About

Email John Mark Hicks at hicksjm (at) yahoo (Dot) com.

John Mark Hicks has taught in institutions affiliated with Churches of Christ for thirty-two years.  He currently lives in Nashville, TN and is Professor of Theology at Lipscomb University.  John Mark was born in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico.  His father (Mark N. Hicks) and mother (Edith Lois Hicks) were Texans who moved in the 1950s to Virginia to plant a church (though they were back in New Mexico in 1957 for a few years where John Mark was born).

John Mark grew up in Virginia, spending his teen years in the Washington, D.C. area. He received his A.A. in German and his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1979), his M.A. in Humanities (Philosophy) from Western Kentucky University (1980) and his Ph.D. in Reformation and Post-Reformation Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1985).

He has taught at Alabama Christian School of Religion (1982-1989), Magnolia Bible College (1989-1991), Harding University Graduate School of Religion (1991-2000 fulltime; 2000-present adjunct), and Lipscomb University (2000-present).  He has also adjuncted at Northeastern Christian College, Christian Brothers University, Abilene Christian University, Rochester College, and Institute for Christian Theology and Minstry (St. Petersburg, Russia).

He has published numerous articles, both popular and scholarly, contributed to fifteen books and authored (co-authored) an additional eleven.  His third book (the first two, written as as a teenager, are best forgotten) was Yet Will I Trust Him: Understanding God in a Suffering World (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1999).  This was followed by a small group study version published as Anchors for the Soul: Trusting God in the Storms of Life (College Press, 2001). He has also written a 600+ page commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles in the College Press NIV Commentary series (2001).

His most recent publications are Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper (Orange, CA: New Leaf Press, 2002), Down in the River to Pray: Revisioning Baptism as God’s Transforming Work (with Greg Taylor; Siloam Springs: Leafwood Publishers, 2004), and A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter (with Bobby Valentine and Johnny Melton; Abilene: Leafwood Publishers, 2007).  These three works are an attempt to “revision” the traditional Stone-Campbell ordinances (or sacraments) as divine means of grace by which humans encounter God’s transforming power; the ordinances (or sacraments) are theocentric rather than anthropocentric.

In 2006, John Mark also published Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding (with Bobby Valentine; Abilene: Leafwood Publishers, 2006).

In 2011, John Mark released a Kindle version of his Meeting God at the Shack: A Journey into Spiritual Recovery (also on Nook) based upon his theological and pastoral analysis of William Young’s The Shack.

In addition to various ministry positions in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama and Mississippi, he has served as a church planter from 1998-2000 (Cordova Community Church, a church of Christ in Cordova, TN), Adult Education Minister at the Ross Road Church of Christ in Memphis, TN (1991-1998 ) and Adult Education Minister for the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, TN (2001-2006).  In addition, John Mark was the interim preaching minister for the Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis, TN from January to November in 2007.

He has lectured widely across 40 states and 20 countries (Japan, Korea, Uganda, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Croatia, Italy, Ukraine, Jamaica, England, Wales, Russia, Guatelmala and Honduras).

John Mark married Sheila Christian Pettit on May 22, 1977.  She died due to complications from back surgery in Ellijay, Georgia, on April 30, 1980.

John Mark married Barbara Adcox in 1983 but they separated and divorced in 2001 with great heartache as all divorces entail. He has two living children–Ashley (31) and Rachel (25), three grandchildren–Neely (7), Norah (3) and Jonah (6 months)–and two deceased children–one was a miscarriage with Sheila and the other with Barbara named Joshua Mark Hicks who died on May 21, 2001 at the age of sixteen after a long struggle with the genetic condition called Sanfillippo Syndrome.

On December 20, 2002, John Mark married Jennifer and now shares responsibility for a blended family that includes Jennifer’s three children: Lauren Bristol (25), Michael Bristol (23), and Lacey Bristol (18).  Jennifer also lost a child, Leah, in 1994 by stillbirth.

Jennifer serves on the board of Share in Nashville which is a national organization that gives care to families who have experienced the loss of an infant child. Jennifer is a nurse clinical instructor for Vanderbilt University and donates two mornings a month to serving the poor at Siloam a non-profit medical clinic.

