Revelation (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary
And He Will Take Your Daughters…’: Woman Story and the Ethical Evaluation of Monarchy in the David Narrative
Pursuing Moral Faithfulness – Ethics and Christian Discipleship
Author: Gary Tyra, D.Min.
Publisher: IVP Academic
A Missional Orthodoxy: Theology and Ministry in a Post-Christian Context
Author: Gary Tyra, D.Min
Publisher: IVP Academic
The Trinity, Practically Speaking
Author: Frank Macchia, Th.D.
Publisher: IVP Academic
The Spirit Unfettered: Protestant Views on the Holy Spirit
Author: Edmund J. Rybarczyk, Ph.D.
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Titles by Our Faculty
When Life Happens
Bringing insights in only the way that a crazy Italian girl can. Sheri’s powerful life lessons will lift your soul and encourage you as you walk through life!
You will laugh, you will cry, as you discover how Israel’s King David successfully worked through some of the greatest difficulties of life; and you’ll learn how you too, can apply these important lessons as you face life’s greatest challenges- when life happens.
George Wood Comments:
“Out of her life experience Sheri Benvenuti has written this superb inspirational book, When Life Happens. However, the book is not her biography. Instead, Sheri delves into the experiences of David to show us how to respond when some very traumatic things hit us. Her chapter titles telegraph the hard hits in life – all the way from our dreams dying to when a friend betrays us. David knew them all – the ups and many downs that produce his immortal Psalms. Sheri knows something of that as well and complements the lessons of David with her own experiences.
I know this book will be a great encouragement to you, and that’s why I recommend it!”
Dr. George Wood
The General Council of the Assemblies of God
Roger D. Heuser
Leading the Congregation (Revised Edition) (Co-Authored with Norman Shawchuck)
Roger Heuser and Norman Shawchuck have recently revised and expanded an earlier edition of Leading the Congregation: Caring for Yourself While Serving the People, published by Abingdon Press, 2010 (331 pages). In Part One: Leading from Within, the heart of transformational leadership examines the rich interior spiritual life—giving oneself to spiritual disciplines and learning to shed layers of the false self in order to be more authentically human and Spirit led. In Part Two: Leading with Others, the process of forming a leadership team as a purposeful community for the sake of others is naturally difficult, yet fruitful and nourishing. In Part Three: Leading Toward Transformation, the compassionate vision of the church as a signpost of the kingdom of God is inherently transformational in its mission—it is among other things the good news of forgiveness, the experience of salvation and wholeness, the love of enemies and those on the margins, and the encounter of an abundant life in Christ. The journey of leading a congregation toward transformation is not for the faint or divided of heart; rather the journey is for leaders who—like the disciples on the walk to Emmaus—experienced the heart blazing truth of the One who opened the scriptures to them and who sat at their table while breaking bread with them (Luke 24:13-35). Such intimacy is sustenance for the leaders’ journey with the One in whom God “was reconciling the world to himself . . . and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us” (2 Cor 5:19). Chapter titles include: The Dangers of Leading, The Interior Attitudes of the Leader, The Leader’s Spirituality, The Leader’s Call, The Leader’s Vision and Ensuing Mission, The Interplay of Light and Shadow, Discerning Priorities/Making Choices, Team Ethos, Team Formation, Teams Working Through Conflict, The Team’s Emotional Processes, The Leadership Team: Pastors and Boards, The Spirituality of the Congregation, A Clear and Compelling Mission, The Vision We Share, and Transformational Change. Bishop Rueben P. Job writes, “Heuser and Shawchuck have done an outstanding revision of their classic volume, Leading the Congregation. The pursuits of excellence and spirituality are woven into a beautiful and practical guide for faithful ministry. This volume belongs on the desk of every pastor and in the curriculum of every school of theology. The authors are as courageous in naming the cost, demands, and dangers of ministry as they are in faithful in making plain the abundant resources available to enable and enhance effective ministry in our time. Leading the Congregation is a book for everyone seeking a practical guide to excellence and faithfulness in ministry.”
