Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The End Game

Gary Cockerill recently preached in Hughes Auditorium at Asbury University on Hebrews 12:1–4, "The End Game." 

Here is Gary's blog post.

Here is the Asbury podcast page.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Priest according the Order of Melchizedek

New article:

Murphy, Bryan. “Priest according to the Order of Melchizedek.” The Master’s Seminary Journal 33.2 (Fall 2022): 297–304.

"The Messianic Hope of Israel includes more than just the right to rule over all the nations from the Davidic throne. It also incorporates a replacement of the Aaronic priesthood with a priesthood patterned after that of Melchizedek. The evidence for this is found in the predictive promise made by Yahweh through David in Psalm 110. In the New Testament, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews explains and applies this same promise as a justification for the superiority of Christ to both the Aaronic priesthood and the entire Old Testament sacrificial system. This article will present the case for the Messiah being not only one with a rightful claim to sovereignty over all nations, but also as one appointed eternally as the mediator between God and men."

PDF of whole issue

Hebrews as a Sermonic Model

New article:

Hughes, Adam. “Expository Preaching with Biblical Contexts on the Horizon: Hebrews as a Sermonic Model.” Southeastern Theological Review 13.2 (Fall 2022): 45–64.

"The rationale for and benefits of expository preaching have been well established in the field of homiletics. If a fair critique exists for this philosophy of preaching, however, it is that it is often seen as less applicable to the lives of the audience and therefore less effective in producing life change. One reason may be the hesitancy of practitioners to employ contextualization in their preaching. Perhaps the hesitancy lies in the concern that to do so could corrupt the meaning and intent of the pericope in the sermon. In this article, the author addresses this perceived and potential deficiency by arguing for the use of multiple levels of contextualization in expository preaching. In order to do so, four aspects of contextualization will be identified. Then, by using these aspects as a guide, the book of Hebrews, which has been recognized by contemporary scholarship as being sermonic, will be analyzed to offer both a biblical precedent for and model of a fourfold aspect of contextualization in expository preaching. Finally, five implications for contemporary preaching will be offered."

PDF available for the entire issue.