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Gary L. Thomas (Theologe)

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Gary Lee Thomas (born October 24, 1961 in Puyallup, Washington) is an American evangelical theologian, pastor, author, and speaker who specializes in relationships, marriage, family, and spiritual formation

Life

Thomas grew up in Puyallup, Washington. There he was strongly influenced by his pastor, Eugene Boggess, who encouraged him to take his Christian faith seriously. He attended college at Western Washington University; there he was encouraged by Pastor Brady Bobbink. In 1984, Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Western Washington University. He then went to Regent College in Vancouver, where he studied under the influential Anglican theologian James Innell Packer. In 1988, he received a master’s degree in systematic theology. Thomas was greatly influenced by various Christian authors; these include Dietrich Bonhoeffer, James Innell Packer, and Elton Trueblood. His first work, After God Thirsts, was a treatment of classic Christian authors who cultivated a strong devotion to God and had great charisma as a result

Thomas was founder and director of the Center for Evangelical Spirituality in Bellingham, Washington. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctor of theology degree from Western Seminary in Portland in recognition of his contributions to the field of spiritual formation
In 2010, Thomas began his ministry at Second Baptist Church Houston, one of the largest churches in the United States with 21,000 visitors per week. There he writes, preaches, and trains pastors.[1] He also appears on Christian television shows and radio programs such as Focus on the Family, 100 Huntley Street, and Family Live Today. He is a speaker at major Christian conferences such as AACC (National Christian Counseling) and the Billy Graham Training Center (The Cove). Thomas has spoken in over 50 countries and published 16 books to date, with Sacred Pathways and Sacred Marriage receiving wide acclaim and awards, becoming bestsellers, and going through multiple printings. Many influential evangelical pastors in the U.S. such as Bill Hybels, John Ortberg, Andy Stanley, and Rick Warren have praised and recommended his books. Thomas is also a college professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon

He is married to Lisa, they have three children and live in Houston, Texas.[2]

Works

  • Even storms bring us to the goal. What makes faith strong. SCM R. Brockhaus, Witten 2004. ISBN 978-3-41724-471-7
  • How can you tell you believe? 14 ways to live the faith. Brunnen, Gießen 2006. ISBN 978-3-76551-377-0
  • Holy Influence: The Key to Her Husband’s Heart. SCM R. Brockhaus, Witten 2008 ISBN 978-3417262483
  • Sacred Marriage
    • The Holy Haven: How Marriage Brings Us Closer to God. SCM R. Brockhaus, Witten, 2009 ISBN 978-3417244878
  • We will be victors! How God’s glory transforms us. SCM R. Brockhaus, Witten, 2009 ISBN 978-3-417-26274-2
  • Sacred Pathways. Discover your soul’s path to God
    • Nine Ways to Love God. The wonderful diversity of the spiritual life. SCM R. Brockhaus, Witten, 2010 ISBN 978-3-41726-303-9 (2nd ed.)
  • All of it. For you. Enjoying God’s Gifts. SCM R. Brockhaus, Witten, 2010 ISBN 978-3-417-21961-6
  • The power of the inconspicuous little things: From the Adventure of Becoming Like Jesus. Neufeld, Schwarzenberg, 2012 ISBN 978-3-86256-028-8
  • Devotions for a Sacred Marriage
    • Heilig währt am längsten. SCM R. Brockhaus, Witten 2015. ISBN 978-3-41726-649-8

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Individual references

  1. Short description of Gary Thomas
  2. Gary L. Thomas website