Theologians on the Christian Life

Spiritual Reflections from Spurgeon, Packer, Newton, Lloyd-Jones, Bonhoeffer, Edwards, and Lewis

In partnership with Bethlehem College & Seminary

Course Introduction

About the Course

This course will help you learn from the lives of seven great theologians! These videos are based on a series of books devoted to the exposition of famous theologians’ practice of the Christian life. The books’ authors will share key highlights gleaned from their research. Additional resources will help you dig deeper into the spiritual insights of these men of God. But before considering these biographical insights, the following discussion between John Piper and Justin Taylor will help set the stage for the following sections.

John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the University of Munich (DTheol). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books. Over 30 years of his preaching and teaching are available free at John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Executive Vice President of Book Publishing and Book Publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by The Gospel Coalition.

Resources prepared by David Clifford and Amy Guibal from Bethlehem College & Seminary.

Spurgeon on the Christian Life

Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford, England. He is the author of numerous books including Delighting in the TrinityRejoicing in ChristThe Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation and Theologians You Should Know, and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.

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Packer on the Christian Life

Sam Storms has spent 42 years in ministry and in 2008 became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he currently serves. He has ministered in churches in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, & Missouri, and was Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, 2000-2004. Sam is founder and president of Enjoying God Ministries and regularly blogs at He has authored or edited 24 books and has published numerous journal articles and book reviews. He is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and The University of Texas at Dallas (PhD). He and his wife Ann have been married for 44 years, are the parents of two grown daughters, and have four grandchildren. On a more personal level, Sam loves baseball (and all other sports; there’s just not enough room to list them here!), books, movies, and anything to do with his beloved University of Oklahoma Sooners.

Additional Video
  • J. I. Packer In His Own Words

Newton on the Christian Life

Tony Reinke is a non-profit journalist, Senior Writer at, and author of 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You (2017).

Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life

Jason Meyer is the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Jason also serves as Bethlehem College & Seminary’s Associate Professor of Preaching. Jason holds an MDiv and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology and A Biblical Theology of Preaching. Jason and his wife, Cara, have four children.

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Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life

Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier teaching fellow. Dr. Nichols has master’s degrees in theology and in philosophy, and he received his Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has written many books, including volumes in the Guided Tour series on Jonathan EdwardsMartin Luther, and J. Gresham Machen. His recent books include Welcome to the StoryPeace: Classic Readings for Christmas, and A Time for Confidence. In addition, he hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.

Edwards on the Christian Life

Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as Executive Vice President for Bible Publishing and Bible Publisher at Crossway. He is an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He and his wife, Stacey, live with their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Lewis on the Christian Life

Joe Rigney serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary, where he teaches Bible, theology, history, philosophy, history, and Jonathan Edwards. When he’s not teaching college and seminary students, he spends time enjoying his lovely wife, laughing with his two sons, reading medieval theology, playing flag football, and eating fish tacos. He is the author of Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles and The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts.