Archibald G. Brown

Spurgeon's Successor

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Weight 0.62 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 2.8 cm








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Oct 27, 2011


‘He was a leader. He had initiative. He was original, and in certain ways had a touch of genius all his own.’ — H. H. TURNER

‘In addition to this pastoral work, Mr. Brown has probably done more service in preaching up and down the country than any other man.’– SIR ARTHUR BLACKWOOD, 1891

Book Description

Archibald G.Brown (1844-1922), instead of following his father to wealth in commerce and banking, built a church to hold 3,000 in the East End of London while still in his twenties. Five thousand eight hundred were to join in 30 years. Almost simultaneously he led mission work among the poor, being described by the Daily Telegraph newspaper as possessing ‘a larger practical acquaintance with the homes, and the social horrors of the foulest corners of the East of London than anyone who could well be cited.’

When his health demanded a change, AGB (as he was popularly known) served other churches, including the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, before a last decade of extensive travel with a temporary home in South Africa. After Spurgeon died (1892), Brown was a foremost leader among those for whom Christian preaching still meant ‘love, blood, and power’. It was written of him in 1913 No man of modern times, of his school of thought, can command larger audiences.’ Few spoke with more sympathy and tenderness, characteristics deepened by bereavements and the heart-felt realization that, ‘We have to perform our service in the same Spirit in which our Lord worked, and our measure of power will be according to the measure of Christ’s Spirit which we possess.’

After days of revival, AGB lived to see adverse changes in the churches. What a majority accepted as progress, he saw as apostasy, and as the Christian faith waned in Britain, his life came to be remembered by few. But truth that comes from Scripture cannot die. Those who read him today will find him alive, and his life opens a window on New Testament Christianity.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Illustrations ix
Preface xi
1 Browns, Browns, Browns 1
2 A New College and New Churches 25
3 An Awakening in Stepney Green 47
4 Converts and the Evangel 69
5 Family Partings 89
6 In the Midst of Sorrows 101
7 ‘Over the Water to Charlie’ 123
8 Can Faith Fail? 151
9 The Closing Years in East London 173
10 Visits to America and Palestine 197
11 In South London Again 211
12 The Unexpected at the Metropolitan Tabernacle 235
13 Being Faithful without Revival 257
14 Apostasy and Calvinism 275
15 World Traveller 305
16 The Man and the Preacher 335
1 Sermons of Archibald G. Brown 369
2 Family Tree of Archibald G. Brown 373
3 Musical Instruments in Worship 375
4 AGB’s Sermon Notes on Luke 9:26 393
5 Later History of the East London Tabernacle and the Metropolitan Tabernacle 395
Index 397



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