A Sermon Without Christ is a Horrible Thing—C.H. Spurgeon

David Prince shares some excerpts from a C.H. Spurgeon sermon on the horror of preaching a sermon without Christ.

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

The Solar Eclipse – C.H. Spurgeon

The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, No. 183 Isaiah 50:3. “I clothe the heavens with blackness” If there be sermons in stones, there must be a great sermon in the sun; and if there be books in

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Spurgeon on Politics and Defending Religious Liberty

[The following is an excerpt, C.H.  Spurgeon, The Sword and Trowel: 1873 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1873), 45-48.] During last month it has been our lot to be abused both in public and by letter as few men have been, for having in a few sentences expressed our belief that Cæsar had better mind his own things, and let the things of God alone. Many of the letters we have received are of such a character that they would disgrace the cause of Beelzebub himself. Certainly, the alliance of Church and State will never come to an end from want of bullies to defend it. A few communications have been courteous, and even rational, but by far the larger proportion have been simply an amalgam of abusive epithets and foolish bombast. We are by no means fond of such things, and yet so far from being depressed by them they have even caused us a little extra mirth. Our experience as to the effect of furious attacks has been somewhat similar to that of Luther, of whom Michelet has the following note: “Being one day in very high spirits at table, ‘Be not scandalised,’ he said, ‘to see me so merry. I have just read a letter violently abusing me. Our affairs must be going on well, since the devil is storming so.’ ” From the remarks which follow we most emphatically exempt certain honourable clergymen who love a man none the less for being outspoken, and do not require silence as the price of their friendship. Some such we know and honor. They are men of a noble stamp; fair antagonists when they must oppose, and brethren in Christ even then. Would God there were more such, and then the exasperations which now embitter discussion would give place to mutual concessions, or at worst to courteous arguments.

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Be Where Your Feet Are Serving God – CH Spurgeon

In 2015, Be Where Your Feet Are is the banner we hung over the ministry year at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. In other words, it was a call to be a fully engaged follower of

By |December 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Spurgeon on Christians who Rail Against the Times

The current conspiracy theory, sky-is-falling, outrage culture can’t be reconciled with what the Bible says about living in the already of Christ’s Kingdom. Christians ought to be the last people to fall prey to doom and gloom hopeless theology, but sadly, it is thriving in contemporary evangelicalism. The problem is exacerbated by our minute-by-minute social media news cycle. The prophets of outrage, despair, and conspiracy often position themselves as courageous truth-tellers. But do not be fooled: the evangelical outrage industry is often more about building donor lists than it is about truth. Few have ever questioned the courage and theological fortitude of the prince of preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. His theological convictions were out of step with most of his ministry contemporaries, and the media often vilified him. In January 1888, after fighting for the doctrinal integrity of the Baptist Union in the Downgrade Controversy, Spurgeon was publicly censured by the Union. He acknowledged, “Men cannot say anything worse of me than they have said. I have been belied from head to foot, and misrepresented to the last degree” (159). With the vicious scorn and ridicule he often faced, it would have been easy for him to adopt a bitter and skeptical perspective on life and ministry, but he did not. In addresses to students at Spurgeon’s Pastor’s College he warns them against adopting a doom and gloom perspective by constantly railing with outrage against the times. In 1872, he began his Annual Conference for these young preachers at which he customarily delivered a presidential address. The most outstanding of these addresses were reprinted after his death in the book An All-Around Ministry. These addresses brought the best out of Spurgeon and expose his pastor’s heart. They are as helpful for Christians today (if not more so in the age of social media) as they were to those who originally heard them. Make no mistake; it is the best time in human history to be a Christian. We are the privileged people “on whom the end of the ages has come” (1 Cor 10:11). Consider Spurgeon’s wise gospel counsel about railing against the times in the excerpts from An All-Around Ministry below.

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Featured|Tags: , |

GIVEAWAY: “An All-Around Ministry” by C.H. Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892) was a British Baptist preacher who is still known as the "Prince of Preachers.” In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times a week at

By |February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Andy Stanley Clarifies — Stop Praying for Local Church Revival and Get Busy

Andy Stanley, pastor of the large and influential North Point Community Church, went on a twitter rant last week about Southern Baptist Convention leaders praying for revival and calling on churches to do the same. I summed up his tweets as a call to stop praying for revival and get to work. In an interview with the Christian Post he admitted to causing confusion with his tweets and he offered a clarification of his earlier comments. I appreciate his clarification but still find his position troubling. The Christian Post article notes that Stanley “explained that he was talking about local revival rather than a Great Awakening-style revival.” Stanley is quoted as saying, “I realized about half way into what became an almost four hour discussion that many, maybe most, of the response was coming from people who were thinking more in terms of an awakening like America has experienced in the past.” Stanley still maintains that too many local church pastors use “revival basically as an excuse not to make changes.” Stanley also says that many Southern Baptist churches are doing an amazing job reaching their communities but asserts the common denominator in those churches is that “They are led well. They are organized around systems that free people to use their gifts. They are vision centered. And the preaching is practical and gospel centered.” He adds, “Applying what Paul taught can look a bit corporate. But what happens as a result goes way beyond what an organization can accomplish. People’s hearts are changed. Only the Spirit of God can do that.” Andy Stanley is amazingly gifted and I have learned much from his writings and sermons over the years but I still find his clarification deeply troubling.

By |June 17th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Preaching Christ and Counterfeits

Christ-centered expository preaching is more than pinning John 3:16 to the tail of the sermon. It is also more than a weekly theological treatise that speaks eloquently of the glories of Jesus Christ but lacks

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |