Monday, December 21, 2009

D.A. Carson (December 21, 1946)

Happy birthday to D.A. Carson, born in Ottawa, Canada on this day in 1946. A pastor's son, Dr. Carson is research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has been since 1978. From the Gospel Coalition website:

Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Carson received the Bachelor of Science in chemistry from McGill University, the Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and the Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Carson is a biblical scholar with a pastoral heart. For more reflections on this theme see Jason's article on Carson from last December. I have profited from Carson's technical commentaries and from the more popular-level biblical studies he has written. Quite possibly the most helpful books I've read from him so far have been Exegetical Fallacies and A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers. The former helped me to rightly interpret Scripture better; the latter helped me pray more scripturally-informed prayers.

A bibliography of D.A. Carson's published works can be found here on the Gospel Coalition website. Also available is an extensive collection of mp3 sermons and lectures by Carson, collected by Andy Naselli.

Do you have favorite books or sermons by D.A. Carson? How has he helped you the most? Let us know in the comments.