The Rev Dr Mark Thompson

“It is a great privilege to serve Christ in this extraordinary place with these extraordinary people.” Mark has been Principal of Moore College since May 2013. He has been teaching doctrine here since 1991 and is the head of the Theology, Philosophy and Ethics department. His research interests include the doctrines of Scripture, Christ, and justification by faith, as well as Martin Luther and the reformation. Mark is married to Kathryn and they have four daughters: Elizabeth, Anna, Rachel and Mary. Outside of College, his ideal day includes spending time with the family, gentle exercise and watching a good movie.


Publications

Monographs

The Lord’s Supper in Human Hands: Epilogue (Sydney: Australian Church Record/Anglican Church League, 2010). Co-editor

Engaging with Calvin: Aspects of the Reformer’s Legacy for Today (Nottingham: Apollos/IVP, 2009). Editor and contributor.

Donald Robinson Selected Works, 3 vols (Sydney: Australian Church Record, 2008). Co-editor and contributor to Volume 3: Appreciation.

The Lord’s Supper in Human Hands: Who Should Administer? (Sydney: Australian Church Record/Anglican Church League, 2008). Co-editor and contributor.

A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture (Nottingham: IVP, 2006).

Too Big For Words? The Transcendence of God and Finite Human Speech (London: Latimer Trust, 2006).

A Sure Ground on Which to Stand: The Relation of Authority and Interpretive Method in Luther’s Approach to Scripture (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004).

The Faith Once for all Delivered: An Australian Evangelical Response to The Windsor Report (Camperdown: Australian Church Record, 2004). Co-editor and contributor.

The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul’s Mission: Essays in Honour of Peter Thomas O’Brien on his Sixty-fifth Birthday (Leicester: IVP, 2000). Co-editor and contributor.

Articles and Essays

The Lambeth Conference: Has it succeeded? Can it survive?’, pp. 341–357 in P. Avis & B. Guyer (eds), The Lambeth Conference: Theology, History, Polity and Purpose (Edinburgh: Bloomsbury, 2017).

‘Refresh, Respond & Reform’, Southern  Cross (October 2017): 25–26.

‘Luther: All about Christ’, Southern Cross (September 2017): 26–28.

‘Martin Luther’, pp. 17–42 in M. D. Thompson, C. Bale & E. Loane (eds), Celebrating the Reformation (Nottingham: Apollos/IVP, 2017)

‘Scripture alone’, pp. 219–241 in M. D. Thompson, C. Bale & E. Loane (eds), Celebrating the Reformation (Nottingham: Apollos/IVP, 2017)

‘Luther and Scripture: Contexts and Commitments’, pp. 9–31 in J. C. Hood (ed.) Reformation Quincentenary: Essays on the Thought, Practice and Impact of Martin Luther (Reformed Theological Review Supplement Series #5; Doncaster, VIC: Reformed Theological Review, 2017).

‘Sola Scriptura’, pp. 145–187 in M. Barrett (ed.) Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (Wheaton: Crossway, 2017)

‘D. B. Knox: Servant of Christ Jesus’, Southern Cross (December 2016): 24–25.

‘Trinity and Revelation’, pp. 215–234 in B. D. Crowe & C. R. Trueman (eds), The Essential Trinity: New Testament Foundations and Practical Relevance (London: Apollos/IVP, 2016).

‘Is the Reformation Still Necessary?’, Southern Cross (October 2016): 25–27.

‘The Generous Gift of a Gracious Heavenly Father: Toward a Theological Account of the Clarity of Scripture’, pp. 615–643 in D. A. Carson (ed.), The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016).

‘The Sufficient Word’, pp. 27–44 in K. G. Condie (ed.), ‘Tend My Sheep’: The Word of God and Pastoral Ministry (London: Latimer Trust, 2016).

‘A Burning Issue? Cranmer on the Lord’s Supper’, Southern Cross (March 2016): 23–24.

‘Good News Every Day’, Southern Cross (December 2015): 22–23.

‘It is the last hour’, pp. 53–74 in P. G. Bolt (ed), Let the Word do the Work: Essays in Honour of Phillip D. Jensen (Sydney: Anglican Church Record/Matthias Media, 2015).

‘The Theology of the Cross for Today’, Vine Journal 2 (2015): 13–22.

‘What is the Gospel?’, Vine Journal 1 (2015): 23–31.

‘Luther on God and History’, pp. 127–142 in R. Kolb, I. Dingel & L. Batka (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

‘Gospel Vision’, Southern Cross (February 2014): 20–21.

‘The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON)’, pp. 739–749 in I. S. Markham, J. B. Hawkins, J. Terry & L. N. Steffensen (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

‘The Psalms and Christian Doctrine’, pp. 105–121 in A. G. Shead (ed), Stirred by a Noble Theme: The Book of Psalms in the Life of the Church (Nottingham: Apollos/IVP, 2013).

‘What is the Bible?’, pp. xxi–xxvi in The NIV Proclamation Bible (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2013).

‘The Divine Investment in Truth: Towards a Theological Account of Biblical Inerrancy’, pp. 71–97 in J. K. Hoffmeier & D. R. Magary (eds), Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).

‘Word of God’, pp. 2522–2550 in volume 4 of G. T. Kurian (ed), Encyclopedia of Christian Civilisation (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011).

‘The Theological Necessity of Lay Administration’, pp. 44–51 in P. G. Bolt, M. D. Thompson & R. Tong (eds), The Lord’s Supper in Human Hands: Epilogue (Sydney: Australian Church Record/Anglican Church League, 2010).

