Preaching was never merely an adjunct to Murray's work. On the contrary it was,for him, the reason why the teaching of theology exists. By his own example as a preacher he showed how all the great peaks and valleys of divine revelation are intended 'to lead needy men and women into the riches of God's counsel'. His sermons, including examples of his brief 'table addresses' given at communion services, exhibit the wonderful balance between profound theology and personal devotion to Christ as Saviour and Lord in which he passionately believed.
As Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminister Seminary, John Murray reviewed some of the most significant theological works for the Seminary's Journal. Not only did he provide critiques of many books, but at the same time he engaged in a dialogue with them which evoked his own insights and expositions of biblical truth. This quality gives his reviews (like those of his predecessor in the Princeton tradition, B.B Warfield) a permanent value.
Volume 3 of Murray's Collected Writings brings to the reader both the story of his life and some of the choicest fruit of his ministry.