Remembering R. C. Sproul (1939 - 2017)
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season at the end of last year, most of the secular world missed the passing of one of the great Christian thinkers of our time: Robert Charles Sproul—known by most from his initials, “R. C.” The word “thinker” is used in the previous sentence because Sproul wore many descriptive hats, including pastor, writer, theologian, radio personality, ministry founder, professor, academic dean, and more. None of these titles fully encompass who Sproul was and how he will be remembered; but needless to say, his impact will continue to be felt generations from now.
Comfortable in the church or the classroom, as a conference speaker or Christian radio teacher, R. C. Sproul had a talent for taking complex theological topics away from mere academic discussions and disseminating them at a level understood by the average person. Not only did Sproul decipher theology and the more difficult teachings in the Bible for a larger audience, he also had a knack for showing why these subjects were relevant in today’s world. Known especially for popularizing Calvinism, Sproul’s decades of teaching, preaching, and writing made him one of the chief architects behind the revival of Reformed theology popular in the Western Church today.
In his lifetime, Sproul penned over 70 books. We have a number of his most important works available for the Accordance Bible Software Library including the following:
- Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?
- Can I Have Joy in My Life?
- Can I Know God’s Will?
- Can I Trust the Bible?
- Does God Control Everything?
- Does Prayer Change Things?
- How Can I Develop a Christian Conscience?
- How Should I Live in this World?
- What Can I Do with My Guilt?
- What Does It Mean to be Born Again?
- What Is Baptism?
- What Is Faith?
- What is the Church?
- What Is the Lord’s Supper?
- What Is the Trinity?
- Who Is Jesus?
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith
Everyone’s A Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology
Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching
The Holiness of God
Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God [contributor]
New Reformation Study Bible [editor]
Now, That’s a Good Question!
The Prayer of the Lord
Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible [contributor]
Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life
For more information on the life and legacy of R. C. Sproul, see the following sources: