Sunday, July 7, 2013

Until today...

...this was the only Andrew Murray with whom I was familiar:


Yes, it was. This Andrew Murray (1828 - 1917) was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor who authored over 240 books, including:

Abide in Christ
Absolute Surrender
Be Perfect
Divine Healing
God’s Will: Our Dwelling Place
How to Raise Your Children for Christ
Humility: The Beauty of Holiness
Let Us Draw Nigh
Like Christ
Money
The Deeper Christian Life
The Lord’s Table
The Holiest of All: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews
The Master’s Indwelling
The Ministry of Intercession
The Power of the Blood of Christ
The Prayer Life
The Spirit of Christ
The True Vine
The Two Covenants
The Secret of God’s Presence
Thy Will Be Done
Waiting on God
With Christ in the School of Obedience
With Christ in the School of Prayer
Working for God!
Humility & Absolute Surrender

...and I have read many of them.

There are a lot of Andrew Murrays. Wikipedia lists 17 prominent ones. They are (or were):

1. Andrew Moray (justiciar) (died 1298), or Sir Andrew Murray of Petty, Justiciar of Scotia
2. Andrew Moray (died 1297), or Sir Andrew Murray, leader of the Scots during the Scottish Wars of Independence, son of the above
3. Sir Andrew Murray (1298–1338), Scots general of the 2nd Scottish War of Independence, Scottish head-of-state (Guardian of Scotland) twice; posthumous son of the above
4. Sir Andrew Hunter Arbuthnot Murray (1903–1977), Lord Provost of Edinburgh
5. Andy Murray (born 1987), Scottish tennis player
6 Andrew Murray (boxer) (born 1982), Irish professional boxer
7. Andrew Dickson Murray (1812–1878), Scottish botanist and entomologist
8. Andrew Murray (campaigner and journalist) (born 1958), campaigner and member of the Communist Party of Britain
9. Andrew Murray (children’s writer) (born 1970), English children's writer
10. Andrew Murray (doctor) (born 1980), Scottish doctor, runner and author who works for the Scottish Government
11. Andrew Murray (golfer) (born 1956), English golfer
12. Andrew Murray (ice hockey) (born 1981), Canadian ice hockey player
13. Andrew Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin (1849–1942), Scottish politician and judge
14. Andrew Murray (minister) (1828–1917), South African religious minister, missionary, and author
15. Andrew Murray (physiologist), lecturer in physiology, University of Cambridge
16. Andrew Murray (politician) (born 1947), Australian politician, former member of the Australian Senate
17. Andy Murray (ice hockey) (born 1951), Canadian hockey coach and former player

Starting today, however, and for some time into the foreseeable future, especially in the world of sports, and most especially on a small, obscure island known as the United Kingdom, you can forget about all the other Andrew Murrays except number 5, the one displayed in bold type in the preceding list.

If you don’t know why, you must be living on another planet.

Since Yorkshire Pudding has captured the moment so well,
you might as well click here and get it over with.

10 comments:

Snowbrush said...

I'm on another planet, although I occasionally receive communications from this one.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

There is a striking resemblance between your Andrew Murray - the literary pastor - and our Wimbledon champ. However,whereas your stern, God-fearing zealot might have liked the declaration "Love all", our Yorko-Scottish fellow prefers "Game, set and match"!

rhymeswithplague said...

Snowbrush, in the current world of tennis, Andy Murray is Tiger Woods, Neil Armstrong, Charles Lindbergh, and Barack Obama all rolled into one, a veritable Dame Kiri te Kanawa. Do I make myself clear?

Yorky-poo, still celebrating, are we?

Snowbrush said...

"Do I make myself clear?"

I gathered that it was something like that. Does this mean that you play(ed) tennis and that tennis is among your favorite sports?

rhymeswithplague said...

Snowbrush, I enjoy watching tennis, but playing it requires too much energy. As I have said on numerous occasions, I have never been much of an athlete but I have always been an athletic supporter....

Carol in Cairns said...

Sir RWP, who would have thought so many of them? Those Scots get around don't they?

rhymeswithplague said...

Carol (in Cairns), them and their kilts, and what's under their kilts, apparently they do, er, did. Or at least one of them did, and his moniker was Andrew Murray.

Helsie said...

Well he's a fighter and hasn't given up though he's been trying for years to get there so he deserves to be celebrated by the Brits.

Snowbrush said...

"I have always been an athletic supporter.... "

Not a smelly one, I trust. It's just hard for me to fathom supporting a sport that one never played or even wanted to play, but maybe if I liked sports more, I would understand. As it is, there isn't a single sport that I follow, although Peggy and I do watch much of the Olympics every two years.

rhymeswithplague said...

Helsie, I do know that Andy Murray played Roger Federer in the 2012 Wimbledon men's finals (Federer won), so he wasn't exactly an unknown.

Snowbrush, your "not a smelly one" reminded me of something my father used to say: "If your nose runs and your feet smell, you're built upside-down." What that has to do with you and Peggy watching the Olympics, I do not know, except that makes you both athletic supporters as well.