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John Ploughman: Wisdom for the Everyman

Charles Spurgeon was a man and minister of the people. In a day in which people would often leave church more addled than edified, he spoke at the level of comprehension to where men and women from all walks of life would be able to clearly hear the call of Jesus Christ. He decried preaching that was so muddled with ivory tower language that it “require[d] a dictionary rather than a Bible to explain it.” This commitment to using plain words followed his writing ministry as well. Perhaps the greatest example of Spurgeon’s plainness in his speech comes through the character of John Ploughman.
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Who is Spurgeon?

Whether you are new to Spurgeon, or a familiar friend, here are a few things you should know about Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

His Personal Library

For the first time ever: Spurgeon’s own writings & select volumes from Spurgeon’s personal library, complete with annotations, now available digitally and free of charge.

The Spurgeon Center

The Spurgeon Library is the premier center of Spurgeon scholarship, housing nearly 6,000 volumes from Charles Spurgeon’s personal library.

The Lost Sermons

Never-before-published sermons from the Prince of Preachers now in print in elegant, full-color volumes from B&H Academic.

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