Puritan Hope. A Study in Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy, by
Iain H. Murray.
And a survey of other books by Rev Murray.
Last week we were privileged to have
a visit from Rev Iain Murray, who spent over an hour with Faculty and
students answering questions about his books and also getting to know
BGST and especially the students. This was not his first visit to
Like many of you, I got to know Rev
Murray first from his books. Wisely, over the years he has devoted
himself to writing a string of important, well-researched books, besides
being what may be regarded perhaps as the longest serving editor of a
Christian journal, the Banner of Truth, since its first issue almost
half a century ago in September 1955. He has written some very fine
biographies on C. H. Spurgeon; Kenneth A. MacRae; D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones;
A. W. Pink; John Murray; and Jonathan Edwards. His compilation Reformed
and Puritan documents on church issues, with introductory notes, is a
valuable mine of resources on issues that have the habit of resurfacing
themselves in different dress but nonetheless they are issues that often
unite or divide the Christian church. The Puritan Hope, which
parallels Pentecost - Today? The Biblical Basis for Understanding
Revival, is an attempt to press home the significance of Christian
living during the eschatological period between the two Advents of our
Lord Jesus Christ. And Evangelicalism Divided, which parallels
Revival and Revivalism: the Making and Marring of American
Evangelicalism, 1750-1858, looks
at the period 1950-2000 and, like what Francis Schaeffer and others have
noted in their books on this subject, he sees a need to return to a
biblical understanding of “What is a Christian?”
Other books and articles are not mentioned in this brief review.
It is easy to see that Rev Murray has been a prolific writer and the
amazing thing is that he has consistently kept a high standard and
objectivity in his research that commands respect from all, friend or
foe. These are works born out of a busy life of ministry when he was
asked to speak at conferences and other meetings.
I would like to suggest three reasons
why Rev Murray’s books are worth reading:
The exegesis of the Puritans shed
important light on understanding passages like the Puritan support of
missionary work with reference to the double conversion of the Gentiles
(see The Puritan Hope, p.72).
(Reviewed by Dr Quek Swee Hwa)
Chapel on 24 March was taken by Dr
Aquila Lee. He read from Mark 9:2-8 and spoke about the spiritual
lessons we can learn from the transfiguration of Jesus.
passage is about the transfiguration of Jesus and I believe that the
incident was meant to help the disciples see clearly who Jesus really
are three important points which could help us to see who Jesus really
is. First, the transfiguration itself helps us to see that Jesus is more
than merely a human teacher. Secondly, the appearance of Elijah and
Moses and their talking to Jesus help us to realize that Jesus is the
long-awaited Messiah. Thirdly, the voice from heaven reveals not only
the true identity of Jesus as the Son of God but also the right
relationship we ought to maintain with Him.
even today, if we really want to deepen our faith in Jesus and keep the
right relationship with Him, we need to be there, the place where such a
revelation takes place. As Jesus led the disciples to “a high
mountain, where they were all alone” (v.2) if we want to grasp a clear
understanding of who Jesus is and what he means in our lives, first, we
need to learn to be alone in a solitary place, away from the distraction
of our daily life, meditating the Word of God. Secondly, we need to be
in a high mountain. In the same way as Moses met God face to face in
Mount Sinai we need to come into God’s presence and meet Him face to
face. So being in a high mountain means spending time with God in
prayer. It is having a close relationship and an intimate fellowship in
prayer with Him.
is then the blessing for those who regularly go up to the high mountain?
In verse 8 we read, “Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer
saw anyone with them except Jesus.” Jesus now takes the centre of our
life. The way you see things in life changes. There will be a change in
our priorities. We will better discern how God deals with our lives and
what He wants from us. Even if the future is uncertain we will not be
frightened because He is in control of your life. As the Apostle Paul
says “if God is for us who will be against us!”
Chapel Speaker on 7 April was Mdm
Debbie Lee. She is a trainer by profession and a member of Wesley
Methodist Church. We are glad to hear from our own students and hope
that Chapel time will be time for mutual encouragement between Faculty
and staff and also students.
Koh Tse Yuen 30/3
Lee Hui Ling 31/3
Wong Kai Yun 31/3
Benny Fang 1/4
Johnson Tan 1/4
Mr Rupert Tsang 2/4
Ms Soo Hsi En 3/4
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