The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: 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.

Major Publications

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)

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes

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The Problem with Two Spouses

Sunday July 27, 2008
The Rev. M. Craig Barnes draws beautifully on the story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah to encourage partners to love in such a way that they accept the flaws of one another.

The All-American Dreamer

Sunday July 20, 2008
The Rev. M. Craig Barnes proclaims that it is only through the freely givin grace of God, not through ambition for success that we receive the fullness of God's promise.

Giving God Your Stash

Sunday September 10, 2000

Could You Be Wrong About God?

Sunday August 13, 2000

When It Is Time to Leave

Sunday July 16, 2000

Articles by The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes

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Craig Barnes: The Post-Anxiety Church

Tuesday March 29, 2016
The future of the church is a question that makes it way deep into my bones. I worry too. But the church has never looked less attractive than when it dresses in anxiety. Historically that’s when we’ve made our worst mistakes.

Radio by The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes

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Day 1 Podcast Extra- Barnes

Monday July 28, 2008
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.