Facts about Spurgeon 121 years since his death

121 years ago today Spurgeon died. 100,000 people lined his funeral route to mourn the passing of one of the Victorian era's most significant public figures.  You could do a lot worse than signing up for a new email devotional that begins tomorrow which is a lightly edited version of one of his devotional books. It seems highly unlikely that Spurgeon will ever be surpassed either in his influence as a preacher, or in his unrivalled status as the most prolific and most-read christian author … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on receiving the whole counsel of God

How easy is it for us to become lop sided in our faith? The answer is very easy! One of the goals I have always had in blogging is to expose myself and others to people who might emphasize different aspects of the truth to us in order that we might grasp the full counsel of God.  It is this idea that lays behind some of my "spectrum" posts (see for example my Arminocalvinist, Complementarian-egalitarian, and Charismatic - cessationist posts) Sometimes it may even be necessary to LISTEN to … [Read more...]

Spurgeon e-mail devotional

I want to today introduce to my blog readership a new friend of mine, Stephen McCaskell.  We have a top secret project we are working on together that will be revealed shortly! Getting to know him I have been impressed with his entrepreneurial spirit, and his enthusiasm that a new generation should be introduced to the prince of preachers.  You can and should follow him on Twitter, join his Spurgeon Facebook page, read the Spurgeon quotes page he runs, as well as his new blog here on … [Read more...]

New book of Spurgeon quotes

I have recently got to know the bundle of productive energy that is Stephen McCaskell. He has compiled an excellent book of Spurgeon quotes categorized by subject and Bible reference. If you are looking for a Christmas present for a preacher, look no further, go BUY IT NOW! Here is what I said in my endorsement: This book will introduce a new generation to the prince of preachers. Many of these quotes are short enough to fit into a post on Twitter, but some are powerful enough to change the … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

The folly of imagining hell is not real and sin is not deadly – Spurgeon

"The sinner is a fool, because he is told in God’s word that the path of evil will lead to destruction, and yet he pursues it with the secret hope that in his case the damage will not be very great. He has been warned that sin is like a cup frothing with a foam of sweetness, but concealing death and hell in its dregs; yet each sinner, as he takes the cup, fascinated by the first drop, believes, that to him, the poisonous draught will not be fatal. How many have fondly hoped that God would lie … [Read more...]

10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan

As Japan braces itself for a possible further serious earthquake, and deals with the consequences of such massive devastation caused by the last one, not to mention the risk of a major nuclear incident, how should Christians respond? Please understand that none of this is intended to claim that we have all the answers to such a disaster. In fact, like Job's friends' initial response, often the best thing we can do is say absolutely nothing, and share people's pain. I write this article with … [Read more...]

Ministers need to be filled with the Holy Spirit – Spurgeon

Spurgeon spent a whole sermon arguing for the desperate need of the preacher to be annointed of the Holy Spirit in order that souls may be saved. We would do well to listen and be inspired to cry out to God for greater fullness of the Spirit on our leaders: There is a necessity that the preacher himself, if we are to have souls saved, should be under the influence of the Spirit. I have constantly made it my prayer that I might be guided by the Spirit even in the smallest and least important … [Read more...]

Do you despise authority?

It is very easy to despise authority without even realizing that you are doing so. Especially living in our modern world which emphasizes independence and being a "self-made man". In the quote below which follows a crucial verse that stresses the importance of leadership, Spurgeon says it well. A self-made man is a failure by definition. Maybe you are a pastor yourself, and your immediate response to this is to say "Amen, my people really should listen to me more!" But I ask you, who are … [Read more...]

Pray or be impatient! (Spurgeon)

I trust that you will be as challenged by the following quote as I was. I am just beginning to learn this lesson. I wish I could have grasped it when I was a lot younger. It would have saved me lots of pain. Prayer truly is the most important thing that I can be doing as a Christian. If only I could remember this always, I would pray more than I do, worry less than I do, and be much less impatient than I still sometimes am: Prayer has a distinct relationship to all Christian duties and … [Read more...]


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