Oh, last but not the least important–I am a Chicago Cubs fan…diehard and waiting for the inbreaking of Cub Kingdom to dominate the baseball world…or at least win a World Series once every 100 years.

This is me in the Radio Booth at Wrigley…standing next to Ron Santo…separated by the glass as they were not too interested in me “helping” Ron with his job. :-)



25 Responses to “About”

  1.   Michael Jackson Says:

    Dr. Hicks:

    Thank you so much for the Bible class materials on the epistles of John!!!!

    I am teaching General Epistles at Heritage Christian University in Florence, AL and your survey of the literature and summary paragraphs will help me greatly!

    Michael

  2.   Josh Patrick Says:

    Hey John Mark! I’ve been looking for your contact information online, but have been unsuccessful. I’d love to bounce some things (theological of course) off of you if you’re willing. How can I contact you?

  3.   Howard Donahoe Says:

    Dr. Hicks

    I read your book Come to the Table a few years ago and found it very valuable. Might you be interested and available to speak to a PCA pastor’s luncheon in Charlotte sometime next year?

    Howard Donahoe

  4.   Impact Says:

    Dear Dr. Hicks,

    I’m studying on instrumental worship in the church. What is your take? is it a reason for disfellowship, is there biblical evidence to support not using the instrument in the worship assembly?

    Impact

  5. Profile photo of johnmarkhicks  John Mark Hicks Says:

    About 12 years ago I wrote a lengthy piece that is available at the HUGSR website. It will give you my views as about 10 years ago. I have not written much on the top since but my views have adjusted. Nevertheless, that piece lays out the parameters. It was reviewed by Al Maxey at his website which is helpful as well.

    In either case, the article and my present view is that the use of instrument music in the worship assembly is not a salvation issue and is not a matter of fellowship.

    •   D'Angelo Says:

      John,

      I read your acapella singing article and though it was very well written. I was curious as how much your position has shifted. And what would be a good reading for pro instrumental music.

  6.   Tom Faraway Says:

    Hi John Mark,
    I think you were once a participant on RM-Bible in years past. We recently moved to a Yahoo Groups platform. I wonder whether you might consider re-joining us. Not much traffic. Sometimes a topic worthy of consideration emerges. I saw your recent rememberance post of your lost child. I am certain that the pain of such an event never lessens. I suspect that there are those of us on RM Bible who might benefit from your perspectives upon occasion. Please let me know you have an interest.
    Blessings,
    Tom Farr

  7.   randall Says:

    I thought the RM bible site closed years ago. Is it still around?

  8.   Craig Pyburn Says:

    John Mark: Tonia and I miss your teaching in Psalms this quarter in SonSeekers. My question, did you know “the Shack” was to be made into a movie? Your thoughts on that.

    Best:CP

    • Profile photo of johnmarkhicks  John Mark Hicks Says:

      We miss seeing both of you. As to the movie, I wonder how they will handle the long, heavy conversations in a movie format. It did seem to work to wel in the DaVinci Code.

      Hope to see you soon, my friend. John Mark

  9.   Ernest Udom Says:

    Iam a Nigerian, and a church of christ member.I have come across your website through internet. Please I will like to read your books. I will also want to see you visiting Nigeria.Please kindly find time to write to me.

    Ernest Udom

  10.   B. Suvarnakumar Says:

    Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.(Eccl.11:1)
    Hi Brother, Good to see you through your site. I heard about your father Mark N Hicks and his Lord’s work in India through Brother Ratnam. I am one of his sons in law.Both are worked in Remote tribal area and turned many tribal people from their ancestrial worship. Many of them still faithfull to Christ. Now the work will continue through Bro. Jack Honny Cutt. I feel proud that I am one of translator for them.

  11. Profile photo of Lynn Jones  Jerry Jones Says:

    My questions have to do with the marriage covenant (Mal. 2:14). Is the marriage covenant between the person and God or between the two people? If it is between the person and God, is this the reason Ezra had the people to separate? Could the Ezra situation be the background for the question in I Cor. 7 about should a person stay married to an unbeliever? I understand the literature during the second temple Judaism (Philo) took a strong stand against Israelites marrying non-Israelites. Was this idea strong in the days of Jesus and could it not be a possible explanation of the exception clause in Matthew?

