So began an obituary for The Times in March 1981, written by John R. W. Stott. That Britain's leading newspaper declined to accept the obituary was hardly surprising; the preacher at Westminster Chapel was scarcely in step with the celebrities of his age. But it is with more current assessments of Lloyd-Jones that this book engages. For some, great preacher though he was, he belongs only to the past. For others, he speaks directly to the current church situation. Dr. Mark Dever, of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC, could say in 2007, “Martyn Lloyd-Jones is one of the men I admire most from the 20th century, and the longer time goes on, my admiration of him increases. He had a more profound spiritual vision than anyone else I know.”
Iain Murray is not here repeating biography but concentrating on three themes he regards as of major significance.
There is new material here, including some pages where the author differs with his friend. But Murray seeks to follow Lloyd-Jones in seeing the glory of God as the end of all Christian life and thought.
About the Author
Iain H. Murray, born of Scots parents, was educated in the Isle of Man before serving with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in the Emergency in Malaya. After study at Durham University, he entered the Christian ministry, serving as assistant to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel, and subsequently as minister of Grove Chapel, London, and St. Giles, Sydney. From 1955 (to 1987) he edited the Banner of Truth magazine, and in 1957 became cofounder of the Trust with which he remains closely connected.