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The Religious Affiliation of
Oswald Chambers
author of My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Baptist preacher who is best known as the author of the devotional/inspirational book My Utmost for His Highest.

From: Ervin Shaw, "Old Charges Behind a Great Word" webpage, in "Christian Testimonies" section of "The Truth . . . What Is It?" website (http://poptop.hypermart.net/testbn.html; viewed 7 November 2005):

Oswald Chambers (1874 - 1917) was born in Scotland and forsook a university degree for a course of study at Dunoon Bible Training College.

A follower of Jesus since a lad, he yearned for a closer walk. "I was in Dunoon College as a tutor in philosophy when Dr. F. B. Meyer came and spoke about the Holy Spirit...

He preached and taught for a time in the USA and Japan. He founded the Bible Training College in London in 1911. Early in his young ministry years in a small English village...his preaching highly popular for miles around...his reputation and career were temporarily smashed by a lie. A young woman to whom he had ministered later came forward and charged Chambers with sexual assault. He was forced out of that church but refused to become embittered, laying the situation before God in prayer. In July 1915 he was appointed to YMCA overseas duty with the British troops in Egypt, where he later died (buried in old Cairo cemetery).

The currently highly popular devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest is a posthumous collection of talks transcribed from notes taken by his wife. Mrs. Chambers once observed that the devotional collection seemed most popular with those who took their RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD SERIOUSLY. Out of initial scandalous tragedy, God raised up a man whose interpretative words regarding Christianity would endure. Faith is required in order to perceive God at work in this. I have benefited by the daily devotionals in this book year after year since it was given to me as a Father's Day present in 1993.

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