Geoff Chang

Introducing Spurgeon’s Private Devotional Poems

May 15, 2024

For over 130 years, an unassuming notebook of poems has resided among Spurgeon’s books. As his library made its way from his Westwood study in London to William Jewell College in Liberty, MO in 1906, and then to Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, MO in 2006, this little notebook has gone with it. Among Spurgeon’s …

Spurgeon Library Conference 2024: “Spurgeon on the Christian Life”

May 10, 2024

In Hebrews 13:7-8, the author says, Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The aim of the Spurgeon Library Conference is to remember one of our leaders in church …

Making the Ordinances Meaningful: Spurgeon on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

April 18, 2024

For most churches, the challenge of church attendance is not practical but theological. Beyond busy schedules, online services, and all other contemporary challenges, many Christians today struggle with a weak understanding of what it means to belong to a church. One evidence of this weakness is in the way so many churches practice the ordinances.  So …

The Lesson of the Cane: Spurgeon and Suffering

March 13, 2024

To understand Spurgeon, you must know something about his suffering. In this picture, Spurgeon is only in his late 50s, but you can see that the years have taken their toll on him. He’s not in London but in Mentone, southern France. This warm retreat was where he would regularly go to recover his health, …

The Lesson of the College: Spurgeon’s Pastoral Training

March 13, 2024

Spurgeon believed that pastoral training was part of the pastor’s job description. Just as Paul commanded Timothy to train other preachers and teachers (2 Timothy 2:2), so “one minister brings another to Christ, and then charges that other to train other preachers and teachers to carry on the blessed work of evangelization.” Amid all the …

The Lesson of the Church: Spurgeon the Pastor

March 13, 2024

Spurgeon lived during a time when basically to be English was to be a Christian. In 1851, around the time when he began preaching, a religious census was taken throughout the United Kingdom and about 61% of the population reported to be church going. And yet, as Spurgeon observed all the religious activity around him, …

The Lesson of the Orphanage: Spurgeon’s Mercy Ministries

March 13, 2024

Spurgeon pastored in 19th-century London during a time of terrible working and living conditions for the poor. Because of growing industrialization, jobs were moving to the big cities, and people were pouring in from throughout the British Empire into London. If you’ve ever read Charles Dickens, you might have an idea of the terrible situation …

The Lesson of Love: Charles and Susie

March 13, 2024

When Spurgeon first preached at New Park Street, Susannah Thompson, who went by Susie, was living with a deacon in the church, William Olney. After Olney had heard Spurgeon preach that Sunday morning, he quickly called others around him and urged them to invite others to come back for the evening service, lest the young …

The Lesson of the Palace: Spurgeon and the Fast-Day Service of 1857

March 13, 2024

In the winter of 1853, the situation at the New Park Street Chapel was dire. This congregation was previously pastored by giants like Benjamin Keach, John Gill, and John Rippon, and was a leading church among Baptists. But by 1854, it had fallen into serious decline. Attendance was down to a few dozen. They occupied …