Briefly Noted: Reimagine (And, a Half Dozen Other Recent Publications by SEBTS Students)

reimagineCvr-_LoRes-198x300SEBTS students’ publications are selling very nicely and getting good reviews. “Which publications and which authors?” you ask. For starters, Brent Crowe (PhD candidate; VP of Student Leadership University) recently published with NavPress (2013) a new book, Reimagine, that compels Christians to take Jesus at his word and thus (re)imagine what God desires in their worlds. Part 1 is devoted to discovering a “redemptive imagination” and part 2 to “redemptive imagination at work.” Part 2 includes numerous short stories to illustrate the definition and concept of redemptive imagination offered in part 1.

In addition to Reimagine, here are six more books written recently by SEBTS students. The list is not exhaustive; more book notices are on the way.

Phil Newton, Senior Pastor of South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, is the author of Conduct Gospel-centered Funerals: Applying the gospel at the unique challenges of death (Day One Publications, 2011), which explores the challenges of ministry in a funeral. The book’s aim is not simply to discuss the important logistics, challenges, and practicalities that often accompany a funeral, but to instruct ministers in how to apply the power of the gospel in the midst of those unique challenges. His previous work, Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership (Kregel, 2005) examines the biblical model of leadership by explaining the necessity of elder plurality and how it functions in a congregational setting. Newton attends to the historical evidence for plurality of elders in congregational life and treats the data of the New Testament.

Trevin Wax, editor of The Gospel Project (LifeWay Christian Resources), recently published two books. The first, Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals (Crossway, 2010), challenges Christians in the 21st century to examine the “Caesars” in their lives–whether sex, money, power, leisure, etc.–and chose to serve Jesus Christ as Lord instead. Most recently, he authored Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope (Moody, 2011), which explores the gospel by way of a three-legged stool metaphor: there is the gospel story (creation, fall, redemption, restoration), gospel announcement of the life and work of Jesus Christ, and gospel community–the church–that lives out the gospel. This gospel then exposes the counterfeit gospels in our culture that derail genuine faith. Trevin has written two further books, forthcoming in Fall 2013, and available for pre-order: Clear Winter Nights: A Journey into Truth, Doubt, and What Comes After (Multnomah,  2013) and Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture (B&H, 2013).

Doug Coleman, PhD in Applied Theology from SEBTS, published his dissertation: A Theological Analysis of the Insider Movement Paradigm from Four Perspectives: Theology of Religions, Revelation, Soteriology and Ecclesiology. EMS Dissertation Series(WICU Press, 2011). His work evaluates the Insider Movement Paradigm (IMP)–a proposal that faith in Jesus does not require severing ties with one’s pre-faith religious community–from four perspectives: the theology of religions, the doctrine of revelation, soteriology, and ecclesiology. Coleman’s work is a significant contribution especially for theologians and missionaries ministering to Muslims. Coleman has served in overseas missions for 14 years, primarily among Central Asian Muslims with the IMB. Coleman is also author of “The Agents of Mission: Humanity,” in Theology and Practice of Missions: God, the Church, and the Nations edited by your scribe.

Jackson Wu, PhD in Applied Theology from SEBTS, recently published his dissertation: Saving God’s Face: A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame, in the EMS Dissertation Series WICU Press, 2013). Wu’s book is written at the intersection of Chinese culture, contextualization theory, and debates about the New Perspective on Paul. Wu leverages a dialogical theory of contextualization in order to show how honor-shame concepts in Chinese culture can help Christians understand the “glory” and “honor” images found in the Bible. By reading the Bible with Chinese eyes, a Christian can understand these images in ways that are underemphasized in traditional western theologies. Along the way, Wu manages to draw upon a diverse array of thinkers including Enoch Wan, John Piper, and N. T. Wright.