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Kindled FireHow the methods of CH Spurgeon can help your preaching

Kindled Fire

How the methods of CH Spurgeon can help your preaching

Zack Eswine
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What would it have been like to sit in Spurgeon's classes?

I hope this book gives a sense of what a student would hear Spurgeon say about preaching if Spurgeon were to speak with them in the hall, from the pulpit, or on a walk down the streets of London.

Thus, the purpose of this book is to enable preachers to "apprentice" with Spurgeon for a season in order to learn from him about preaching. It is hoped that such an internship will prove valuable for contributing to preachers as they mine resources for gospel relevance and power in the twenty-first century.

But how could Spurgeon help the twenty-first century preacher?

The preacher today in the West will recognize some profound similarities with Spurgeon and his times. It is true that postmodernism and Enlightenment Rationalism are very different philosophies. But their results are similar in that they promote wide spread scepticism and doubt regarding the authority of the Bible. The debates about the use of art and sermon length at the turn of the twenty-first century are no different in substance than those found in England at the turn of the twentieth. The effect of attention span and the need for story to accompany logic are not new topics of discussion for preachers. In addition, pressures that reduce time for sermon preparation and engender the temptation for shallow or borrowed sermons are nothing essentially new.

Zack Eswine

About Zack Eswine

Zack Eswine is the Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church and Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary, both in St Louis, Missouri. A list of his writings can be found at


  • Author: Zack Eswine
  • Release Date: January 2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781845501174
  • Imprint: Mentor
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Preaching


'Zack Eswine has blessed all who care about preaching by giving us something we need--a down-to-earth theology of preaching made vivid by the exceptional life, ministry, and thought of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Spurgeon's quest to let the Bible itself shape his preaching and the Holy Spirit give it power supplies a timely paradigm for those of us who preach today. Eswine's well- documented treatment of the subject distills Spurgeon's intentional practice in a way that promises to challenge, convict, instruct, but especially to encourage us to keep preaching in the confident expectation that God will speak when we preach in ways that reflect how he has spoken to us.'

Greg Scharf, Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department and Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois

'In this work Spurgeon lives again not merely as a preacher but as a teacher of preachers for his generation and ours. Eswine honestly explores the strengths and weakness, theology and practice, personality and passions of Spurgeon to guide us on a path toward sound, gracious, and Spirit-empowered preaching for our time.'

Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois
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