Dr Gerald B Griffith came to South Africa after serving as pastor of two prestigious UK churches – Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon’s Tabernacle) in London from 1951-54 (3 years), and Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh from 1954-62. He followed Rev JL Green as minister of Rosebank Union Church in Johannesburg from 1961- 66. (www.ruc.org.za/about/history ) Thereafter he and his family went to Canada where he ministered at the Calvary Church in Toronto for 24 years from 1967-90. John and I were fortunate to hear him on many occasions during his ministry at Rosebank Union Church.
Gerald Griffith is the author of only one book, but it is a gem and if I were prescribing books for ministerial students it would be one of the must reads. It is a book of sermons entitled My Brother’s Keeper – taken from one of the sermons in the book. It is a most challenging sermon. Another memorable and very apposite one for today is his sermon “Modern Fiction and the Bible”.
As a preacher he was noted for his expository preaching and pertinent application. Every sermon left one thoughtful, challenged and every church grew in spirituality and numbers under his ministry. Perhaps it would be best if you heard him yourself!
• A Simpson Lecture at Acadia University in 1994. See Dr Griffith preaching on The Relevance of Our Lord’s Parables in Luke’s Gospel for Contemporary Expository and Evangelistic Preaching. This is NOT a sermon but a lecture that any preacher or would-be-preacher should hear. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo5s6gxRssk
• In 1958 he was a speaker at the Keswick Convention for the Keswick Week in the Lake District in Cumbria UK and preached 4 sermons. (Google: pdf Keswick Week 1958 ). These sermons are Unconscious Sin, Advocate with the Father, The Limits of Consecration and Scriptural Motives for Evangelism.
• The last mention I found of him was in 2012 when he was 92 and he spoke about his life-long friend John Stott at the memorial service for him at St Paul’s in Toronto, Canada. www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/toronto-gives-thanks-for-the-life-of-british-evangelist-10628
I could not write this blog without mentioning Dr Griffith’s remarkable wife, Kitty. She’s the world-wide broadcaster (for 40 years) and author of children’s Bible stories for which Biola University awarded her a Doctor of Literature. These are not stories for infants but suitable for any age from 7 upwards! They can be freely downloaded, books and CDs bought from her website: www.biblestoriesalive.org . In her October 2013 Newsletter, Mrs G talks about translating the stories into Chinese with a “potential listening audience on radio and Internet of 1.2 billion”.
May our Lord bless all those who faithfully preach his word as it is written
and those of us who listen
BEAUTY FOR ASHES ( www.beautyforashes.org.za ) has just celebrated its 13th year of existence and has come a long way through hard work, dedication and the Lord’s help. It works with women prisoners in Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town and has established a halfway house for women on parole (in Observatory) where they are cared for, taught skills, and take part in the activities of the Jubilee Community Church.
CITY MISSION ( www.citymission.org.za ) begun in 1902 “serves the poor and vulnerable in Cape Town communities”. It is a non-profit organization. Its valuable work in many fields is based on sound biblical principles.
Google: Cape Town City Mission Homes: Transforming South Africa
ADVANCE NOTICE ABOUT MY MUSIC:
I’ll be upgrading my music sites, starting with SINGING SCRIPTURE, so that they can be listened to while the score is being followed. This is a development I’m very excited about, especially as some of the variations look difficult but once heard will be much easier to learn IF the pianist chooses to use them. I’m also making minor changes/corrections to the pdfs.