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heraldsI am eager to review a copy of Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney (Paperback), for my fall Homiletics II course. It is available this month (although Amazon still lists it as a pre-order). Along with Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messages, by T. David Gordon, we have some good texts with a solid theology of preaching that could strengthen the Word of the Gospel from many pulpits for present and future generations:

Publisher’s Description: Eleven preachers with different gifts, backgrounds, and personal emphases show how they proclaim Christ from all the Scripture in a variety of contexts.

Edmund P. Clowney (1917–2005), the late president and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, was a trailblazer of Christ-centered, redemptive-historical preaching. Through his classroom instruction, his publications, and his example as a preacher, he ignited in many seminary students and pastors a passion to preach Christ from all the Scriptures as the fulfillment and climax of God’s plan of redemption.

This collection of sermons is intended to illustrate how various preachers with different gifts, backgrounds, and personal emphases are working out in practice the homiletic principles they learned from Dr. Clowney. The volume, which includes sermons and introductory comments by editor Dennis Johnson, Tim Keller, Joseph “Skip” Ryan, and eight other contributors, enables readers to carry away both models and practical advice for preparing sermons that proclaim Christ across a broad spectrum of congregations and people groups.

224 Pages
Published May 2009

About the Author: Dennis E. Johnson (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church.