Spurgeon on the role of prayer in the blessing his ministry received

If most people were asked what was the reason for Spurgeon's success, they would probably say 'his preaching.'  But it is very interesting to note how strongly he believed prayer was responsible for the remarkable blessing that came on his ministry:WHEN I came to New Park Street Chapel, it was but a mere handful of people to whom I first preached; yet I can never forget how earnestly they prayed. Sometimes, they seemed to plead as though they could really see the Angel of the covenant … [Read more...]

Remembering Spurgeon: not just his success but also his depression

Today in 1856 my friends at Christian Heritage London reminded us, a great trial of depression was unleashed on Spurgeon.  We quite rightly think of him as a great preacher. But in an instant, he was transported into great depression. This was not the only time he experienced depression, either.None of us is immune from the troubles this world.  For Spurgeon the trigger was the carnage and death unleashed when someone cried out 'Fire!' during a gathering of 12,000 who were there to hear him p … [Read more...]

The simple sermon that saved Charles Spurgeon

An unknown, unheralded, unremembered, unlearned substitute preacher impacted Victorian London, and the English speaking world beyond it more than he could ever have imagined.A young man, who happened into a small chapel, was arrested. These simple truths, spoken by a simple man who was never acclaimed during Spurgeon's life (several men claimed to be the preacher, but were not recognized, and it seems the real preacher was content to remain unacknowledged). These same words which … [Read more...]

Charles Spurgeon on Tithing

Lined up today toe to toe are two camps of people when it comes to giving. In the one corner are those who legalistically tithe, do so out of fear, and believe everyone must tithe because God demands it. In the other corner are those who say, "We are not under the law of tithing so we don't need to do it." Often these people either don't give to God's house at all, or give very small amounts.Spurgeon, as so often seems to sit right in the middle and challenges both groups. Read the whole … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the vital place of prayer

I came across the following two quotes about Spurgeon's view of prayer on a website I was reading. They both struck me so strongly that I wanted to check the sources. Thanks to Logos Bible Software I was able to find the source of the first.But the second quote eludes me, as although it is often cited online and even in books, I've not been able to corroborate the veracity of the story. Anybody know where it comes from? A certain preacher, whose sermons converted men by scores, received a r … [Read more...]

Win a FREE complete set of Spurgeon sermons for Logos

Thanks to my friends at Logos Bible Software readers of this blog enjoy a 15% discount on base packages.Whats even better than a discount? "FREE!" I hear you shout! Well, one lucky reader in a week will receive a free copy of the fantastic complete set of Spurgeon Sermons for Logos Bible Software. If you are a pastor I can think of no better resource to do your own soul good as you prepare. Many have claimed that Spurgeon was the greatest English speaking preacher the wold has ever known. … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the correct place of excitement and emotion in the Church

I love this quote from Spurgeon, and thanks to Michael Brown for citing a line from it that led me searching on my Logos Bible Software (follow link for 15% off!).  This passage speaks to the vital place of excitement and emotion, but also puts limits around those things. I encourage you all to read this and read it carefully.  I am pretty sure this passage is also cited almost unchanged in Spurgeon's fantastic book The S … [Read more...]

Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur

See also the following posts: Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur My review of the book Strange Fire: MacAthur accuses charismatics of being like Mormons John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference RT Kendall responds to MacArthur’s Strange FireChristians have a long history of disagreeing with each other over doctrine. There is nothing new about that. Sometimes that disagreement can get quite heated. So for example, in the time when Wesley a … [Read more...]

Spurgeon: Prayer is vital for the success of ministry

Regular readers will know only too well that I have been looking afresh recently at the life and writings of Spurgeon, in preparation for a planned documentary for which a team of my friends are currently seeking crowd-sourced funding.  Reading Spurgeon afresh, it has struck me again just how much he has to teach us. God seems to have uniquely gifted him with great insight into a broad range of subjects, as I am sure you have already seen in the quotes I have shared over on Desiring God about … [Read more...]

A personal note on the planned Spurgeon Documentary

I wanted to share a bit more about the Spurgeon documentary we are currently seeking crowd-sourced funding for. Our goal is simple: we want to introduce Spurgeon to a new generation and encourage people to find out more about him. If we cover our costs, then the documentary will be made, and will at some stage be made available to stream free online.  Making it will involve a group of us taking annual leave and filming at some of the key sites in Spurgeon's life what we hope will be a … [Read more...]