Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’
Leon Morris wrote copiously on the doctrine of the atonement in the course of his ministry at Ridley College. One of his last books was called “The Cross of Jesus,” in which he highlighted themes about the Cross which often go unreported. I can still hear him say, when giving a talk at the Melbourne University Christian Union introducing this book, that the cross can be explained under three headings: love, law, and victory. His very particular spoken style emphasised the first syllable of the word “victory” and provided a useful framework for what was to follow. Clarity was one of his great strengths.On another occasion he said he achieved such clarity through at least eight drafts of each book he wrote. Patience must have been another of his virtues!
The last time I heard him preach was in the Ridley Chapel on Galatians 2:20, where Paul teaches how the love of God seen in the cross is made available to me, even me, as Leon stressed. In this recording, in which his voice is so recognisable, he treats the theme of love in a lecture delivered at the CS Lewis Institute in Washington DC in 1979. Listen and learn to love God and neighbour once again.
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Rev’d Dr Rhys Bezzant
Dean of Missional Leadership
Lecturer in Christian Thought
Director, Jonathan Edwards Center Australia
Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
Celebrate the centenary of the birthday of Leon Morris by donating to the Leon Morris Library Building Fund. The library plays a vital role in the academic and community life of Ridley Melbourne, with excellent collections of print and online resources. The current library building has served us well for 30 years but has now reached capacity. It is in urgent need of extension and modernization to provide a state of the art learning centre. The projected cost is $3 million, of which $500,000 has been raised to date.