Should We be Optimistic or Pessimistic About the Future?

Mark Dever over at Together for the Gospel has written about how we should expect persecution. He may well be right. As I read his post, however, and also a few of his buddy, Al Mohler's, cultural observations, I wonder if I detect a more general note of pessimism about the future of the church.I may very well be wrong about that in the case of the individual people I mention, but I'm sure there are many Christians who are, indeed, very negative about the future. It certainly seems that … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the Extent of Salvation – Will More be Saved than Lost?

There is no doubt that of all the doctrines of Calvinism, the so-called limited atonement is the most misunderstood and controversial. Sadly, many interpret this as indicating that salvation itself is "limited" and that few will be saved. Spurgeon clearly didn't think so as this extract from one of his sermons will show. Incidentally, this is preaching as it ought to be! My Spurgeon Challenge remains open, but at least this shows Spurgeon speaking about something similar to the sentiments I … [Read more...]

SERMON – How to Define Revival and be Revived Personally

This past Sunday I preached on revival. You can download the audio or listen right here using the following embedded player. I have shared my notes almost exactly as I preached from them. They might not make a great deal of sense to someone else, for which I apologise. Hopefully the audio is easier to follow. This was a hard sermon to prepare, but one that I really felt assisted by God as I preached.1. Why do we need revival? “we begin to die @ birth” ...Death since Adams sin – sickness … [Read more...]

One Charles Echoes Another Charles

Phil is back with a quote from Charles Spurgeon that sounds like it could have come from Charles Simeon. I wonder whether those guys will comment on the great news that Simeon's works will now live again? "I bless God I love the doctrines of grace, but I never considered the doctrines of grace to be like drawn swords with which to fight every man living." … [Read more...]

Revival – A Calvinist Phenomenon?

In the introduction to the 1859 volume of Spurgeon's sermons we find the following provocative few paragraphs:In the history of the Church, with but few exceptions, you could not find a revival at all that was not produced by the orthodox faith. What was that great work which was done by Augustine, when the Church suddenly woke up from the pestiferous and deadly sleep into which Pelagian doctrine had cast it? What was the Reformation itself but the awaking up of men's minds to those old truths? … [Read more...]

READERS CHALLENGE – Spurgeon's Prediction of a Future Revival

I have a clear memory from a number of years ago of reading a sermon by Spurgeon in which he broke off into an extended passage in which he predicted what he believed would happen in the church in the UK. I remember that he spoke of a period when the Evangelical faith would almost seem to be vanquished. He went on to predict, however, that a future significant move of God would occur that would dwarf anything he had ever seen. My problem is that I cannot remember anything about the actual words … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Revival

The word revival is back on the lips of people I know — I hadn't even heard it mentioned for a very long time until just recently. I thought I would share some quotes from Spurgeon on the subject of revival with you today. I hope and pray it inspires you to pray for revival, and to have an eye that is trained to see the signs of God's reviving work that are all around us every day. "And now, at this time, we want to have the old truths restored to their places. The subtleties and the … [Read more...]

JOHN PIPER ON CHARLES SPURGEON

I love the short biographical talks Piper gives. Today, I want to share with you some quotes from a talk given by John Piper about C. H. Spurgeon He preached over 600 times before he was 20 years old. His sermons sold about 20,000 copies a week and were translated into 20 languages. The collected sermons fill 63 volumes equivalent to the 27 volume ninth edition Encyclopedia Britannica, and "stands" as largest set books by a single author in the history of Christianity.Even if his son, Charles, … [Read more...]

Sufficient and Efficient Grace – Spurgeon, Tongues, and the Toronto Blessing

There you go . . .that got your attention, didn’t it! This is a post written in response to two great posts that appeared over at my good friends' blog—the Pyromaniacs. (I don’t have to agree with a post in order to think it's great!)Earlier in the week my relations with the guys at TeamPyro were at an all time high. They were exhilarated by the receipt of the Warnie Award. I even began to understand their graphical jokes about link trolls, and all-in-all, we were all happy. I even got … [Read more...]

Spurgeon "Wins" Stolen Warnie Award

Well, there are no lengths that some people won't go to in order to honour their heroes. Spurgeon isn't even alive to thank him, but Phil Johnson has stolen the graphic he created for me and has unilaterally decided to award one to The Prince of Preachers.All I can say is that Spurgeon deserves it. With an output to rival any modern blogger, when Phil isn't creating graphics for the Web, writing MacArthur's books, or refusing to answer questions on cessationism, he is slowly placing all of … [Read more...]


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