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

Edited with Colin Bale and Edward Loane. Celebrating the Reformation: its Legacy and Continuing Relevance. London: Apollos, 2017.

Human Sexuality and the ‘Same Sex Marriage’ Debate. Edited for the Sydney Diocesan Doctrine Commission.  [Sydney]: Anglican Press, 2015.

Edited by Mark D. Thompson. Engaging with Calvin: Aspects of the Reformer’s Legacy for Today.  Nottingham: Apollos, 2009.

Edited with P.G. Bolt. Donald Robinson: Selected Works. Vol. 1: Assembling God’s People. Camperdown, NSW: Australian Church Record, 2008.

Edited with P.G. Bolt. Donald Robinson: Selected Works. Vol. 2: Proclaiming God’s Word. Camperdown, NSW: Australian Church Record, 2008.

Edited with P.G. Bolt. Donald Robinson: Selected Works. Appreciation. Camperdown, NSW: Australian Church Record, 2008.

A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Leicester: IVP, 2006.

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

Edited with P.G. Bolt. The Faith Once for all Delivered: An Australian Evangelical Response to The Windsor Report. Camperdown, NSW: Australian Church Record, 2004.

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

 

Articles and Essays

‘Descending into Hell’. Pages 27–32 in Foundations of Faith: Reflections on the Thirty-Nine Articles. Edited by Lee Gatiss. London: Church Society/Lost Coin Books, 2018.

‘Mike Ovey as a Theologian’. Pages 1–22 in The Goldilocks Zone: Collected Writings of Michael J. Ovey. Edited by C. Green.  London: IVP, 2018.

‘Revelation, Sola Scriptura, and Regenerate Human Reason’. Chapter 14 in Revelation and Reason in Christian Theology. Edited by David I. Starling and Christopher C. Green. Washington: Lexham Press, 2018.

‘Luther and Scripture: Contexts and Commitments’. Pages 9–31 in Reformation Quincentenary: Essays on the Thought, Practice and Impact of Martin Luther.  Edited by J. C. Hood.  Reformed Theological Review Supplement Series, 5. Doncaster, Vic.: Reformed Theological Review, [n.d].

‘Martin Luther’. Pages 17–42 in Celebrating the Reformation: its Legacy and Continuing Relevance. Edited by Mark D. Thompson, Colin Bale and Edward Loane.  London: Apollos, 2017.

‘Scripture alone’. Pages 219–241 in Celebrating the Reformation: its Legacy and Continuing Relevance. Edited by Mark D. Thompson, Colin Bale and Edward Loane.  London: Apollos, 2017.

The Lambeth Conference: Has it Succeeded? Can it Survive?’.  Pages 341–357 in The Lambeth Conference: Theology, History, Polity and Purpose. Edited by P. Avis and B. Guyer. Edinburgh: Bloomsbury, 2017.

‘Article III: On the Going Down of Christ into Hell’. Pages 27–33 in Foundations of Faith: Reflections on the Thirty-Nine Articles.  Edited by Lee Gatiss. London: Latimer Trust 2017.

‘Sola Scriptura’. Pages 145–187 in Reformation Theology:  A Systematic Summary.  Edited by M. Barrett. Wheaton: Crossway, 2017.

‘The Sufficient Word’. Pages 27–44 in Tend My Sheep: The Word of God and Pastoral Ministry. Edited by Keith G. Condie. London: Latimer Trust, 2016.

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

‘Trinity and Revelation’.  Pages 241–263 (Chapter 12) in The Essential Trinity. Edited by Brandon D. Crowe & Carl R. Trueman. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2016.

‘It is the last hour’. Pages 53–74 (Chapter 5) in Let the Word do the Work: Essays in Honour of Phillip D. Jensen. Edited by Peter G. Bolt. Camperdown, NSW: Australian Church Record, 2015.

‘Theological Ground of Complementarianism’. Chapter 9 in Women, Sermons and the Bible. Edited by Peter G. Bolt & Tony Payne. Online: http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/women-sermons-and-the-bible-ebook, 2015.

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

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

‘Luther on God and History’. Pages 127–142 in The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology. 1st ed. Edited by Robert Kolb, Irene Dingel and L’ubomír Batka. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

‘The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON)’. Pages 739–749 in Locating the Anglican Communion in the History of Anglicanism. Edited by I. S. Markham, J. B. Hawkins, J. Terry & L. N. Steffensen. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

‘What is the Bible?’. Pages xxi–xxvi in NIV Proclamation Bible, with introductory essays, section introductions and introductions to Bible books. Edited by Lee Gatiss. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2013.

‘The Psalms and Christian Doctrine’. Pages 105–121 in Stirred by a Noble Theme: the Book of Psalms in the Life of the Church.  Edited by Andrew G. Shead. Nottingham: IVP, 2013.

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

‘The Divine Investment in Truth: Towards a Theological Account of Biblical Inerrancy’. Chapter 3 in Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? : A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture.  Edited by in J Hoffmeier & D. R. Magary. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012.

‘The History of Subscription to the Thirty-Nine Articles’, Churchman 125/2 (2011), 135–150.

‘The Origin of the Thirty-Nine Articles’, Churchman 125/1 (2011), 37–50.

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

‘Word of God’. Pages 2522–2523 in Encyclopaedia of Christian Civilization. Vol. 4. Edited by G. T. Kurian. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009.

‘Calvin on the Mediator’. Pages 106–135 in Engaging with Calvin: Aspects of the Reformer’s Legacy for Today.  Edited by Mark D. Thompson. Nottingham: Apollos, 2009.

‘Martin Luther’. Pages 299–318 in A History of Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 2: The Medieval through the Reformation Periods. Edited by A. J. Hauser & D. F. Watson.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

‘No charge admitted: justification and the defeat of the powers’. Pages 123–149 in Christ’s Victory over Evil: Biblical Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Edited by Peter G. Bolt. Nottingham: IVP, 2009.

‘Calvin on the Cross of Christ’. Pages 107-127 in John Calvin and Evangelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect. Edited by S. W. Chung. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009.

‘The Authority of Scripture’ published on the GAFCON website https://www.gafcon.org, April 2008.

‘Luther On Despair’. Pages 51-74 in Consolations of Theology. Edited by Brian S. Rosner. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

‘Martin Luther: A Theologian Forged by Trial’. Pages 93-104 in On Eagles’ Wings: An Exploration of Strength in the Midst of Weakness. Edited by M. Parsons & D. J. Cohen. Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2008.

‘Witness to The Word: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Scripture’. Pages 168–197 in Engaging with Barth: Contemporary Evangelical Critiques. Edited by .D. Gibson & D. Strange Nottingham: IVP, 2008.

‘Luther and the Jews’ Reformed Theological Review 67:3 (2008), 121–145.

‘What have we done to the Bible? Or Lessons we should have learned from Donald Robinson on the Authority of Holy Scripture.’ Pages 177-188 in Donald Robinson Selected Works: Appreciation. Edited by Peter G. Bolt & Mark D. Thompson. Sydney: Australian Church Record, 2008.

‘Church, Existence of’. Pages 155-157 in New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics. Edited by W. C. Campbell-Jack & G. McGrath. Leicester: IVP, 2006.

‘The Church of God and The Anglican Church of Australia.’ Pages 223-243 in Wonderful and Confessedly Strange: Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology. Edited by B. N. Kaye. Adelaide: ATF, 2006.

‘The Uniqueness of Christ as the Revealer of God’. Pages 90–110 in Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Edited by S. W. Chung.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.

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

‘The Missionary Apostle and Modern Systematic Affirmation’. Pages 365–82 in The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul’s Mission. Essays in Honour of Peter Thomas O’Brien on his Sixty-fifth Birthday. Edited by Peter G. Bolt & Mark D. Thompson. Leicester: IVP, 2000.

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

‘Reformation Perspectives on Scripture: The Written Word of God’. Reformed Theological Review 57 (1998): 105–20.

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

‘Being Clearly and Positively Evangelical’. Churchman 111 (1997): 159–70.

‘Can We Confidently Make a Stand? Luther’s Approach to Holy Scripture and Ours’, Whitefield Briefing 2/3 (1997).

‘Saving the Heart of Evangelicalism’. Pages 28–41 in The Anglican Evangelical Crisis. Edited by M. Tinker. Scotland: Christian Focus, 1995.

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

‘Does the Local Church Have a Mission?’ in Explorations 7: Exploring the Missionary Church. Edited by Barry G. Webb. Homebush West, NSW: Lancer, 1994: 1–25.


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

The Eternal Son, a book on Christology (Under Contract: Matthias Media).

Guidebook for Life: The Bible (Under Contract: Matthias Media).

Chapter on ‘The Bondage of the Will: Luther vs Erasmus’ for book Ruined Sinners to Reclaim (Under Contract: IVP).

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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