J. Lanier Burns

Dr. Burns is actively involved in administration in Christian and secular organizations. He also devotes time to writing, conferences, and pastoral leadership. He has been involved in post-doctoral research at Harvard and Oxford Universities. For over forty years he has served as president of the Asian Christian Academy in Hosur, India. He has participated in numerous neuroscientific activities for about fifteen years. His research interests include Trinitarianism, anthropology, sin, eschatology, the relationship of science and religion, and issues in social justice. He spends his spare time with his family and enjoying sports. He and Kathy have four children and 11 grandchildren.

J. Lanier Burns’s Books

J. Lanier Burns’s Publication Articles

  • “The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition amid Modernity and Postmodernity.” Cultural Encounters (Fall). 2005.
  • Review of “The God of Hope and the End of the World.” Bibliotheca Sacra (161:642). 2004. 241-242.
  • Review of “Genesis 1-11.” Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 116-117.
  • Review of “Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics.” Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 113-114.
  • Review of “Five Views on Apologetics.” Bibliotheca Sacra (160:638). 2003. 247-249.
  • Review of “God, Israel, and the Gentiles: Rhetoric and Situation in Romans 9-11.” Bibliotheca Sacra (160:638). 2003. 251-252.
  • Review of “Amazing Grace in John Newton: Slave Ship Captain, Hymnwriter, and Abolitionist.” Bibliotheca Sacra (160:637). 2003. 125-126.
  • Review of “The Trinity: an Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity.” Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 481-483.
  • Review of “Three Views on Creation and Evolution.” Bibliotheca Sacra (159:634). 2002. 238-239.
  • Review of “What Is Justice? Classic and Contemporary Readings.” Bibliotheca Sacra (158:632). 2001. 485-485.
  • Review of “Are Miraculous Gifts for Today: Four Views.” Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 490-491.
  • Review of “Streams of Confusion: 13 Great Ideas That Are Contaminating Our Thought and Culture.” Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 492-492.
  • Review of “Eschatology in Bible and Theology: Evangelical Essays at the Dawn of a New Millennium.” Bibliotheca Sacra (157:627). 2000. 371-372.
  • “Our Value As People Is Not Defined by Our Role in Church and Society.” Moody Monthy (Fall). 1999.
  • Review of “Surprised by the Voice of God: How God Speaks Today through Prophecies, Dreams, and Visions.” Bibliotheca Sacra (154). 1997. 373-374.
  • “Cultural Lies the Church Believes: Our Value Is Vested in the Role We Play.” Moody Monthy (Winter). 1997.
  • Review of “The Jesus I Never Knew.” Bibliotheca Sacra (153). 1996. 500-500.
  • “Hermeneutical Issues and Principles in Hebrews as Exemplified in the Second Chapter.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (39:4). 1996. 587-607.
  • Review of “Basic Christian Ethics.” Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 487-487.
  • Review of “Progressive Dispensationalism: an Up-to-date Handbook of Contemporary Dispensational Theology.” Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 101-102.
  • Review of “Finding God.” Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 105-106.
  • Review of “Twentieth-century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age.” Bibliotheca Sacra (151). 1994. 489-491.
  • Review of “Paul and Perseverance: Staying in and Falling Away.” Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 123-123.
  • Review of “This Present Darkness.” Bibliotheca Sacra (147). 1990. 240-242.
  • Review of “Biblical Interpretation and the Church: Text and Context.” Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 176-176.
  • Review of “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.” Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 74-75.
  • Review of “The Grandeur of God: A Theological and Devotional Study of the Divine Attributes.” Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 78-79.
  • “A Model for Prayer.” Kindred Spirit (8:1). 1984. 16-18.
  • “Reemphasis on the Purpose of the Sign Gifts.” Bibliotheca Sacra (132). 1975. 242-249.

J. Lanier Burns’s Contributions

2023 Commencement Chapel: Memories of Ministry – Dr. Lanier Burns

Dr. Lanier Burns shares from Acts 20:16-24 in this commencement chapel titled; Memories of Ministry.
May 15, 2023

1968 and 2020: Mirror Images

Dr. Lanier Burns, research professor of Theological Studies, highlights the similarities between his arrival at DTS…
August 28, 2020

Pride and Humility at War: A Biblical Perspective

Pride, as a desirable attitude of successful living, is easier to think about because it is…
March 22, 2019

Q&A with Dr. J. Lanier Burns: The Priesthood of all Believers and Its Impact on the Church

Sometime between 1517 and 1521, Martin Luther found himself at the center of a growing conflict…
October 9, 2017

Faith in Sight

Dr. Lanier Burns, Research Professor of Theological Studies & Senior Professor of Systematic Theology at DTS,…
February 16, 2016

The Lamb and the Lion

Dr. Lanier Burns, Research Professor of Theological Studies and Senior Professor of Systematic Theology, speaks on…
August 28, 2014
Dr. Bock and guests recording The Table podcast

What the New Pope Means for the Future of the Church

Evangelical and Lutheran scholars address the character and theology of the first pope from South America,…
April 2, 2013

Knowing the Bible and Knowing Christ

Dr. Lanier Burns, Research Professor of Theological Studies; Senior Professor of Systematic Theology, DTS, shares his…
March 8, 2013

War in the Bible and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century

Richard Hess, Elmer Martens

The Goal of Godly Living

Research professor of Theological Studies and senior professor of Systematic Theology, Dr. Lanier Burns shares that…
April 13, 2010

Perspective Is More Important than Performance

Dr. Burns, senior professor of Systematic Theology, explains that one's biblically-shaped perspective is more important that…
May 21, 2008
man standing at podium speaking at DTS Chapel

The Wisdom of the Weeping Prophet

Dr. Lanier Burns, senior professor of systematic theology at DTS, shares that Jeremiah's wisdom for a…
January 13, 2005

The God of Hope and the End of the World

John Polkinghorn
Yale University Press

Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics

J. P. Moreland, Scott B. Rae
IVP Academic

Genesis 1-11

Andrew Louth, Marco Conti
IVP Academic

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