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.



2016: “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.

Co-editor and contributor with P. G. Bolt, 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.

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

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

A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture. Leicester: IVP, 2006.

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

Co-editor and contributor with P. G. Bolt, The Select Works of Donald Robinson, 3 vols [vol 3, a volume of appreciative essays] (Sydney: Australian Church Record, 2008).

Edited, with P. G. Bolt, Donald Robinson Selected Works, 3 vols (Sydney: Australian Church Record, 2008).

Articles and Essays

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

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

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

‘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).

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 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 P. G. Bolt and M. D. Thompson. Leicester: IVP, 2000.

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

‘Martin Luther’, in The History of Biblical Interpretation, volume 2. Edited by Duane Watson and Alan Hauser. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

‘Church, Existence of’, in The IVP Dictionary of Christian Apologetics. Edited by Gavin McGrath et al. Leicester: IVP, 2005.

‘The Uniqueness of Christ as the Revealer of God’, in Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Edited by Sung Wook Chung. Carlisle, UK/Grand Rapids USA: Paternoster/ Baker, 2005, pp. 90–110.

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

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

‘Witness to The Word: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Scripture’ in Engaging with Barth: Contemporary Evangelical Critiques (Nottingham: IVP, 2008), pp. 168-197.

‘Word of God’, Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, ed. G. T. Kurian (3 vols; Oxford: Blackwells, 2008)

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

Report on GAFCON for Southern Cross, August 2008.

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

‘No charge admitted: justification and the defeat of the powers’, in Christ’s Victory over Evil: Biblical Theology and Pastoral Ministry (Nottingham: IVP, 2009), pp. 123–149.

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

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

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

‘The Divine Investment in Truth: Towards a Theological Account of Biblical Inerrancy’, in Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? Ed. by J. K. Hoffmeier & D. R. Magary (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012), 71–97.

‘The Psalms and Christian Doctrine’, in Stirred by a Noble Theme: the book of Psalms in the life of the church, ed. by A. G. Shead (Nottingham: IVP, 2013), pp. 105–121.

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

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

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

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

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

‘A Burning Issue? Cranmer on the Lord’s Supper’, Southern Cross (March 2017), pp. 23–24

‘Sola Scriptura’, in The Crossway Handbook of Reformation Theology (forthcoming)

‘The Trinity and Revelation’, in The Eternal Trinity, ed. by C Trueman (forthcoming)


‘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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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