)
And McKnight also gave kudos to IVP's dictionary series. He says:
The IVP dictionaries are one of the finest gifts to the church of this generation. Whenever a new one comes out, I like to spend the evening dipping into it here and there. The newest one is edited by Tremper Longman and Peter Enns, and it is called Dictionary of the OT: Wisdom, Poetry, Writings. Here’s why I think pastors and students need these dictionaries:
First, they access gobs and gobs of information, distill it and put it into a reasonably short article.
Second, the bibliographies are astounding.
Third, while these dictionaries are theologically alert, they are not bound to the traditional conservative viewpoint. In other words, you might be in for some surprises.
Now here’s my claim: these dictionaries represent the finest in evangelical scholarship and reveal a growing interaction with all dimensions of the scholarly world. Yes, it is true: I was a co-editor of the first one and we are soon to begin the process of revising that volume, but I still contend these dictionaries are playing a hand in the growing shifts in evangelicalism.