Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dennis E. Johnson: Counsel From the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ

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Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California (see, will address the theme of the book he wrote with Elyse M. Fitzpatrick:
Counsel From the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ".

Dr. Johnson is also one of seven featured speakers at the upcoming "God's Wrath or Redemption" conference in New York City August 4-5. For a substantial discount on your registration fee go to

Here's what some prominent Christian thinkers are saying about Counsel From the Cross:

"A triumph of a maturing biblical counseling movement. Elyse Fitzpatrick, a counselor with uncommon insight into common problems, teams with Dennis Johnson, a seminary professor with a firm fix on justification and the centrality of the gospel, to produce a cross-centered counseling tool. Expect to find the refreshing intersection of the liberating truth of the cross and the power of the gospel to move counselees and impart hope. This book is a major contribution not only to biblical counseling but also to the person in the pew."
Tedd Tripp, pastor, author, international conference speaker

"Broken people remain so because they never truly understand the nature or extent of God's love. Following the pattern of Paul's letter to the Ephesians, this book triggers worship and hope with exhilarating descriptions of the gospel of Christ and shows us how to live out the love and freedom of the gospel in the relationships and struggles of everyday life. May God use this book to bring a wholeness and joy to believers that is irresistibly attractive to everyone around them."
Ken Sande, president, Peacemaker Ministries

"Fitzpatrick and Johnson teach that effective counseling for broken and hurting people does not mean walking beyond the gospel into some modern form of psychotherapy, which ultimately provides no solutions. All Christians, especially pastors, counselors, and church workers who yearn to see genuine healing and transformation in their families and churches, should practice the principles of this book personally and use it to help others. This book is biblical counseling at its best; absorbing its teaching will make us all better counselors."
Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Dr. Johnson earned his B.A. at Westmont College, his M.Div. and Th.M. at Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. Johnson has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 1982. He previously pastored Orthodox Presbyterian churches in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and East Los Angeles, California. After teaching New Testament for 16 years, he now teaches primarily preaching and ministry courses, in which he applies his background in biblical studies to the issues of ministry, the church, and the culture.

He is Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church, a growing Presbyterian Church in America congregation in Escondido. He has served as moderator of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church General Assembly and Presbytery of Southern California, moderator of South Coast Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in America, member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Committee on Christian Education, and trustee of Covenant College. Dr. Johnson has been privileged to preach and teach in Chad, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, and the Ukraine.

He is also the author of Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation; Let’s Study Acts; The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption; and Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, as well as articles and reviews in Westminster Theological Journal, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Journal of the Evangelical Homiletical Society, and Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk. He has contributed essays to volumes such as The New Testament Student and Theology; Theonomy: A Reformed Critique; The Pattern of Sound Doctrine; and Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California. He is a contributor to the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible and the English Standard Version Study Bible (forthcoming). He also edited Foundations of Christian Education, a collection of addresses to Christian schoolteachers by Cornelius Van Til and Louis Berkhof. You can see a list of some of Dr. Johnson's published works that you may purchase here:

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