Pastoral Theology and Preaching

Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021


GUEST EDITORIAL: BENJAMIN BRECKINRIDGE WARFIELD, 1851–1921

PAUL HELM - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
This Year 2021 Marks The Centenary Of The Death Of The Theologian Benjamin B.Warfield.

OVERCOMING THE WORLD: BAVINCK ON FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE

HENK VAN DEN BELT - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
After A Short Biographical Introduction, This Article Argues That Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Theology Displays His Appreciation For The Catholicity Of The Church. This Attitude Appears Most Strongly In His Interest In Epistemology. For Bavinck, Faith And Knowledge Form An Essential Unity. He Intends To Avoid Subjectivity While Incorporating The Modern Epistemological Turn To The Human Subject. This Is His Most Original And Most Important Contribution To Theology. According To Bavinck, Faith...

HOW DID GOD HATE ESAU (MALACHI 1:2–3)?

RON BERGEY - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
The Antonyms “love” And “hate” In Biblical Covenant Contexts And Ancient Near East Political Texts Refer Respectively To Keeping And Not Keeping Covenant Or Treaty Commitments. This Same General Sense Is Found In The Marital Covenant Framework. One Case Involves Leah Being Described As “hated” And Rachel As “loved.” As Jacob’s First Wife, Leah Had Covenantal Matriarchal Rights, Which Were Disregarded In Deference To Her Younger Sister, Rachel, Jacob’s Second Wife. Against This Background, The Pr

DIVINE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND FORGIVENESS: THE OLD TESTAMENT BACKGROUND OF HILASTēRION IN ROMANS 3:25

MICHAEL C. MULDER - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
We Start With An Analysis Of The Term Righteousness Of God In Romans 3:21–26. The Righteousness As A Gift To Believers (genitive Of Source, Verses 21–22) Is Founded On The Righteousness That Characterizes His Being (subjective Genitive, Verses 24–25). However, God’s Righteousness Should Not Always Be Interpreted As God’s Covenantal Faithfulness. For The Apostle, Divine Righteousness Brings Salvation And Leads To Judgment, As It Does In The Old Testament. There The Hilastērion, The Ark Cover, Bri

NEW ENGLAND ELECTION SERMONS: A MODEL FOR A PUBLIC PULPIT

TIMON CLINE - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
This article surveys the now largely foreign practice of election sermons delivered in colonial New England. The ultimate aim of the study is to provide a way forward for contemporary pastors: first, to challenge the modern bifurcation of the religious and the so-called secular in the public square; second, to chart a middle course between the extremes of blind partisanship and anemic passivity in commenting on public concerns. The content of election sermons also challenges prevailing evangeli

JUDGMENT AND MERCY: SPURGEON’S PREACHING OF HELL

JEREMY WALKER - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
Charles Spurgeon contended and demonstrated that clear warnings concerning the coming wrath of God are an essential element of biblical preaching. A survey of published sermons provides a taste of such preaching, from his earliest days in Waterbeach to his later sermons in London. This lays the groundwork for assessing some of the particular features of Spurgeon’s preaching of judgment and mercy, including its clarity, vividness, frequency, and consistency, arising out of a sense of duty, with r

BöHL ON JUSTIFICATION AND REGENERATION: SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR PREACHING AND PASTORING

MEINE VELDMAN - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
By the preaching of God’s law, the human being is confronted with his fallenness and existence in flesh, sin, and death. Eduard Böhl, with his emphasis on the synchronicity of God’s act of justification and regener- ation, seeks to maintain the boundary between Creator and creature in creation and history, and between sinner and Christ, flesh and the Spirit. From the viewpoint of the power of God’s word in preaching, the possibility of a redeeming dialogue is reestablished, and the reality of pa

PREACHING AND DEFINITIVE SANCTIFICATION

MICHAEL CHRIST - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
This article proceeds from the assumption that the way a preacher conceptualizes a Christian’s identity in Christ shapes how he brings moral exhortation to the congregation. The concept of definitive sancti- fication—first coined by John Murray and developed by Richard Gaffin and others—identifies the believer as, in some sense, holy in Christ. This is not the holiness of imputed righteousness but a renovative change. Moreover, having been made holy, believers must act according to the logic...

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR HOLINESS IN THE LIFE OF A MINISTER

JOEL R. BEEKE - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
Pastors need to use the spiritual disciplines daily and diligently to cultivate sanctification toward God to know him increasingly better. With the Spirit’s blessing, such cultivation is essential for a truly God-owned ministry that results from the pastor’s large, varied, and original life with God. Pastors must read Scripture diligently, systematically, prayerfully, and meditatively; pray unceasingly, read sound literature, listen to God- glorifying sermons, and profit from the sacraments, ...

PREACHING TO ALL OF THE HEART

A. CRAIG TROXEL - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
There is little controversy over whether preaching should aim for the heart, but the question arises about how it should be done. This article provides an answer to this question by clarifying the biblical understand- ing of the heart in its fundamental unity and in its threefold complexity. Appreciating how the heart works in this way sheds light on preaching effectively to the heart.

THE PRIORITY OF PREACHING IN THE CHURCH’S GLOBAL MISSION

JOHN CURRIE - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
This article seeks to reemphasize the priority of preaching in the church’s global mission. Current crises and sophisticated cultural resistance to the proclamation of the gospel tempt pastors, missionaries, and church leaders to reevaluate the most effective methods for ministry. Key texts are examined and applied to support the position that the methodologi- cal priority of preaching transcends generational, cultural, and historical contexts and that the preaching of the word is missionally ef

THE STIGMATIZATION OF HIV/AIDS VICTIMS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND THE GOSPEL

PHILLIPUS J. BUYS - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
One Of The Most Challenging Issues In Dealing With HIV/AIDS In Africa Is Breaking Through The Stigmas Surrounding The Disease And Building Resilience In Communities Where Large Numbers Of People Are Infected With HIV Or Otherwise Affected By The Pandemic. This Article Explores The Relationship Between Shame, Fear, Guilt, Witchcraft, And HIV/AIDS Stigmatization By Looking At Key Features Of The African Traditional Worldview And Culture. We Point Out Predominant Witchcraft Beliefs And How They ...

THE CHALLENGE OF COMMUNICATING CHRIST IN MELANESIAN CULTURE

RYAN DEJONGE - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
This article deals with culture and cross-cultural communication. More specifically, the concept of mana in the Melanesian worldview plays a significant role in that culture. I will discuss various approaches to cross-cultural communication of the gospel that have been and continue to be used in Papua New Guinea and suggest some reasons why they have come up short. I suggest that the much-neglected field of elenctics must be utilized more and provide ways that this can be done in the context...

INTERVIEW WITH TIMOTHY J. KELLER

PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021

EDMUND P. CLOWNEY’S TRIANGLE OF TYPOLOGY IN PREACHING AND BIBLICAL THEOLOGY

VERN S. POYTHRESS - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021
Edmund Clowney created a triangle diagram to explain the func- tion of types in the Old Testament. The triangle has since become known as “Clowney’s triangle.” It has proved fruitful, and several people have incorporated it into their principles for interpretation and their interpretations of individual types. Let us reflect on its significance.

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT LETHAM. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY.

ARNOLD HUIJGEN - in Vol. 7 No. 2 / Oct 2021