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Robert Murray M'Cheyne (pronounced, and occasionally spelled as "McCheyne"; 21 May 1813 – 25 March 1843) was a minister in the Church of Scotlandmarker from 1835 to 1843. He was born at Edinburghmarker, was educated at the University of Edinburgh and at the Divinity Hallmarker of his native city, where he was taught by Thomas Chalmers. He first served as an assistant to John Bonar in the parish of Larbertmarker and Dunipacemarker, near Falkirkmarker, from 1835 to 1838. Thereafter he became forever associated with St. Peter's Church (www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk) in Dundeemarker, where he served as minister until his early death at the age of 29 during an epidemic of typhus.

Not long after his death, his friend Andrew Alexander Bonar edited his biography which was published with some of his manuscripts as The Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M'Cheyne. The book went into many editions. It has had a lasting influence on Evangelical Christianity worldwide.

In 1839, M'Cheyne and Bonar, together with two older ministers, Dr. Alexander Black and Dr. Alexander Keith, were sent to Palestine on a mission of inquiry to the condition of the Jews. Upon their return, their official report for the Board of Mission of the Church of Scotlandmarker was published as Narrative of a Visit to the Holy Land and Mission of Inquiry to the Jews. This led subsequently to the establishment of missions to the Jews by the Church of Scotland and by the Free Church of Scotland. During M'Cheyne's absence, his place was filled by the appointment of William Chalmers Burns to preach at St. Peter's as his assistant.

M'Cheyne was a preacher, a pastor, a poet, and wrote many letters. He was also a man of deep piety and a man of prayer. He never married.

M'Cheyne died exactly two months before the Disruption of 1843. This being so, his name was subsequently held in high honour by all the various branches of Scottishmarker Presbyterianism, though he himself held a strong opinion against the Erastianism which led to the Disruption. Bonar records, "And when, on the 7th March of the following year (i.e. 1843), the cause of the Church was finally to be pleaded at the bar of the House of Commons, I find him writing: 'Eventful night this in the British Parliament! Once more King Jesus stands at an earthly tribunal, and they know Him not!'" (Memoir {1892 ed.}, p. 147).

Works

  • Bethany - Discovering Christ's Love in Times of Suffering When Heaven Seems Silent, Diggory Press, ISBN 978-1846857027
  • Follow the Lord Fully Diggory Press, ISBN 978-1846856983
  • The Cry for Revival Diggory Press, ISBN 978-1846856990
  • The Glory of the Christian Dispensation (Hebrews 8 & 9) Diggory Press, ISBN 978-1846857034
  • The Ten Virgins and Other Sermons on the End Times Diggory Press, ISBN 978-1846856884


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