theologians/authors are evangelical1
and culturally relevant.
Welsh protestant minister who pastored at Westminster Chapel, London
believed that preaching must be the logical demonstration of the
truth of a given passage of Scripture with the aid of the Holy
Spirit. That is, ‘logic on fire’. Recordings of his
sermons are available for download at http://www.mlj.org.uk/home.
T (Tom) Wright (1948- )
of Durham and highly respected New Testament scholar. He is
particularly good on the resurrection of Christ. His book, The
Resurrection of the Son of God
presents a clearly organised and logical case that addresses every
doubt about the resurrection, both ancient and modern. A short and
easily readable book is Following
a series of talks on what it means to follow Jesus today. Lectures,
articles and talks are available here http://www.ntwrightpage.com/
Keller (1950 - )
founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian church in New York, one
of Manhattan’s most vital congregations. Excellent and highly
recommended speaker who convincingly presents the gospel to a
sceptical, post-modern generation. Free sermon resource at
Reason for God clearly
and rigorously addresses common arguments about the existence of God.
is an changing account of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son.
Tim Keller’s books are available through Australian Christian
I Packer (1926 - )
Canadian Theologian, considered one of the most influential
evangelical theologians in North America. Knowing
probably his best-known work, explores the character of God as
revealed in the Bible, and the Christian response to it. J I
Packer’s books are available in Australian Christian
bookstores, and audio at http://www.jipackeronline.com/.
Stott (1921 - )
evangelical Anglican clergyman, he has been at the heart of the
evangelical renewal in the UK. In
columnist David Brooks wrote that, if evangelicals chose a pope, they
would likely select John Stott. Issues
facing Christians today brings
the lens of biblically informed thinking and intellectual rigour to
contemporary issues such as same sex marriage, pluralism, human
rights, industrial relations, AIDS and terrorism. The
Bible and the Christian Life: Six Sessions on the Authority,
Interpretation, and Use of Scripture
(DVD) clearly and rigorously addresses key areas of Christian beliefs
absolutely central to Christianity. The John Stott website is at
Yancey (1949 - )
popular American Christian author and journalist who addresses tough
matters and ponders deep questions about faith with honesty and
depth. His books are available through Australian Christian
bookstores; and his column at Christianity Today is available at:
Presbyterian minister who saw that philosophical questions of
meaning, morals, and value are also addressed by the Bible. Once an
agnostic, Schaeffer came to the conclusion that Biblical Christianity
not only gave sufficient answers to the big questions, but that they
were the only answers that were both self-consistent and liveable.
Schaeffer taught that God is really “there” and that He
has spoken to man in the Bible. As a result we can have "true
truth" about God and man, not the “death of hope”
that human philosophy engenders. Francis Schaeffer’s books can
be found in Australian Christian bookstores. The Shelter at
is a site dedicated to the work of Francis Schaeffer.
Assemblies of God preacher, best known for his writing on worship and
intimacy with God. His books are accessible, thoughtful and
insightful, and are classics of Christian literature. Although best
known for the books Let
us worship, Elements of worship, A Reasoning Faith and
his many other books are also worth searching out and reading.
as the ‘Prince of Preachers’, Charles Spurgeon’s
weekly sermons remain one of the all-time
best selling series of writings published in history.
An archive of Spurgeon’s work is at
Spurgeon's works in e-Book format are free to download at
A daily devotional series by Spurgeon is available at
An audio archive of his sermons is at
Treasury of David
is a superb commentary on the book of Psalms, and is still in print.
S Lewis (1898-1963)
Anglo-Irish, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay
theologian and Christian apologist. He is also well known for his
The Screwtape letters and
Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis
was very interested in presenting a reasonable case for the truth of
problem of pain are
concerned with refuting popular objections to Christianity such as
"How could a good God allow pain to exist in the world?".
A useful C S Lewis website is at http://cslewis.drzeus.net/.
Jackman (1942 - )
renowned British Evangelical speaker who excels in expository
preaching that is relevant and thoughtful. His sermons can be found
Lucas (1925 - )
Anglican evangelical clergyman, best known for his long ministry at
St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London. Under his leadership St
Helen's grew from a tiny congregation of a few individuals to a large
thriving church with a ministry to city workers, families, students
and young professionals, and a reputation for serious expository
preaching and Bible teaching. His sermons can be found at
German Lutheran pastor and theologian. His view of Christianity's
role in the secular world has become very influential.
best-known book, The
Cost of Discipleship
is a study of the Sermon on the Mount in which he attacked "cheap
grace" as a cover for ethical laxity and preached "costly
Church of Scotland missionary serving in the former Madras State. He
is remembered especially for the period of his life when he sought to
communicate the need for the church to take the Gospel anew to the
post-Christian Western culture, which he viewed not as a secular
society with no gods but as a pagan society with false gods. It was
during this time that he wrote two of his most important works,
to the Greeks
Gospel in a Pluralist Society.
