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Oswald Chambers’ Bio

Oswald Chambers sometimes startled
audiences with his vigorous thinking and
his vivid expression. Even those who
disagreed with what he said found his
teachings difficult to dismiss and all but
impossible to ignore. Often his humor
drove home a sensitive point: “Have we
ever got into the way of letting God work,
or are we so amazingly important that we
really wonder in our nerves and ways what
the Almighty does before we are up in the
morning!”
Oswald Chambers was not famous during his lifetime. At
the time of his death in 1917 at the age of forty-three, only
three books bearing his name had been published. Among a
relatively small circle of Christians in Britain and the U.S.,
Chambers was much appreciated as a teacher of rare
insight and expression, but he was not widely known.
Chambers was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1874, the
youngest son of a Baptist minister. He spent his boyhood
years in Perth; then his family moved to London when
Oswald was fifteen. Shortly after the move to London,
Oswald made his public profession of faith in Christ and
became a member of Rye Lane Baptist Church. This marked
a period of rapid spiritual growth, along with an intense
struggle to find God’s will and way for his life.
A gifted artist and musician,
Chambers trained at London’s Royal
Academy of Art, sensing God’s
direction to be an ambassador for
Christ in the world of art and
aesthetics. While studying at the
University of Edinburgh (1895-96),
he decided, after an agonizing
internal battle, to study for the
ministry. He left the university and entered Dunoon College,
near Glasgow, where he remained as a student, then a tutor
for nine years.
In 1906 he traveled to the United States, spending six
months teaching at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
From there, he went to Japan, visiting the Tokyo Bible
School, founded by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cowman. This
journey around the world in 1906-1907 marked his
transition from Dunoon College to fulltime work with the
Pentecostal League of Prayer.
During the last decade of his life, Chambers served as:
• traveling speaker and representative of the League of
Prayer, 1907-10
• principal and main teacher of the Bible Training College,
London, 1911-15
• YMCA chaplain to British Commonwealth soldiers in Egypt,
1915-17
He died in Cairo on November 15, 1917, of complications
following an emergency appendectomy. The complete story
of his life is told in Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God
(1993).
Taken from The Quotable Oswald Chambers, edited by
David McCasland. Used by permission.

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