Other works by Roger D. Heuser
Caregiving Leadership (Co-Authored with Samuel Southard)
Leadership and Team Building: Transforming Congregations Through Ministry Teams (Editor)
Leading the Congregation: Caring for Yourself While Serving Others (Co-Authored with Norman Shawchuck)
Managing the Congregation: Building Effective Systems to Serve Churches (Co-Authored with Norman Shawchuck)
Revelation (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary)
With John Christopher Thomas
“A clear exegetical and theological reading of Revelation”
The book of Revelation is perhaps the most theologically complex and literarily sophisticated text in the New Testament. In this commentary John Christopher Thomas and Frank Macchia make the brilliant but challenging text of Revelation more accessible and easier to understand.
In addition to their literary and exegetical analysis of the text, Thomas and Macchia offer sustained theological essays on the book s most significant themes and issues, accenting especially the underappreciated place of the Holy Spirit in the theology of Revelation. Uniquely, Thomas and Macchia work to locate and help readers better understand the original audiences to whom Revelation was written by examining its storyline and its connection to the broader Johannine community.
The Trinity: Practically Speaking
A God who is three and yet one? How can that be, and what does it mean for our lives?
Since the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible, many people wonder whether the doctrine is anything more than an intellectual puzzle created by theologians. This book takes readers on a guided tour of the logic leading to understanding God as Trinity.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Bible (and in Christian experience) are all vital to the reality of salvation. All three save. This point may not seem to be very significant until seen in the light of the basic premise of the entire Bible, namely, that only God can save. To trust in anyone else besides the Lord of life for salvation is idolatry. The fact that the Son saves means that the Son must be divine, and the fact that the Spirit perfects salvation means that the Spirit is also divine. And since God in indisputable one (Deuteronomy 6:4), God must be a Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit. You will, perhaps, finally come to a clear and profound grasp of the life-changing wonder and mystery of our God who it three…yet one!
Baptized in the Holy Spirit
“Pentecostalism, for all of its talk about the Holy Spirit, lacks a pneumatology. Yet, Frank Macchia is convinced that its focus on Spirit baptism can provide a way forward toward a more robustly pneumatological treatment of various systematic theological loci, such as Christology, soteriology, and ecclesiology. In this ground breaking work, Macchia offers a compelling and creative foundation for pneumetological thinking in the twenty-first century by expanding the central distinctive of Pentecostal theology, the baptism in the Holy Spirit.”
“At last. This is the book by Frank Macchia we have been waiting for, a comprehensive, balanced, and highly readable recasting of Christian theology that finally assigns the Holy Spirit an appropriate role. Furthermore, this book is truly global in reach, in keeping with the current sweep of the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement around the world. Macchia has a stunning grasp of the relevant material, deploys it judiciously, and adds his own voice in a persuasive but eloquent way. This book will now occupy a prominent place in the next phase of the wider Christian theological enterprise.” Harvey Cox, Professor of Divinity, Harvard University.
Justified in the Spirit:Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God
The classic debate on justification by grace through faith has historically been limited to the question of whether justification is the reception of forgiveness by faith alone (classically Protestant) or the personal transformation that occurs as we cooperate with grace (traditionally Catholic). While some more recent ecumenical discussions have sought to link the two, many of these efforts have been criticized as patchwork solutions. Inspired by the typically Pentecostal accent on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Justified in the Spirit sets both Protestant and Catholic views within a larger framework, namely, the Spirit of Life as the realm of God’s favor. Since the Holy Spirit is the power of love and communion within the Trinity and between us and God, a pneumatological accent ultimately locates the justification of the sinner within the embrace of the Triune God as a communion of persons.Jürgen Moltmann— University of Tübingen”It is a necessary and new perspective to see the justification of the sinner embraced by the life-giving Spirit. Macchia’s book is a great step forward toward a full Trinitarian concept of salvation. A rich book full of solutions to old theological problems.”William G. Rusch— Yale Divinity School
“The doctrine of justification is recognized as a critical element in Christian teaching. Macchia, sensitive to the present ecumenical context, argues persuasively that Christian teaching about the Spirit (pneumatology) has much to offer for a correct understanding of justification. His conclusions are a significant contribution to the present discussion and have ecumenical implications that demand careful reflection. We have here a book of singular consequence.”
