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Letters Of Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Selected With Notes by Iain H. Murray

Letters Of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Look Inside Price £5.50
Weight 0.19 kg
Dimensions 18.1 x 12.1 x 1.4 cm
isbn

9780851516066

binding

Paperback

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1892 (actually 1923)

Banner Pub Date

Nov 1, 1992

topic

Life Issues, Church Life, General Theology

page-count

224

Book Description

The ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon has extended beyond his lifetime in many remarkable ways. His sermons have continued to be widely and enthusiastically read and the story of his life, retold in many biographies, continues to fascinate Christians everywhere. But a man often reveals the most endearing facets of his personality in his correspondence, unveiling himself in the private activity of putting pen to paper. That was true of Spurgeon.

In this new collection of Spurgeon’s letters the private man is made public in a way that confirms the reality of his Christian profession and proclamation. Here we see him as always purposeful and earnest, yet warmly human; deeply sensitive and spiritual, yet remaining child-like and humorous. In this fine selection of letters to young and old, to members of his congregation and strangers, to colleagues and fellow pastors, we are given a glimpse of Spurgeon as his friends must have known him: full of life, full of wisdom, full of joy, even when in discomfort, but most of all, full of Christ.

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  Introduction 11
  Biographical Notes 15
1 FIRST YEARS AS A CHRISTIAN 17
  The Rev John Spurgeon (father), Jan. 30, 1850 19
  Mrs Eliza Spurgeon (mother), Feb. 19, 1850 21
  The Rev John Spurgeon, Apr. 6, 1850 23
  Mrs Eliza Spurgeon, May 1, 1850 25
  Mrs Eliza Spurgeon, June 11, 1850 27
  The Rev John Spurgeon, Sept. 19, 1850 29
  Mrs Walker, June 3, 1851 31
  Mrs Walker, June 25, 1851 32
  The Rev John Spurgeon, Oct. 15, 1851 34
  The Rev John Spurgeon, Feb. 24, 1852 35
  The Rev Richard Knill, Feb. 7, 1853 38
  The Rev John Spurgeon, Dec., 1853 41
2 LONDON, COURTSHIP AND THE LONG PASTORATE BEGUN 43
  James Low, Jan. 27, 1854 45
  The Rev John Spurgeon, Early 1854 47
  The Misses Blunson, March 1854 49
  Baptist Church in New Park St., April 28, 1854 50
  James S. Watts, August 25, 1854 52
  Miss Susannah Thompson, Jan. 11, 1855 54
  James S. Watts, March 23, 1855 56
  Susannah Thompson, July 17, 1855 58
  Susannah Thompson, Dec., 1855 60
  Thomas W. Medhurst, Sept. 22, 1855 60
  James S. Watts, Feb. 23, 1856 61
3 LETTERS OF COUNSEL AND CONSOLATION 65
  Master William Cooper, The Urgency of Finding Real Religion 67
  T. W. Medhurst, Advice to an Enquirer 69
  T. W. Medhurst, Further Advice on Making Sure of Salvation 70
  N. H. Patrick, On Beginning Missionary Service 71
  Pastor James Wells, Sympathy for ‘A Father in the Gospel’ 73
  –, The Shock of the Unexpected 74
  –, On Living by Faith 75
  The Rev Thomas Curme, Home in Sight 76
  –, The Rule for Peace-Makers 77
  W. Higgs Jr., On Losing a Child 77
  Mr Court, Friendship in Life and Death 78
  –, First Steps for a Would-Be Missionary 79
4 TO FELLOW PASTORS AND FELLOW WORKERS 81
  Pastor T. W. Medhurst, July 26, 1862 83
  Pastor T. W. Medhurst, August 2, 1869 85
  United Methodist Assembly, August, 1871 85
  The Rev James Archer Spurgeon, July 27, 1878 86
  The Rev James Archer Spurgeon, Undated 87
  J. L. Keys, Sept. 13, 1879 88
  Pastor William Williams, Jan. 21, 1881 89
  W. Y. Fullerton and M. Smith, Sept. 13, 1883 89
  Mr Page, June 17, 1884 90
  The Rev Alexander Whyte, Sept. 13, 1884 91
  –, Jan. 23, 1885 91
  –, May 18 [?] 92
  The Rev James Archer Spurgeon, June 7, 1887 93
  Pastor George Samuel, Sept. 25, 1888 94
  Pastor William Williams, 1888 95
  Mr Smith, Feb. 28, 1889 95
  N. H. Patrick, May 17, 1890 96
  The Rev James Archer Spurgeon, Oct. 18, 1890 96
5 TO HIS OWN CHILDREN AND OTHERS 99
  Miss Caroline Louisa Spurgeon, Dec. 1850 101
  Charles Spurgeon, Sept. 1867 102
  Charles Spurgeon, Nov. 3, 1868 [?] 103
  Metropolitan Tabernacle Young People, Jan. 23, 1874 104
  Thomas Spurgeon, 1877 105
  Charles Spurgeon, Jan. 15, 1881 106
  Charles Spurgeon, Dec. 12 [?] 107
  Stockwell Orphanage Children, Dec. 20, 1887 109
  Bray, one of the Orphan Boys 110
  Mr and Mrs Charles Spurgeon, Sept. 11, 1890 111
6 THE PASTORS’ COLLEGE 113
  A Parent 115
  An Enquiring Candidate 116
  An Enquiring Candidate 117
  An Enquiring Candidate 118
  J. L. Keys 118
  A Colleague 119
  Members of the Pastors’ College Association 120
  A Colleague 120
  Members of the Pastors’ College Association 121
  The Rev W. Y. Fullerton 122
  An Enquiring Married Candidate 123
  An Accepted Candidate 124
  Members of the Pastors’ College Association 124
  An Accepted Candidate 125
  Members of the Pastors’ College Association 126
  A Parent 127
  Mr Tooke 128
7 ASPECTS OF WORK AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE 129
  John T. Dunn 131
  The Church in the Tabernacle 132
  John T. Dunn 133
  The Tabernacle Sabbath School 134
  The Sabbath School Superintendent 135
  The Men’s Bible Class 136
  John T. Dunn 137
  John T. Dunn 137
  John T. Dunn 138
8 FRAGMENTS: SOME OF THE SHORTEST LETTERS 139
  Joseph Passmore, On his Publishers’ ‘Retirement’ 141
  Mr Goldston, On the Gift of a Table 142
  –, American Newspapers Corrected 142
  –, A Sister’s Problem 143
  –, Smoking 143
  –, Gratitude 144
  Mr McAusland, On the Loan of Books 144
  –, Encouragement to a Sunday-School Teacher 145
9 ON QUESTIONS OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE 147
  Final Perseverance 149
  Infant Salvation 150
  Error and Church Membership 150
  Preserving Harmony of Belief in Churches 151
  Abstinence from Alcohol 152
  The State and Marriage 153
  Vivisection 154
  [Ben Nicholson] Moody and Sankey in London 155
  [Mr Soper] On Public Baptisms 156
  Evolution 157
  [Mr Mills] Should a Call to an Arminian Church be Accepted? 157
  ‘Catching Fleas’ 158
  Brethren-ism 159
10 ILLNESS AND LETTERS FROM MENTON 161
  Mrs Susannah Spurgeon 163
  A Friend, Sept. 8, 1873 164
  The Rev A. G. Brown 165
  ‘My Dear Church and People’, March 9, 1877 166
  A Church Officer at the Tabernacle 167
  The Church at the Tabernacle, Mar. 12, 1882 167
  A Medical Adviser, May 2, 1882 168
  Rev James Archer Spurgeon, Dec. 2, 1882 169
  John T. Dunn 170
  An Elder at the Tabernacle 171
  A friend 172
  A Friend, May 25, 1888 173
  The Church at the Tabernacle, May, 1888 174
  ‘To Be Read at Prayer Meeting’, 1888 174
  The Rev Newman Hall, Jan. 20, 1889 175
  The Rev Dr D. A. Doudney, Dec. 5, 1890 176
11 THE DOWN-GRADE CONTROVERSY 177
  A Friend, Dec. 29, 1877 179
  The Editor of The Baptist, May 27, 1881 180
  Dr S. H. Booth, Oct. 28, 1887 182
  Mr Mackey, Nov. 23, 1887 182
  John T. Dunn 184
  Joseph–, Feb. 8, 1888 185
  A Friend, Feb. 15, 1888 186
  A Friend, Feb. 21, 1888 186
  A Friend, Feb. 21, 1888 187
  Friends, Feb.28, 1888 188
  Mr Wright, April 27, 1888 189
  Mr Wright, May 4, 1888 190
  Mr Near, June 16, 1888 191
  A Friend, June 23, 1888 191
  Mr Wright, Sept. 14, 1888 192
  The Baptist Convention of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Oct. 5, 1888 192
  A Friend, Nov. 16, 1888 195
  Mr Near, Feb. 20, 1890 195
  Mr Near, Feb. 22, 1890 196
12 LETTERS OF THE LAST YEAR 199
  William Olney, Jan. 31,1891 201
  Members of the Pastors’ College Association, Mar. 10, 1891 202
  Office-Bearers at the Tabernacle, April 27, 1891 203
  A Friend, May 30, 1891 203
  The Church at the Tabernacle, Dec. 24, 1891 204
  The Church at the Tabernacle, Dec. 31, 1891 205
  The Rev Archibald G. Brown, Jan. 2, 1892 206
  The Church at the Tabernacle, Jan. 6, 1892 207
  The Deacons, Metropolitan Tabernacle 208
  The Rev William Cuff, Jan. 9, 1892 209
  Joseph Passmore, Jan. 16, 1892 210
  William Higgs, Jan. 20, 1892 211
  Index 213

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