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Him We Proclaim: Strategies for Apostolic Homiletics (Part 3)

Dennis E. Johnson
Christ, the Final Prophet The focus of the prophet’s mission was revelation, delivering the Word of God. As the Shorter Catechism says, “Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation” (WSC 24). Israel’s prophets were…
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November 23, 2011

Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 3

R. Scott Clark
Seminary and the Church There is a movement afoot to change the way seminary students are educated. Dissatisfied with the results produced by some schools, some congregations have begun their own in-house seminaries on the ground that sending students away to seminary take them out of the local church. Yes,…
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November 17, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Strategies for Apostolic Homiletics (Part 2)

Dennis E. Johnson
2. Landmarks: Biblical elements and motifs that are built into the offices of covenantal mediation that God gave Israel, offices that now converge in Christ, who is, in the end, “only mediator between God and man” (1 Tim. 2:5). Landmarks are not as specific as street signs. But looming landmarks…
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November 16, 2011

Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 2

R. Scott Clark
The Scholar-Pastor At WSC we are still old-fashioned enough to believe that a seminary education comes only one way: through hard work. Therefore, while many seminaries are now advertising (quite seductively it seems!) that one can earn a seminary degree without ever leaving home, at WSC we believe that self-sacrifice…
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November 10, 2011

Him We Proclaim: Strategies for Apostolic Homiletics (Part 1)

Dennis E. Johnson
We have talked about the “why” of following the apostles’ lead in preaching Christ from all the Scriptures: His divine-human Person and saving mission are the unifying theme of Israel’s ancient Scriptures, He is the focus of the apostles’ preaching as new covenant ministers, Fixing our hearers’ spiritual gaze on…
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November 9, 2011

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