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.
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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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