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Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 1

R. Scott Clark
Is seminary worth it? R. Scott Clark answers this question with a resounding "yes." His reasoning will be posted in a series appearing on Thursdays.   Over the years many things have changed at Westminster Seminary California (WSC). In the most important ways, however, the seminary has not changed. We…
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November 3, 2011

Him We Proclaim:  Defending Apostolic Homiletics (Part 3)

Dennis E. Johnson
3. Because the Spirit conforms believers to the image of Christ in purity and love by deepening our faith in Christ and grasp of the implications of the gospel, our preaching must fix our hearers’ minds and hearts on the transforming glory of Jesus the Christ. How can we and…
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November 2, 2011

Him We Proclaim:  Defending Apostolic Homiletics (Part 2)

Dennis E. Johnson
2. Because Christ is the overarching theme of Israel’s Scriptures, as well as the New Testament, we want our preaching to do for Jesus what God intends the Bible to do for Jesus: namely, to direct faith to him as the only mediator between God and man. Luke 24 describes…
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October 26, 2011

Him We Proclaim:  Defending Apostolic Homiletics (Part 1)

Dennis E. Johnson
In this venue it would be beside the point to attempt an academic defense of the apostles’ interpretive methods against the critiques of historical-critical scholars who demonstrate a presuppositional bias against the Scriptures’ claim to be the word of God written. In the disciplines of biblical studies, others—including, in a…
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October 19, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Defining Apostolic Homiletics (Part 5)

Dennis E. Johnson
5. Apostolic homiletics does not assume that the Christocentric fulfillment of all the Scriptures is focused exclusively in the atonement. Rather, apostolic homiletics presents Jesus the anointed as achieving a comprehensive redemption not only from sin’s guilt and penalty but also from sin’s tyrannical control, from sin’s conscience-defiling influence, from…
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October 12, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Defining Apostolic Homiletics (Part 4)

Dennis E. Johnson
4. Apostolic homiletics does not merely exhort hearers to imitate Jesus as example (turning gospel indicatives into dutiful imperatives). Nor does apostolic homiletics let hearers merely contemplate Christ’s once-for-all redemptive accomplishment without responding in a living faith that expresses itself in obedience (savoring Scripture’s indicatives while discarding its imperatives). Rather,…
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October 5, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Defining Apostolic Homiletics (Part 3)

Dennis E. Johnson
3. Apostolic homiletics does not assume that every text testifies to Christ in the same way. Rather, apostolic homiletics exhibits various ways in which the Old Testament’s diverse genres and texts diagnosed humanity’s need for restoration to true knowledge, reconciliation for holy communion, and rescue and rule in righteousness. And…
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September 28, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Defining Apostolic Homiletics (Part 2)

Dennis E. Johnson
2. Apostolic homiletics is not a Trinity-ignoring Christomonism. Rather, apostolic homiletics is robustly Trinitarian: its focus on Christ as the divine executor of the Father’s creational purpose and as the divine-human mediator of the covenant of grace increases our appreciation for the engagement of the Father and the Spirit in…
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September 21, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Defining Apostolic Homiletics (Part 1)

Dennis E. Johnson
Last week's introduction appears here. Let’s start by sketching what apostolic Christocentric, redemptive-historical interpretation and proclamation of the Bible looks like, as we see it exemplified in the New Testament—not only in the sermons such as we find summarized in the Acts of the Apostles and the “word of exhortation”…
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September 14, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Defining and Defending Apostolic Homiletics (Introduction)

Dennis E. Johnson
Westminster professor Dennis Johnson gave two lectures at the annual Preaching Conference sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary (Pennsylvania) on October 20, 2010. His topic was apostolic, christocentric homiletics. Valiant for Truth will be publishing a transcript of these lectures in segments every Wednesday, starting today! Get ready to learn about…
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September 7, 2011