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“The Additions of Superstition”: Spurgeon’s Critique of the Mass

January 26, 2021

Sounding like the start of a bad joke, Spurgeon once said, “Imagine Paul or Peter attending mass.” After observing the movements and rituals of the priests, “Paul would pluck Peter by the sleeve, and say, ‘Our Master did nothing like this when he took bread and gave thanks and brake it.’ Peter would reply, ‘Very …

Spurgeon on the Lord’s Supper

January 21, 2021

An instance occurred in Spurgeon’s church that made him blush with embarrassment. Certain members were not partaking of the Lord’s Supper because, in their judgment, inconsistent and unworthy persons were coming to the table. Never lacking in wit, Spurgeon responded, “That is highly probable; and he may be wearing your coat, and looking out of …

The Pastors’ College: Spurgeon’s Vision for Church-Based Training

January 12, 2021

Since the early days of his pastorate, C.H. Spurgeon tutored and trained up gifted young men for the ministry. Over the first seven years of his ministry, Spurgeon would send out seven ministers, and yet more men were approaching him for training. By the spring of 1861, with sixteen men under his care, the financial …

“More Pilgrims Are Come To Town!”: Learning to Grieve with Hope

January 5, 2021

For many churches, 2020 has proved to be a year of funerals. Pastors have walked alongside their people through the valley of the shadow of death and have buried many beloved church members. Yet, even as one who grieves with his people, the pastor must also model what it looks like to have hope amid …

Five Exhortations for the New Year from Spurgeon

December 30, 2020

Charles Spurgeon preached a plethora of New Year’s sermons during his pastorate at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. For Spurgeon, the arrival of a new year was a time that brought forth thinking on the Lord’s faithfulness and the Christian’s right response to the Lord in the new year. Five sermons preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle highlight Spurgeon’s …

Why Spurgeon Loved the Incarnation

December 22, 2020

Charles Spurgeon used to tell a tale about an old church buried deep in the ground. He wrote: “at Raleigh, they say, the old church bells still ring at Christmas time, deep, deep, in the earth; and that it was a Christmas morning custom for the people to go out into the valley, and put …

Spurgeon’s Quest for Clarity: Five Ways to Grow In Your Preaching

December 16, 2020

Of the many gifts God gave Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), one was a conviction as to the authority and sufficiency of the Word of God. As such, his forty years of pastoral ministry was marked by a quest for clarity in proclaiming that authority and sufficiency. Thou book of vast authority! thou art a proclamation from …

Counseling from the Pulpit: Spurgeon on Anxiety

December 8, 2020

Between COVID-19 and the presidential election, this year’s events have contributed to and exposed the always present sin of anxiety. Recently, the New York Times published an article highlighting a remedy—edible marijuana—which grows in usage and acceptability in our society. To combat the stress caused by the November 3rd election, some people turned to a …

Bible Reading and Prayer in the Marriage of Charles and Susie Spurgeon

December 1, 2020

Charles and Susie Spurgeon’s engagement in August of 1854 got off to a great start. There was no elaborate setting with balloons and fireworks—just a simple garden. It seems that Charles never said, “I love you,” to Susie until he was ready to say, “will you marry me?”  Susie said “yes,” and such marked the …

Celebrating Thanksgiving by Thanks-Living

November 24, 2020

It is Thanksgiving season once again in America. This is the time of the year when we gather with family and friends to feast together, giving thanks for God’s goodness in the previous year. Here in 2020, however, Thanksgiving comes at a difficult time. For so many, this has been a year of isolation, uncertainty, …