About Murray

Murray lectures in Biblical Studies (Greek and New Testament) at Christ College. He serves the wider church as a member of the United Evangelistic Council, and as a director of Groundwork, an evangelical organisation that creates resources to help ground Christian communities in the gospel and equip them for the ordinary Christian life.

Murray has been on the full-time faculty at Christ College since 2010. Prior to this he served as a pastor at Kirkplace Presbyterian Church, as a teacher of Ancient History and Religious Education at Newington College and the Presbyterian Ladies College, and as a staff worker with the Sydney University Evangelical Union. Murray serves as an elder at Hornsby Presbyterian Church.

Murray is married to Lynette and they have five young children.


Qualifications:

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)


Publications:

Better than heaven: A biblical theology of hope, Biblical Theology for Life Series, (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, forthcoming).
Jesus: All About Life, (NSW Bible Society: Macquarie Park, 2009).
Smith, Murray J. “The Book of Revelation: A Call to Worship, Witness, and Wait in the Midst of Violence” in M. Harding and A. Nobbs (eds.), Into All the World: Emergent Christianity in its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016, 334-71.
‘The Lord Jesus and His Coming in the Didache’ in J.A. Draper and C.N. Jefford (eds.), The Didache: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Early Christianity, Early Christianity and Its Literature 14, (Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2015), 363-407.
‘Our Father in heaven’ in G. Goswell and Greg Munro (eds.), Teach Us to Pray: The Lord’s Prayer and the Gospel of Jesus, (Christian Education Committee, Presbyterian Church of Australia: Melbourne, 2013), 37-44.
‘Paul in the Twenty-First Century’, in M. Harding and A. Nobbs, All Things to All Cultures: Paul among Jews, Greeks and Romans, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2013), 1-33.
‘The Thessalonian Correspondence, in M. Harding and A. Nobbs, All Things to All Cultures: Paul among Jews, Greeks and Romans, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2013), 269-301.
‘The Political Context of the Gospels’ in M. Harding and A. Nobbs, The Content and Setting of the Gospel Traditions, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2010), 79-104.
‘The Gospels in Early Christian Literature’ in M. Harding and A. Nobbs, The Content and Setting of the Gospel Traditions, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2010), 181-208.
“Passion and power: the many portraits of Pontius Pilate.” Sydney Morning Herald, Good Friday, 2nd April, 2010.
Review of Nicholas Perrin, Lost in Transmission? What Can We Know about the Words of Jesus? (Thomas Nelson: Nashville, 2007) in Crucible 1:2 (October, 2008).