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Was Spurgeon King James Only?

Jan 18 Spurgeon loved the King James Version of the Bible — it was the version he used the most. But Charles Spurgeon was not King James only. On occasion, Spurgeon mentioned textual variants from the pulpit. Sometimes he even rejected the reading of the KJV in favor of the reading in the critical Greek text, represented in the Revised Version. Here are three times that Spurgeon rejected the reading of the...

Spurgeon's Top 4 New Year's Resolutions

Jan 1 On the last evening of 1891 and first morning of 1892, Spurgeon gave two brief addresses. He hadn’t preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in several months because of sickness. He was a month away from death. In reflecting on 1891, he spoke about the God-intended lessons of the year, such as the “instability of earthly joys.” As friends came together again in the morning, he gazed upon the new year...

Spurgeon: Santa or Scrooge? And 5 Thoughts for Your Christmas Day

Dec 25 When it comes to Christmas, was Charles Spurgeon a Santa or a Scrooge? Here's what Spurgeon really thought about the holiday and some takeaways for your own Christmas day.

Spurgeon Can Help Your Depression

Nov 9 The fact that you are reading this article indicates with a high degree of certainty that you have been depressed. If this is the case, you should be encouraged to know that you are not alone. The one we dub the “Prince of Preachers” was just that because he was also the “Prince of Pain.” Depression was not merely “dullness, inertia, pessimism, and deep unhappiness,” as many of his Victorian...

Why He Named His Baby "Calvin Luther Spurgeon"

Nov 7 What's in a name? The Bible too has a lot to say about names. In biblical times, your name defined you. Jacob was born grabbing the heel of his brother. His name means “supplanter” or “holder of the heel.” Biblical names were often used to convey a message from God.  Hosea’s children had to bear names like “No Mercy” and “Not My People.”  In this post, Joseph Spurgeon shared why...

The Ghostly Tale of Spurgeon and the Séance of 1928

Oct 31 On October 21, 1928, the ghost of Charles Spurgeon was raised from the dead. Or so the clairvoyant claimed. In a series of séances supervised by Canadian surgeon and paranormal researcher Thomas Glen Hamilton, the “entity” of the late Victorian evangelist made his presence known several times to a group of hand-clasped gatherers. According to Hamilton’s published report, Spurgeon even requested a hymn to be sung. On this Halloween, check...

10 Lessons from Spurgeon on Luther’s Life and Ministry

Oct 26 Charles Spurgeon acknowledged that Luther “was not an absolutely perfect man” and “we neither endorse all that he said nor admire all that he did.” And yet God used this imperfect servant (as we all are) to recover the message of justification by faith alone, which was nothing less than a recovery of the gospel of grace. By this message, Luther “unlocked the dungeons of the human mind, and set...

3 Ways the Holy Spirit Helped Spurgeon Preach

Oct 24 The Holy Spirit makes the dull minds, bright. He makes the dry bones, flesh. And He makes the dead men, live. Only with the Spirit comes an otherworldly power to our otherwise weak and mortal preaching. In terms of sermon delivery, how might the Spirit help us in our weakness? In this guest post, Neal Thornton reveals three ways the Holy Spirit helped Spurgeon preach and how He can help...

How to Experience God Like Spurgeon

Oct 19 Charles Spurgeon was a unique combination of personality and prayer. His multifaceted ministry life fell into orbit around his devotional life. But how did Spurgeon remain devoted to God in the midst of all the distractions that constantly pulled at his attention? How did Spurgeon keep his focus on Jesus Christ admist the crashing waves of life? Here are several lessons from Spurgeon about maintaining intimacy with God in the...

3 Things You Didn't Know About Spurgeon's Wife

Oct 17 On January 8th, 1856 Charles Spurgeon married Susannah Thompson, a woman who would be his truest partner, deepest confidant, and the love of his life. Charles called her “the greatest of all earthly blessings,” and Susannah described their life together as “two pilgrims treading this highway of life together, hand in hand,—heart linked to heart.” But who was this woman that captivated the heart of the Prince of Preachers? Here...