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Reflections on Spurgeon’s Pastoral Library

One of the Apostle Paul’s assumptions for pastors is that the man of God would be a man of learning. His pastoral calling would, in fact, also be a calling to deep, ambitious study. To handle rightly the word of God and to divide truth from error requires that the elder learn.

For centuries, this kind of learning meant that pastors would be men of books—yes, men of the Book, but also men of other books as well. The pastor would be one whose library was well stocked with everything needed to guard the faith and encourage godliness. After the invention of the printing press, ordinary pastors in Western Europe could acquire a library of several hundred books with relative ease. C. H. Spurgeon was one such minister who built a pastoral library of over 12,000 volumes with the ultimate goal of presenting a more-pure bride to Christ.

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