The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume II

About this time last year I published a review of The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume I. Courtesy of Broadman and Holman Publishers, this year I’m able to bring you review of Volume II.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was one of the most influential preachers of the 19th century. At a time before automobiles, airplanes, and electricity, he regularly preached before crowds of more than 5,000 in his church in London (he once even preached before crowd of over 23,000 people). He founded a college, an orphanage, and was a strong advocate for foreign missions. He was personally acquainted with D. L. Moody and Hudson Taylor. Famous Americans like Mark Twain, John D. Rockefeller, and James Garfield (before he became the 20th president of the United States) visited his church to hear him preach. He left more published words than any other Christian in history, before or since. He has often been called the “Prince of Preachers,” and rightly so.

Despite his popularity, or perhaps because of it, Spurgeon received a lot of criticism during his lifetime. His opposition to the new theory from fellow Englishman Charles Darwin earned him mockery from cartoonists and newspapers. His condemnation of so-called Christian slaveholders in America resulted in threats and book burnings throughout the Southern United States, especially from members of the relatively new Southern Baptist denomination. Yet times have changed, and now Southern Baptists are not only among his greatest admirers, they have begun publishing a planned 12-volume set of his earliest sermons, never before seen in print.

Broadman and Holman graciously provided me a review copy of The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume II. I read it cover to cover. Volume II contains the 57 sermons Spurgeon recorded in the second of nine notebooks that will serve as the bases for the rest of the volumes in this series. I was immediately impressed by the aesthetic beauty of the book in my hands. My copy of Volume I has cloth-over-board covers, sewn binding, thick and glossy pages, and full-color facsimiles of each page of the notebook. My copy of Volume II was a special edition with covers designed to look like the cover of his notebook, additional photographs, gilded pages, and even a slipcover.

The introductory materials are similar to those of Volume I. Excerpts are available online, which I encourage you to check out (from the Foreword, Editor’s Preface, Introduction, pdf sampler from Volume I).

Each sermon includes a color facsimile, transcription, and notes. Even as a teenager (he turned 18 around the time he preached the last sermon in this book), Spurgeon’s sermons were impressive for his insight and ability to connect with his listeners. In Volume I he largely used outlines (he called them “skeletons”) and relied on his memory to preach extemporaneously. By Volume II he frequently wrote more detailed sermon notes. I wish my early sermons were as good as Spurgeon’s. By the time he was 20 he had already preached more than 700 times.

Because this is a critical work, the notes identify sources Spurgeon used, references to events of his day, and quotations from elsewhere in his body of work where he treated the same topics or Scriptures in more detail. The notes also discuss ink marks, corrections, and spelling, but I largely ignored these.

If they had only published the text of his notebook, it would have been worth reading. The addition of introductory materials placing Spurgeon in his historical context and scholarly research of the notes placing his sermons in the context of his sources and later writings make the volume even more valuable.

If you’re interested in snagging a copy for yourself, you can find The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume II online and in LifeWay stores. Volume III is slated for release in June 2018.

Whether you’re interested in Spurgeon’s lost sermons or not, you can get access to a digital library of over 3,500 of his sermons by signing up for the Broadman & Holman Academic eNewsletter here. It’s free and you can cancel your email subscription anytime.

The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume II

About this time last year I published a review of The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume I. Courtesy of Broadman and Holman Publishers, this year I’m able to bring you review of Volume II.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was one of the most influential preachers of the 19th century. At a time before automobiles, airplanes, and electricity, he regularly preached before crowds of more than 5,000 in his church in London (he once even preached before crowd of over 23,000 people). He founded a college, an orphanage, and was a strong advocate for foreign missions. He was personally acquainted with D. L. Moody and Hudson Taylor. Famous Americans like Mark Twain, John D. Rockefeller, and James Garfield (before he became the 20th president of the United States) visited his church to hear him preach. He left more published words than any other Christian in history, before or since. He has often been called the “Prince of Preachers,” and rightly so.

Despite his popularity, or perhaps because of it, Spurgeon received a lot of criticism during his lifetime. His opposition to the new theory from fellow Englishman Charles Darwin earned him mockery from cartoonists and newspapers. His condemnation of so-called Christian slaveholders in America resulted in threats and book burnings throughout the Southern United States, especially from members of the relatively new Southern Baptist denomination. Yet times have changed, and now Southern Baptists are not only among his greatest admirers, they have begun publishing a planned 12-volume set of his earliest sermons, never before seen in print.

