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Voicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge. For veteran pastor and preaching professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to preach a text from either the Old or New Testaments without fully preaching its ultimate and primary focus-the person and work of Jesus Christ. He writes, "To see the text inVoicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge. For veteran pastor and preaching professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to preach a text from either the Old or New Testaments without fully preaching its ultimate and primary focus-the person and work of Jesus Christ. He writes, "To see the text in relation to Christ is to see it in its larger context, the context of God's purpose in revelation."Clowney's rationale for emphasizing Christ's presence in the Old Testament rests on the purpose of the Hebrew Scripture. The Old Testament follows God's one great plan for human history and redemption, and the plan is not only from him but centers on him: his presence in his incarnate Son. The witness of the Scriptures to Christ is the reason they were written, so it is appropriate to emphasize this element in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.By offering numerous full-length examples of his own sermons that emphasize Christ as the principle theme of Scripture, Clowney illustrates for those who will never have the privilege of being his students how they can craft sermons which present Christ as the primary consideration of the text. He also offers specific instructions on preparing such a sermon. He discusses the personal habits of prayer and Bible study that prepare pastors to seek out Christ's presence.Clowney emphasizes the importance of including a specific application in every sermon so that Christ is presented both in what he says and does to reveal himself in the biblical text and in what he says and does to direct Christians' lives today.Students preparing for the pastorate, pastors desiring to increase their emphasis on Christ in their sermons, and those seeking Christ's presence in all of Scripture will find a help in Clowney's writings....

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  • Paul Mills
    2018-11-20 01:22

    I thought this was a really good read. I think I got a lot more out of the first few chapters when Clowney speaks about how Christ permeates ALL of Scripture and not just the New Testament. The later chapters I believe, were adapted from sermons Clowney gave and they were things I was already familiar with so I didn't get as much out of them.The first few chapters were REALLY good though. A lot of people tend to dismiss the Old Testament as "Old" and not important but Clowney makes a good case in showing that the Old Testament is about Jesus and Gods plan of redemption is ALL of the Bible and not just the New Testament. Its important also to distinguish between Biblical Theology and systematic theology. Biblical Theology is understanding the Bible as a whole cohesive unit starting from beginning to end (Gods story of redemption) and how all the pieces of Scripture fit together in that story. Systematic theology is thinking about a particular doctrine such as sanctification and then gathering all the passages with the bible to formulate a system to explain that doctrine and support it. Clowney is teaching Biblical Theology here which I think is very important because we can get "bogged" down in minute details when focusing only on systematic theology. Both are important but we need to avoid leaving one out.All in all, it was a good read!-Paul

  • Jake Rainwater
    2018-11-17 19:46

    It is evident why this book has been a staple text for both the methodological study and act of preaching since its publication in 2001. By the middle of the second chapter it becomes clear that Clowney’s gift of communication was not reserved to just the pulpit. Clowney writes clearly and effectively, and organizes his two methodological chapters for optimal reader comprehension. Though the actual mechanics of Clowney’s writing are superb, it is what he is writing that is a breath of hermeneutical and homiletical fresh air. Too often, sermons from the Old Testament end up sounding like a baptized self-help speech. In his opening sentence in chapter one, Clowney attempts to correct this by saying, “Preaching Christ from the Old Testament means that we preach, not synagogue sermons, but sermons that take account of the full drama of redemption, and its realization in Christ” (99). Indeed, Clowney is adamant throughout the volume - both in his methodology and in his examples - that Christians are to preach Christian sermons. To teach a Christian sermon necessarily involves preaching Christ; thus, a sermon from the Old Testament must necessarily have Christ as the center and the goal. What Clowney has produced is a thoroughly Christ-centered approach to reading the Bible and crafting sermons. There are, however, a few concerns with Clowney’s suggestions. The first is that it would be easy to over-spiritualize the text so as to miss the immediate context of the text in its relationship with the Old Testament. While Clowney provides a safe-guard for this by emphasizing that understanding the text’s Old Testament truths is a part of the interpretive journey (and noted in the previously mentioned hermeneutical diagram), the method makes this easier than other methods for this particular error (which is not to say that other methods are not in danger of other errors). A second concern comes from reading Clowney’s sermon examples. Clowney does not provide “three points and a poem,” and while it is refreshing to see his method played out, there is a reason why three points and a poem is such a popular preaching style. The fact of the matter is that Clowney’s methodology requires imagination and story-crafting skills, two qualities that every pastor may not have. While this should not stop a pastor from at least attempting Clowney’s redemptive-historical method, a pastor should serious evaluate whether Clowney’s method works with his skill set. Despite these mild concerns, Preaching Christ in All of Scripture is an incredibly helpful book on preaching. Every preacher should read it and be encouraged that Christ is indeed found on every page of Scripture, and that Christ should be made much of in the sermon.