Other titles by Frank Macchia
Spiritual and Social Liberation: The Message of the Blumhardts in the Light of Wuertemberg Pietism
Theology Between East and West
Called and Empowered: Global Mission in Pentecostal Perspective
(Co-authored with Murray W. Dempster and Byron D. Klaus.)
“Called and Empowered documents the fact that Pentecostalism has come of age. What many hoped and some feared has happened: Pentecostal scholars from the USA, Latin America, Africa, and Europe are not just bathing in the glory of ther missionary successed, but they are beginning to analyze its missionological, theological, political, and ecumenical implications. This is an important and promising beginning of a new type of pentecostal theologizing. I hightly recomment this volume to all critics and admirers of Pentecostalism as well as to the Pentecostals and Charismatics. Walter J Hollenweger, Professor Emeritus of Mission at the University of Birmingham.
“…an unprecedented mix of pentecostal theology and mission practice, virtually a manifesto for pentecostal missions in the nineties, indispensable for thoughtful Pentedostals as well as for students of the twentieth-century pentecostal explosion. This is the fullest and finest missiological treatise originating within classical Pentecostalism available to date.” Russell P. Spittler, Professor of New Testament and Direcitor of the David du Plessis Center of Christian Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Transformation: An International Dialogue on Mission and Ethics
Transformation Magazine is a publication of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Dr. Petersen along with members of the Vanguard faculty are the North American representatives for this worldwide publication.
Other titles by Doug Petersen
The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel (Co-authored with Murray W. Dempster and Byron D. Klaus)
No Con Ejercito ni Con Fuerza
The Future of Pentecostalism in the United States
Edited by Eric Patterson and Edmund Rybarczyk
“One hundred years after the Azusa Street Revival stunned Los Angeles and changed Western Christianity, Pentecostalism has become the fastest growing religious movement in the world. However, many Pentecostal denominations in the United States are in a slow decline. Will Pentecostalism survive in North America in the twenty-first century? If so, what forms will it take? The Future of Pentecostalism in the United States brings together leading scholars of charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity to discuss and forecast these issues. The book looks at American Pentecostalism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, theology, history, and the arts.”
“In The Future of Pentecostalism in the United States Eric Patterson and Edmund Rybarczyk have gathered a stellar cast of scholars to ponder the future of the movement in the nation of its birth. This history in reverse gives Pentecostals a discerning critical, and prophetic view of the movement as it enters its second century. This valuable book should be required reading for American Pentecostals and Charisma tics as well as for Christians of all traditions who wish to understand this vast and complex movement. Vinson Synan, Regent University.
Beyond Salvation: Eastern Orthodoxy and Classical Pentecostalism on Becoming Like Christ
The Spirit Unfettered: Protestant Views of the Holy Spirit
“The Holy Spirit is far and away the most neglected member of the Trinity. Rybarczyk’s contribution to Paraclete’s Series on the Holy Spirit surveys leading Protestant theologians from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Overviewing leaders such as Martin Luther, John Wesley, Abraham Kuyper, Karl Barth, and Jürgen Moltmann, Rybarczyk clarifies important perspectives on pneumatology. The study, written variously for lay persons, college and seminary students, also traces theological developments and their interaction with philosophical shifts and societal issues.”
Pursuing Moral Faithfulness – Ethics and Christian Discipleship (IVP Academic, 2015)
Christianity is in a state of moral crisis.
Even though people make moral decisions every day, many Christians lack both the ability to evaluate these decisions and a community of discipleship to help inspire a morally faithful life. Compared to the people around them, there is often no discernible difference in how Christians go about making moral choices.
As a biblical and practical theologian with three decades of pastoral experience, who has also spent years teaching ethics to undergraduates, Gary Tyra approaches the topic with the practical goal of facilitating moral formation and encouraging an “everyday” moral faithfulness. Tyra argues that Christians can have confidence in their Christ-centered, Spirit-enabled ability to discern and do the will of God in any moral situation. Moral faithfulness follows from a life of Christian discipleship.
