During this morning's sermon I talked about the importance of the Old Testament and how Pastor Karen and I believe that we have not preached enough on texts from the Old Testament. This sense has only increased for me since beginning to read, "Do We Need the New Testament: Letting the Old Testament Speak for Itself," by Old Testament scholar, John Goldingay. He is an OT scholar for whom I have great respect. He uses the provocative title to make an important point. He begins the introduction with, "Yes, of course,we do need the New Testament, but why? Why is the Old Testament not enough? By asking that question, I am reversing the one Christians ask under their breath, the question whether we need the Old Testament, or whether the New Testament isn't enough." As you can imagine, he makes a very powerful case for the importance of the OT for Christians.
This is a book I highly recommend. It is very readable and will give you a far better understanding of how essential the OT is for Christians.
The Rev. Dr. Phil Bauman has been the Senior Pastor of UCC Medfield since 1996. He served as the pastor of the First Congregational Church (UCC) in Clinton, MA from 1981-1988, then attended Boston University where he received a Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology in 1995.
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