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Dr Leon Morris – Hero of the Faith

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith by Bishop Barbara Darling This article was originally published in TMA, April 2010 Which Hero of the Faith do I want to talk about? Hildegard von Bingen – educated, theologically astute, interested and gifted in music, gardening and herbs, politics, confidante to princes and bishops? Or Hilda, the Abbess of Whitby Abbey, key player in the Synod of Whitby w…

The Leon Morris Centenary

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 2014 is the centenary anniversary celebration of Leon Morris’ birth. For those who don’t know – and you all should- Leon Morris is arguably Australia’s greatest biblical scholar. Morris is best known for his masterful works on the biblical teaching about the atonement as well as studies on the Gospel of John. Morris was also principal of Ridley College fro…

Remember your leaders – Dr Leon Morris

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith by Tom Schreiner I never had the privilege of meeting Leon Morris, nor did I ever see him in person or hear him give a lecture, but I would like to write my appreciation of Morris from an autobiographical standpoint. As a young theological student in the 1970s I devoured his books, for he was one of the first scholars I read as a budding student. And how…

Leon Morris and the University College

‘Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ by Murray Seiffert One of Leon Morris’s great visions has not received the attention it deserved: Ridley College would become a university college of the University of Melbourne at the beginning of 1966. The success of this enterprise surely opened the way for female students to be accepted as residents and increased perceptions of the College’s academic s…

Leon Morris and Me

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith by Don McLellan It was when I was doing my MA(Theol) in the Religion department of the University of Queensland that I came face to face with the rather bitter rejection of the atonement in liberal Christian thought. On one particular day the professor walked into the classroom and declaimed, There is a fountain filled with blood, Drawn from Immanuel’s v…

Brief Appreciation of the Life and Service of Leon Morris

Confident that Christians never say their last goodbye, already we look forward to renewing ties with him. by D. A. Carson This article was originally published in Reformation21, July 2006. Born in 1914, Leon Morris went home to be with the Lord on Monday 25 July 2006. His years of service were remarkably diverse: he was an effective pastor in the Australian outback (those years are memorably described in his 1995 autobiography, Bush Parson),…

Seasoned, Reasoned Evangelical Scholarship

by Andreas Kӧstenberger ‘Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ In my own personal pilgrimage as a scholar, Leon Morris played a significant role. As a student of D. A. Carson, researching and writing on John’s Gospel, there were many times when I turned to Leon Morris’s work alongside works by C. K. Barrett, Raymond Brown, Rudolf Schnackenburg, my Doktorvater, and others. In fact, I found his w…

Remember Your Leaders

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith by Brian Rosner Leon Lamb Morris was born 15th March, 1914. So this year marks the centenary of his birth. Leon Morris was Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia for 15 years from 1964 until 1979, and prior to that was Vice-Principal between 1945 and 1960. The College library is named after him and he remains to this day a scholar of great…

A reflection on Leon Morris

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith by Graham Cole I first came across the name of Leon Morris as a Moore College student in the 1970s. His prayer book notes were vital for my passing the TH.L exam in the subject. In fact there was quite an underground trade in Leon’s Ridley notes on not only prayer book but on the New Testament and on doctrine as well. Soon I was using his commentaries and r…

Leon Morris – a personal recollection

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith by Maurice Betteridge, Principal 1979 – 1992. Fossicking in the bottom draw of my filing cabinet recently I came across an old hard covered notebook. It contained my faded notes of an Evangelical Clergy Conference held 60 years ago at Tyndale House, Christchurch. The trans- Tasman guest speaker was Dr Leon Morris and the date was August 1954. His…

In gratitude for Leon Morris

‘Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ by Howard Marshall In 1988 Joyce and I spent a couple of weeks in Australia at the invitation of the Scripture Union to participate in a staff conference on biblical interpretation; the biblical material was shared between Leon and myself. Easter Day fell during that period, and we celebrated its arrival with an early morning open-air rally in…

Leon Morris and the Cross of Christ

Celebrating the Centenary of Australia’s Foremost Biblical Scholar Lecture by Rev Neil Bach, introduction by Brian Rosner. This lecture is to celebrate the centenary birthday of Leon Morris.The lecture explores how and why Leon Morris left the depth of a mining town to mine the depths of the Cross of Christ. More particularly how he took on the theologians of his day to shape the thinking about the Cross of Christ for fifty years. It also…

Chinese memory of Leon Morris

by Maureen Yeung Marshall ‘Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ What were the NT authorities in the 1980s we young Chinese theological students in Hong Kong consulted whenever we faced difficulties in interpreting a biblical text? Leon Morris, F. F. Bruce and Donald Guthrie – these are the scholars we were most familiar with. As a young seminarian, I owed a great debt to the works of Leon Morr…

Special Collections

Charles Perry Special Collection The Charles Perry Collection was launched in July 2009 by Archbishop Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne. The collection is named after Charles Perry, the first Bishop of Melbourne, and is being developed into a specialist research collection covering evangelicalism in all its aspects, including: The Evangelical Revival, the Great Awakening. The sources of the Evangelical Revival. The Reformation and…

A child could wade, and an elephant could swim.

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.   by Peter Adam I was a full-time ordination candidate at Ridley 1967-69. Leon, ‘the Prin’ was an extraordinary scholar, theologian, writer, preacher, and teacher. He paid full attention to the text of the Bible, word by word. He was a determined, humble, and meticulous Bible student, and loved communicating what he had discovered. And not a word was w…

Leon Morris Library

The Leon Morris Library is an excellent facility that plays a vital role in the academic and community life of Ridley. Its quality reflects many years of sustained investment by the college and supporters in this vital resource. It is staffed by three Librarians and several assistants who provide reference and other assistance to library users. The collection is constantly being further developed, with the primary aim being to provide for the…

Love, Christian Style

Remember your leaders. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ by Rhys Bezzant 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 i…

‘Something Exceedingly Precious’

Ridley University College: A very short history 1965-2005 by Audrey N Grant Chapters 1-3 ‘Something exceedingly precious’ – these words by Dr Leon Morris resonate for generations of students and staff who have lived, studied and worked at Ridley College, University of Melbourne, between 1965 and 2005. ‘Something exceedingly precious’ certainly resonates for the many Ridleyans, who have accepted my invitation to contribute through individ…

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