Denison Forum – D. Michael Lindsay to lead Taylor University: Why a Christian higher education is crucial today


Evangelical Christians are facing opposition on a level unprecedented in American history. Our religious liberty is under attack; biblical morality is being assailed as bigoted, homophobic, and dangerous.

It should not surprise us that God is raising up evangelical leaders “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

The great need of our day is for Christians who are equipped to use their influence in engaging and shaping the culture for Christ. If these leaders have credentials and capacities that our secular culture honors, all the better. And if these leaders are investing not just in the present generation but in generations to come, their calling and influence are even more crucial.

It is in this context that we are publishing today’s Daily Article Special Edition highlighting the ministry of Dr. D. Michael Lindsay. 

With degrees from Baylor University, Princeton Seminary, Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, he is one of the most significant and celebrated thought leaders of our day. His first solo book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; he has lectured on six continents.

He was an honored professor of sociology at Rice University before being chosen ten years ago to lead Gordon College as president. Gordon is one of the leading educational institutions in America and the only evangelical college in New England.

And he is my dear friend. I have known Michael and his wife, Rebecca, for many years. I know them to be deeply passionate Christians with a fervent commitment to equipping the present and future generations to think biblically and act redemptively.

I am honored to speak with Dr. Lindsay in the video below about his new appointment as president of Taylor University—news that will make headlines later today in the evangelical world. 

As you watch him engage the challenges and opportunities of our day, I believe you will be encouraged and inspired to use your influence more effectively to the glory of God.

Paul’s prayer for the Philippians is my prayer for you as you watch our video:

“It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9–11).

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