Having greatly profited from reading Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching by Graeme Goldsworthy, I’ve kept on the look-out for other books which seek to help me put my Bible together. Dennis Johnson is the Academic Dean at Westminster Seminary in California and is in his 25th year as a Professor of Practical Theology. After teaching New Testament for 16 years, he now teaches primarily preaching and ministry courses, applying his background in biblical studies to the issues and challenges of ministry to the church and the culture. His latest book, Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, is a worthy resource for pastors and teachers seeking to help Christians understand how the two testaments are related. Indeed, this volume would be a blessing to anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of the one redemptive Story that underlines the whole Bible.
From a review by Richard Gaffin:
“This is an important book, a timely book much in need of being written and one that will be read with the greatest profit. This is especially so for those who, committed to a redemptive- or covenant-historical reading of the Bible, recognize and seek to honor and proclaim as its central theme, Old Testament as well as New, Christ in his person and work as the consummate revelation of the triune God.”
The comprehensive publisher’s description begins with these thoughts:
As the twenty-first century dawns, the global church needs a rebirth of Holy Spirit-illumined, apostolic proclamation of Jesus Christ from every text of Scripture. The weakening church in the West finds itself marginalized by a culture that increasingly manifests indifferent pluralism and hostile paganism strikingly similar to what the apostles encountered in the Greco-Roman world two millennia ago. Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere the church’s rapid numerical growth frequently is accompanied by converts’ superficial grasp of Scripture and fragile connection to the faith, giving little evidence of the gospel’s power to create communities of disciples distinguished by purity, integrity, compassion, and hope.
Him We Proclaim argues that today, twenty centuries after the good news of Jesus the Messiah first burst like lightning across the ancient world’s global cultures, pastors and evangelists must rediscover the Christ-centered way of reading and preaching the Bible that the apostles learned from Jesus and practice the apostolic hermeneutic that God’s Spirit used to capture the hearts of ancient peoples by the world-shaking power of divine grace.
Check out the Endorsements, Table of Contents, and Chapter 1.