God and Guns in America, by Michael W. Austin (M.A. ’00), Eerdmans, May 2020. The gun debate is raging in America. Senseless acts of gun violence have sparked controversy about the right to own a gun. How should Christians respond? Austin, an ethicist and professor, provides a thoughtful, measured, biblical treatment of this issue.
How to Read Theology for All Its Worth, by Karin Spiecker Stetina (associate professor of biblical and theological studies), Zondervan Academic, September 2020. Anyone who’d like to read theology well will benefit from the simple steps Stetina outlines, which include identifying genre, becoming acquainted with the author and context, and determining the thesis and main arguments.
Fire and Wind, by Stan Jantz (M.A. ’05, Biola trustee), Harvest House, January 2020. Scripture tells us the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer. Fire and Wind shows different ways the Spirit ministers to believers; what it means to experience the power of the Spirit; how the Spirit guides and teaches; the spiritual gifts given for the benefit of others; and the inner joy the Spirit makes available.
Reclaimed, by Andy Steiger (M.A. ’10), Zondervan, September 2020. We live in an era of polarizing political and religious disagreement. Steiger points to Jesus as the basis for rediscovering our common ground and shared humanity. In Jesus we find that our dehumanizing tendencies can be redeemed and restored.
Fashion Theology, by Robert Covolo (M.Div. ’92, Th.M. ’93), Baylor University Press, August 2020. Fashion Theology offers an account of the dynamic relationship between theology and fashion. Chronicling the epic journey from ancient Christian sources to current developments in fashion studies, cultural theologian Robert Covolo navigates the rich history of Christian thought as well as recent political, social, aesthetic, literary and performance theory.
City of Fallen Angels, by Paul Buchanan (’81, associate professor of English), Legend Press, April 2020. It’s the summer of 1962. A scorching heat wave is suffocating L.A. private investigator John Keegan is offered a small fortune to find a beautiful woman from a set of photographs. He refuses; the job seems suspicious. Before long he’s the prime suspect in a murder he didn’t commit, and all the evidence seems to point in his direction.