G. Campbell Morgan

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Rev G. Campbell Morgan in 1907
Morgan in later years

Reverend Doctor George Campbell Morgan D.D. (9 December 1863 – 16 May 1945) was a British evangelist, preacher and a leading Bible scholar. A contemporary of Rodney "Gipsy" Smith, Morgan preached his first sermon at age 13. He was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London from 1904 to 1919, and from 1933 to 1943. Pausing for a brief period between those time frames to work at Biola in Los Angeles. when he handed over the pastorate of that revered pulpit to the renowned Martyn Lloyd Jones after having shared it with him and mentored for some years previous.

Morgan was a prolific author, writing over 60 works in his lifetime, not counting the publishing of some of his sermons as booklets and pamphlets. As well as writing extensive commentaries on the entire Bible, and on myriad topics related to the Christian life and ministry, his essay entitled "The Purposes of the Incarnation" is included in a famous and historic collection called The Fundamentals, a set of 90 essays edited by the famous R. A. Torrey, who himself was successor to D. L. Moody both as an evangelist and pastor. The Fundamentals is widely considered to be the foundation of the modern Fundamentalist movement.

Biography[edit]

Morgan was born on a farm in Tetbury, England, the son of Welshman George Morgan, a strict Plymouth Brethren who resigned and became a Baptist minister, and Elizabeth Fawn Brittan. He was very sickly as a child, could not attend school, and so was tutored.[1] When Campbell was 10 years old, D. L. Moody came to England for the first time, and the effect of his ministry, combined with the dedication of his parents, made such an impression on young Morgan that at the age of 13 he preached his first sermon. Two years later he was preaching regularly in country chapels during his Sundays and holidays.

In 1883 he was teaching in Birmingham, but in 1886, at the age of 23, he left the teaching profession and devoted himself to preaching and Bible exposition. He was ordained to the Congregational ministry in 1890. He had no formal training for the ministry, but his devotion to studying of the Bible made him one of the leading Bible teachers in his day. His reputation as preacher and Bible expositor grew throughout Britain and spread to the United States.

In 1896 D. L. Moody invited him to lecture to the students at the Moody Bible Institute. This was the first of his 54 crossings of the Atlantic to preach and teach. After the death of Moody in 1899 Morgan assumed the position of director of the Northfield Bible Conference. He was ordained by the Congregationalists in London, and given a Doctor of Divinity degree by the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1902.[1] After five successful years in this capacity, he returned to England in 1904 and became pastor of Westminster Chapel in London. During two years of this ministry he was President of Cheshunt College in Cambridge.[2] His preaching and weekly Friday night Bible classes were attended by thousands. In 1910 Morgan contributed an essay entitled The Purposes of the Incarnation to the first volume of The Fundamentals, 90 essays which are widely considered to be the foundation of the modern Fundamentalist movement. Leaving Westminster Chapel in 1919, he once again returned to the United States, where he conducted an itinerant preaching/teaching ministry for 14 years. Finally, in 1933, he returned to England, where he again became pastor of Westminster Chapel and remained there until his retirement in 1943. He was instrumental in bringing Martyn Lloyd-Jones to Westminster in 1939 to share the pulpit and become his successor. Morgan was a friend of F. B. Meyer, Charles Spurgeon, and many other great preachers of his day.[1]

Morgan died on 16 May 1945, at the age of 81. A sermon of his was published that same year entitled "To Die is Gain".[3]

Publications[edit]

  • Discipleship (1897, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • God's Methods with Man in Time: Past Present and Future (1898, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Wherein Have We Robbed God? Malachi’s Message for the Men of Today (1898, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Hidden Years at Nazareth (1898, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Life's Problems (1899, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Spirit of God (1900, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Ten Commandments (1901 Publisher: Fleming H. Revell & Bible Institute Colportage Association of Chicago)
  • God's Perfect Will (1901: Publisher: Fleming H. Revell; reprint Wipf and Stock, 2004)
  • Missionary Work. Why We Must Do it How We Must... (1901, Publisher: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions)
  • A First Century Message to Twentieth Century Christians (1902, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The True Estimate of Life and How to Live (1903, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Crises of the Christ (1903, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Evangelism (1904, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Life of the Christian (1904, Publisher: Pickering & Inglis)
  • The Christ of Today: What? Whence? Whither? (1905, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Practice of Prayer (1906 Publisher: Fleming H. Revell; reprint Wipf and Stock, Eugene 2004)
  • The Parables of the Kingdom (1907, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Simple Things of the Christian Life (1907, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 1 (1907, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 2 (1908, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 3 (1908, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Christian Principles (1908, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Mountains and Valleys in the Ministry of Jesus (1908)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 4 (1909, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 5 (1909, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 6 (1909, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Missionary Manifesto (1909, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Bible and the Cross (1909, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 7 (1910, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 8 (1910, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Study and Teaching of the English Bible (1910, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 9 (1911, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Analyzed Bible vol. 10 (1911, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Living Messages of the Books of the Bible, Vol. 1: Old Testament (1912, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Living Messages of the Books of the Bible, Vol. 2: Old Testament (1912, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Sunrise, "Behold, He Cometh!": An Introduction to a Study of the Second Advent (1912, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Teaching of Christ (1913, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • God, Humanity and the War (1914, Publisher: London: J. Clarke and Co.)
  • The Ministry of the Word (1919 Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Searchlights from the Word; Being 1188 Sermon-Suggestions, One from Every Chapter in the Bible (1926, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Romance of the Bible (1928, Publisher: Biola Book Room)
  • Christ and the Bible (1929, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Categorical Imperatives of the Christian Faith (1930, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Bible and the Child (1931, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Two Principles of Magna Charta (1931)
  • The Purpose of the Gospel (1934, Publisher: Zondervan)
  • The Answer of Jesus to Job (1935, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell; reprint Wipf and Stock, Eugene 2013)
  • Great Chapters of the Bible (1935, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • God's Last Word to Man (1936, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Great Physician; The Method of Jesus with Individuals (1937, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Peter and the Church (1937, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Preaching (1937, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Voices of Twelve Hebrew Prophets, Commonly Called the Minor Prophets, (1939, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Voice of the Devil (1941, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Parables and Metaphors of Our Lord (1942, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • Triumphs of Faith (1944, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Music of Life (1946, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)
  • The Westminster Pulpit: the Preaching of G. Campbell Morgan, vol. 1-8 (1954, Publisher: Baker Book House)
  • An Exposition of the Whole Bible (1959, Publisher: Fleming H. Revell)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Biography of G. Campbell Morgan". Pleasantplaces.biz. 1945-05-16. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  2. ^ "'George Campbell Morgan, 1863-1945, Bible Teacher' on Believers Web". Believersweb.org. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  3. ^ "To Die is Gain: A Sermon by G. Campbell Morgan dated 1945.". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 

Resources[edit]

  • Murray, Harold. G. Campbell Morgan: Bible Teacher. Ambassador-Emerald International, 1999. ISBN 1-84030-046-9

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