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The young John Frame teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia

Dr. John M. Frame has distinguished himself as a prolific author and one of America’s foremost theologians and philosophers—significantly shaping the thought of Evangelicalism today. Many of today’s most influential Christian leaders and authors, like Tim Keller and John Piper, readily acknowledge the significant impact John Frame has had on them.

“I should like to think that tomorrow’s Reformed leaders will add John Frame’s name to that list; I believe they should.” – J. I. Packer

Commenting on the continuation of protestant reformation theology since the time of Martin Luther and John Calvin, J. I. Packer writes in his foreword to Frame’s Systematic Theology:

“Three parts of the world have since made major contributions to the Reformed heritage, each engendering its own conflicts and loyalties:

  • England saw the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Puritan development, from William Perkins to John Owen, exploring life in Christ in and through the Holy Spirit;
  • nineteenth-century Holland produced the Kuyperian theology of human and Christian culture within a Reformed frame; 
  • and the twentieth-century witnessed, within the conservative Presbyterian world, the ongoing quest for Reformed methodological authenticity, in which B. B, Warfield, Geerhardus Vos, J. Gresham Machen, and Cornelius Van Til are, by common consent, the leading names.

I should like to think that tomorrow’s Reformed leaders will add John Frame’s name to that list; I believe they should.”

After 49 years of distinguished service as a seminary professor at three seminaries, Dr. John Frame retired in 2017. But his influential writing ministry continues today. Although widely known and deeply respected in church leadership and academic circles for decades, his works are now, finally, becoming well known to the general public.

Framing John Frame: 4 Parts

With the goal of helping introduce Frame and his writings more widely to the general public, Childers wrote this four-part series below called “Framing John Frame,” that was later published as the foreword for the book, John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 1, by P&R Publishing. The goal of this series is to help more people begin mining the rich theological, philosophical, and practical gems that have for too long been mostly in the hands of academics and church leaders.


The Applied Theology Project

Since 2016, John Frame and Steve Childers have been collaboration on the Applied Theology Project. The mission of the Applied Theology Project is to provide accessible, affordable, seminary-level courses to underserved church leaders in their language and adapted to their culture wherever they live and serve.

The vision for the Applied Theology Project is to use the latest advances in educational technology to help bring all the loci of Systematic Theology to the millions of church leaders, especially in the developing world, who have no access or cannot afford high quality traditional seminary education. – John Frame

Childers and Frame have published their first two online courses with parallel ebooks, called Foundations of Theology and Essentials in Theology – on the Pathway Learning online library of courses. And they’ve completed writing the manuscripts for the next 3 courses and books – including “Perspectives in Theology” now in production.


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John Frame and Steve Childers record “3-D Discussions” for Applied Theology Project courses and books.

Professors John Frame and Steve Childers combine their almost 90 years of experience (Frame 49 Systematic Theology, Childers 22 Practical Theology and 15 in planting/pastoring) to help you apply theology to life and ministry. Learn how theology is the application of Scripture to all areas of life.

This series of courses and books are designed to help you understand all the major doctrines of the Christian faith and learn how to apply them to your life and ministry in practical ways.

Applied Theology is a very intentional, missional, practical approach to all the traditional loci of systematic theology. As such, it engages everything we are. It is not only an intellectual accumulation of information, but engages our head, heart, and hands as we receive the Kingdom and pass it on to others. . .This is our vision: providing high quality, accessible, affordable theology—especially to underserved church leaders worldwide, that is also intentionally biblical, trinitarian, covenantal, historic-redemptive, relational- restorative, personal-salvation, and gospel-kingdom focused. — Dr. John Frame, Preface to Applied Theology Series

The mission of the Applied Theology Project is to provide accessible, affordable, seminary-level courses to underserved church leaders in their language and adapted to their culture wherever they live and serve.


Applied Theology Project Series

Knowing the Triune God as Creator and Redeemer of All Things

APPLIED THEOLOGY: PROLEGOMENA
APPLIED THEOLOGY I: KNOWING GOD THE FATHER AS CREATOR
  • Course One: God’s Revelation in Creation
  • Course Two: God’s Revelation in Covenants
  • Course Three: God’s Revelation in Scripture
  • Course Four: God’s Revelation of Attributes
  • Course Five: God’s Nature as Triune Lord
  • Course Six: God’s Work as Creator and Sustainer
APPLIED THEOLOGY II: KNOWING THE FALL OF HUMANITY AND WORLD
  • Course One: Anthropology: Humanity, the Image of God
  • Course Two: Hamartiology: Sin, the Fall & Common Grace
  • Course Three: Hamartiology: The Consequences of the Fall
  • Course Four: Christology: The Person of Christ
  • Course Five: Christology: The Work of Christ
  • Course Six: Pneumatology: The Person & Work of the Spirit 
APPLIED THEOLOGY III: KNOWING GOD THE SON AS REDEEMER
  • Course One: Soteriology: Election, Calling, & Regeneration
  • Course Two: Soteriology: Conversion (Faith & Repentance)
  • Course Three: Soteriology: Justification & Adoption
  • Course Four: Soteriology: Sanctification & Assurance
  • Course Five: Soteriology: Perseverance & Glorification
  • Course Six: Ecclesiology: The Nature of the Church
APPLIED THEOLOGY IV: KNOWING GOD THE SPIRIT AS RESTORER
  • Course One: Ecclesiology: The Task of the Church
  • Course Two: Ecclesiology: The Means of Grace
  • Course Three: Ecclesiology: The Sacraments
  • Course Four: Eschatology: Heaven & Hell
  • Course Five: Eschatology: The Events of the Last Days
  • Course Six: Applied Theology: Christian Ethics






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The mission of the Applied Theology Project is to provide accessible, affordable, seminary-level courses to underserved church leaders in their language, for their culture, and where they live.

In this video, professors John Frame and Steve Childers combine their 70+ years in systematic theology (49) and practical theology (22) to help you apply theology to your life and ministry.

In this 6-part series you will:

  • Understand the nature and goal of theology
  • Learn to see God as Creator, Redeemer, and Holy
  • Explain the significance of God’s personal name as LORD
  • Describe God’s transcendence and immanence
  • Define God’s communicable and incommunicable attributes
  • Illustrate how God’s Lordship is revealed in and through you

This brief video (7:27) will help you better know God as Lord in all areas of life through the study of Scripture.

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