Jesus On Every Page Interview

Credo Magazine asked me the following questions:

  1. Speaking personally, how has learning to read the Old Testament with an eye to Jesus impacted your piety and pastoral ministry?
  2. Why should the average Christian layman (i.e., someone not regularly preaching or teaching the Bible) learn how to read the Old Testament looking for Jesus?
  3. What authors and books (historic or modern) have most helped you in learning how to read the Old Testament Christologically?
  4. Tell us about your new book Jesus on Every Page.  Why did you write it, for whom is it written, and is there anything unique about it which sets it apart from other contemporary books about Jesus in the Old Testament?
  5. Is the title of your book a bit hyperbolic?  Should we really look for Jesus on every page?
  6. How intimately connected is your approach to finding Jesus in the Old Testament to Covenant Theology?  Say someone was persuaded of New Covenant Theology, Progressive Covenantalism, Historic Premillennialism, or some variety of Dispensationalism; would he still find your book helpful?  Why?
  7. How would your approach to finding Jesus in the Old Testament compare with that of Sidney Greidanus (i.e., Preaching Christ from the Old Testament )?  Graeme Goldsworthy?  Walt Kaiser?
  8. Is it legitimate to find Jesus in an Old Testament account when it would appear that the human author was not thinking of Jesus?  For example, would it be legitimate to find Jesus in the book of Esther, when the human author of Esther seems to be simply recording a historical event?  Why or why not?

You can read my answers here.


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Want To Hang Out? And Maybe Win Logos 5?

Gospel eBooks is hosting a Google Hangout tonight on the subject of Jesus On Every Page. I’ll be interviewed by Kim from Thomas Nelson and you’ll also have a chance to join the discussion via video and social media.

Why not visit the official Facebook event page, click join, and invite your friends to come too.  That’s also where you’ll be able to ask me your questions, chat during the Hangout, and where the giveaways will happen, including the opportunity to win Logos 5! (See more details below).

In the meantime, for 48 hours only, you can buy a Kindle or eBook version of Jesus on Every Page for only $4.99.

Giveaway Information

You have to join the Hangout event to find out how to participate in the Giveaway.

GIVEAWAY #1 (5-10 winners)

A “Jesus on Every Page” digital prize pack valued at $100. Here’s what’s included in the prize pack:

  • Old Testament Introduction Course. David’s 63-lecture, 450-page introduction to (almost) every book in the Old Testament. Each Old Testament book is summarized and analyzed, with many Christ-centered applications.
  • Cross Reference – Angel of the Lord Video Curriculum and Study Guide: 10-video series on Christ’s appearances as the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, together with pdf of Study Guide.
  • God’s Home: A mini-novel with nine chapters that looks at the Christ-centered meaning of the Tabernacle from the perspective of a young Jewish girl, Jerusha. Also comes with study questions.
  • God’s Food. A five-part Bible Study on the Messiah-centered significance of the Jewish sacrificial system.
  • Jesus on Every Page Digital Posters: 8 Digital Posters presenting the content of the book in graphical form.
  • Jesus on Every Page Study Guide Answers.


GIVEAWAY #2 (5 Winners)

David Murray Products

Will be a David Murray physical prize pack valued at $33. Here’s what’s included in the prize pack:


GRAND PRIZE (1 Winner)

Logos5

Will be the latest version of the best bible-study software available. One person will receive a LOGOS 5 Starter Pack (valued at $295).


A Rookie Pastor’s First Impressions

In this guest post, a new pastor discusses the lessons he’s learned in his first few months in pastoral ministry. 

I recently made the transition from the seminary desk to the church pulpit. It has been one of the most joyful experiences in my life, but also one of the most humbling as I have had to hit the “reset” button on my expectations and assumptions. I imagine I’m not the only seminarian turned pastor who has had to do this, nor will I be the last. So below are some of my “first impressions” to highlight things that can be neglected, but shouldn’t be.

1. Knowing the Bible: So much of the “ministry of the Word” is spontaneous and informal. It’s great (and necessary) to study and know the finer points of exegesis, but you don’t always have that luxury. Be well acquainted with the promises, commands, and threatenings of the Bible.

2. Means of Grace: Study and pray to be convinced of the efficacy of the means of grace. Reading, preaching, praying, and administering the sacraments is an act of faith!

3. Prayer: Be prepared to pray…and to pray, and to pray. Not only privately but with individuals, families, elders, deacons, in prayer meetings, hospitable rooms, and with the community—be fresh, eager, zealous, and particular.

4. Teach: In seminary we focus on preaching (and rightly so!). But teaching is an important part of being a pastor (i.e. catechism, profession of faith, prayer meeting, Sabbath schools, book studies, etc). Learn how to teach, ask questions, and facilitate discussions and not make the classroom another pulpit.

5. Recognize the wounded: I’m pretty convinced that wherever you go you’ll have to deal with sheep who have been injured by the church, or by someone in the church. In our day, it seems, most have a history with a church and many carry baggage. Learn how to gently shepherd the neglected and wounded.

6. Spiritual immaturity: Many don’t know theological distinctions or how to draw lines of contour throughout the whole of the Bible. Be prepared to shepherd a flock who need the “basic principles of the oracles of God,” and love them for it! We don’t exist for perfected saints, but to perfect the saints.

7. Avoid being opinionated: You will probably be asked your opinion on everything. It’s okay to be silent, not every opinion is worth expressing. Pray that the Lord would teach you when to speak and when to be silent. In my opinion, the more opinionated you are, the less credibility you’ll retain!

8. Be a churchman: If you’re Presbyterian, like me, you’ll be a pastor and a presbyter. You can be asked to do committee or commission work and you’re responsible to help examine, license, and ordain others for the ministry. Know how to do this by not checking yourself out of church courts in your seminary years. Attend, observe, learn, and ask questions.

9. Long-term: Don’t be nearsighted. The foundation of the church is laid, but it’s being built up. It’s okay everything isn’t perfect, people may not know like the should, elders aren’t flawless, and deacons may not be charitable. That’s the church!

10. Know your vision: You and your church exist for one reason. In the words of Cotton Mather, “Exhibit as much as you can of a glorious Christ. Yea, let the motto upon your whole ministry be: Christ is all. Let others develop the pulpit fads that come and go. Let us specialize in preaching our Lord Jesus Christ.”


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