Spurgeon's Life

5 Ways Spurgeon Coped with London’s Terror Attacks

Jun 19

On September 30, 1888, “Jack the Ripper” murdered his third victim, Elizabeth Stride, only five miles from last Sunday’s terrorist attack in Finsbury Park. Terror seized Spurgeon’s London. Would the murders continue? Who would die next? (Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly) The following morning, Spurgeon addressed Jack the Ripper’s murder of Elizabeth Stride in his opening …

4 Times Spurgeon Was Almost Assassinated

Oct 20

David once said, “There is only a step between me and death” (1 Samuel 20:3). Charles Spurgeon almost took that step many times. His mother, Eliza, gave birth to sixteen children after Spurgeon was born. Half of them died. Diseases like the plague that shut down Spurgeon’s school in Newmarket could have easily killed the preacher before his ministry …

21 Funniest Spurgeon Quotes

Sep 27

Charles Spurgeon took the gospel more seriously than he took himself. His family and friends witnessed his wit and said: Spurgeon “never went out of his way to make a joke, — or to avoid one” (Autobiography 3:361). “His fun was so natural, so spontaneous, and so hearty” (Autobiography 3:361). His face was “brightened by eyes overflowing with humour and softened …

The Reason Why America Burned Spurgeon’s Sermons and Sought to Kill Him

Sep 22

Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation 154 years ago today, promising liberty to some 3 million enslaved black men and women. Charles Spurgeon also fought the evils of slavery: “[The] hope of deliverance seemed far away, it was God that gave an Abraham Lincoln, who led the nation onward till ‘Emancipation’ flamed upon its banners” (MTP 29:243). Spurgeon exchanged correspondences with Frederick …

10 Must-Read Spurgeon Biographies

Sep 08

So you’re interested in learning more about Charles Spurgeon but don’t know where to begin. Here are ten must-read biographies to get you started: 1. Peter Morden, C. H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher Written by a leading British scholar, this introduction is easy to read and contains helpful illustrations. The great value of Morden’s work lies in …

6 Things Spurgeon Didn’t Say

Aug 24

Charles Spurgeon is one of the most popular preachers to tweet, meme, quote . . . and misquote. Here are six sayings falsely attributed to the “Prince of Preachers.” Spurgeon Misquote #1:  “When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.” This quote was popularized in 1989 by Christian singer-songwriter Babbie Mason who wrote “Trust His Heart” …

A Treasure from the Treasury of David

Sep 03

“If the author had never written anything else it would have been a permanent literary memorial.” These words, written by Susannah Spurgeon, reference the ambitious publication that became her husband’s magnum opus – a commentary on the Psalms. It took twenty years for Spurgeon to complete The Treasury of David. After three years, he had only reached …

Spurgeon Almost Quit

Apr 22

At the age of twenty-two, Charles Spurgeon almost quit the ministry. He and his wife, Susannah, had been married less than one year. Their sons, Charles and Thomas, were infants. After three years in the big city, Spurgeon’s ministry had solicited envy from his opponents, admiration from the evangelicals, and criticism from the press. Susannah often …