Blog Entries

Spurgeon as a Literary Man

Sep 22

From time to time, we would like to showcase the scholarship that is coming out of Midwestern Seminary and the Spurgeon Library. This excerpt is taken from the Ph.D. dissertation "All Hail, Thou Comforter Divine": The Ontological And Functional Pneumatology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) by Tyler H. Smiley. Here, Tyler explores Spurgeon's prolific reading …

A Constellation of Wonders

Jul 30

It is no overstatement to say Jesus’s ministry was primarily one of forgiveness. Whether he caused the blind to see, the deaf to hear, or the paralytic to walk, he typically closed with some variation of “Your sins are forgiven, go and …

Spurgeon’s Vision for Women’s Ministry

Jun 19

The Victorian era has captivated the imaginations of many in recent years. One contributing factor has been PBS’s hit series Victoria, which portrays the story of the illustrious queen from her coronation in 1837 at the tender age of eighteen through the ups and downs of one of the most intriguing periods in Britain’s national …

What is God Doing?

May 28

I have a passion for the supremacy of God in all things. Most times, that’s exciting and fun: the supremacy of God in literature, the supremacy of God in business, the supremacy of God in the arts. But times like these can cause you to do a double take: what about the supremacy of God in …

Sermon of the Week: No. 2077, “The Light of the Glorious Gospel of Christ”

May 20

“The light of the glorious gospel of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4   In Spurgeon’s estimation, the Apostle Paul “was a man of one idea.” Spurgeon believed that “The gospel of Christ had saturated [Paul’s] soul as the dew saturated Gideon’s fleece.” Paul was a man of one aim. “He could think of nothing else, and speak …

On First Looking into Spurgeon’s Sermons

May 14

In 1816, poet John Keats wrote a sonnet to describe the delight and awe he experienced when reading the works of Homer in English for the first time. While Keats knew Latin, he did not know Greek and thus had no access to Homer until a friend introduced him one night to a translation by …

Sermon of the Week: No. 1982, “Love at Its Utmost”

May 12

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” – John 15:9   Charles Spurgeon believed that “In the love of Christ we find our best joy.” He also knew, from experience, that while “The pastures of the Great Shepherd are wide” the “sweetest grasses grow close to [Jesus’s] pierced …

Spurgeon’s Last Inscription

May 07

To the credit of J.W. Harrald and Susannah Spurgeon, they documented Charles Spurgeon’s last days before leaving his mortal body. His last service commenced on January 17, 1892, in his sitting room in Mentone, France. He read excerpts from a sermon on Psalm 73:28 and his Exposition from Matthew 15:21-28. “The Sands of Time Are …

Sermon of the Week: No. 1974, “The Suffering Saviour’s Sympathy”

May 04

“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.” – Hebrews 2:18   For Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the sympathy of the suffering Saviour was the best balm for any wound. Reflecting on his text, he recognized that is was “necessary” for the high priest to suffer so that …

The Gospel: The Sum and Substance of Spurgeon’s Spirituality

Apr 29

From the day he first met Christ in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Artillery Street in Colchester, Charles Spurgeon’s life and ministry was captivated by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Any brief examination of his sermons, writings, and personal correspondence demonstrates the centrality of Christ and his atoning work on the cross in Spurgeon’s spiritual …