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...]

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...]

Spurgeon on Prayer

I just had to share this quote from Spurgeon on prayer:If some of the prayers at certain prayer meetings were less doctrinal, less experimental, and more argumentative with God, they would be more like true prayer should be, for true prayer is just pleading with the Most High, spreading our case before him, and then pressing our suit with all the arguments we can muster. . . .You can say, “Lord, thou didst tell me to believe in Jesus Christ, thy Son; then, wilt thou not accept me, for his sake, f … [Read more...]

John Owen and Charles Spurgeon on John Bunyan

I want to mention today a man who both John Owen and Charles Spurgeon held in high regard. Most know of John Bunyan as a writer, but he was also one of the most famous preachers of his era. Here is what one of the Pyromaniacs said of Bunyan, his preaching, and and his book, Pilgrim's Progress:"It may be the most popular book ever written in English. It was a favorite of Charles Spurgeon's, who read it at least once-a-year, and said before he died that he had probably read it more than a hundred … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the Atonement

Yesterday I shared a quote from Wayne Grudem on the atonement. Today it’s Spurgeon’s turn:“All the love and acceptance which perfect obedience could have obtained of God belong to you because Christ was perfectly obedient on your behalf. Those who set aside the atonement as a satisfaction for sin also murder the doctrine of justification by faith. They must do so. There is a common element which is the essence of both doctrines; so that, if you deny the one, you destroy the other.Modern thought i … [Read more...]

Spurgeon's Challenge to Preachers

This week’s dose of Spurgeon at Pyromaniacs is well worth reading in its entirety. It fits in nicely with my current series on preaching, and in many ways parallels what the Doctor's quote says about “dead orthodoxy” on my blog this morning. Spurgeon believed in Spirit and Word. What a tragedy that many of today's cessationists would feel uncomfortable about this language concerning the Spirit, and that the average charismatic doesn't value the Word of God sufficiently. The urgent need of the hou … [Read more...]

Spurgeon and Millennial Mud Slinging

Well, I knew it would happen. People on both sides of the great premillennialist versus amillennialist debate sparked by John MacArthur have started throwing Spurgeon quotes at each other. I have been doing my best to stay on the sidelines on this one, and I haven't even read the rest of Tim’s summaries of the conference. (Certain events have obviously preoccupied me!) I have been trying to resist posting anything new, preferring instead to simply publish "something I prepared earlier" ( … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones Monday – The Doctor, Spurgeon, and Plagiarism

In today's Lloyd-Jones Monday, the Doctor discusses the issue of "preaching other people's sermons," which he states is "a not uncommon practice.""I have but one comment to make about this—it is utterly dishonest unless you acknowledge what you are doing. I never have understood how a man can live with himself, who preaches other men's sermons without acknowledgment. He receives the praise and the thanks of people, and yet knows that this is not due to him. He is a thief and a robber; he is a g … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Lloyd-Jones on Spurgeon: Are Sermon Series Compulsory?

In today’s Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday, I come to one of the most fascinating questions about preaching. I am not sure exactly what was in the minds of the people who crafted the T4G statement which highlighted the importance of expository preaching. As we shall see in later posts, people differ on whether to define expository preaching as, by necessity, part of a longer series on a book of the Bible. Spurgeon held somewhat different views to many today on the necessity of a preacher having a set s … [Read more...]


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