Darrell W. Johnson is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Vancouver. Before joining First Baptist in 2009, he was an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regent College in Vancouver. A popular conference and retreat speaker, he has also served as the preaching pastor for a number of Presbyterian congregations in the United States as well as Union Church of Manila, Philippines, as well as serving as Adjunct Professor of Preaching for the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey Through the Book of Revelation
Revelation is probably the most read, but least understood book of the Bible. History is replete with examples of how not to interpret it, but how can the message of such an enigmatic book be applied to our lives today? Darrell Johnson’s book drives home the challenging and practical message of Revelation in thirty carefully crafted sermons that pay attention to the original context of Revelation and the circumstances surrounding its composition. Johnson shows that the book is not a “crystal ball” but rather a “discipleship manual.” Thoroughly researched and yet accessible, this collection of sermons is a helpful resource for pastors and small group leaders who are looking for models to help them preach and teach the message of Revelation in a time when there is much confusion about the end times.
Regent College, 2004
Experiencing the Trinity
With the increased interest in spirituality these days, many people are prepared to believe that Jesus was a good man who taught truths about God. Fewer, however, are convinced that Jesus was God. For many, the doctrine of the Trinity seems irrelevant. In Experiencing the Trinity, Darrell Johnson shows the error of such thinking, describing how the doctrine of the Trinity came about, its biblical foundations, and why it is central to Christian belief and practice. This book shows that believing in the Triune God is not merely an intellectual exercise, but a way of life. Properly understood and experienced, the three-fold nature of God should affect how we pray, how we worship, and how we relate to one another in Christian community.
Regent College, 2004
Fifty-Seven Words That Change the World: A Journey Through the Lord’s Prayer
Nowhere is Jesus’ brilliance more manifest than in the prayer he taught his disciples to pray, the prayer that has come to be known as the “Lord’s Prayer.” A mere fifty-seven words in the original Greek, the Lord’s Prayer gathers up all of life and brings it before God. In eight stirring meditations, Darrell Johnson shows how the Lord’s Prayer sums up the essence of Christian faith and, when prayed in faith, draws us into draws us into the Triune God’s work of transforming the world.
Regent College, 2005
It is Finished
Nearly two thousand years ago, a young Jewish rabbi known as Jesus of Nazareth was nailed to wooden beams and hoisted above the skyline of the city of Jerusalem. Christians ever since have proclaimed that this event, symbolized by the cross, lies at the very center of their faith. Indeed, they have claimed that in the cross event God has actually “saved the world.” But how could a single man’s execution centuries ago have anything to do with us in the twenty-first century? In these meditations, Darrell Johnson probes the mystery and majesty of the cross, exploring it from various angles and illuminating this core belief of Christian faith in its multiple dimensions.
Regent College, 2008
The Glory of Preaching
In these pages you will find a vision of preaching that is both illuminating and inspiring. Drawing from biblical and theological resources as well as years in the pulpit, Darrell Johnson lays out a vision for preaching that takes readers far beyond the mere mechanics of delivering sermons. He dynamically unpacks the link between the human task of speaking to a congregation and the real, gracious action and presence of the living Christ in and through our proclamation. Johnson assists preachers to profoundly engage the biblical text and then liberates them to make use of their own personality, gifts and abilities as they communicate that message. This book is for any pastor or student who wants to cultivate a deeper pulpit approach that participates in the transforming mystery of God working through our less-than-perfect proclamation.