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.
[audio:http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/files/2012/06/Owen-Strachan-2.mp3|titles=Owen Strachan 2]
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John Starke is lead pastor of All Souls Church in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. You can follow him on Twitter.