In an age of moral apathy and theological confusion, Pursuing Moral Faithfulness is a breath of fresh air and a sign of hope for the future. (Publisher’s Description)
A Missional Orthodoxy: Theology and Ministry in a Post-Christian Context (IVP Academic, 2013)
The emerging and missional church movements have raised decisive questions about what it means to embody the Christian faith in a post-Christian and postmodern world. A common reactionary response denies the significance of the context and reasserts the supremacy of classical orthodoxy. An equally common position at the other end of the spectrum involves a rejection of orthodoxy as contextually insensitive and incapable of being inclusive and missional at all. The one asserts its orthodoxy at the expense of being missional and contextual; the other emphasizes generosity at the expense of its fidelity to “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3). The church today needs a theology that is both orthodox and missional–doing justice to both aspects.
Gary Tyra has written just such a book. In A Missional Orthodoxy he critically engages with the works of Brian McLaren and Marcus Borg for the sake of developing a comprehensive missional theology that retains what he calls the “four Christological verities” at the heart of Christian doctrine. Tyra discusses the methodological question of contextualization, offering an incarnational model of recontextualization that unites the postmodern insights of the culture with the truths of the biblical text.
On the basis of this missional foundation, he examines all the major Christian doctrines in order to overcome the false antithesis between a fighting fundamentalism and a too-accommodating liberalism. The result is a humble, modest, missionally faithful orthodoxy that provides a compelling witness within a world of competing extremes. (Publisher’s Description)
The Holy Spirit in Mission: Prophetic Speech and Action in Christian Witness (IVP Academic, 2011)
The church has been called to participate in God’s mission in the world. But without a robust, biblical sense of the Spirit’s action, how can we be sure we’re fulfilling that call?
Gary Tyra employs a biblical theology of the Holy Spirit to deepen and inform our understanding of life as the church, the people of God. Since the church’s mission to and into the world is both evangelistic and prophetic, the task calls for the working of the Spirit in our preaching, proclamation and service. Tyra brings together both charismatic and evangelical emphases resulting in a theological and practical synthesis that is richer than when either is taken separately. (Publisher’s Description)
Christ’s Empowering Presence: The Pursuit of God Through The Ages (IVP Books, 2011)
We all have deep longings and desires that can only be filled by His empowering presence. While many spiritual classics contain repeated references to a particular spiritual exercise: the cultivation of an ongoing awareness of Christ’s empowering presence, Gary Tyra makes the claim that this particular activity is at the heart of Christian spirituality and provides his reader swith: a clear vision of what the experience of Christ’s empowering presence looks like; citations from the spiritual masters that will serve to inspire them over and over again to make it their intention to live the rest of their lives enjoying Christ’s empowering presence; and a thoughtful discussion of the means by which this key spiritual dynamic can be experienced on a daily, moment-by-moment, basis. (Publisher’s Description)
Defeating Pharisaism: Recovering Jesus’ Disciple-Making Method (IVP Books, 2009)
Pharisaism (legalism, dogmatism, separatism, judgmentalism, etc.) is alive and well and a destructive force in too many evangelical churches. This plague hinders effective outreach, burns out professional and lay leaders and has contributed to the mass alienation of tens of thousands of young people from evangelical churches to the point where they have no church affiliation at all or they associate with churches that may have compromised the gospel in their attempt to be culturally relevant.
This book makes the point that the key to defeating Pharisaism is by proactively steering people away from Pharisaism while at the same time showing them the life-giving truth that is found in true kingdom living, beautifully communicated through the Sermon on the Mount. As Jesus trained his disciples, he kept pointing at the Pharisees and saying “Do not be like them.” (Publisher’s Description)
Beyond the Bliss: Discovering Your Uniqueness in Marriage (IVP Books, 2010 — co-authored with Patti Tyra)
Healthy marriages don’t only last a long time, they create an environment that transforms each person into a whole human, capable of living their life as God intended. The five big issues that sabotage marriages are communication, division of responsibility, finances, in-laws, and sexual intimacy. To overcome these issues, couples have to get “beyond the bliss” of unrealistic expectations, to a reality where they are willing to work hard and thrive in a broken world. The key to cultivating a truly transformational marriage is a consistent, love-motivated engagement in four life disciplines: delaying gratification, assuming responsibility, being dedicated to the truth, and striving to stay balanced.
