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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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10 / 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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9 / 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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9 / 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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9 / 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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Basics of the Reformed Faith: Jesus Christ the Covenant Mediator

Kim Riddlebarger
Christians often speak of important doctrines in the abstract. People speculate about election and predestination, the extent of the atonement, and so on, without making any connection between these doctrines and the person and work of Jesus Christ. But the Bible does not allow us to do this. If we…
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Is the Bible Reliable?

VFT
A recent article appeared over at MSNBC and it's certainly provocative. You can find the article here. The basic contention of the article is that the Old Testament's reliablity has been brought into question because of the latest findings of a small group working at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Incarnation

Kim Riddlebarger
At the very heart of the Christian faith we find the doctrine of the Incarnation–Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity and the eternal son of God took to himself a true human nature for the purpose of saving us from our sins. It is this doctrine which…
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8 / 19 / 2011

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Covenant of Grace

Kim Riddlebarger
It has been said that covenant theology is at the center of Reformed theology. No doubt, this is correct. In Eden, all of humanity fell when Adam, the first of our race, rebelled against his creator and plunged the entire human race into sin and death. It will take a…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Fall of Adam

Kim Riddlebarger
Most Americans operate on the sincere but completely misguided assumption that deep down inside people are basically good. When we compare ourselves to others, we might be able to measure up pretty well. Sure, there are some who we might begrudgingly admit are better people than we are, but we…
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8 / 5 / 2011