Matthew R. Perry

Preaching Christ From All of Scripture: White Horse Inn Interview with Dennis Johnson

In Preaching on July 8, 2007 at 10:07 pm

The White Horse Inn presented an excellent program on July 1 — an interview with Dennis Johnson, author of “Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures.”  Here’s the commentary by Michael Horton of White Horse Inn.

Hello and welcome to a special edition of the White Horse Inn. Jesus abraded the religious leaders of his day for their devotion to the Bible without evidently knowing the point. You search the Scriptures diligently, he told them, thinking that you have eternal life in them. Yet it is they that testify concerning me. But you will not come to me that you may have life. In other words, they were Bible centered without being Christ centered. But is that really possible? Can we be diligent searchers of Scripture and miss the point that from Genesis to Revelation the whole story is about God finding us? It’s an unfolding plot of redemption centering around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus evidently thought that the Scriptures, which of course meant our Old Testament, proclaimed him throughout. In his ministry, Jesus and the gospel writers are constantly drawing our attention back to the promises of the Hebrew Scriptures that were being fulfilled in their presence. Ask a lot of Christians today what they think is the central theme or who is the central character and you’ll probably get a lot of very different answers. Some may say it’s the nation of Israel. Others say principles for living. Still others will say it’s a blueprint for revolution. Many read the Bible as a collection of timeless doctrines and moral rules. Even if we say that Christ is the center of Scripture, it’s easy to miss him in all the distractions that preoccupy us today. How then can we become better readers and hearers of the Word and not miss the main point? How can we better see Christ as the beginning, middle, and end of the biblical story? To help us with that important task we have the good services of Dr. Dennis Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California and the author of a very recent book, Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures.

Click here to listen to the program.

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