But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Apologetic Report - The Spurgeon Center

It’s true. Charles Spurgeon had a love-hate relationship with Christmas. Here’s the context.

In seventeenth-century England, Christmas was often associated with moral laxity and splurging. The Puritans resisted the Roman Catholic flavor of the festivities, and so did Spurgeon. Like his...

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Last Tuesday, the vote was clear: America is a divided nation.

We are racially divided. We are spatially divided.

We are divided between population centers and rural counties. Between coastal cities and fly-over states. We are divided between progressive and traditional, left and right, Baby...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 02:49

How Would Spurgeon Vote?

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Charles Spurgeon awoke one morning during a general election to find his estate painted blue (the color of the Conservative Party, or the Tory Party).

In his sermon that evening, Spurgeon said, “It is notorious that I am no Tory, so I shall not trouble to remove the paint; perhaps those...

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Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:50

10 Ways Prayer Will Change Your Life

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D. L. Moody once said to hear Spurgeon preach was a blessing, but to hear Spurgeon pray was even more impressive (Autobiography 4:71).

Praying like Spurgeon nourishes the soul, encourages the depressed, motivates the lazy, and ushers the humble before the throne of God.

Spurgeon prevailed with...

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On October 21, 1928, the spirit of Charles Spurgeon was raised from the dead.

Or so the clairvoyant claimed.

In a series of séances supervised by Canadian surgeon and paranormal researcher Thomas Glen Hamilton, the “entity” of the late Victorian evangelist made his presence known...

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 04:00

9 Ways To Pray Like Charles Spurgeon

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In July 17, 1887 Augustus Strong and John D. Rockefeller visited Charles Spurgeon at his home in London.

After two hours, the leading Baptist theologian and the wealthy U.S. tycoon uncovered the secret of Spurgeon’s ministry: “He seemed to be a man of prayer” (Crerar Douglas, Autobi...

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Even Superman had to fly above the clouds to escape the deafening screams of the people.

Spurgeon sought his own space, too – his sacred space in France – away from the fog and smog that settled over his city.

Absence from ministry was as essential for Spurgeon as presence in...

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Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:07

4 Times Spurgeon Was Almost Assassinated

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David once said, “There is only a step between me and death” (1 Samuel 20:3).

Charles Spurgeon almost took that step many times.

His mother, Eliza, gave birth to sixteen children after Spurgeon was born. Half of them died.

Diseases like the plague that shut down Spurgeon’s...

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 03:23

7 Spurgeon Quotes for Those Who Carry Burdens

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Spurgeon’s favorite book was The Pilgrim’s Progressby John Bunyan.

It’s the story of a man named Christian who woke up one morning to find a burden on his back.

He reads in a book his city would be destroyed, so he sets out on a pilgrimage. The road is seldom smooth. He falls into...

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 04:09

19 Spurgeon Quotes About the Dangers of Money

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Charles Spurgeon was riding in a carriage with his American friend William Hatcher.

As they approached his orphanage, Spurgeon pointed out the window and said, “Yonder is my bank, where I get my money for taking care of my family of 500 children.”

Hatcher looked but saw no bank.

“Ther...

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 04:09

4 Reasons Spurgeon Died Poor

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Charles Spurgeon could have been one of the richest millionaires in London.

Instead, he died poor.

Unlike his contemporary pastors in London, Spurgeon did not leave millions of pounds to his family after his death. Susannah told a Baptist newspaper her husband only left £2,000 (Nottingham...

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Are you stressed out?

So was Spurgeon.

For most of his ministry, Spurgeon wobbled between illness and anxiety. He burned most of his calories preaching, teaching, writing, visiting, and giving himself to what his wife called the “multiplied labors of his exceptionally busy life”...

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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 03:29

How Spurgeon’s Beard Launched His Ministry

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What if I told you Spurgeon’s beard (or lack thereof) launched his ministry?

Here’s what happened.

