John Gerstner and the Renewal of Presbyterian and Reformed Evangelicalism

Jeffrey S. McDonald speaks about his book, John Gerstner and the Renewal of Presbyterian and Reformed Evangelicalism in Modern America (Wipf & Stock, 2017). It is published in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series.

John Gerstner (1914–96) was a significant leader in the renewal of Presbyterian and Reformed evangelicalism in America during the second half of the twentieth century. Gerstner’s work as a church historian sought to shape evangelicalism, but also northern mainline Presbyterianism. He wrote, taught, lectured, debated, and preached widely.

Jeffrey S. McDonald is the pastor of Avery Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Nebraska and an Affiliate Professor of Church History at Sioux Falls Seminary, Omaha.


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Benjamin Glaser

3 weeks ago

This was an informative and as usual excellent episode. As someone who is also a former PC(USA)er and a 2009 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (now ARP) I can confirm that the erasure of men like Gerstner, Sproul, and Warfield (who taught at Western) is still ongoing. I was in class in 2006 at PTS when a student quoted Sproul and was not only rebuked for it, but the class was told that the seminary had long since been delivered from their kind.

Thankfully I also was delivered by God’s grace from the PC(USA). 😉

David Felts

3 weeks ago

Benjamin, I am also a former PC(USA)er, having been a Pastor for 14 years. It is very sad that the “Modern” PTS is so closed minded to the Reformed Gospel and its doctrines. It seems that since the onslaught of the South American Process Theology, everything has gone completely emotional and sort of “Neo” Orthodox. I sat under Dr Gerstner for several courses. I can say that he taught me how to think and in the process, he taught my soul how to sing with the praises of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. I am very sad to hear these things. So many people, so many students are being led astray. fear for their souls and their very salvation.PS: All of Dr Gerstner’s papers and books are in the Geneva Colege Library in Beaver Falls, Pa. I want to visit it very soon.

Benjamin Glaser

3 weeks ago

We (the ARP) recently had our General Synod meeting concurrently with the RPCNA at Geneva College and we got to see the Gerstner collection. I highly recommend seeing it.

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