Broadman and Holman graciously provided me a review copy of The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume II. I read it cover to cover. Volume II contains the 57 sermons Spurgeon recorded in the second of nine notebooks that will serve as the bases for the rest of the volumes in this series. I was immediately impressed by the aesthetic beauty of the book in my hands. My copy of Volume I has cloth-over-board covers, sewn binding, thick and glossy pages, and full-color facsimiles of each page of the notebook. My copy of Volume II was a special edition with covers designed to look like the cover of his notebook, additional photographs, gilded pages, and even a slipcover.

The introductory materials are similar to those of Volume I. Excerpts are available online, which I encourage you to check out (from the Foreword, Editor’s Preface, Introduction, pdf sampler from Volume I).

Each sermon includes a color facsimile, transcription, and notes. Even as a teenager (he turned 18 around the time he preached the last sermon in this book), Spurgeon’s sermons were impressive for his insight and ability to connect with his listeners. In Volume I he largely used outlines (he called them “skeletons”) and relied on his memory to preach extemporaneously. By Volume II he frequently wrote more detailed sermon notes. I wish my early sermons were as good as Spurgeon’s. By the time he was 20 he had already preached more than 700 times.

Because this is a critical work, the notes identify sources Spurgeon used, references to events of his day, and quotations from elsewhere in his body of work where he treated the same topics or Scriptures in more detail. The notes also discuss ink marks, corrections, and spelling, but I largely ignored these.

If they had only published the text of his notebook, it would have been worth reading. The addition of introductory materials placing Spurgeon in his historical context and scholarly research of the notes placing his sermons in the context of his sources and later writings make the volume even more valuable.

If you’re interested in snagging a copy for yourself, you can find The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume II online and in LifeWay stores. Volume III is slated for release in June 2018.

Whether you’re interested in Spurgeon’s lost sermons or not, you can get access to a digital library of over 3,500 of his sermons by signing up for the Broadman & Holman Academic eNewsletter here. It’s free and you can cancel your email subscription anytime.

The Most Memorable Pastor’s Conference Sermons of the past 20 years

I’ve been attending the SBC Pastor’s Conference and Annual Meeting since 1999. Every year I’ve been encouraged and strengthened by the messages. I’m looking forward to Dallas and what looks to be a great lineup of preachers. As I anticipate another great pastor’s conference, I thought I’d share some of the highlights for me from past years.

(Note: Interpret the title as the most memorable sermons to Todd. In the comments, I’d love to hear what sermons have been memorable to you.)

These are a few sermons that have made a lasting impact:

 

 

James McDonald, June 12 2016, “Endurance” – 2 Tim 4:5

In this sermon, McDonald spoke from his own experience and the message was incredibly helpful to me at the time. I guess sometimes sermons aren’t memorable for their homiletical excellence as much as their timeliness for the one remembering. That was the case for me at the time, facing a difficult situation and feeling called by God to endure. The message hit home. At the end, McDonald asked pastors to stand who needed prayer – I stood and was surrounded by others who prayed for me.

View sermon here

 

Rick Warren, June 9, 2014 – “Suffering” – 2 Cor 1:3-11

One year after his son took his own life, Rick Warren stood before fellow pastors to share a message about suffering. As much a personal testimony as a sermon, Warren shared from his own deep emotional pain and offered both comfort and hope to those suffering. While his advice was helpful, it was his own story that was most powerful. At the end he gave an altar call for those pastors who were suffering to come to the front as he prayed over them. This one was memorable again for its timeliness and for its heart. “There is no testimony without a test. There is no message without a mess.” “Your greatest ministry will come out of your deepest hurt.”

View sermon here

 

David Platt, June 22, 2009 – “Outside the Camp” – Heb 13:11-14

From the very beginning of this sermon where Platt passionately quotes Psalms 148, 149, and 150 from memory, and all through this sermon, we see Platt’s heart and passion for missions. For many Southern Baptists, this was their first introduction to David Platt (a year before Radical was published). I myself had never heard anyone who spoke with more passion for God to be glorified through missions. His call for us to “risk it all” for the sake of taking the gospel to all peoples was convicting and challenging. The question he set before us was whether we will retreat from the mission, or risk it all for God’s glory among the nations. “Will we die in our religion or will we die in our devotion?” – If you need a renewed heart for God’s mission, listen to this sermon.

View sermon here

 

Ed Stetzer,  June 11, 2013 – “Salt and Light” – Matt 5:13-16

At the time, Stetzer was heading up Lifeway Research. In this message, Stetzer preached powerfully in response to shifting culture around us and the decline in baptisms and membership in the SBC. Stetzer is straight up honest about what the data shows – a 50-year trend of decline that is “not a matter of debate, but a matter of math.” Unpacking a familiar passage of Scripture, he both encourages and challenges us to be gospel people where he has placed us.  “Now is the time to live as salt and light in a broken world.”

