Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Prince of Preachers

 Charles H. Spurgeon


Charles H. Spurgeon, The Prince of Preachers, was the foremost preacher of the 19th century. In 1854, at the age of 20, Spurgeon became the pastor for the New Park Street Chapel in London, England (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle). He remained there until his retirement 38 years later. While he was there, the congregation grew to over 10,000 attendees.

As Spurgeon would preach, someone in the congregation would transcribe his sermon. The following day Spurgeon would begin to edit the transcription notes. His notes were then sent to his secretary for a final grammar check before being sent to the printer. Galley proofs would be returned to Spurgeon a little while later and he would make more edits before the sermon was ready to be published for the public to read on Thursday.

To see some of his sermons -- transcribed, edited, and then published -- check out the Library Treasure Chest. See these items in person by visiting the Special Collections and Archives

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