Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]

Adding Bible Content Automatically

Most Christian websites and blogs will have biblical references scattered throughout their text. But how much better would it be if that content could be automatically linked to one of the Bible websites that are out there? Well, I suspect it could be even better if, instead of merely inserting a link, you could automatically insert a little pop-up window that revealed the text without even leaving the website. That's exactly what I can now do here on the blog.That's just what those wonderful … [Read more...]

ESV Study Bible – News, Samples, Interviews, and More

The ESV Study Bible (ESVSB) launch date of October 15th is approaching fast. The Study Bible team has been busy sharing samples and features online to entice us. Their goal is to help people know what's inside the Study Bible and how it might best serve them.From an e-mail sent out by the Study Bible team, here is a summary of what is available at this time:Free Book Introductions and Sample Chapters OnlineIn addition to the previous posts from Jonah, the Psalms, and Revelation, the … [Read more...]

Some Crossway Books and Their Blog

My friends at Crossway continue to outdo themselves in the area of excellence. I sometimes think I should just issue a blanket recommendation—buy ANYTHING they print. But for some specifics, I thought I'd post some mini-reviews today. They have also recently started a book blog which has already had some great posts, so I've decided to award them a "Warnie Award," which means that their headlines will appear in my sidebar from now on.Here are a few Crossway books that have helped me as I have d … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the Gospel

I have recently shared a couple of quotes from The Soul Winner here and here, and a few years back I shared another bunch of them. Today I thought I'd share some great comments from Spurgeon about the gospel. "The gospel is a reasonable system, and it appeals to men's understanding; it is a matter for thought and consideration, and it appeals to the conscience and the reflecting powers. Hence, if we do not teach men something, we may shout, "Believe! Believe! Believe!" but what are they to … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Revivalism

A few days ago, I quoted from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. I thought I would share another quote from that first chapter again today. It is interesting in the context of today that some argue against emotionalism in preaching, while others try and by human effort create an atmosphere. Spurgeon would disagree with both approaches: "Nor is it soul-winning, dear friends, merely to create excitement. Excitement will accompany every great movement. We might justly question whether the movement was … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Church Statistics

Spurgeon's book, The Soul Winner, is the kind of book you really need to read several times over the course of your life. I decided to dip into it once more over the summer, and read just the first chapter. It's a book I have recommended previously. I found the following quote which is interesting. He is speaking about how church growth statistics are indicative of something. I wonder how many Spurgeon lovers today would agree with his assessment of churches which are not growing by … [Read more...]

2008 Top Posts Numbers 23 and 24

The 24th most read post on this blog is, ironically enough, a post that introduced my most popular posts of 2007.Position 23 is filled by a post listing some books I think every Christian should read. … [Read more...]

2008 Top Posts Numbers 27 and 28

The 28th most popular post on this blog at the moment is one offering a discount on Logos Bible Software. If you want electronic Christian books and much more, do go visit and consider buying some.In 27th place is my interview with Rob Rufus. … [Read more...]

Catching Up With Mark Driscoll

I have now published all the Mark Driscoll material from his recent visit to the UK. Don't miss the video interviews, and the Dwell material, as well as the talks from Brighton. There is a lot to absorb there. There are also three talks for church elders that I was not present at.Since his return to the US, however, this man has been nothing short of busy!He has interviewed J. I. Packer on Young Christian Leaders, and Homosexuality. He also wrote a series of blog posts on … [Read more...]


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