At least one source attests that Tim Keller calls Paige Brown the best Bible teacher in America. I do know Paige attended the church Tim pastors in New York for a while, so this wouldn’t surprise me. While there are teachers whose works I have read that have proven to be a more formative influence on me, the group of sermons I have heard from Paige have certainly been the most valuable that I’ve ever encountered.
And you’ve probably never heard of her. I have a feeling she prefers it that way. Not to say that those Christian leaders who make a name for themselves were simply out to make a name for themselves, but there is no question in the case of Paige that she’s just about speaking the truth. Though I wish she has, she has not written a book–which is often the first step toward making yourself known in the world of Christian teaching. She just did campus ministry for several years at Vanderbilt and Virginia, has a degree from Covenant Seminary, and basically is just a stay-at-home mom with her three kids and occasionally speaks at conferences.
And so, without knowing anything about her, and having heard nothing about her before, a couple years ago I went to the Christian Life Conference at Second Presbyterian in Memphis that featured her as a speaker for that year’s theme, “A Heart for God.”
Making her way through the Saul and David story of 1-2 Samuel, Paige shows how vital the condition of the heart is in light of the God who claims our lives as his. And she does it with a keen literary sensibility, wit, and honesty, and all in an appropriately worshipful and humble stance.
I have listened to these sermons many, many times and they always lead me to look at my own heart with discerning and critical gaze and yearn to have the heart of God.
Click on the names of these resources to check them out. The Christian Life Conference sermons are available on the website of Second Presbyterian.
- “The Desperate Heart“
- “The Rejective Heart“
- “The Reflective Heart“
- “The Responsive Heart” A video of this message is available here.
Here’s a great article on singleness that she wrote before she was married entitled “Singled Out for Good“
Here’s a talk she gave for The Gospel Coalition: “When Despair Invades Gospel Work: Learning from Elijah“
Here’s a conversation with Jenny Salt about women’s studies in the church.
That’s all I’ve been able to find from her. If you discover anything else, let me know.
And I can’t find an email address anywhere for her, so if she somehow sees this, thank you Paige.