C.H. Spurgeon was probably the most quoted preacher of the last two hundred years. It is no wonder that many of his very prayers, prayed during the services of Metropolitan Tabernacle in London (1854-1892) would be transcribed and printed as well. And I must admit, after reading twenty six pulpit prayers recorded in this book, they still are moving and uplifting. There is a short message on prayer (by Spurgeon) at the beginning of the book, and a good message on the purpose of church prayer meetings at the back of the book. My favorite advice from that message is to let believers of all ages have their part in the prayers, “The cries of the lambs must mingle with the bleating of the sheep, or the flock will lack much of its natural music.” The prayers of Spurgeon themselves probably took about 10 to 12 minutes. That may not sound like much in numbers but it can seem like an eternity in a service. Even at the Tabernacle today the pulpit prayers are much longer than Americans are used to. But we could all learn a little about approaching God by listening again to the prince of preachers.
- Local Churches and Their Pastors — The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation [...]
- Borders, Language, and Culture — 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done [...]
- Why Do We Have Baptists in the First ... — In a day and age when Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in America and Baptist churches are seemingly everywhere, it is easy to ask what Baptists are all about and even why are they so prevalent. There is no short answer but I think that a brief general account of their beginnings can [...]
- The Necessity of Church History — Baptists have their roots in the English Reformation. Since their beginning, several beliefs have been at the center of their theology, including believer’s baptism, individual soul competency, congregational government, as well as fundamentally orthodox beliefs like the Trinity and the deity of Christ. Whether they are affirming the major beliefs of orthodoxy or their denominational [...]
- Discovering Baptist History Tour — Discovering Baptist History from Rick Shrader on Vimeo. These are highlights of our Baptist History Trips to England and [...]