‘Calvin on the Cross of Christ’, pp. 107–127 in S. W. Chung (ed.), John Calvin and Evangelical Theology (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009).

‘Calvin on the Mediator’, pp. 106–135 in M. D. Thompson (ed), Engaging with Calvin: Aspects of the Reformer’s Legacy for Today (Nottingham: Apollos/IVP, 2009).

‘No Charge Admitted: Justification and the Defeat of the Powers’, pp. 123–149 in P. G. Bolt (ed), Christ’s Victory over Evil: Biblical Theology and Pastoral Ministry (Nottingham: Apollos/IVP, 2009).

‘Biblical Interpretation in the Works of Martin Luther’, pp. 299–318 in A. J. Hauser & D. F. Watson (eds), A History of Biblical Interpretation Volume 2: The Medieval through the Reformation Periods (Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2009).

‘Witness to the Word: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Scripture’, pp. 168–197 in D. Gibson & D. Strange (eds), Engaging with Barth: Contemporary Evangelical Critiques (Nottingham/New York: IVP/T. & T. Clark, 2008).

‘Luther on Despair’, pp. 51–74 in B. S. Rosner (ed), Consolations of Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).

‘Martin Luther: A Theologian Forged by Trial’, pp. 93–104 in M. Parsons & D. Cohen (eds), On Eagles’ Wings: An Exploration of Strength in the Midst of Weakness (Eguene: Wipf and Stock, 2008).

‘The Authority of Scripture’, published on the GAFCON website in April 2008.

‘Lay Administration: The Theological Considerations’, pp. 21–35 in P. G. Bolt, M. D. Thompson & R. Tong (eds), The Lord’s Supper in Human Hands: Who Should Administer? (Sydney: Australian Church Record/Anglican Church League, 2008).

‘The Church of God and the Anglican Church of Australia’, pp. 223–243 in B. Kaye (ed), Wonderful and Confessedly Strange’: Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology (Adelaide: ATF, 2006).

‘The Uniqueness of Christ as the Revealer of God’, pp. 90–110 in S. W. Chung (ed.), Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ (Carlisle/Grand Rapids: Paternoster/Baker, 2005).

‘Church, Existence of the’, pp. 155–157 in C. Campbell-Jack & G. McGrath (eds), New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (Leicester/Downers Grove: IVP, 2006).

‘From the Trinity to the Cross’, Reformed Theological Review 63 (2004): 16–28.

‘The Missionary Apostle and Modern Systematic Affirmation’, pp. 365–382 in P. G. Bolt & M. D. Thompson (eds), The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul’s Mission. Essays in Honour of Peter Thomas O’Brien on his Sixty-fifth Birthday (Leicester: IVP, 2000).

‘Reformation Perspectives on Scripture: The Written Word of God’, Reformed Theological Review 57 (1998): 105–120.

Claritas Scripturae in the Eucharistic Writings of Martin Luther’, Westminster Theological Journal 60 (1998): 23–41.

‘Can we confidently make a stand? Luther’s Approach to Holy Scripture and Ours’, Whitefield Briefing 2/3 (1997).

‘Being Clearly and Positively Evangelical’, Churchman 111 (1997): 159–170.

‘The Sufficiency of Scripture’, Latimer Comment 63 (1997):1–4.

‘Saving the Heart of Evangelicalism’, pp. 28–41 in M. Tinker (ed), The Anglican Evangelical Crisis (Fearn: Christian Focus, 1995).

‘Assurance and the New Perspective on Paul’, Reformed Theological Review 53 (1994): 73–86.

‘Does the Local Church Have a Mission?’, pp. 1–25 in B. G. Webb (ed), Explorations 7: Exploring the Missionary Church (Homebush West: Lancer, 1994).

 

 


Research

‘The Christian Birthright: Personal Assurance in Romans 8’. M.Th. Thesis accepted by the Australian College of Theology, 1993.

‘A Sure Ground On Which To Stand: The Relation of Authority and Interpretive Method in Luther’s Approach to Scripture’. D. Phil. Thesis accepted by the University of Oxford, 1997.


Current Research

A small popular book on the Bible for Matthias Media
The Eternal Son, a book on Christology for IVP UK
Paper on The Leipzig Disputation of 1519 for Luther 500 Conference in June 2016
Paper on Reason and Revelation for Theology Connect Conference July 2016
Chapter evaluating the Lambeth Conferences for October 2016
Chapter on ‘The Bondage of the Will: Luther vs Erasmus’ for book Ruined Sinners to Reclaim (due 2019).

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Interests
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Movies
  • Reading
Previous Experience
  • 1979-83 Bank Clerk, ANZ Banking Group Limited
  • 1983-86 Student, Moore College
  • 1987-89 Curate, St Swithun’s Pymble
  • 1991-94 Lecturer, Moore College
  • 1991-94 Sunday Curate, St Stephen’s Quakers Hill
  • 1994-97 Student, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
  • 1995-96 Tutor, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
  • 1996 Tutor, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Oxford
  • 2001 Part-time Lecturer, Oak Hill College, London
  • Academic Biography
  • 1982 Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie University)
  • 1986 Bachelor of Theology (ACT)
  • 1987 Deaconed (Anglican Church of Australia, Sydney Diocese)
  • 1987 Dip.A (MTC)
  • 1987 Priested (Anglican Church of Australia, Sydney Diocese)
  • 1993 M.Th (ACT)
  • 1997 D.Phil (Oxford)
  • 1989-91 Curate, St Luke’s Dapto