Here’s the good news: our marriages truly can become healthy, empowering both people to become more fully and responsibly human! (Publisher’s Description)
April D. Westbrook
And He Will Take Your Daughters…’: Woman Story and the Ethical Evaluation of Monarchy in the David Narrative
Author: April D. Westbrook, Ph.D.
Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
Series: Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies
Stories displaying significant female presence are intentionally included within the David narrative in the books of Samuel. These woman stories are made prominent by the surprisingly high number of their occurrences within a narrative devoted to the origins of a patrilineal monarchy, as well as the sequentially progressive literary pattern in which they occur in the larger narrative. These dramatic and detailed accounts repeatedly challenge the reader to consider the experiences of women and their contribution to the purpose of the larger narrative by stirring the reader’s responses in ways which systematically call into question the nature of the monarchy itself as a power system—both its impact upon the nation and upon the kings who rule.
Although King David is often held up as a paragon of virtue, the experiences of the women in his life frequently reveal a different side of his character, and the reader must wrestle with the resultant ambiguities and ethical dilemmas. In the process, the reader must also think deeply about the inevitably negative aspects of hierarchical social structures and why this biblical text is apparently designed to press the reader toward unavoidable and uncomfortable personal confrontation with these realities concerning the use of power within community life.
Titles by Our Faculty Emeriti
Reading the Good Book Well
“A delightful and engaging entree into understanding how to read and interpret the New Testament.”
“Here is a single, accessible volume that explains the basic vocabulary and logic of biblical interpretation, shows how the various methodologies can be a seamless interpretive model for exegesis, and then reflects carefully on the implications of that method for reading, teaching, reflection, and preaching.
” I cannot imagine a more perfect guide to learning how to interpret the Bible. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, a seasoned scholar, explains the complexities of hermeneutics with simple, clear prose and enjoyable stories from every day life…” Emerson B. Powery, Lee University, Cleveland Tennessee.
“Jerry Camery-Hoggatt’s reading the good book well is an exceptional work that communicates serious concepts in an easy-to-understand, conversational style. It makes a compelling case for why solid exegesis matters today. Camery-Hoggatt weaves engaging stories throughout his carefully crafted discussion of the complex tasks of exegesis. He has a clear grasp of important issues and presents them with lively creativity. Concise summaries and up-to-date resources at the end of each chapter make the book ideal for classroom use.” Lynn H. Cohick, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
Giver of Gifts: Three Stories of Christmas Grace.
“Beautifully written and unique, these memorable stories celebrate Christmas in three very different ways. Each well crafted tale by this masterful storyteller illuminates the heart of generosity, the beauty of grace, and the wonder of hope. Travel back to Jesus’ birth and discover the tender blessings of his earthly father. Witness the transformation of a young girl as she begins to see others in a gentler light. And learn to be an extravagant giver of gifts from a mother who’s tiny in stature but big in Christmas Spirit.”
“Giver of Gifts offers stories you will want to read again year after year. Using the power of story, it serves as a reminder of what it means to give- and live- with a generous and gracious heart.”
Grapevine: The Spirituality of Gossip
Gossip has always been an integral part of community, but in our Christian communities and homes, gossip becomes even more important. This book shows that, more than any other factor, our gossip controls the spiritual climate of our churches, communities, and homes. Grapevine: The Spirituality of Gossip exposes the destructive power of everyday, ordinary talk, but also shows the way to healing, uplifting — grace-full gossip.”