View sermon here 

 

Fred Luter, June 18 2012 – On the eve of his election as SBC President

On the eve of his historic election as the first African American president of the SBC, Dr. Luter delivered the closing message of the Pastor’s Conference. Honestly, I don’t remember the text or title of the sermon, but I do remember the message. The sermon was marked by his typical enthusiastic delivery and cadence, unique among preachers, to an upbeat crowd. Preaching in his home city of New Orleans, Luter shared testimony of what God had done there. He challenged us to share the gospel. His passion for gospel ministry was contagious and there was a general excitement anticipating his pending election. The next day, Luter was elected by acclamation and standing ovation of the Convention.

There’s no video of the sermon available online, but may be purchased from SBC Tapes. In Lieu of sermon video, Here is an audio of a Baptist Press interview with Dr. Luter following the election.

Listen here

Click Here to find video of Luter’s election (Tuesday Afternoon session)

 

Johnny Hunt, June 14, 1999 – “What you need to remember when you need to remember”–Phil 1:1-6

The Atlanta Convention in 1999 was my first time attending the Pastors Conference and my first time hearing Johnny Hunt. The sermon was an exposition of the beginning verses of Philippians and spoke of the past, present and future faithfulness of God in ministry. In the middle of the sermon, Dr. Hunt used his “sanctified imagination” to describe Paul sitting in a Roman prison singing Amazing Grace and witnessing to the jailer. When he get to the final verse, shouting “When we’ve been there 10,000 years…” the entire audience was on their feet cheering – it was enough for me to make my very first purchase from SBC Tapes.

Click here for an edited manuscript (missing the aforementioned illustration):  Or you can see if you can still order the message from SBC Tapes. Mine’s about worn out.

 

Shane Hall, June 12, 2017 – “Christ is Enough!”– Phil 4:10-23

I’ve already described this sermon in an earlier post. This sermon is one I will never forget. Little did he know as he was preparing this message that the cancer once in remission would return. Facing a terminal disease and uncertain prognosis, Hall would share not only his testimony of faith in the midst of suffering, but his proclamation of the truth that “Christ is Enough!” Far and away the best sermon I’ve ever heard on Phil 4:13 and one of the most memorable and most powerful sermons I’ve ever heard at any Pastor’s Conference. If you’ve not yet listened to this message – do it today!

Note: Shane went home to be with the Lord last week and his memorial service is this morning in Oklahoma. Please continue to pray for his family.

View sermon here

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These are a few of the sermons that have stuck with me. Several of them I have listened to over and over again. Of course, this post is just one man’s experience — the most memorable sermons for me. I’d like to hear from you.

What are your most significant memories of past SBC Pastor’s Conferences? What sermons have stuck with you and had a lasting impression on you?

A Greek guide for the book of Luke and a FREEBIE too!

How’s your Greek? I’ve got a book review as well as a freebie that might peak your interest.

Christmas will be here before you know it, and taking the effort to work through the Greek text of the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke might help kickstart a habit that will bless you and your ministry for years to come. And if you need a recommendation to get you started, look no further than the volume on Luke in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) series.

In the interest of full disclosure, I asked Broadman and Holman to bring Christmas to me early this year by sending me a review copy, but that’s because I’ve already invested in a few of the other books in the series.

Luke was written by Alan J. Thompson. He’s got strong academic credentials, having studied under Eckhard Schnabel and D.A. Carson. He also has a few academic books on his resume, including an upcoming volume on Acts in the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series.

Like other volumes in the EGGNT series, Luke begins with introductory materials covering authorship, date, audience, and purpose—standard commentary fare—though the extensive outline at the end of the book (five pages, single-spaced) is more of what you would expect from a much larger commentary.

Once you get past the introductory materials, the real fun begins. Because of size limitations (the book is over 400 pages), there’s no full Greek text or English translation. A Greek New Testament or an interlinear necessary to make full use of the book. Thompson works verse-by-verse through the Gospel of Luke, providing comments on grammar, syntax, textual variants, and translation options. It truly is a comprehensive guide to the Greek text of Luke.

Using this and other volumes in the EGGNT series has brought my Greek back from the brink. It had been a couple years, and I had forgotten so much, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pick it up again. When I saw how helpful one book was, I bought another, and another…

It was a little unwieldy for me at first because of all the abbreviations, but a few visits to the section listing abbreviations, and it didn’t take long to adjust.

Now for the freebie! Rob Plummer does a daily video working through a verse in the Greek New Testament on his website Daily Dose of Greek. Starting November 6 he will begin working through Philemon. As a special incentive, you can download Philemon from the EGGNT on My Word Search Bible, a website from Broadman and Holman for FREE. Check out his post for the details here.