Remarks by Dr. Joseph Novenson “I found in Ed Clowney a model of Christlikeness both in his preaching content and in the life he lived, and this made listening to his lectures and sermons stunningly compelling. He was simultaneously one of the most brilliant and gifted men I have ever known, and one of the most thoroughly unimpressed with himself.
He pressed home the fact that I must never miss any occasion of preaching to proclaim the person of Jesus. Often now when I enter a pulpit, I quietly ask, ‘Where is my Savior?’”
Joseph V. Novenson is senior pastor of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church in Lookout Mountain, TN.
Remarks by Dr. Julius Kim “Simply put, Ed helped me understand how Jesus himself read the Scriptures. Jesus provided the paradigm for interpreting (and preaching) the Scriptures, as recorded in Luke 24:27, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures things concerning himself.” What Ed poignantly related in his teaching was that this simple yet significant statement contained the crucial paradigm for preaching¾since the purpose of all the Scriptures pointed to Jesus Christ, his person and work are the key component for the faithful interpreting and preaching of Scripture.
As many who knew him personally will attest, Ed was more than a teacher of preaching. At the end of the day, he was a child of God who reveled in the love that his Father had for him in Jesus Christ.“
Julius J. Kim is associate professor of practical theology, dean of students, and director of the Center for Pastoral Refreshment at Westminster Seminary California. He is an associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA.
Remarks by Dr. Iain M. Duguid “Ed’s focus on the gospel, which gave his sermons an essentially doxological flavor, is something that has deeply impacted my preaching style. Ed always left people “lost in wonder, love and praise” for Christ at the end of his messages. This constant focus on the gospel is not merely an evangelistic strategy to reach unbelievers. By warming our hearts and stirring our devotion to Christ, it is also the means by which believers are equipped best to fulfill our chief purpose as human beings, glorifying God and enjoying him forever.”
Iain M. Duguid is professor of religion at Grove City College and founding pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Grove City, PA.
Remarks by Dr. Charles Drew
“Anyone who has seen Ed’s artwork, or sung his hymns, or read his poetry knows that a deep love for aesthetics drove him. He did not simply love theology. He loved the beauty of theology¾better, the beauty of the God of theology. This I believe is part of why biblical theology was so precious to him. To see the unfolding mystery of Scripture in the revelation of Christ moved him.”
Charles D. Drew is pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York, NY.
Remarks by Dr. Dennis Johnson in the Preface:
“The aim of Heralds of the King is twofold: first, the contributors are eager to share the burning passion to preach Christ from all of Scripture, which was “caught” from Ed. As you will see, this infectious eagerness to attune our ears to hear the Holy Spirit’s witness to the Son in every text of the Bible, from every era of redemptive history, was something that we contracted not only from Ed the homiletician or Ed the exegete and biblical theologian, but also from Ed the sinner saved by divine grace, who himself stood amazed and humbled at the mercy shown him at Christ’s cross.
Our second purpose is to show that one does not have to be Ed Clowney to see Christ revealed on every page of Scripture and to broadcast the good news of his redemptive achievement in your own ministry, whether your calling is that of a pastor charged to shepherd God’s flock or that of one bearing informal witness among family, friends and coworkers.”
Dennis E. Johnson is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California, an associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA and editor of Heralds of the King.
Crossway Publications graciously granted the EPC Legacy Corporation permission to use quotes from Heralds of the King.
Remarks by Dr. Arturo Azurdia
“Preaching Christ from the Old Testament was the name of the class. For three hours each day Dr. Clowney displayed from both exegetical and theological perspectives how the Old Testament relentlessly points to Jesus Christ. Each day my heart burned, aroused by two conflicting emotions: fresh affection (for the glory and greatness of my Savior) and intensifying frustration. I approached Dr. Clowney at the end of the third class and declared, “I can’t preach Jesus Christ if he is not in the text.” I will never forget his response. He smiled, gently put his hand on my shoulder, and said, “You don’t know your Bible well enough.” He was exactly right. I finished the class with a resolve to spend the rest of my life learning how to preach Christ from the entire Bible.”
Arturo G. Azurdia III is associate professor of pastoral theology and director of pastoral mentoring, Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and founder of The Spurgeon Fellowship, the seminary’s ministry to pastors.
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- ~ William Edgar Remembers Dr. Clowney
"Ed’s teaching was mind-boggling. No one had ever explained so many issues using what I now know to be biblical theology, the progressive unfolding of redemptive history, culminating is Jesus Christ, the “yea and amen of the promises of God.” A whole group of us from Harvard did come to Westminster, and we never regretted it for a minute. There we discovered that exegesis was controlled by biblical theology, which in turn yielded the good fruits of systematics. We sat under the likes of Paul Woolley, John Murray, E. J. Young. But Edmund Clowney remained a central inspiration. It was he, more than any of the others, who opened the Bible to us. Ironically, in those days, many of the courses on the Pentateuch or the Psalms or Galatians were little more than painstaking refutations of the German critics. We were no doubt still in the era of Westminster’s origins in controversy, called to “demolish strongholds.” But many of us came from outside the Christian faith and did not worry particularly about these guys with funny names like Gunkel or Mowinckle. We needed basic Bible knowledge, and we got it from Ed Clowney’s courses in, of all things, Practical Theology. Whether homiletics, worship, missions, or the church, his sermon-like lectures took us through one era after another, climaxing in Jesus Christ. As he got more and more excited about the structure of revelation, Ed spoke contagiously about the impossibility of God’s extravagant promises. How would he do it? What about Abraham rising up in the morning to sacrifice the only son of the pledge? For a people in exile, how will the very bells on the horses have the Lord’s name inscribed on them, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house be like the sacred bowls before the altar? The answer: “Remnant and renewal! Remnant and"
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