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

41725: The Consequences of Ideas The Consequences of Ideas
By R.C. Sproul

Is philosophy relevant to your everyday life? In The Consequences of Ideas, Sproul traces the history of philosophy by looking at some of the major names that contributed to it. The goal of this book is to remind us how powerful ideas can be, and what The Consequences of Ideas are. Sproul does a masterful job of illustrating the influence that philosophy has had and is continuing to have on society. Armed with this knowledge, and a strong knowledge of Christian philosophy, you can join Sproul and influence the world for the better.

2347119: Now- That's a Good Question! Now- That's a Good Question!
By R.C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul addresses doctrinal points and contemporary issues such as euthanasia, evolution, abortion, and more.

53577: Lifeviews - Paper Lifeviews
By R.C. Sproul

As a Christian, you are called to be a witness of Christ's Gospel, to be "the salt of the earth and the light of the world." How can you make that kind of impact in a society filled with darkness and decay? Dr. R.C. Sproul shows you how in "Lifeviews", a layman's guide to understanding the many non-Christian philosophies and attitudes that affect and influence our contemporary culture. "Lifeviews" offers thought-stimulating information and insight on confronting today's moral and social issues with an effective biblical response.

52625X: Ultimate Issues Ultimate Issues
By R. C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul works through the tough issues facing young adults: The relative value of human and animal life, a standard for decisions about rightness, the origin and "purpose" of everything, and being acceptable to God. Ultimate Issues is a challenging resource for young adults in their late-teens and early twenties and their teachers, ministers, and counselors.

2609X: Choosing My Religion Choosing My Religion
By R.C. Sproul

What do you believe in? Whatever it is, that is your religion. Religion shapes your loves, ideals, behavior, and goals, but unless you've thought about it clearly, your religion may not be worth believing. Choosing My Religion will help readers in their late-teens and early twenties arrive at sound answers to life's big questions. Anyone who works with high school and college students will also find this to be an extraordinary resource.

12562: Running the Race: A Graduate's Guide to Life Running the Race
By R.C. Sproul

Respected theologian and best-selling author Sproul delivers a commencement address that truly inspires! He challenges graduates to consider how their faith and worldview contrast with others; dispels philosophies such as "If it feels good, it is good"; and answers common questions, including "Why should I trust the Bible?" and "Why do I need Jesus?"

80395: Truths We Confess: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Volume 1--The Triune God Truths We Confess
By R.C. Sproul

Theologically rich and biblically precise, the Westminster Confession has set the doctrinal standards for many churches for more than three centuries. Now renowned scholar Sproul makes this foundational creed more accessible to laypeople. In the first of three volumes, his clear explanations illuminate doctrines concerning the Bible, God, sin, Christ as mediator, and more.

65593: What is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics What is Reformed Theology?
By R.C. Sproul

What is Reformed Theology? is an introduction to a doctrine that has eluded so many evangelical Christians. In thoroughly expounding the foundational doctrines and five points, Sproul asserts the reality of God's amazing grace. For anyone wanting to know more about Reformed theology, this candid book offers a coherent and complete introduction to an established belief.

21837: Whatever Happened to the Reformation? Whatever Happened to the Reformation?
By R.C. Sproul

Bruce Ware, Darryl Hart, John MacArthur, and others join the editors in calling evangelicals to recover their Reformation roots. Too many evangelicals believe methodology and results trump theology. To reach a postmodern society they too readily adopt an unbiblical view of God that many Americans find more palatable. Or they subsume Bible study and preaching to secondary status. Whatever Happened to the Reformation? urges us to turn to the theology of the Reformers and allow it to shape every aspect of church and family life.

13354: Chosen by God Chosen by God
By R.C. Sproul

Predestination, says Sproul, isn't just for Calvinists. It is for all biblical Christians. Predestination doesn't create a whimsical or spiteful picture of God, but paints the portrait of a loving God who provides redemption for radically corrupt humans. There is mystery in God's ways, but not contradiction. Point by point, Sproul examines the Scriptures on predestination and refutes the naysayers. Chosen by God is an excellent introduction to the Reformed or Calvinist view of God's sovereignty and God's election.

64122: Willing to Believe: The Controversy over Free Will Willing to Believe
By R.C. Sproul

What is the role of the will in believing the good news of the gospel? Why has there been so much controversy over free will throughout church history? In Willing to Believe R. C. Sproul traces the free-will controversy from its formal beginning in the fifth century, when Augustine took up the pen against Pelagius, to the present. Sproul's historical tour provides an accessible resource for understanding the nuances separating the views of Protestants and Catholics, Calvinists and Arminians as well as the Reformed and Dispensationalist traditions. Sproul also highlights how this debate over free will shapes our view of humanity and our understanding of God's character.

24908: The Gospel of God: Romans The Gospel of God
By R.C. Sproul

Respected theologian R.C. Sproul tackles the book of Romans in this commentary. Romans is the closest thing we have to a systematic theology in the Bible and Sproul makes Romans understandable, gives a clear explanation on the thoughts of Paul, and shows how this life changing book of the Bible applies to us today.

926099: The Purpose of God: Ephesians The Purpose of God
By R.C. Sproul

Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians is possibly best known for its description of the 'Christian's Armour'. It is a section of Scripture that has lastingly influenced many believers throughout church history. R.C. Sproul looks at the main issues raised in his letter. These include how to overcome idolatry, God's sovereignty in ALL things and the importance of fellowship and commitment to the church for healthy spiritual growth. There are many areas in the epistle which have occasioned real dispute in the Christian church and these are dealt with in Sproul's customary style - deep profundity allied to a sure touch in communicating illuminating truth.

41337: The Spirit of Revival: Discovering the Wisdom of  Jonathan Edwards The Spirit of Revival
By Archie Parrish & R. C. Sproul

In his classic, The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, Jonathan Edwards examined both true and false signs of revival. Now Parrish makes Edwards's work accessible for today's readers by modernizing the text and adding explanatory footnotes. Combined with Sproul's historical introduction, it provides insight into awakenings of the past---and today!

81440: Feed My Sheep Feed My Sheep
By John Piper, R.C. Sproul & John MacArthur

Biblical preaching is nearing extermination in our day. There is "sharing," "suggesting," plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to "felt needs." But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is harder to find all the time. In the Old Testament God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Himself. Too often, those who have been called to feed Christ's sheep with the Word of God do little more than pet them. This book is a plea for preachers to "preach the Word." It will encourage pastors to strive to maintain their calling. However, it is not intended just for pastors; it will also be useful in guiding congregations to know what to look for in a pastor and in holding their preachers to this Biblical standard.

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