Free Friday – The Bible and the Newspaper

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is The Bible and the Newspaper by Charles Spurgeon. Click here to download.

The danger of a foreseen tempest is comparatively little, for your ship with close-reefed sails, and bare poles, is ready for whatever comes; but the perils of the calm lie in the temptation to security, and the liability that sudden temptation may find us unprepared. “What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch”: for if the good captain of the ship had known at what hour the storm would come he would have lowered all his sails, and have weathered the gale. He did all that a brave man could do, but all was little enough, for the huge ship was tossed over and sucked down, and but two remained to tell the tale. Be ye always ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the danger will be upon you.

One of the unique draws of Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s preaching was his unique method of crafting messages which were both rich in substance and clear in presentation. Spurgeon rejected the highbrow attitude of the aristocratic Victorians of the day and instead preached directly to the masses in the popular language of the day. He used illustrations from everyday life and current events, rather than the literary allusions common in Victorian sermons.

This approach had an immediate impact in London, starved for relevant preaching. “Not for a long time,” one observer noted, “had a prominent preacher condescended to preach the simple gospel in plain English, free from classical quotations and over-burdened rhetoric.” Spurgeon accomplished this undaunting task by scouring the Newspaper daily for relevant themes which he could tie to Bible messages. As part of his instruction at his Preachers College, Spurgeon passed on this method to his students preachers to read the Bible and the newspaper side-by-side, and he was a keen observer of his culture. Current events, he urged, illustrated timeless truths.

Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and “Spurgeon” is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the “Prince of Preachers“. In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message. He wrote tirelessly over his life, and WORDsearch Bible Software is committed to bring as many of Spurgeon’s works as possible to you in electronic form.

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