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Robert P. Lightner

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Adjunct Professor in Theological Studies

ThB, Baptist Bible Seminary, 1955; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1959; ThD, 1964; MLA, Southern Methodist University, 1972.

Dr. Robert Lightner joined the Dallas Seminary faculty in 1968 after teaching for seven years at Baptist Bible College/Seminary in Johnson City, New York, and also teaches at the Seminary’s extension sites. A professor of all the doctrines of Systematic Theology, Dr. Lightner has authored twenty-four books, most of which are about these doctrines. Since the 1950s he has helped struggling churches and/or ones seeking a pastor by serving as interim pastor thirty-three times at twenty-four churches in Pennsylvania, New York, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. His overseas ministries include work in Venezuela, Peru, Paraguay, and London (Spurgeon’s Tabernacle).

Robert P. Lightner
  • DM103 - Applied Research Project
  • ST102 - Trinitarianism
  • ST103 - Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology
  • ST104 - Soteriology
  • ST105 - Sanctification & Ecclesiology
  • ST106 - Eschatology
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  1. Lightner, Robert P., "Theological Perspectives on Theonomy, Pt 3 : A Dispensational Response to Theonomy." Bibliotheca Sacra 143 (1986). 228-245.
  2. Lightner, Robert P., "A Plea to Fellow Fundamentalists." Fundamentalist Journal 5, no. 6 (1986). 14-15.
  3. Lightner, Robert P., "Theological Perspectives on Theonomy, Pt 2 : Nondispensational Responses to Theonomy." Bibliotheca Sacra 143 (1986). 134-145.
  4. Lightner, Robert P., "Theological Perspectives on Theonomy, Pt 1 : Theonomy and Dispensationalism." Bibliotheca Sacra 143 (1986). 26-36.
  5. Lightner, Robert P., "A Biblical Perspective on False Doctrine." Bibliotheca Sacra 142 (1985). 16-22.
  6. Lightner, Robert P., "The Written Word and the Living Word." Fundamentalist Journal 2, no. 5 (1983). 32-33.
  7. Lightner, Robert P., "The Savior's Sufferings in Life." Bibliotheca Sacra 127 (1970). 26-37.

Academic Interests

  • Ecclesiology
  • Eschatology
  • Church leadership