Dr John Tucker

Principal

Head of the Carey School of Preaching

Lecturer, Church History and Homiletics

 

 

 

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Law (with Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts

 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Executive Committee, Australasian Academy of Homiletics
  • Secretary, New Zealand Baptist Research and Historical Society
  • Associate Editor, Pacific Journal of Baptist Research
  • Editorial Panel, Archer Press

 

Teaching Areas

  • Church history
  • Homiletics

 

Research Areas

  • History of preaching
  • Practice of preaching
  • History of the Baptist churches of New Zealand
  • Pastoral ministry in New Zealand
  • Church and sport

 

Research Summary

Dr John Tucker lectures in church history and homiletics. He also coordinates Carey’s School of Preaching, which resources preachers throughout New Zealand.

In 2010 he completed his PhD thesis on the history of Baptist engagement in public debate within New Zealand and has published a number of papers, and one book, on the subject.

John is Secretary of the New Zealand Baptist Research and Historical Society and Associate Editor of the Pacific Journal of Baptist Research. He serves on the editorial panel of Archer Press and on the executive committee of the Australasian Academy of Homiletics.

 

Current Research Projects

  • The changing identity of New Zealand Baptists.
  • Baptists and sport in the twentieth century.
  • The nature and shape of preaching in a rapidly changing world

 

Publications

Monographs

  • A Braided River: New Zealand Baptists and Public Issues 1882-2000. Peter Lang: Bern, 2013.

                   

Edited books

  •  Text Messages: Preaching God’s Word in a Smartphone World. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock (2017).

 

Chapters

  • “Upgrading Our Preaching: Professional Development for Preachers Today.” In Text Messages: Preaching God’s Word in a Smartphone World. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017.
  • “Alan Brian Tucker.” In Father, Farewell: Men, Their Dads, and the Struggle for Reconciliation. Ed. Philip Culbertson. Forthcoming.
  • “Joseph Kemp, Revivalism, and the New Zealand Baptist Movement.” In Baptists and Revival. Edited by Bill Pitts. Macon: Mercer University Press, forthcoming.
  • “The Ancient Word in the Modern World: The Preaching of J.J. North.” In Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand. Geoff Troughton and Stuart Lange. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.
  • “History in the Integrative Process.” In Doing Integrative Theology: World, Word, and Work in Conversation. Edited by Phil Halstead & Myk Habets. Auckland: Archer Press, 2015.
  • “Select Annotated Bibliography of Works on Narrative Preaching.” Pages 419-26. In Kiwimade Narrative Sermons: The Drama is the Doctrine. Viva Voce: Carey School of Preaching Series Volume One. Ed. Myk Habets. Auckland: Archer Press, 2014. (Released 2015).
  • “‘The First Eleven’: Eleven Steps for Researching, Writing and Delivering a Narrative Sermon.” Pages 25-56. In Kiwimade Narrative Sermons: The Drama is the Doctrine. Viva Voce: Carey School of Preaching Series Volume One. Ed. Myk Habets. Auckland: Archer Press, 2014. (Released 2015).
  • “Sample Narrative: Mark 6:30-44: Limited Resources, Unlimited Possibilities.” Pages 57-64. In Kiwimade Narrative Sermons: The Drama is the Doctrine. Viva Voce: Carey School of Preaching Series Volume One. Ed. Myk Habets. Auckland: Archer Press, 2014. (Released 2015).
  • “Prophets at the Gate? New Zealand Baptists and Social Justice in the 1990s.” Pages 277-91 in Interfaces: Baptists and Others. Edited by David Bebbington and Martin Sutherland. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2012.

 

Journals

  • “‘As Broad as the Gospel is, and as Narrow’: New Zealand Baptists and Social Issues.” Pacific Journal of Baptist Research 9:1 (May 2014): 1-8.
  • “Laurie Guy: Select Bibliography.” Pacific Journal of Baptist Research 9:1 (May 2014): 57-59.
  • “A Matter of Life and Death: New Zealand Baptists and Abortion Law Reform, 1960-1990.” Colloquium43:2 (November 2011): 202-228.
  • “A Braided River: New Zealand Baptists and Public Issues, 1882-2000.” PhD thesis, University of Otago, 2010.
  • “‘A Many-Headed Hydra’: New Zealand Baptists and the Gambling Monster, 1890-1940.” Pacific Journal of Baptist Research 6:2 (October 2010): 3-30.
  • “Heads in the Sand: New Zealand Baptists and the Tour Debate.” Pacific Journal of Baptist Research 3:2 (October 2007): 25-40.

 

Magazines

  • “Together on the Way and in the Fray: Does Being Baptist Have any Relevance Today?” with Andrew Picard. New Zealand Baptist 1 (2016): 22-24.
  • “The most revolutionary Christian event since the Protestant Reformation – and what we can learn from it today.” New Zealand Baptist 7 (2014): 8.
  • “Imagine: as it is in heaven.” New Zealand Baptist10 (2013): 5.
  • “Making a difference: Does preaching actually work?” New Zealand Baptist7 (2012): 6.
  • “Small risk, great return.” New Zealand Baptist4 (2011): 4.
  • “Why bother with the church?” New Zealand Baptist5 (2010): 3.
  • “Preaching renewal.” New Zealand Baptist4 (2010): 7.
  • “Church and Society in the Baptist Tradition.” New Zealand Baptist6 (2009): 6.
  • “The death of the Baptist social conscience.” New Zealand Baptist6 (2009): 8.

 

Awards

  • PhD Scholarship, Otago University (2007-09)
  • Legal Research Foundation Writing Award – Unpublished Paper Category (1994)

 

Contact Details

Phone: 09 526 0343

Email: [email protected]