Recently Added Resources

John Ploughman: Wisdom for the Everyman

October 12, 2021

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 …

Spurgeon: A 2LBC Sabbatarian

October 5, 2021

Over the last two decades, Baptists have witnessed an increase in the number of pastors and churches who subscribe to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (2LBC), commonly known as the 1689. Yet, in observing the renaissance of the 2LBC, some subscribers have taken exceptions to the text. Most adherents to the 2LBC deny …

Highlights from The Sword & the Trowel 1880-1884

September 28, 2021

In 1884, as The Sword & the Trowel finished 20 years of publication and Spurgeon turned 50, the ministry at the Metropolitan Tabernacle was in full swing. The Pastors' College was a regular feature of the magazine, as graduates reported back on the progress of their work. Reports from Stockwell Orphanage encouraged the readers as …

The Pastors’ Advocate: Spurgeon’s Plea for Poor Pastors

September 21, 2021

Spurgeon was known for his scathing letters and sermons against the injustices of his day. He preached against the social ills of industrial England. He denounced the horrors of slavery in America. He went after evangelicals in the Church of England for tolerating baptismal regeneration in the prayer book. And towards the end of his …

The Free Lances of Christ’s Army: Spurgeon on Bi-Vocational Ministry

September 14, 2021

Speaking to his students on the call to ministry, Spurgeon defined ministry as a work “which requires the dedication of a man’s entire life to spiritual work.” Such full dedication to the work meant “separation from every secular calling… and entitles the man to cast himself for temporal supplies upon the church of God, since …

How Did Spurgeon Fence the Lord’s Table?

September 7, 2021

The sermon is over. The lights dim. As the music begins to play, the pastor issues an invitation, “The tables are now open. No matter who you are or where you’ve come from, if you’ve responded to Jesus, then you can come. As the band plays our last song, feel free to make your way …

Highlights from The Sword & the Trowel 1875-1879

August 31, 2021

This past spring we published the first ten years of The Sword and Trowel. Today, we are releasing five more years, 1875-1879. These were busy and fruitful years at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. A prominent theme during these years was Spurgeon's suffering. The "invalid Pastor" dealt with extended bouts of illness that kept him out of …

Reflections on Spurgeon’s Pastoral Library

August 2, 2021

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 …

“Dumb Dogs” in the Pulpit: Spurgeon on Borrowed Sermons

July 5, 2021

Iain Murray once observed that Spurgeon wrote and preached so much that people can basically cherry-pick quotes from his works to support virtually any position, even those he would’ve adamantly opposed. Such has been the case with the topic of plagiarizing sermons recently. Every few years, this controversy resurfaces. Some are quick to condemn it, …

The Church’s Valiant Sons: Spurgeon on Deacons

April 23, 2021

The rumor once spread that Spurgeon had said, “a deacon is worse than a devil, for if you resist the devil he will flee from you, but if you resist a deacon he will fly at you.” It was common in those days for pastors to complain about their deacons. Spurgeon once observed that “many …