Michael L. Brown

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Michael L. Brown
Dr. Michael L. Brown
Born (1955-03-16) March 16, 1955 (age 60)
New York, NY
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Author, speaker, radio host, professor
Religion Messianic Jew
Spouse(s) Nancy Gurian Conway Brown (married 1977)
Website www.askdrbrown.org

Michael L Brown (born 1955) is an American Messianic Jew, radio host, conservative and author. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Line of Fire, airs throughout the United States.[1] He is also president and professor of practical theology at Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism School of Ministry. He has also served as adjunct professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL and adjunct professor of Jewish apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion, and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.[2]


He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He has held visiting or adjunct positions at several seminaries.[3]:7

He was a leader in the Brownsville Revival from 1996 until the board of directors voted him out in 2000. [4]

He started the FIRE School of Ministry in 2001.[5]

He debated Shmuley Boteach about the compatibility of a belief in Jesus and Judaism more than 15 times since 2004.[6] He also debated Tovia Singer,[7] Moshe Otero,[8] J. Immanuel Schochet[9] and David Blumofe[10] on the same issue.

In 2005 he founded ICN Ministries,[11] an organization focused on bringing spiritual revival and repentance to the Church, Israel, and the nations. He serves as director.[12]

In 2010, he debated Bart Ehrman whether the Bible provides an answer to the problem of pain and suffering.[13]

Theological views[edit]

Brown believes in libertarian free will, holding to an Arminian soteriology. He has debated Bruce Bennett[14] and James White (theologian)[15] on the role of free will in salvation.

He is also a continuationist, believing that the New Testament spiritual gifts have not ceased. He has written Authentic Fire[16] as a response to John MacArthur's book Strange Fire. He has also debated Sam Waldron[17],Phil Johnson[18], and James White on this issue. In August of 2015, he challenged J.D. Hall to debate as well.

Stance towards homosexuality[edit]

He has been controversial for some of his actions regarding homosexuality. He has argued that a gay Evangelical Christian is something like a traditional Catholic who denies the legitimacy of the papal office, or an Orthodox Jew who believes that pork is kosher. He also states that no new textual, archeological, sociological, anthropological, nor philological discoveries that have been made in the last fifty years that would cause us to read any of the biblical texts regarding homosexuality differently. He argues that nothing has changed in terms of what Scripture teaches, which is why almost no one through the centuries has thought to use the Bible to sanction homosexual relationships—that is, until our day, and this is simply the fruit of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, not the fruit of dramatic new insights that would cause us to turn the Bible on its head.[19]

Some of his actions in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have drawn criticism from members of the LGBTQ media, who criticized his decision to march in protest at the 2011 Pride Charlotte Festival.[20] He has debated Eric Smaw[21] and Harry Knox[22] on homosexuality and its relationship to Christianity. He has also appeared on the Piers Morgan program.[23]

Because of his stances on homosexuality, he has been profiled extensively to be among the groups and leaders that the Southern Poverty Law Center considers to be hate groups.[24] In September 2012, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report named Brown among "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right."[25]

He has also said in debate with Harry Knox that gays should be treated with respect and dignity.[26]


In addition to his own publications, he has contributed to several publications including Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion and Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.[3]:7 He contributed a chapter to The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in ... about the Jewish view of the "Suffering Servant" based on his heritage and belief that Jesus is the Messiah.[3]:61-83 His most prominent academic publication is the commentary on Jeremiah in the Expositor's Bible Commentary series.

With others[edit]

  • Jeremiah--Ezekiel (The Expositor's Bible Commentary) (2010) with Tremper Longman III, David E. Garland, Paul Ferris Jr. ISBN 978-0310234999 Zondervan


  1. ^ http://www.askdrbrown.org
  2. ^ http://zondervan.com/brownm
  3. ^ a b c The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in ... at Google Books
  4. ^ "Major Split at Brownsville - News Report". Sermon Index. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Denver Seminary > Messianic Judaism Scholars". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Round, Simon (May 22, 2008). "How Michael Jackson's rabbi moved on to Oprah". The Jewish Chronicle Online. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tovia Singer Debates Michael Brown". Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Michael Brown and Rabbi Moshe Otero Dialogue". Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah? Michael Brown vs. Rabbi Immanuel Schochet". Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qg9J6_ijFI
  11. ^ Manta http://www.manta.com/c/mm8y3sh/i-c-n-ministries.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Author Profile". Awakening the One New Man. 
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rv0VyEF5AQ
  14. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-ZbEFjm3PQ
  15. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmeMOo4nINA
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Fire-Response-MacArthurs-Strange-ebook/dp/B00HAMUVUA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389564553&sr=8-1&keywords=authentic+fire
  17. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFpqVPhWt2Y
  18. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoxlfDW3WxA
  19. ^ "A Shameful Day in Evangelical Christian Publishing". Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  20. ^ Comer, Matt (August 20, 2011). "Indeed, God has a better way". QNotes. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcncyKCi3vk
  22. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs7Q7FuWJyg
  23. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-1hdS-Zvqc
  24. ^ "Southern Poverty Law Center > Intelligence File: Michael Brown". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right" (146). Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report. Summer 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Can you be Gay and Christian? Michael Brown vs. Harry Knox". Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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