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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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.
A 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
Change 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
Conscience 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
"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
How to Study the Bible
How to Study the Bible
the Rev. James Stalker, D.D.
(Reproduced from The Bible Readers' Manual;
Aids to Biblical Study,
edited by C.H.H. Wright, 1895).
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
Imago Christi - The Example of Jesus Christ - Table of Contents
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.
IF it were permissible, I could ...read
Seven Deadly Sins - Table of Contents
Seven Deadly Sins
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
"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
The Four Men - Table of Contents
"The Four Men"
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
The Life of Christ - Table of Contents
The Life of Christ
Dr. James Stalker
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
The Life of St. Paul - Table of Contents
THE LIFE OF ST. PAUL
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
By Wilbert W. White, D.D.
When asked to write a foreword to Dr. Sta ...read
The Preacher and His Models - Table of Contents
THE PREACHER AND HIS MODELS
THE YALE LECTURES ON PREACHING, 1891
REV. JAMES STALKER, D.D.
"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
The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ - Table of Contents
THE TRIAL AND DEATH
A Devotional History of our Lord's Passion.
JAMES STALKER, D.D.
AUTHOR OF "LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST," "LIFE OF ST. PAUL," "IMAGO CHRISTI,"
TO MY WIFE
Ever since I wrote, in a contracted form, The Life of Jesus Christ , the desire has slumbered in my mind to d ...read
Two 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
We 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