New Book Announcement

Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James A. Harding is the title of a new release by Leafwood Press, a division of ACU Press. It is due out in May 2006.

Bobby Valentine and John Mark Hicks are the authors.

“Many assume that Churches of Christ views 1930-1960 were those of the major forefathers such as James A. Harding and David Lipscomb. We must therefore read this book, for as the result of the authors’ detailed scrutiny of the writings of Lipscomb and Harding, we are soon disabused of our unwarranted illusions. These two forefathers were not simply polemicists. They were spiritual giants who heralded living in the face of the coming again of the Lord, trusting him for all of life’s needs, walking in the Spirit, prayer, Scripture reading, peace keeping and more. The authors do an excellent job of elaborating on how Scripture and contemporary scholarship sustain the commitments of Lipscomb and Harding and challenge our own life before God and in his church.”

Thomas H. Olbricht
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion, Pepperdine University.

Can we say anything good about 1906?

This book recovers a piece of forgotten history from 1906. Some of the finest examples of kingdom living to be found among Churches of Christ are found in the midst of that heartbreaking year of division. The “best” of Churches of Christ in 1906 is represented by the life, thought and practice of David Lipscomb (1831-1917) and James A. Harding (1848-1922), despite the fact that Lipscomb and Harding participated in the conditions which resulted in division.

Their kingdom theology and spirituality, we believe, provides the contemporary church with a way forward into the future. If Churches of Christ—and other parts of the Stone-Campbell Movement as well—would re-appropriate their kingdom themes and practices, we believe the church would more fully participate in the emerging kingdom of God which will one day fill the earth with divine righteousness.

Below is the Table of Contents.


1. Introducing a Spiritual Legacy: Foreigners at Home

Part A. Kingdom Dynamics: Divine Action

2. Shadows of the Second Coming: “Thy Kingdom Come”

3. God Still Works: Trusting God’s Providence

4. Holy Spirit: God’s Redemptive Presence in the World

Part B. Kingdom Spirituality: Four Means of Grace

5. Listening to God: Reading Scripture

6. Releasing the Oppressed: Fellowship as a Means of Grace

7. Communing with God: The Lord’s Day and the Lord’s Table

8. Crying for the Kingdom: The Privilege of Prayer

Part C. Kingdom Life: Free to Serve

9. The Prince of Peace: Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom

10. No Creed But Christ: Freedom to Think and Speak

11. No More Shadows: Towards Cosmic Liberation


12. The Road Not Traveled: Where Do We Go From Here?

My apologies for posting this a second time, but I’m testing some problems with blogdigger.

8 Responses to “New Book Announcement”

  1.   Greg Gershman Says:


    I’m Greg from Blogdigger; anything I can help out with? My email is greg AT blogdigger DOT com, or greggersh on AIM/YIM. Thanks!

  2.   John Mark Hicks Says:

    Thanks, Greg. Apparently problem solved with blogdigger. I appreciate your attention and interest.

  3.   Greg Gershman Says:

    No problem, my pleasure!

  4.   Justin Says:


    I am so glad I stumbled onto your blog. I didn’t get the oppurtunity to take one of your classes while at Lipscomb, so I’m looking foward to getting some free teaching through the blogosphere.

  5.   John Mark Hicks Says:

    Certainly costs much less this way. 🙂

  6.   Stoned-Campbell Disciple Says:

    Justin it will be at least $14.95 for that great tome “Kingdom Come” though. 🙂

    Bobby Valentine

  7.   CFOURMAY Says:

    I am not much of a reader, and care even less about history.(I am a math person) There are so many issues about where the church came from, how it evolved, who were the leaders, etc. Books like this are very needed for people (including me) to understand how former Christians stood strong in the faith and took charge to make churches of Christ/Christian churches what they are today. That sounds very denominational but thats not how I meant it. I really ought to get a lesson on church history.

  8.   Michele Says:

    I am very much looking forward to reading this book. I’ve read both some of yours and Bobby’s works. Thank you for your commitment.

    I hope to be a more regular visitor to your blog. 🙂

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