A Newbigin bibliography is available at http://www.newbigin.net/.
fiction author, who also writes on Christian relationships and
communication. His book, Finding
is a superb book about communicating the gospel effectively to
Journals and Magazines
is no shortage of contemporary Christian journals and magazines.
Most are an amalgam of stories, Christian world perspectives,
articles, photographs, advertisements, news and interviews, opinion
pieces, columns by well known speakers and writers and advice for
shopping, parenting, cooking, dieting and other “practical”
tips for living.
contain snippets of teaching (much of it of the “inspirational”
variety”), however they are not the place you will find serious
consideration of the theological “issues” confronting
modern Christians. In addition, the majority of those that have wide
circulation are aimed at Christians in the West and contain cultural
all means, dip into such publications, but go much further afield for
deeper treatment of theological matters.
Today is one of the leading Christian magazines; it is available
online and in printed format. The popular publication covers world,
national, church and ministry news, as well as practical advice on
entertainment, shopping, parenting and marriage resources, help with
college and seminary selection, community guides, and sermon aids.
Magazine is a bimonthly lifestyle magazine with a focus toward faith,
life, and culture. RELEVANT targets 20-somethings who are
“passionate about God, spirituality, and the world they live
in”. The team behind the magazine writes, "... we're just
a group of people like you who are asking questions, living life to
its fullest, seeking God, having fun, trying to reach people and
impact the world around us.
is one of the leading magazines for Spirit-filled Christians,
offering articles, regular columns written by well-known pastors and
teachers, community forums, and news from the Christian community all
from a charismatic perspective.
Man Magazine is designed for Christian men; contributors include
well-known names in sports, business and entertainment, who explain
how their faith in Jesus Christ has impacted their lives. Articles
include Biblical perspectives from Christian leaders, practical
advice about marriage, parenting, work, health, fitness, sex, God and
other aspects of life.
is a resource of Leadership
designed to strengthen and equip Christian women to fulfil God's
calling on their lives. Each month members receive a digital
magazine highlighting an influential Christian woman, as well as
spiritual and practical tools, Bible studies, and other resources to
challenge women in their spiritual formation.
Magazine provides biweekly world news committed to reporting and
illustrating the news from a biblical worldview perspective, with
emphasis on stories that are often under-reported or even misreported
by other more prominent media outlets. The magazine is published 26
times a year and includes coverage of national and international
stories, especially those relevant to Christians. It also provides
editorials and commentaries, cultural analysis, movie and television
reviews, book and music reviews, as well as business, personal
finance, charity, education, sports, technology, lifestyle and health
Magazine covers the contemporary Christian music world. It discusses
music and contains reviews, tour and concert information, special
artist features and opportunities to shop for Christian music.
"Christian living" magazine features everything from human
interest stories, ministry spotlights, education and health articles
to home and fashion tips, food, finance, and business features. The
format is a "Guidepost meets Charisma" inspirational focus
with the goal of educating and connecting Christians to other
like-minded believers in businesses and ministries all over the
monthly magazine is designed "to help people from all walks of
life achieve their maximum personal and spiritual potential."
Stories and articles from everyday people and well-known celebrities
are designed to help readers grow practically and spiritually in
their daily lives.
History & Biography
History & Biography offers highly researched chronicles of people
and events that have shaped the journey of Christianity throughout
the ages. It contains articles, graphics, illustrations, timelines
and maps designed to enhance the retracing of Christianity's roots.
source of information is magazines published by individual Christian
denominations, for example: the Catholic
Church of England reader; Trowel
and Sword (Christian Reformed Churches of Australia); Warcry
(Salvation Army); and the Pentecostal Evangel.
material in these publications is useful, however the contents
reflect the denominational emphases of the churches that sponsor them
and the theological depth is variable.
so-called “Christian” cults have well-known magazines as
well, for example Watchtower
published by the Jehovah’s Witness organisation, and Christian
published by the Worldwide Church of God (formerly published Plain
Clearly, the cults recognise the value of disseminating their
material in written form. It is not recommended that any such
material be used as primary sources for theological teaching.
are many millions of articles of a Christian nature on the Internet.
Great care needs to be taken to establish the reliability of the
sources, so as not to end up with a mixture of truth (presented both
well and poorly) and false teaching.
For the purposes of this course the term “evangelical”
has been taken to refer to Christians and a theological framework
that hold to the following:
Bible is God’s Word; it is the Truth;
supernatural world exists; the evangelical paradigm is centred in an
eternal, personal God who intervenes in creation, in particular in
the Incarnation of Jesus Christ;
plan is redemptive; it is based around the forgiving and
transforming grace of God made available to us through Jesus Christ
(whose substitutionary death, and resurrection, make it all
possible) in the experience called conversion, the beginning of
genuine Christian living;
primary task of Christian theology is to serve the church's mission
of bringing the message and power of God's grace and Christ’s
redemption to the whole world through proclamation and service.