The most outstanding preacher that this country has heard during the past thirty years"-this was Dr. James M. Gray's estimate of Dr. G. Campbell Morgan whose ministry spanned the Atlantic and reached from the days of D. L. Moody to the era of World War II.
Born on a farm in England in 1863, he was brought up in a strict Puritanical home where he amused himself by preaching to his sisters' dolls. Although his first sermon before a responsive audience was delivered in a Wesleyan schoolroom at the age of thirteen, he was engulfed in doubt and confusion concerning his faith after preparing for the ministry.
Remembering those two chaotic years, Dr. Morgan later wrote, "The only hope for me was the Bible....I stopped reading books about the Bible and began to read the Bible itself. I saw the light and was back on the path." For seven years thereafter, his reading concerning the things of God was confined to the Word of God itself.
Ordained a minister of the Congregational Church in 1889, the young man became the leading preacher in England, holding several pastorates. Later he became widely known in the United States and Canada as a Bible conference speaker, lecturer, pastor and teacher before returning to England in 1935 to become the pastor of Westminster Congregational Church in London.
Dr. Morgan was a prolific but profound writer of books, booklets, tracts and articles. Among his best-known books are Parables of the Kingdom; the eleven volumes of the Westminster Pulpit; The Crises of the Christ; the ten-volume work, The Analysed Bible; the Triumphs of Faith series; and An Exposition of the Whole Bible.
His earthly life of testimony and ministry came to a close in May, 1945.
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A Profound Question
What think ye of the Christ? Matthew 22:42
This is in some ways one of the most interesting chapters in the Gospel according to Matthew. It tells the story of a day of questions, of criticism, of opposition, of unbelief. Of the questions the unifying principle was an attempt to entangle Him in His talk: mean and dastardly questions when the spir ...read
Ability for Disability
Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5
The theme in the sermon is Christ's ability in the presence of inability. Every miracle which Jesus wrought was a teaching, and that because the life of our Lord was unified. His was not a life separated into compartments independent of each other. Upon one oc ...read
But God commendeth His own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
During the past week I received one letter which especially arrested my attention. It was unsigned, and I want to read it to you. It is very brief, very pointed, and seems to me to breathe the spirit of restless and disappointed rebellio ...read
... desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent way show I unto you. Follow after love.... 1 Corinthians 12:31; and 14:1
We are all familiar with the word "Ambition." Coming to us from the Latin, it has acquired a significance quite other than that of its first meaning. Quite literally, it simply means going round. In proce ...read
An Easter Meditation
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to His great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
These are the first direct words of this letter of Peter, following, as they do, immediately on the salutation. They constitute an outburst of praise. Undoubted ...read
Are We Really Christ's?
Are we really Christ's? Have we believed into His name, and received absolution? Then He calls us His own; then we are the temple of the Holy Spirit; then the Holy Spirit is at this moment dwelling within us. We may be locking up certain chambers of the temple from the administration and arbitration of the Spirit, but we are the temple of the Holy ...read
As An Eagle...The Lord...Did Lead
As an eagle that stirreth up her nest,
That fluttereth over her young,
He spread abroad his wings, he took them,
He bare them on his pinions:
The Lord alone did lead him. Deuteronomy 32:11, 12a
These words are taken from the swan song of Moses. In that song there is a remarkable alternation between praise and blame. It celebrates the goodn ...read
If from thence ye shall seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou search after Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul . Deuteronomy 4:29
This book of Deuteronomy is a singularly beautiful one. It is not a history. Historically, it covers a period of a very few days, for in all probability these final discourses of Moses occupied o ...read
Be Strong-And Work
Be strong... saith the Lord... and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts. Haggai 2:4
These words were uttered about two thousand five hundred years ago, yet they come to us and to our day with a pertinence which is almost startling. This is not surprising, for our times have much in common with those of the old Hebrew prophets. There ...read
Burdens: False and True
All things have been delivered unto Me of My Father; and no one knoweth the Son, save the Father; neither doth any know the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal Him. Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in hear ...read
I will follow Thee, Lord; but... Luke 9:51-62
When the events took place which are recorded in the paragraph from which the text is taken, the face of Jesus was set toward Jerusalem, and the days were days of crisis and testing in the matter of all human relationships to Himself.
While He was a boy, a youth, and a young man in Nazareth, He was ...read
Center and Circumference
Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. Face unto Me, and be ye set free, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:22
This is the great divine word to man, the perpetual call of love; it is therefore the Church's all-inclusive message. All the prophets, see ...read
Christ and Sinner-Identified and Separate
... He was reckoned with transgressors:... Luke 22:37
... separated from sinners.... Hebrews 7:26
These two statements concerning Christ are not contradictory; they are complementary. To understand them correctly is to see that one is the necessary outcome of the other in the case of the Person, the imperial Person, concerning Whom they were b ...read
Christ In You, The Hope Of Glory
... to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory... Colossians 1:27
The text is part of a great argument. The words describe the central of three mysteries, which yet are not three but one. By way of introduction, let us notice the relation of t ...read
Christ Jesus, The Lord
For we preach... Christ Jesus as Lord.... 2 Corinthians 4:5
There is no human interest with which Christianity does not deal. It comes in love with light and life to the whole circumference of things. It speaks with authority concerning all the facts of the material and moral universe.
As to the material, Christianity first halts men on the thr ...read
Christ's Call to Courage
Son, be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven. Matthew 9:2
Daughter, be of good cheer; thy faith hath made thee whole. Matthew 9:22
Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:27
Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Be of good cheer; for as thou hast testified concerning Me at Jerusalem, so must thou bear wit ...read
Christ's Knowledge of Men
Now when He was in Jerusalem at the passover, during the feast, many believed on His name, beholding His signs which He did. But Jesus did not trust Himself unto them, for that He knew all men, and because He needed not that anyone should bear witness concerning man; for He Himself knew what was in man . John 2:23-25
The closing statement of thes ...read
Christ's Next of Kin
Whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, he is My brother, and sister, and mother. Matthew 12:50
In order to have an accurate appreciation of the meaning and value of these wonderful words of Jesus we must carefully consider the circumstances in which they were uttered. The story is told in a brief paragraph, of which these a ...read
Christ's Vision of Jerusalem
And it came to pass, when the days were well nigh come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51
Every contemplation of the last month, and weeks, and days in the life of our Lord fills the soul with a sense of solemn and almost overwhelming awe. Through all those movements which culminated in the Cr ...read
Christian Citizenship 1: No Abiding City
For we have not here an abiding city. Hebrews 13:14
It is reported that the great German Chancellor, Bismarck, declared on one occasion that great cities are great sores upon the body politic. I do not suppose any of us who are at all familiar, experimentally with the cities of today, or from our reading, with the history of the cities of the ...read