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The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: 1899-1981 (Murray)

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This book is a re-cast, condensed and, in parts, re-written version of the author’s two volumes D. Martyn Lloyd- Jones: The First Forty Years (1982) and The Fight of Faith (1990). Since those dates, the life of Dr Lloyd-Jones has been the subject of comment and assessment in many publications and these have been taken into account. The main purpose of this further biography, however, is to put Dr Lloyd-Jones’ life before another generation in more accessible form. The big story is all here.

When Lloyd-Jones left medicine, he intended only to be an evangelist in a mission hall in South Wales. No one was more surprised than he in being called to a ministry which would eventually affect churches across the world. How this happened is here explained, but the theme is the person described by F. F. Bruce: ‘a thoroughly humble man. He was a man of prayer, a powerful evangelistan expository preacher of rare quality, in the fullest sense a servant of the Word of God.

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Table of Contents: 

1. ‘A Welshman Now!’

2. School-days: Tregaron and London

3. The World of Medicine

4. ‘All Things New’

5. The Call to the Ministry

6. Bethan and Aberavon

7. A Different Preaching

8. Early Days at Sandfields

9. A Leader without a party

10. A Local Revival 

11. The Church Family

12. Enlarged Work

13. Leaving Aberavon

14. England and War

15. Inside the Family 

16. The Emerging Leader

17. New Agencies

18. Westminster Chapel, 1943-45

19. Guidance Confirmed

20. Wales and the Summer of 1949

21. A Rising Tide of Youth

22. Sundays in the 1950s

23. Opposition

24. An Awakening of Books

25. Unity: Ecumenical or Evangelical?

26. Crisis Years

27. Controversy

28. The End of an Era

29. A World Pulpit

30. The 1960s

31. ‘Dying…He Worshipped’



Iain Hamish Murray, born in Lancashire, England, in 1931, was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and King William’s College in the Isle of Man (1945-49). From 1956 he was for three years assistant to Dr Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel and there, with the late Jack Cullum, founded the Banner of Truth Trust in 1957. He left Westminster in 1961 for a nine-year pastorate at Grove Chapel, Camberwell. With the world-wide expansion of the Trust, Iain Murray became engaged full-time in its ministry from 1969 until 1981 when he responded to a call from St Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia. Now based again in the UK, he and Jean live in Edinburgh.  



"I am deeply thankful that God led me to Lloyd-Jones in 1968.  He has been a constant reminder: you don't have to be cool, hip, or clever to be powerful. In fact, the sacred anointing is simply in another world from those communication techniques. His is the world I want to live in when I step into the pulpit." - John Piper

"No preacher had greater influence on me in my formative years than David Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It was his preaching which I absorbed in books, without ever hearing his voice, that brought together biblical exegesis, sound theology, insightful wisdom and pastoral care into one clear, well-focused picture." - John MacArthur