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September 30, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Daniel Doriani reminds us of the benefits of redemptive-historical preaching, but also offers some words of caution.

Redemptive-historical preaching exalts the God who saves with infinite mercy. It opposes moralizing application, denouncing narrative expositions that focus on human participants as exemplars of good or bad behavior. It cannot tolerate sermons (and hymns) that fail to name and honor Christ, that propound general moral or spiritual instruction that any theist could find agreeable. It safeguards an essential of interpretation: it keeps the broad context of every Scripture firmly in view. Nonetheless, some forms of RHP are prone to certain errors.

-The desire to relate every passage of the Old Testament to Christ can generate fanciful, exegetically unverifiable forays into typologizing.

-The zeal to trace each passage to its culmination in Christ can obliterate the distinctiveness of particular passages. At worst, RHP repeats one sermon, albeit a very good one, every week.

-The focus of RHP is narrative, which constitutes over 35 percent of Scripture. It has not sufficiently developed its method for other genres, such as psalms of wisdom or lament, proverbs, prophetic oracles, or ethical codes of Moses or Paul.

-Some advocates of RHP are wary of any specific application, fearing that calls to change behavior will usurp the Spirit’s role in application and drift into anthropocentric moralism. Zeal to avoid moralistic readings of narrative leads some to refuse all moral uses of narratives. But narratives edify too. Indicatives precede imperatives, but there are imperatives.

None of these weaknesses is intrinsic to RHP. Because of its theocentricity, this approach is the starting point for preaching historical texts, old covenant or new. (Doriani, Putting the Truth to Work, 296-297)

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  1. Jason
    October 1, 2007 at 9:59 am


    I’m not at all familiar with this author, but I do agree with this quote. Is the whole book worth reading? Do you recommend it? As you know, I have enough reading material to satisfy my retirement—but I’m always eager to get another good book!
    Also, other than Kit’s sermons, do you know where I can find free, distinctively RH audio sermons on the web? I’d like (for the benefit of SGCC) to supplement our own sermons with other RH sermon ministries. It’s always profitable to have complementary voices to listen to and I’d like to provide our congregation the opportunity to hear these other voices. I’ve found many great websites and blogs for our reading pleasure, but no free audio sermons from the RH perspective. Did you record your sermons from Cornerstone? If so, will you make them available to listen to?
    Thanks for your work in the proclamation of the Gospel (good news) of our salvation (and the recovery of ‘Sacred Space’) in our Lord Jesus Christ—the Great King, the fulfillment of David and the True Israel/Servant/Son, the Seed of Abraham who is the Seed of the woman and the One who will crush (and, indeed, has crushed) the serpent’s head!


  2. October 1, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Doriani’s book is ok. There are some good things in the book, but in my opinion nothing that makes you “have to buy the book.”

    I don’t know of any ministry that produces RH sermons (at least audio) for free. Kerux and other ministries provide written sermons. I would encourage you to check out some of the other blogs on my blogroll. Many of the pastors of these blogs use BT in their preaching. Also, I know some of my old profs have free sermons on SermonAudio. I would check out Steve and Kirk Wellum’s sermons. Also, here is a link to free Carson audio below.


    I’ll email you about the audio CDs I have.

  3. October 2, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Chad,

    I posted this here publicly, because I couldn’t find your email address?

    Can I ask your advice on a short, BT-related blog I wrote titled…

    Big Picture Preaching: 3 Advantages to Preaching From Long Passages, Instead of Short Passages

    I need some brothers, who are better read than I am on preaching, to critique it. Would you be willing to look at it, and let me know your thoughts?



  4. Jesse Faught
    October 7, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Chad, I have a friend here in Italy that is looking for a work on partial-preterism as seen in Revelation? You know of anything?


  5. October 7, 2007 at 7:56 am


    On the popular level (although not commentaries) see:

    -Hank Hanegraff’s “The Apocalypse Code”

    -R. C. Sproul’s “The Last Days According to Jesus.”

    For commentaries your friend may want to check out:

    -Steve Gregg’s “Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary,” which will present all the views for interpreting Revelation.

    Please note that there can be a degree of partial preterism in the amilliennial position, but partial preterism is usually associated with postmillennial thought. See the following works for indepth treatment on a partial preterist view.

    -G. B. Carid’s “A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John the Divine (this book is now out of print, but you might be able to find a copy)

    -Kenneth Gentry’s “He Shall Have Dominion” and “Before Jerusalem Fell”

    -David Chilton’s “The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation.”

    Hope that helps.


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