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Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) was one of Great Britain's most noteable and famous preachers. While pastoring the Union Chapel, Manchester (1858-1903), he was known as "the prince of expository preachers." He was rarely active in denominational or civic affairs, but invested his time studying the Word in the original and sharing its truths with others in sermons that are still models of effective expository preaching. Maclaren published a number of books of sermons and he climaxed his ministry by publishing his monumental Expositions of Holy Scripture.

Most of these messages are taken from Triumphant Certainties and Other Sermons, published in 1902 by Funk and Wagnalls unless otherwise is noted.

MacLaren, Alexander

(1826-1910) "was a Baptist minister. Born in Glasgow to Baptist parents, he was baptized in 1840 and trained at Stepney ,College. He ministered successfully at Portland Chapel, Southampton (1846-58), and Union Chapel, Manchester (1858-1903), where he acquired the reputation of "the prince of expository preachers." His sermons drew vast congregations and his methods of subdivision and analogies drawn from nature and life have been widely imitated ever since. In the pulpit he expounded evangelical certainties, yet his writings and private conversations show him prepared to accept a critical position. His attitudes are thus ambiguous, though Spurgeon excepted him from the "Downgraders." MacLaren was twice president of the Baptist Union and chairman of its Twentieth Century Fund and the first president of the Baptist World Alliance (1905). He strove unsuccessfully to unite the Baptist and Congregational denominations, but saw the establishment of many "Union" churches at a local level." Ian Sellers (NIDCC)


The gospel is not speculation but fact. It is truth, because it is the record of a person who is the Truth. Alexander Maclaren

Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creature's will. Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910)

The Church is an anvil which has worn out many hammers, and the story of the first collision is, in essentials, the story of all.

Expositions of Holy Scripture: Acts of the Apostles (1907) ch. 4


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