“Grapevine offers a rich vintage of stories and illustrations describing the power of words. Parents will reflect on how they talk to, and about, their children. Church leaders, boards, and committees will benefit from this insight into the power of words to include and build up, or to exclude and destroy people in a community of faith.” Henry Paetkau, Denominational Minister, Mennonite church Canada
Irony in Mark’s Gospel: Text and Subtext
Camery-Hoggatt defines dramatic irony as dissonance between two or more levels of narrative discourse, inviting sub textual subtlety and shock. After reviewing the state of the question, he considers both the social functions of ironic language and the literary elements by which readers of a narrative are oriented to its author’s intent. The interaction of these social and literary functions is explicated in terms of multiple reading competencies assumed or generated by a text. Presupposing this analytic framework, the second half of the investigation surveys the crafted ironies pervading Mark’s gospel in its entirety. The study concludes by summarizing some literary and social implications. Camery-Hoggatt offers the most systematic, creatively interdisciplinary examination to date of a widely recognized characteristic of Markan style. His work repays careful reading.” C. Clifton Black, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas TX.
Speaking of God: Reading and Preaching the Word of God
Camery-Hoggatt understands the complex interaction between readers and biblical texts, and he ahs accomplished an astounding feat for biblical preachers. He has taken apart the “Swiss watch” of biblical interpretation, showing us all the gears, levers, and flywheels and patiently explained how each one operates. Then, even ore amazing, he has put the whole thing back together again and made it work, producing fascinating examples of the text-to-sermon process.” Thomas Long, professor of preaching & worship, Princeton Theo. Seminary
When Mother was eleven-foot-four: A Christmas Memory.
This is the story of the Christmas of 1963, which is the Christmas that I learned what it means to be a giver of gifts.” -Camery-Hoggatt
Mother has always celebrated Christmas with a flourish. So when she loses the Christmas spirit, her three young sons work hard to remind her what the season is about. The way her astounded reaction turns a corner for the family is something the author will never forget. And neither will you. With vivid characters who are as timeless as the message, this delightful story will become a treasured part of your holiday traditions.
C.S. Lewis : A Guide to His Theology
“The Chronicles of Narnia” or the ” The Perelandra Chronicles” may be a reader’s first encounter with the writings of C.S. Lewis, but what is the story behind these works of fantasy and science fiction written by a recent convert to Christianity? Introducing C. S. Lewis, his work, his worldview and the implications of his theology, this engaging boon explores the topics of redemption, humanity, spiritual growth, Purgatory, and resurrection. Complete with original artwork, it guides readers through Lewis’s work, opening new doors to understanding his timeless writing.”
“Professor Clark writes with the confidence of one whose broad and informed acquaintance with the Lewis canon allows him to speak authoritatively about Lewis’s theology and use of Scriptural tradition.” Bruce L. Edwards, Bowling Green State University.
“A lively, witty, and fully engaging translation of Lewis’s thoughts on Christian doctrines of faith and redemption (and a bit of Purgatory).” Terry Lindvall, Lewis Chair of Communication and ChristianThought, Virginia Wesleyan College.
The Lamp-Post of the Southern California CS Lewis Society: A Literary Review of Lewis Studies.
The title of this publication comes from the enchanting series by C.S. Lewis “The Chronicles of Narnia.” In the first book “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” the way home for Lucy is marked by a lamp-post in the middle of a snow covered forest. Professor Clark is Senior Editor of this quarterly publication which showcases C.S. Lewis and those who share a passion for his wide range of books and theology through articles, interviews and book reviews. Dr. Clark is also a guest speaker at Lewis events and conferences all over the world.
William C. Williams
Professor Williams is widely known for his work on various translations and editions of the Old Testament, and is the also the editor of the recently published book
They Spoke From God: A Survey of the Old Testament.
Hebrew I: A Study Guide. Author, International Correspondence Institute. Includes eight hours of audio tapes and 50 pages of testing materials.
Hebrew II: A Study Guide. Author, International Correspondence Institute. Includes eight hours of audio tapes and 105 pages of testing materials.
Bible Translation and Editions/Consultation work includes the following:
The New Living Translation. (Translation and revision consultant)
The New Century Version. (Translation and Revision consultant)
New International Version. (Translation consultant) “Habakkuk”
The Spirit Filled Life Study Bible (Notes to Ecclesiastes)
International Children’s Bible. (Translation consultant NT , Translation editor OT)
New American Standard Bible. (Editor and contributor, “Intro to the Pentateuch,” “Exodus,” “Isaiah 40-55”
New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, contributor.
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, contributor.
Complete Biblical Library, contributor.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, contributor.