R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1939. In 1961, he graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He earned his B.D. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1964, and the following year he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America. He traveled to Holland in 1965, where he earned his Drs. in Systematic Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1969. During this time, he returned to the United States to complete his studies, and taught philosophy and theology at Westminster College, Gordon College, and the Gordon-Conwell School of Theology before serving on the staff of College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1971, Dr. Sproul helped establish the Ligonier Valley Study Center in western Pennsylvania. The center provided an intimate setting where students could pursue a deeper understanding of the holiness of God. In order to respond more effectively to the growing demand for Dr. Sproul’s materials, the ministry moved to Orlando, Florida, in 1984. Dr. Sproul continues to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God as principal teacher and chairman for Ligonier Ministries. He has written 60 books, scores of magazine articles for evangelical publications, and produced more than 300 lecture series. Some of his lecture series have been featured on the daily national radio broadcast, Renewing Your Mind.

Dr. Sproul has also had a distinguished academic teaching career. He taught systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary beginning in 1980, where he later served as the John Dyer Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology for eight years. From 1995–2004, he served as Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary.

In addition to his teaching career, Dr. Sproul has served on the national boards of several organizations, including Prison Fellowship and the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Dr. Sproul also served as president of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Biblical Inerrancy. Dr. Sproul currently serves as the Director of Serve International, and Senior Minister of Preaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Dr. Sproul married his wife, Vesta, in 1960. Their first child, Sherrie, was born in 1961. Their son, Robert Craig, was born in 1965, shortly after they returned home from Amsterdam, Holland.




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Books by R.C. Sproul

52706X: The Soul's Quest for God: Satisfying the Hunger for Spiritual Communion with GodThe Soul's Quest for God
By R.C. Sproul

In The Soul's Quest for God, R.C. Sproul points to the lives of great characters in Christian history. He addresses a positive spiritual hunger, one that will ultimately result in deeper awareness of the Holy Spirit, and wholehearted obedience to Christ. He examines the biblical pattern for spiritual growth, biblical models of spiritual maturity, the nature of the soul, barriers to its quest, and the soul's ultimate destination.


50241: Pleasing GodPleasing God
By R.C. Sproul

A world of people have no idea nor care about what the words sanctification and righteousness mean. Then how can the idea of a holy God mean anything to them? R. C. Sproul believes these words are still important-- especially for Christians--if we are to understand God or know how to live for him. Believers may become uncomfortable when they see Dr. Sproul's honest look at how the sins of pride, slothfulness, and dishonesty permeate the Christian's life. But Pleasing God is basically a message of hope. Sproul points out the failures, but he also points to the way out of spiritual lethargy and lackadaisical living.


320016: Essential Truths of the Christian FaithEssential Truths of the Christian Faith
By R.C. Sproul

With the layperson in mind, Dr. Sproul offers a basic understanding of the Christian faith that is interesting, informative, and easy to read. Sproul provides brief explanations of biblical concepts every Christian should know in language everyone can understand. Highlighted with homespun analogies, the more than 100 doctrines treated are categorized under major headings for easy reference. An informative resource for learning the essentials of the Christian faith.


527019: The Hunger for Significance, 2nd EditionThe Hunger for Significance
By R.C. Sproul

Modern man's search for dignity is a continuing struggle against an aching void that rarely recedes. Transcending triviality to discuss diverse topics---love, home, illness, prison, the workplace, and the church---Sproul examines the ultimate questions of our worth as human beings in light of biblical truth.


44173: Saved From What?Saved From What?
By R.C. Sproul

Consider the power of humble prepositions! We are at once saved by God and from his own judgment. In his inimitable teaching style, Sproul examines all aspects of salvation---our unworthiness, Christ's work on our behalf, the God-given faith that redeems us, eternal wrath and condemnation vs. joy unending, and more.


39655: The Holiness of GodThe Holiness of God
By R.C. Sproul

Sproul takes you on a journey into the awesome presence of God, and helps you wrestle with the tension that exists between God's terrifying holiness and his inexplicable grace. This edition includes two new chapters and challenging end-of-chapter study questions.


27094: The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good?The Invisible Hand
By R.C. Sproul

In a world steeped in anguish and evil, how can God be in control? Do all things really work for good? With head-on honesty and biblical insight, Sproul examines the difficult doctrine of divine providence. Discover how your Lord lovingly guides the events of your life without creating human wickedness or destroying human freedom.


733981: Character of GodCharacter of God
By R.C. Sproul

When R.C. Sproul was a young man, his father died, and this event caused him to ask "Who are you, God? And why do you do the things you do?" Sproul's search for ultimate truth led him to a personal encounter with the living God. In The Character of God, this brilliant theologian illuminates, illustrates, and inspires readers to discover for themselves the magnificence of God's character and being, His power and personality.


227000: The King Without a ShadowThe King Without a Shadow
By R.C. Sproul

"Why do we have shadows? Where do they come from?" The little boy asked the Great King. That started the king wondering about shadows. Could he, the king, escape his shadow? Even his wise men couldn't tell him how to escape his shadow. There was only one king without a shadow - one so great there was no darkness in Him...Come learn with the king and the little boy about the King without a shadow....and you'll learn about God's awesome holiness.


500377: The Unexpected Jesus: His True Purpose revealed in his Biblical namesThe Unexpected Jesus
By R.C. Sproul

In The Unexpected Jesus, R.C. Sproul examines Jesus' true purpose revealed in His biblical names. Sproul seeks to enlighten us by investigating what the names of Jesus actually mean. The first section of this book deals with who is Jesus and the second part deals with what the Bible says Jesus did and some of the ways we have benefited from His actions.


