News, VOLUME 12

Ten Theology Books to Watch For – September 2019

Here are some excellent theology books * that will be released in September 2019 :

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

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Theology Books September 2019

Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ 

Matthew Bates

Brazos Press

Is faith in Jesus enough for salvation? Perhaps, says Matthew Bates, but we’re missing pieces of the gospel. The biblical gospel can never change. Yet our understanding of the gospel must change. The church needs an allegiance shift.

Popular pastoral resources on the gospel are causing widespread confusion. Bates shows that the biblical gospel is different, fuller, and more beautiful than we have been led to believe. He explains that saving faith doesn’t come through trust in Jesus’s death on the cross alone but through allegiance to Christ the king. There is only one true gospel and one required response: allegiance.

Bates ignited conversation with his successful and influential book Salvation by Allegiance Alone. Here he goes deeper while making his acclaimed teaching on salvation more accessible and experiential for believers who want to better understand and share the gospel. Gospel Allegiance includes a guide for further conversation, making it ideal for church groups, pastors, leaders, and students.

Theology Books September 2019

The Spirit and the Common Good: Shared Flourishing in the Image of God

Daniela Augustine


A fresh vision of the common good through pnumatological lenses

Daniela C. Augustine, a brilliant emerging scholar, offers a theological ethic for the common good. Augustine develops a public theology from a theological vision of creation as the household of the Triune God, bearing the image of God in a mutual sharing of divine love and justice, and as a sacrament of the divine presence.

The Spirit and the Common God expounds upon the application of this vision not only within the life of the church but also to the realm of politics, economics, and care for creation. The church serves a priestly and prophetic function for society, indeed for all of creation. This renewed vision becomes the foundation for constructing a theological ethic of planetary flourishing in and through commitment to a sustainable communal praxis of a shared future with the other and the different.

While emphatically theological in its approach, The Spirit and the Common Good engages readers with insights from political philosophy, sociology of religion, economics, and ecology, as well as forgiveness/reconciliation and peacebuilding studies.

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  1. I would have loved to see Jerry Sittser’s new book, Resilient Faith, on this list. I have read it and it will be an incredibly helpful resource.

    • I’ve read a good chunk of Sittser’s book and agree that it’s excellent.
      HOWEVER, its release date in in October, not September. 🙂

      I haven’t done an in-depth survey yet of all the October theology book releases, but I’d bet there’s a good chance it will be on our October list.

      – Chris

      • Thanks for your reply. Full disclosure: Jerry is both a good friend and a trusted colleague at Whitworth. I love the guy, and his passionate and careful scholarship. Matt Bates is also a good friend (Whitworth grad). I did his wedding. One of the smartest people I’ve ever met.

  2. Two additional works by top notch biblical scholars released in September.

    1. Participating in Christ: Explorations in Paul’s Theology and Spirituality by Michael Gorman

    2. The Symphony of Mission: Playing Your Part in God’s Work in the World by Michael Goheen