    • Profile photo of johnmarkhicks  John Mark Hicks Says:

      Jerry,

      I don’t think I’m the best person to ask about Second Temple understandings of marriage to non-Jews. Or, even how exactly Ezra factors into Malachi and 1 Corinthians 7. I’m not well versed in that literature and it would take me some time to get caught up to speed on that.

      I know you are studying this whole area intensely and I look forward to reading what you produce. I know it will be compassionate, reflective and focused on Scripture.

      Blessings, my friend.

  12. Profile photo of Lynn Jones  Jerry Jones Says:

    Thanks for your reply. Who would you suggest to contact to deal with these questions or I am I on my own. I hope to complete my book by the fall. We will be in Nashville (4th street in Franklin) for a seminar in April (10-13). Do you have time for me to meet with you? Monday would be my best day.

  13.   cecilio gonzalez Says:

    Brothrer Hicks, I was wondering how the brotherhood are recieving your teaching on the Lord’s Supper as a fellowship meal?
    Nobleminded or resistive? I think your view is correct. I have been
    observingn the supper for 35 years and never knew it was a fellowship meal all this time! I’am dumbfounded somewhat, trying to make some sense as to how we have not come to the truth on this, we who are those who speak where the bible speaks and……
    I just hope that the church is still committed to the spirit of restoration.I appreciate your hard work and dedication to bringing the gospel truth forth. Thank you!

    • Profile photo of johnmarkhicks  John Mark Hicks Says:

      I don’t really track that very well. People are genearlly comfortable with what they know and thus resist changes in this area. However, there is a fair amount of openness to listening, especially as the text of Scripture is the focus. I would suggest that many under 40 are very open to a different sort of practice.

      Thank you for your kindness.

  14.   Chris Burnett Says:

    Dr. Hicks,

    I enjoy reading your articles and am very impressed with your knowledge of the Bible. I also admire your willingness to note your marital status and several divorces through the years in the “About” section above. However, I am curious as to your view on Divorce and Remarriage. The Bible clearly states – by Jesus himself, in Matthew 19:9 that “anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery”. Seeing as you have been remarried, would you this put you in a constant state of adultery? I am wanting your opinion on this – please don’t tell me to look up what Rubel Shelley may or may not say on this subject. How do you view your situation and with the Bible says.

    I hope you are able to respond and answer my question.

    Thanks,
    Chris

  15.   Chris Burnett Says:

    Thank you for responding. My guess is that if you were not divorced you would probably have a different viewpoint. Your blog never quotes any scripture and simply leaves one feeling that divorce is ok because God doesn’t want you to be sad and lonely. That is a very dangerous slope you are on – interpreting scripture to fit your situation.

  16.   Paul Lotito Denver Colorado Says:

    Dear Dr John Mark Hicks: Sunday 1-22-12, Denver Colorado

    I have read your book “Come To The Table” several times through the years sense my purchase on 2-18-2009.

    As an ex-Catholic and now a borned again Christian (John 3-16), I have found your work in this book to be accurate and trust worthy, as in my application of the Berean experiance of (Acts 17-11 examining the Scriptures).

    The main take away for me is the cross is the alter with its goal to be the table, they are not the same!! the alter enables the table, as stated in (1 Cor 10-17,18) and pointed out in your work.

    Nice work with the book!! it was a great study that was lead for me by the Holy Spirit as in (John 16-13, the Spirit of Truth).

    My Question is?? The entire Body of Christ is using the “Table of the Lord” as a point of “healing”. I did not find this “Healing Meal” topic to be covered in your Book?? I think I could find (Cook if need be) enough scripture on my own to support this thought but but if you should have some ideas or a study that covers this aspect “The Meal that Heals” of the Lords Table would you be kind enough to share it with me and others as the Spirit wills.

    P.S. Like I said before, I have read the book several times and have enjoyed being under your guidence.

    May the Spirit (John 14-17) Keep and Guide You
    Paul Lotito, a brother in Christ

  17.   Tommy Hodge Says:

    I am teaching 1st Corinthians 14 at Bellevue CofC (Nashville) and found your article on Women in Assembly. It has been very helpful in my study. And it cleared up a lot of questions that I had. Great job.

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