27035: The Glory of ChristThe Glory of Christ
By R.C. Sproul

You cannot encounter the glory of God and remain unmoved or unchanged---so prepare to have your soul lifted! In this intriguing study, Sproul examines those moments when Christ's glory burst forth and touched those around him: shepherds in the field, wedding guests in Cana, Saul on the Damascus road, and others.


6340X: The Last Days According to JesusThe Last Days According to Jesus
By R.C. Sproul

In this book on Eschatology, Sproul answers critics by focusing on what Jesus himself taught about the last days and the timing of His return. The trusted theologian addresses such questions as: Who is the antichrist? What generation will witness the end? When is the millennium? His answers may surprise you!


7339: Knowing ScriptureKnowing Scripture
By R.C. Sproul

With his usual common sense and bubbling enthusiasm, Sproul explores why every Christian should study the Bible and why so many get discouraged. He then offers clear explanations of the basic steps of interpretation and gives simple how-to's for using them. Excellent for beginner Bible readers.


44607: What's in the Bible, SoftcoverWhat's in the Bible
By R.C. Sproul & Robert Wolgemuth

In this book, renowned theologian R.C. Sproul and Robert Wolgemuth highlight the essence of God’s voice, activity, and purpose throughout the Old and New Testaments. With broad strokes, they portray the grand, redemptive purpose of God revealed throughout the Bible. And they offer a unique overview of Scripture that will rejuvenate your own reading and study of the Bible with enthusiasm, insight, and understanding.


43784: The Mystery of the Holy SpiritThe Mystery of the Holy Spirit
By R.C. Sproul

Drawing on the witness of Scripture and the testimony of the church's greatest thinkers, Sproul looks at God the Holy Spirit and His roles. This second volume in his trilogy on the Trinity covers this perplexing doctrine as well as the baptism of the Holy Spirit.


345190: Defending Your Faith - HardcoverDefending Your Faith
By R.C. Sproul

In the universities, media, and workplace, Christian beliefs are undermined daily---can you fight for what's right? Outlining the history and fundamentals of apologetics, Sproul explains how reason and scientific inquiry offer strong allies for defending your faith. Great for group study, it equips you for more than just winning arguments, but for changing minds!


12370P: Reason to BelieveReason to Believe
By R.C. Sproul

With his trademark passion for truth and for intellectual rigor, Sproul works through 10 common objections to Christianity. ''All religions are good, it doesn't matter what you believe.'' ''The church is full of hypocrites.'' ''The Bible contradicts itself.'' This is no collection of pat answers with a couple prooftexts; Sproul challenges the skeptic and encourages the believer.


5852X: Not a Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and CosmologyNot a Chance
By R.C. Sproul

Now you've got an answer for those who believe the world "exploded" into being billions of years ago. Respected theologian and philosopher R.C. Sproul arms you with Not a Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science & Cosmology. Through lively "dialogue" with thinkers from Einstein and Hume to Bohr and Sagan, Sproul consults the law of logic, linguistic and scientific theory, and mathematical understandings to probe the evidence for a cause-effect relationship.


0449510: Classical ApologeticsClassical Apologetics
By R.C. Sproul

Examines the classical arguments for the existence of God (ontological and Thomistic arguments), discusses the philosophical issues that confront contemporary apologetics, and provides an incisive critique of presuppositional apologetics.


5849X: Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of JustificationFaith Alone
By R.C. Sproul

Concerned that evangelicals seem uncertain about salvation, Sproul offers this clarifying work. He dissects the doctrine for today's Christians and explains why "justification is by faith, through grace, alone." His response to the recent affirmation, "Evangelicals and Roman Catholics together," draws the limits of interchurch dialogue while recognizing mutual goals. A thought-provoking book.


520102: Scripture Alone: The Evangelical DoctrineScripture Alone
By R.C. Sproul

Equip yourself to stand firm on the solid ground of God's truth! Featuring excerpts from his best-selling works and never-before-published material, this collection represents Sproul's most important writings on the evangelical doctrine of Scripture. Chapters include "The Case for Inerrancy," "The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit," "The Word of God and Authority," and more.


527086: The Intimate Marriage: A Practical Guide to Building a Great MarriageThe Intimate Marriage
By R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul offers this practical guide to help married couples-or those seeking to get married-develop the skills of marriage. Dilligently scriptural, Sproul shows how marriages can have an abundance of joy when grounded in the wisdom of God. Sproul walks through some of the toughest things couples struggle with today: communication, sex, roles, divorce, anger, and more. He shares what the Bible says about each, as well as lessons he has learned from his own marriage of forty years.


24984: Family Practice: God's Prescription for a Healthy HomeFamily Practice
By R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul sheds light on fatherhood by describing "our strong Father," on motherhood by depicting "holy mother church," and on childhood by pointing to the importance of offspring to Abraham. Elisabeth Elliot urges female readers to become Women of Titus Two. The editor, J.C. Sproul, Jr., introduces the idea of covenant families.


44420: When Worlds Collide: Where is God in Terrorism, War, & Suffering?When Worlds Collide
By R.C. Sproul

Where is God in terrorism, war, & suffering? Does God rule in train wrecks and terrorist attacks? Sproul discusses the role of the Creator when the plans of men wreak havoc. The same heavenly hand that pours out blessing also brings calamity and darkness. A challenge to understand the true nature of God so that we can trust him in times of disaster.


344414: The Dark Side of IslamThe Dark Side of Islam
By R.C. Sproul & Abdul Saleeb

The vast majority of Muslims love peace, yet an extremist minority continues to mount terrorist attacks. Is their violence a reflection of their religious beliefs? Sproul and Saleeb explore this crucial question as they expose Islamic doctrine's rejection of the fundamental truths of the Bible, including sin, salvation, and the deity of Christ.

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