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"My college lectures are colloquial, familiar, full of anecdote, and often humorous they are purposely made so, to suit the occasion. At the end of the week I meet the students, and find them weary . . . and only in a condition to receive something which will attract and secure their attention, and fire their hearts."
Though best remembered as the most popular preacher of the Victorian era, C. H. Spurgeon was also founder and president of the Pastors College in London. He supervised the training of over 800 students, presided at an annual conference for ministers, and, on Friday afternoons, delivered regular lectures on every aspect of pulpit ministry.
Featuring such gems as "The Ministers Fainting Fits" "Posture, Action, Gesture, etc." and "On the Choice of a Text," this unabridged edition of 28 of Spurgeons classroom discourses on homiletics overflows with practical wisdom, discerning wit, and sage advice. Covering the call, open-air preaching, ordinary conversations, using illustrations, and conduct outside the church, Spurgeons words are as rich and nourishing for pastors and students today as they were more than a century ago.
1. Introduction and Apology
2. The Minister’s Self-watch
3. The Call to the Ministry
4. The Preacher’s Private Prayer
5. Our Public Prayer
6. Sermons — their Matter
7. On the Choice of a Text
8. On Spiritualizing
9. On the Voice
11. The Faculty of Impromptu Speech
12. The Minister’s Fainting Fits
13. The Minister’s Ordinary Conversation
14. To Workers with Slender Apparatus
15. Second Introduction
16. Illustrations in Preaching
17. Anecdotes from the Pulpit
18. The Uses of Anecdotes and Illustrations
19. Where can we find Anecdotes and Illustrations?
20. Cyclopaedias of Anecdotes and Illustrations
21. Books of Fables, Emblems, and Parables
22. The Sciences as Sources of Illustration. ASTRONOMY
23. The Holy Spirit in connection with our Ministry
24. The necessity of Ministerial Progress
25. The need of Decision for the Truth
26. Open Air Preaching — a Sketch of its History
27. Open Air Preaching — Remarks thereon
28. Posture, Action, Gesture, etc. — Part I
29. Posture, Action, Gesture, etc. — Part II
30. Earnestness: its Marring and Maintenance
31. The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear
32. On Conversion as our Aim
33. Other Books
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 – January 31, 1892) was a British Baptist preacher, 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 different places. His sermons have been translated into many languages. Spurgeon was the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years. He was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and later had to leave that denomination. Throughout his life, Spurgeon suffered from depression and other mental illnesses. In 1857, he started a charity organisation called Spurgeon's which now works globally. He also founded Spurgeon's College, which was named after him after his death.