Murray Smith

Murray Smith

Lecturer in Biblical Theology & Exegesis

Murray is the Lecturer in Biblical Theology & Exegesis. Murray is also a guest lecturer in the Department of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney, where he co-teaches a unit on “Historical Jesus to Written Gospels”. Murray’s main research interests are in Jesus and the Gospels, biblical eschatology, biblical church government, and the relationship between biblical theology and systematic theology in the Reformed tradition.

Murray’s ministry experience includes his time as pastor of Kirkplace Presbyterian Church, and as a staff worker with the Sydney University Evangelical Union. He currently serves the Presbyterian Church of NSW as Convenor of the Committee for Elders and Deacons, and serves the wider church as a member of the United Evangelistic Council. He is an elder at Hornsby Presbyterian Church, where he takes particular responsibility for the Gospel Training (Christian Education) program. Murray is married to Lynette and they have five children.

Murray, how has your theological education and career shaped you?

  • 1999 Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)
  • 2001 Master of Arts (Hons) (University of Sydney)
  • 2006 Master of Arts (Hons) (Macquarie University)
  • 2014 Master of Divinity (Australian College of Theology)
  • 2008 Graduate Diploma of Education (University of New England)
  • PhD (Cand.) (Macquarie University)

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"Introduction : God and the gospel: foundation and centre for elders"

in Effective Eldership: A Handbook for Shepherding God’s Church, edited by Murray Smith, 6-10. Sydney: Eider Books, 2022.

"A biblical vision of eldership"

in Effective Eldership: A Handbook for Shepherding God’s Church, edited by Murray Smith, 12-30. Sydney: Eider Books, 2022.

"The calling and qualifications of elders"

in Effective Eldership: A Handbook for Shepherding God’s Church, edited by Murray Smith, 31-37. Sydney: Eider Books, 2022.

"The pastoral charge: ‘Shepherd God’s church!’"

in Effective Eldership: A Handbook for Shepherding God’s Church, edited by Murray Smith, 38-46. Sydney: Eider Books, 2022.

"The elder at home - leading in family life"

in Effective Eldership: A Handbook for Shepherding God’s Church, edited by Murray Smith, 68-72. Sydney: Eider Books, 2022.

"Hospitality"

in Effective Eldership: A Handbook for Shepherding God’s Church, edited by Murray Smith, 188-193. Sydney: Eider Books, 2022.

"Developing adult Christian education"

in Effective Eldership: A Handbook for Shepherding God’s Church, edited by Murray Smith, 188-193. Sydney: Eider Books, 2022.

“History’s Biggest Hoax? The Question of the Resurrection”

The Gospel Coalition Australia, 21 March 2021.

“Redemption”

in Read in the Light: The Declaratory Statement of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, edited by D. Burke and P. Cooper, 87-122. Sydney: Eider Books, 2019.

Down Under Theology

Theological podcast. Co-hosts the show.

Christ College YouTube

Recurring appearances through advertisements, module content, chapel, and graduation streams.

The Man of Galilee

Documentary. Wesley Mission, April, 2018. Historical consultant.

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