Christ Plus: Gospel Coalition Interview on Christ-centered Preaching

From the Gospel Coalition:

When you are preaching Christ from the Old Testament, do you actually preach the Old Testament? Owen Strachan, a regular TGC contributor and professor of theology and church history at Boyce College, wants preachers to not simply preach Christ from the Old Testament, but to preach the Old Testament in a way that apexes in Christ.

Strachan warns that if a preacher is so jazzed about Christ-centered preaching that he leaps the context in order to get to the cross, or if he mines the the historical and linguistic context but never gets to Christ, the sermon won’t be a rich, Christ-centered sermon. He explains these points and more—including a word for preachers whose churches aren’t growing—in a short but packed interview with Mark Mellinger.  Download

It was very fun to do this interview.  Mark Mellinger asked great questions, and we had a fun conversation on the themes mentioned above.

If I sound a little, uh, shredded, that’s because my Louisvillian allergies had timed their emergence to coincide with Together for the Gospel, where this interview took place.  No, I was not out partying at the 9Marks Church Bash the previous evening.  The previous sentence is a joke.

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