Collected Writings of John Murray

Volume 3: Life, Sermons, Reviews

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ISBN 9780851513379



Prayer, The Church, Pastoral Biography, The Lord's Supper

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Oct 1, 1982

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Since the publication of volumes one and two of the Collected Writings of John Murray, this third volume in the series has been eagerly awaited. As promised, it contains an extensive account of Murray’s life and the first published collection of his sermons. Added to these are the penetrating and valuable book reviews which he contributed to The Westminster Theological Journal during the period 1939-1953. Iain H. Murray’s biography of John Murray traces his life from his boyhood days in the north of Scotland at the turn of the century, through the First World War (in which he suffered the loss of one eye), his theological training at Princeton and his long ministry as a Seminary Professor in Philadelphia, until his retirement, his return to his native Scotland, and his late marriage and brief period of fatherhood. The biography closes with a moving account of his last days during the early months of 1974.

Preaching was never merely an adjunct to Murray’s work. On the contrary it was, for him, the reason why the teaching of theology exists. By his own example as a preacher he showed how all the great peaks and valleys of divine revelation are intended ‘to lead needy men and women into the riches of God’s counsel’. His sermons, including examples of his brief  ‘table addresses’ given at communion services, exhibit the wonderful balance between profound theology and personal devotion to Christ as Saviour and Lord in which he passionately believed.

As Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary, John Murray reviewed some of the most significant theological works for the Seminary’s Journal. Not only did he provide critiques of many books, but at the same time he engaged in a dialogue with them which evoked his own insights and expositions of biblical truth. This quality gives his reviews (like those of his predecessor in the Princeton tradition, B. B. Warfield) a permanent value.

Volume 3 of Murray’s Collected Writings brings to the reader both the story of his life and some of the choicest fruit of his ministry.

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Preface xi
1. The Youngest Son of Badea 3
2. Princeton Theological Seminary, 1924-1927 17
3. By Ways Not Known 32
4. Alongside Gresham Machen 46
5. The Struggles of the Later Thirties 66
6. Events in the War Years 79
7. The Seminary Professor 91
8. Glimpses of Personal Life 107
9. The Wider Influence 122
10. ‘The New Work’ 138
1. The Mystery of Providence, Job 23:10-12 161
2. Prayer, Psalm 116:1-2 168
3. The Call to the Ministry, Jeremiah 1:5-7 172
4. The Name ‘Jesus’, Matthew 1:21 178
5. Divine Thanksgiving for Divine Sovereignty, Matthew 11:25-28 185
6. A Lesson in Forgiveness, Matthew 18:15-17 190
7. Christ in All the Assemblies of His People, Matthew 18:20 194
8. The Bridegroom’s Friend, John 3:29 199
9. The Father’s Donation, John 6:37 204
10. The Power of the Holy Spirit and the Christian Ministry, John 16:7-13 210
11. The Father’s Love, Romans 8:32 215
12. Love to Christ Indispensable, 1 Corinthians 16:22 222
13. The Riches and the Poverty of Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 8:9 226
14. The Mystery of Godliness, Philippians 2:5-9 236
15. The Death of the Godly, 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14 242
16. Paul an Example, 1 Timothy 1:12-16 247
17. Holy Scripture, 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 256
18. The Pilgrimage to Perfection, 1 John 3:1-3 263
19. God’s Love and Our Life, 1 John 4:9, 10 268
Fencing the Table 275
Table Addresses 280
IV REVIEWS 1939-1953
1. S. W. Carruthers: The Westminster Confession of Faith 291
2. John Baillie: Our Knowledge of God 295
3. J. S. Whale: Christian Doctrine 301
4. Floyd E. Hamilton: The Basis of Millennial Faith 304
5. W. E. Sangster: The Path to Perfection. An Examination and Restatement of John Wesley’s Doctrine of Christian Perfection 307
6. Henry W. Clark: The Cross and the Eternal Order. A study of Atonement in its Cosmic Significance 311
7. S. W. Carruthers: The Everyday Work of the Westminster Assembly 317
8. Guy Franklin Hershberger: War, Peace, and Nonresistance 320
9. Henry W. Clark: The Cross and the Eternal Order. A Study of Atonement in its Cosmic Significance 324
10. Geoffrey F. Nuttall: The Holy Spirit in Puritan Faith and Experience 324
11. Samuel G. Craig: Christianity Rightly So Called 329
12. E. L. Mascall: Christ, the Christian and the Church. A Study of the Incarnation and its Consequences 333
13. Athanasius: The Incarnation of the Word 336
14. John Calvin: Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 337
15. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible 339
16. D. M. Baillie: God was in Christ: An Essay on Incarnation and Atonement 340
17. Auguste Lecerf: An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics 345
18. Abraham Booth: The Reign of Grace from its Rise to its Consummation 349
19. Anders Nygren: Commentary on Romans 450
20. Henry Clarence Thiessen: Introductory Lectures in Systematic Theology 356
21. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: The Person and Work of Christ 358
22. William Croft Dickinson (ed.): John Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland 361
23. J. M. Bates: A Manual of Doctrine 362
24. Alan Richardson (ed.): A Theological Word Book of the Bible 367
25. Leonard Hodgson: The Doctrine of the Atonement 371
26. Geerhardus Vos: The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom and the Church 375
L. Berkhof: The Kingdom of God
27. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: Biblical and Theological Studies 376
28. Edward A. Dowey, Jr: The Knowledge of God in Calvin’s Theology 377


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