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Alexander MacLaren

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Maclaren was born in Glasgow on February 11, 1826, and died in Manchester on May 5, 1910. He had been for almost sixty-five years a minister, entirely devoted to his calling. In 1842 he was enrolled as a candidate for the Baptist ministry at Stepney College, London. In the College he was thoroughly grounded in Greek and Hebrew. He was taught to study the Bible in the original languages and so the foundation was laid for his distinctive work as an expositor and for the biblical content of his preaching.

Before Maclaren had finished his course of study he was invited to Portland Chapel in Southampton for three months; those three months became twelve years. He began his ministry there on June 28, 1846. His ministry fell into a quiet routine for which he was always grateful: two sermons on Sunday, a Monday prayer meeting and a Thursday service and lecture. In April 1858 he was called to be minister at Union Chapel in Manchester. The church prospered and a new building had to be erected to seat 1,500; every seat was taken. His renown as preacher spread throughout the English-speaking world. He was twice elected President of the Baptist Union. He resigned as pastor in 1905 after a ministry of forty-five years. Maclaren's religious life was hid with Christ in God. He loved Jesus Christ with a reverent, holy love and lived to make Him known.

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