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.
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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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