Before Spurgeon moved to London in 1854, he pastored a cottage chapel in the quaint village of Waterbeach. One day, Spurgeon and two other ministers were invited to address a large audience...

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 04:07

10 Spurgeon Quotes for Dealing with Betrayal

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On April 23, 1888, Charles Spurgeon was betrayed by his brother, James.

It all came to a head when Spurgeon withdrew his membership from the Baptist Union. Spurgeon lamented the absence of a confession of faith keeping Baptists from drifting away from evangelical doctrines. He feared the downgrading...

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 04:14

21 Funniest Spurgeon Quotes

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Charles Spurgeon took the gospel more seriously than he took himself.

His family and friends witnessed his wit and said:

Spurgeon “never went out of his way to make a joke, — or to avoid one” (Autobiography 3:361).

“His fun was so natural, so spontaneous, and so hearty” (A...

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Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation 154 years ago today, promising liberty to some 3 million enslaved black men and women.

Charles Spurgeon also fought the evils of slavery:

“[The] hope of deliverance seemed far away, it was God that gave an Abraham Lincoln, who led the nation...

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 04:00

3 Ways to Ask Spurgeon into Your Heart

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If you haven’t fallen in love with a dead person yet, you really should try it.

They say love makes you fall “head over heels.” But for me, it happened the other way around. I fell in love with Charles Spurgeon heels over head.

It all started when my father took me on a pilgrimage...

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 21:02

3 Ways Spurgeon Conquered His Secret Sin

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For the past century, Charles Spurgeon’s strengths have often overshadowed his weaknesses. His biographers are largely to blame, painting the preacher as a superhero incapable of vice or vulnerability.

Yet warts reveal as much as dimples do.

Spurgeon had both. He experienced seasons of success,...

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Monday, 12 September 2016 21:05

13 Spurgeon Quotes for Fighting Sin and Shame

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Charles Spurgeon’s ministry was marked by physical and mental wounds.

But there was a deeper grief – a sharper barb – that stung the preacher and his people: sin and shame.

“I had rather pass through seven years of the most wearisome pain, and the most languishing...

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 23:37

10 Must-Read Spurgeon Biographies

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So you’re interested in learning more about Charles Spurgeon but don’t know where to begin. Here are ten must-read biographies to get you started:

image1. Peter Morden, C. H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher

Written by a leading British scholar, this introduction is easy to read and...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 21:44

10 Spurgeon Quotes for Wounded Christians

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Carl F. H. Henry was right to call Charles Spurgeon “one of evangelical Christianity’s immortals” (Carl. F. H. Henry in the foreword to Lewis Drummond, Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers).

In his twenties, Spurgeon pastored the largest mega-church in Protestant Christendom....

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:52

6 Ways to Prepare Sermons Like Charles Spurgeon

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Charles Spurgeon wore many hats. He was a husband, father, evangelist, author, abolitionist, editor, and college president. By 1884, he had founded sixty-six ministries in London: two orphanages, a clothing drive, a nursing home, a ministry to policeman, and dozens more. But Spurgeon is best...

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Have you ever wondered what Charles Spurgeon’s voice sounded like?

After Spurgeon’s death, Edison-Bell Record Company recorded a two-minute audio clip of his son, Thomas, reading an excerpt of his father’s sermon. But Thomas’s voice was was “not quite that of Charles...

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

6 Things Spurgeon Didn’t Say

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Charles Spurgeon is one of the most popular preachers to tweet, meme, quote . . . and misquote. Here are six sayings falsely attributed to the “Prince of Preachers.”

Spurgeon Misquote #1:  “When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.”

This quote was popularized...

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Charles Spurgeon abandoned his fiancée on a Sunday afternoon. After lunch, a carriage took the betrothed couple from Susannah’s house in St. Ann’s Terrace to Kennington where Charles would preach. Susannah recounted the event:

…I well remember trying to keep close by his...

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