Listen here on iTunes to Derek Thomas’ lecture on “Anything Less than Exposition is Tyranny” from the Harold O.J. Brown lecture series.
The Harold O.J. Brown Lectures with Dr. Derek Thomas
Anything Less than Exposition is Tyranny!
Reflections on a Lifetime's Love Affair with Preaching
Originally from Wales, Dr. Derek Thomas is a professor of systematic and historical theology at the RTS/Atlanta campus, and minister of preaching and teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.
After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996. In addition to serving in the pastorate, Derek has served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine. A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin's preaching on the book of Job. He has written or edited 15 books and has contributed to a commentary series by Banner of Truth and Evangelical Press. He also co-edited Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, (P & R) with Philip Ryken and Ligon Duncan. In 2004, Derek Thomas became editorial director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
Dr. Harold O.J. Brown served as John R. Richardson Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary from 1998 to 2007. Dr. Brown was a leading evangelical voice in the pro-life movement immediately after Roe v. Wade, co-founding the Christian Action Council (now Care Net) with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Dr. Brown was a distinguished evangelical scholar during his professional life, writing books, essays and articles in the areas of culture, science, theology and politics. His books include: The Protest of a Troubled Protestant (1969), Christianity and the Class Struggle (1970), Death Before Birth (1977), The Reconstruction of the Republic (1977), Heresies: The Image of Christ in the Mirror of Heresy and Orthodoxy from the Apostles to the Present (1984), and Sensate Culture (1996). Dr. Brown was much beloved by his colleagues and students at RTS who honor the memory of their dear friend with an annual lecture series at RTS-Charlotte.
The RTS Charlotte campus, a graduate theological school, was established in 1993 in the beautiful city of Charlotte, NC. It is one of several campuses in the RTS system, which was founded in 1966. RTS is one of the largest seminaries in the country with campuses in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Jackson,Memphis, Orlando and Washington D.C., in addition to a virtual campus offering online classes.