John Gerstner Lectures

If you’ve never listened to the later Dr. John H. Gerstner you are neglecting a benefit for your soul from one of God’s wonderful gifts to the church. Dr. Gerstner (1914-1996) was “Professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary. He was an authority on the life and theology of Jonathan Edwards. Gerstner counted among his students R.C. Sproul and wrote several books, including Primitive Theology.” The principle work for which he is remembered is The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards. You can read a short memorial of his life and work here.

You can read two of Dr. Gerstner’s articles over at Lionier’s website. The first is “God’s Providence: a Two Edged Sword (Part 3),” and the second “True and False Assurance.”

Ligonier has also posted several of Dr. Gerstner’s audio lecture series:

  • The Westminster Confession of Faith with Dr. John Gerstner

    The Westminster Confession of Faith has, for hundreds of years, served as the doctrinal foundation of the Reformed churches. In this series, Dr. John Gerstner focuses his lifetime of scholarship on a comprehensive treatment of the meaning and application of …Read More

  • Handout Church History with Dr. John Gerstner

    Dr. John H. Gerstner examines the twists and turns of church history, addressing major theological developments along the way. He demonstrates how God has been at work in each stage of church history and explains that Christians today can be …Read More

  • Silencing the Devil with Various Teachers

    “We cannot know that God exists,” is something you thought would never be uttered from the mouth of Dr.R.C. Sproul. In this series, this statement, along with other assertions, are made by Dr. Sproul defying the possibility of …Read More

  • Leadership with Dr. John Gerstner

    Like the apostle Peter, we all run the risk of overestimating our loyalty to Christ in a way that makes us especially vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. For Christian leaders especially, it is easy to think that the …Read More

  • Handout Apologetics with Dr. John Gerstner

    Christian apologetics is that which deals with answering any and all critics who oppose or question the revelation of God in Christ and the Bible. This study explores a whole host of doctrines important to the church and defends them …Read More

The entirety of the Gerstner audio that Ligonier has made available can be found here.

You can also find many of his PCRT conference talks can be found below:

Man the Sinner, Man the Saint

The Atonement and the Purposes of God

Justification by Faith

Reformation: The Impact of Revival

Adoption: Belonging to God’s Family

Martin Luther: The Great Calvinist

14 Responses

  1. Michial

    Agreed. His teaching is a holy zeal of confessional Presbyterianism. I hope Ligonier re-issues his Handout Theology, the massive 100 audio/video lectures of systematic theology in the Puritan tradition.

    1. MikeCarr

      Ligonier released his handout theology in December 2016. You can listen to it free on their app or on their website. I’m currently listening to it and it’s such a blessing!

  2. I met Dr. Gerstner in 1988 while a student at The Master’s Seminary (me not him). I was in charge of getting him to wherever he needed to go. He stayed in my apartment while my wife and I stayed with friends. He never got my name right. My name is Rich Barcellos. On the phone he called me “Barcujian” and some other name I can’t remember. I must have said Barcellos ten times to him. Still, he never got it right. The last day he was with us, he stood up before the entire faculty and student body and said, “I’d like to thank Rich Barcelou for housing such an unlikely transient as myself,” while gasping for air. The name stuck. Since then, I have tagged “Barcelou” as a genitive of Gersninian auricular distortion. Cf. Wallace’s third edition and the discussion there.

  3. there’s more. He spoke on the five points at the College. One of the students was terrified. The student wrote a note to Dr. Gerstner, pouring out his soul. The College put it in my student box, asking for me to forward it to him. I did so. Two weeks later I received an autographed copy of one of his books with a note asking me to get his response to the student. I could not hold myself back from reading it, so I did. I could barely read his writing. I do know that his answers were very tender and pointed the student to Christ.

  4. Ray Fisher

    If anyone knows a source to get a copy of the Video series that he did on The Rational Biblical Theology of Jonathan Edwards please let me know. I would also be ok with just the audio. I saw this video series >10 years ago and was amazed, it was great. I wish Ligionier made all of his stuff available.


  5. Harold Miller

    I have been a “student” of Dr. Gerstner for many years. I find his style, passion, and knowledge of the Word and ways of Christ entirely compelling. I have been working to make RARE audio materials available online and a wonderful collection was recently made available to me. I have been transferring the material from cassette tape to digital and am posting them on You Tube. Please go to youtube and search under, “Dr John Gerstner” to locate these rare resources. I will be regularly posting more in the weeks and months ahead.

    Harold Miller, Pastor
    Covenant Reformed (United Reformed Churches in North America)
    Kansas City, MO.

    1. Michael Carr

      I also love Dr Gerstner’s teaching. I was recently given an old Ligonier tape series by Dr Gerstner called “giants of the Christian faith.” I plan on transferring them to MP3 and I’d happy to share those files with you.

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