A Scottish Christian Heritage

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Weight 1.3 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 1.1 in
topic

General Biography, General History, Missionary Biography

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 2006

page-count

416

Original Pub Date

2006

isbn

9780851519302

binding

Cloth-bound

Format

Book

ENDORSEMENT

‘As various recent publications have indicated, Scotland exercised an influence on world history out of all proportion to its size. But the real reason for this has been obscured. It will be found here, however. And in the discovery of it the reader will be introduced to a wealth of little-known literature that is a vital part of the inheritance of the whole Christian church.’ — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

‘(Iain)…as he typically does, brings out good lessons for Christians in all places, in all times…you not only get an encouraging short biography, but you get really important, true lessons about Gospel ministry in the local church.’ — MARK DEVER

Book Description

In his book, A Scottish Christian Heritage, Iain Murray describes how for 300 years the school of evangelical Christianity changed Scotland as a nation. Passing on the evangel of the Reformation, and growing stronger in persecution, it turned a people to the Bible, and finally gave many of its best sons and daughters to the ends of the earth. For fidelity, joyful perseverance in hardship, and improbably advance, the record remains a witness to the faith that overcomes the world.

The compelling interest of this account lies in the way it draws on contemporary records-many of these Christian leaders being authors as well as men of action. Murray’s narrative explores this rich heritage and underlines its remarkable relevance for our own day. While not a Scottish church history, this is a gripping introduction to the many glorious successes, and some of the painful failures of the church, from the days of John Knox to those of Horatius Bonar. Explaining this panoramic tapestry are the words of Knox’s own commentary, ‘God gave his Holy Spirit to simple men in great abundance’.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Foreword ix
Part One: Biography
1 John Knox and ‘the Battle’ 3
2 Robert Bruce: Standing Fast in Dark Days 37
3 Thomas Chalmers and the Revival of the Church 73
4 John Macdonald and the Awakening in the North 123
5 Horatius Bonar and the Love of God in Evangelism 157
Part two: missionary
6 The Missionary Spirit and the New Hebrides 215
7 Robert Moffat ‘Africanus’ 241
8 The Churches and Christian Unity in Scottish Church History 277
9 Scottish Preaching 311
10 The Problem of the ‘Elders’ 339
Part three: church issues
11 The Tragedy of the Free Church of Scotland 367
Index of Persons and Authors 397

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  1. Adam

    This is a wonderful book! I was not sure, at first, whether this book would be able to hold my attention, but Murray proves that Scottish theologians and missionaries have much encouragement to offer by their biographies. Each chapter runs through an overview of the life of a Scottish theologian or missionary and then moves on to give wonderfully concise and helpful lessons we can learn from their life and teaching. There are beautiful excerpts from each person’s works, and Murray has only picked the best. I would actually place this in my top ten favorite books – and my markings in it are a good testimony to that!

  2. jlwaters

    Iain Murray provides an excellent look into the progress of biblical Christianity in Scotland from the time of Knox to the (aptly-titled) “Tragedy of the Free Church”. There is much to ponder in this book – its biographies offer lucid instruction, godly encouragement, and they are certainly used by God to stir conviction (at least, this was my own experience whilst reading); its historical treatment of Scotland and the World Missions Movement moves one to examine his commitment to bring the light of the gospel not only to his congregation every Lord’s Day, but also to the ends of the earth; its assessment of prominent issues in the church life of Scotland are incredibly clear, deserving of contemplation, and relevant to every pastor and church member in God’s church today! I highly recommend this wonderful volume!

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