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James Stalker
1848-1929

      James Stalker was born in Crieff, Scotland, and filled a large place in the religious life of Scotland. He was more widely known in America than any other Scottish preacher of his day.

      Stalker, like Henry Drummond, was one of those who shared in the revival movement which followed the Moody and Sankey mission of 1873, and he was, after Drummond, perhaps the most active of the youthful enthusiasts of the time. He was the Pastor of St. Brycedale, Kirkaldy, 1874 - 1887, then the Pastor of St. Matthews, or Free St. Matthews, Glasgow, 1887 - 1902.

      Although he spent twenty of the later years of his life as a professor, it is as a preacher we still think of him. And it was by his two remarkable handbooks on the "Life of Christ" and the "Life of St. Paul," and by his preaching, that he made his name famous.

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Tribute Professor James M Stalker - Great Preachers I Have Heard
       by Alexander Gammie, April 23, 1938 IT has always seemed a pity that we have had no biography of Professor Stalker, who was so much of a personality and whose gifts were so distinctive. He filled a large place in the religious life of this country [Scotland] and he was more widely known in America than any other Scottish preacher of his day. ...read
DevotionalA Different Understanding
      "...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14). We all, I suppose, begin like Esther. We are the center of all things to ourselves; our happiness is the supreme end for which all other persons and things ought to be conspiring. We are proud of our abilities, and eager to shine and command admira ...read
DevotionalChange is Christ's
      "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Ps. 32:1). Can this defilement be removed? This surely is the question for every child of Adam; for what conscience is there which has not been stained with sin? It is a question which the conscience itself cannot answer. Conscience prescribes our duty and rewards us if we p ...read
DevotionalConscience has its Revenge
      "But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD" (2 Sam. 11:27). This is a strange and solemn power which conscience wields. In your secret soul you commit a sin: it is a mere passing thought perhaps; no human eye has seen it, no tongue will ever speak of it; yet even in the dark it makes you blush; you are degraded in your own eyes; you ...read
DevotionalDifferent Temptations
      "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven" (John 3:27). There is, indeed, no greater mystery in providence than the unequal proportion in which temptation is distributed among different individuals. Some are comparatively little tempted; others are thrown into a fiery furnace of it, seven times heated. There are in the worl ...read
PamphletHow to Study the Bible
       How to Study the Bible by the Rev. James Stalker, D.D. (Reproduced from The Bible Readers' Manual; or, Aids to Biblical Study, edited by C.H.H. Wright, 1895). INTRODUCTION The best preparation for the successful study of the Bible is deep devotion to Him who is its Author, and to the Saviour of whom it speaks. But only sec ...read
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Imago Christi - The Example of Jesus Christ - Table of Contents
       IMAGO CHRISTI THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST BY THE REV. JAMES STALKER, M.A. AUTHOR OF "THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST," THE LIFE OF ST. PAUL," ETC, Imago dictur quasi imitago, Porphyr. Hor. Od. I. Xii 4. THIRD EDITION COMPLETING TENTH THOUSAND. London: HODDER AND STOUGHTON, 27, PATERNOSTER ROW. MDCCCXC PREFACE IF it were permissible, I could ...read
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Seven Deadly Sins - Table of Contents
       Seven Deadly Sins by James Stalker, 1902 PRIDE IN war it is a great advantage to possess a thorough knowledge of the country. Soldiers fighting on their own ground are able to attack when not expected, to draw the enemy into ambushes, and to vanish when hard pressed without paying the penalty of defeat. It is of equal importance to poss ...read
DevotionalSharp Conscience
      "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron" (1 Tim. 4:2). The Scripture speaks of some whose consciences are seared as with a hot iron. As a hot iron, touching the fingertips, would harden the skin, so that the fine sense of touch located there could not act, so may the conscience be seared in such a way that it ...read
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The Four Men - Table of Contents
       "The Four Men" By James Stalker Preface In this new issue two sermons, the ninth and tenth are added. Of these the second was delivered, as the Murtle Lecture, in Aberdeen University. Aberdeen, 1913 PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION WHEN I was in America last year, delivering the Yale Lectures on Preaching, I preached "The "Four Men " on S ...read
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The Life of Christ - Table of Contents
       The Life of Christ by Dr. James Stalker INTRODUCTION The life of Christ in history cannot cease. His influence waxes more and more; the dead nations are waiting till it reach them, and it is the hope of the earnest spirits that are bringing in the new earth. All discoveries of the modern world, every development of juster ideas, of higher ...read
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The Life of St. Paul - Table of Contents
       THE LIFE OF ST. PAUL by PROF. JAMES STALKER, D.D. Author of "The Life of Jesus Christ" With Foreword by Wilbert W. White, D.D. President of the Bible Teachers' Training School, New York New and Revised Edition Copyright, 1912, by American Tract Society FOREWORD By Wilbert W. White, D.D. When asked to write a foreword to Dr. Sta ...read
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The Preacher and His Models - Table of Contents
       THE PREACHER AND HIS MODELS THE YALE LECTURES ON PREACHING, 1891 BY THE REV. JAMES STALKER, D.D. AUTHOR OF "IMAGO CHRISTI," "THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST," "THE LIFE OF ST. PAUL," ETC. Quis facit ut quid oportet et quemadmodum oportet dicatur nisi in Cujus manu sunt nos et nostri sermones? ST. AUGUSTINE, De Doctrina Christian ...read
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The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ - Table of Contents
       THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST A Devotional History of our Lord's Passion. BY JAMES STALKER, D.D. AUTHOR OF "LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST," "LIFE OF ST. PAUL," "IMAGO CHRISTI," ETC. COPYRIGHT, 1894, TO MY WIFE PREFACE Ever since I wrote, in a contracted form, The Life of Jesus Christ , the desire has slumbered in my mind to d ...read
DevotionalTwo Great Lies
      "Ye shall not surely die" Gen. 3:4). The great tempter of men has two devices with which he plies us at two different stages. Before we have fallen, he tells us that one fall does not matter. it is a trifle; why should we not know the taste of the forbidden fruit? We can easily recover ourselves again. After we have fallen, on the contrary, he ...read
DevotionalWe Can Rise Again
      "My sin is ever before me" (Ps. 51:3). But then, if we have fallen, our enemy plies us with the other argument: It is of no use to attempt to rise; you cannot overcome your besetting sin. But this is falser still. To those who feel themselves fallen I come, in Christ's name, to say, Yes, you may rise. If we could ascend to heaven today and scan ...read

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