The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes is president and professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ.
M. Craig Barnes is the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary. He began his presidency in January 2013, and also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. Barnes earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981 and his Ph.D. in church history from the University of Chicago in 1992.
Before becoming president of Princeton, Barnes was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while also serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He previously served pastorates in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings, and in congregations across the country. He is the author of eight books and serves as a columnist for The Christian Century.
His writing and academic work reflect his deep commitment to the theological formation of pastors to lead the church in changing times.
Body and Soul: Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism (Faith Alive Publishers, 2012)
The Pastor as Minor Poet (Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008)
Searching for Home (Brazos Press, A Division of Baker Book House Company, 2003)
An Extravagant Mercy (Servant Publications, Vine Books, 2003)
Sacred Thirst (Zondervan Publishing House, 2001)
Hustling God (Zondervan Publishing House, 1999)
When God Interrupts (InterVarsity Press, 1996)
Yearning (InterVarsity Press, 1991)
The Rev. M. Craig Barnes is pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.More...
Our text today begins with Jacob running away from home. He's running because his older brother Esau was trying to kill him for deceiving their father and stealing the blessing of Esau's inheritance. Jacob traveled up to Haran, where his uncle Laban lived. And as soon as he arrived, he saw Laban's daughter Rachel out in the fields with her father's sheep. It was pretty much love at first sight for Jacob who was enraptured by Rachel. Jacob started working at Laban's sheep farm, and eventually they hammered out a deal. The deal was that if Jacob worked for seven years, Laban would let him marry Rachel.Read full transcript...