  • Harold Cameron
    2018-12-08 20:25

    “Voicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge. For veteran pastor and preaching Professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to preach a text from either the Old or New Testaments without fully preaching its ultimate and primary focus-the person and work of Jesus Christ. He writes, "To see the text in relation to Christ is to see it in its larger context, the context of God's purpose in revelation.""Clowney's rationale for emphasizing Christ's presence in the Old Testament rests on the purpose of the Hebrew Scripture. The Old Testament follows God's one great plan for human history and redemption, and the plan is not only from him but centers on him: his presence in his incarnate Son. The witness of the Scriptures to Christ is the reason they were written, so it is appropriate to emphasize this element in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.By offering numerous full-length examples of his own sermons that emphasize Christ as the principle theme of Scripture, Clowney illustrates for those who will never have the privilege of being his students how they can craft sermons which present Christ as the primary consideration of the text. He also offers specific instructions on preparing such a sermon. He discusses the personal habits of prayer and Bible study that prepare pastors to seek out Christ's presence.Clowney emphasizes the importance of including a specific application in every sermon so that Christ is presented both in what he says and does to reveal himself in the biblical text and in what he says and does to direct Christians' lives today.Students preparing for the pastorate, pastors desiring to increase their emphasis on Christ in their sermons, and those seeking Christ's presence in all of Scripture will find a help in Clowney's writings.” (From the Crossway Publishing Company Website)About the Author: The late Edmund Clowney was Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he served for over thirty years, sixteen of those as president. He authored several books, including The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament.My Thoughts About The Book: Preaching properly and effectively is an art; it’s a science…it is both an art and science as the matter of preaching is most serious and needs to be thoroughly studied as a fine painting or work of art and researched as one would research how fossils came into existence or how water evaporates. The only difference between art, science and the matter of preaching is that through preaching men learn of Christ, salvation and their eternal destination from God’s Holy Word so that it can be understood and the hearer can come to a right and proper decision about where he or she wishes to spend eternity. And that is of far greater significance than the smile of Mona Lisa or watching as water evaporates into air.Preaching Christ in All Of Scripture is a book that is first and foremost written by a preacher and a master of preaching at that. Edmund Clowney taught and lived preaching. It was in his blood if you will and he lived and loved to teach others how to do it rightly as well as preach it to others in the same manner. And his book offers invaluable insight as to how to preach Christ from all of Scripture – from both the Old Testament and the New. Author Clowney writes that Christ is truly found in all the Scripture and thus can be preached from all of Scripture without any hesitation or apology. He also reveals how to prepare sermons that present Christ so that the hearer will see Jesus and be forced to make a decision regarding what they are going to do about following Christ. Drawing from the deep well of the Scriptures as well as the writings of a variety of individuals who have in some way been involved in the ministry and preaching throughout the centuries, he reveals what a preacher must know to prepare a sermon that presents Christ. And he offers examples in the remainder of his book. It is one thing to behold a beautiful work of are but it is another to be informed how to create the piece. Author Clowney both teaches us how to create a sermon and then shows us what truly good ones look like such as his sermon “See What it Costs” from Genesis 22;1-19, “Sharing the Father’s Welcome” based on Luke 15: 11-32, our “Intentional Anthem” based on Psalm 96:3 or “Jesus Christ and the Lostness of Man.” He gives examples of well crafted sermons that present Christ from using both the O T and N T texts.If you are studying to be a preacher or are a preacher already there is much insight and wisdom to be gained from reading author Clowney’s book. And if you do you will not be just a better Christian for it but also a much more effective and powerful preacher of the Word of God thereby allowing God to use and bless you in the way he intends as a preacher of His Holy Word. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book at no cost from Crossway Books for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  • Benedict Tan
    2018-12-03 03:47

    Clowney says in the preface that the chapters are ‘[…] sermons are offered as messages to be heard as preaching, not as footnoted theses for study’ (p. 10). Thus, the book is not so much about how to preach Christ in all of Scripture, but a few examples of how one can go about it. The first two chapters do provide some kind of theoretical framework, but I thought the content could have been organised better. So here are the chapters:1) Christ in all of Scripture.2) Preparing a sermon that presents Christ. 3) Sharing the father’s welcome (Luke 15: 11-32).4) See what it costs (Genesis 22: 1-19).5) When God came down (Genesis 28:10-22).6) The champion’s strange victory (Genesis 32).7) Can God be among us (Exodus 34:1-9)?8) Meet the captain (Joshua 5:13-15).9) Surprised by devotion (2 Samuel 23:13-17).10) The Lord of the manger.11) Jesus preaches liberty (Luke 4:16-22).12) The cry of the God-forsaken saviour (Psalm 22:1).13) Our International Anthem (Psalm 96:3).14) Jesus Christ and the lostness of man.15) Hearing is believing: The Lord of the Word.These sermons are written to elicit praise, and so his language is beautiful and his points quite easy to follow. Almost every chapter ends with a call to see afresh God’s grace to His people in Christ throughout redemptive history, and as such, the book can be read as a devotional.The aspect of the book I find most helpful is Clowney’s ability to draw lines of connection from Old Testament events, figures or objects to Christ. He does so quite carefully, although I found some of his readings somewhat arbitrary, and leaning slightly towards allegory. But overall, he models good interpretive practices, always paying careful attention to the redemptive-historical character of the Bible. All in all, the book is not an academic treatise on the topic, but a pastoral exhortation to see and savour Christ in all of Scripture.

  • Demetrius Rogers
    2018-12-14 00:36

    The best part of this book was chapters 1 and 2, where the author goes into his thesis for seeing Christ in the OT. But, even this section seemed a bit disjointed and hard to follow. The rest of the chapters comprised example sermons and they, for me, were just tough going. Heavy on explanation, light on illustration and application. I don't see how these (in the given format) would would fly before a live group. Then the sermons were so focused on the redemptive-historical component that it was hard to remember what the main text was. Wasn't too impressed overall. Too much was assumed; not enough was argued for.

  • Brian
    2018-11-17 22:26

    Preaching Christ in All of Scripture is a short master class in Christocentric preaching. In 2 long and packed chapters Clowney lays out the "how" and then gives 13 examples, one chapter each, of Christ centered sermons from a variety of Scriptures. I expected this to be a book comprised of the "how" material in the first 2 chapters but profited probably as much from seeing how Clowney executes his principles as I read his examples. Solid book on preaching. I recommend it without hesitation.

  • Anthony Alvarado
    2018-11-27 22:43

    I love Clowney. I can see why Keller loves him so much as well. The first two chapters are focused more technically on seeing Jesus in all of the Bible and how to walk through the OT especially. The rest of the book are selected sermons that are simply stirring. Clowney is so academic in Chapters 1 and 2 but his preaching is so accessible and helpful. The last 2 chapters will press you mentally but stick it out.

  • Todd Miles
    2018-11-28 03:28

    Clowney provides a number of sermon manuscripts that model preaching Christ from all of Scripture, but there is really little guidance on how do to it - outside of the examples. The sermons are very good - particularly those from the OT narratives.

  • John Yelverton
    2018-12-14 03:50

    Though some of the topics drag a bit, Clowney's knowledge of the Bible and more importantly, his understanding of the Bible is well worth every second of your time.

  • Steve
    2018-12-05 01:25

    This book isn't just for preachers. It's a great guide for how to read the Bible with its intended meaning.

  • Stephen Mccollum
    2018-12-10 23:35

    Disappointingly dry.

  • Nicu Sotir
    2018-12-12 22:50

    Very good book!

  • Jay Risner
    2018-11-20 03:39

    Inspiring and Constructive.