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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


'Spurgeon comes alive in these pages! Zack Eswine has done a masterful job. This book, like Spurgeon's sermons, feeds the mind and stirs the heart.'

Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

"A masterful book by a preacher, about a preacher, and for preachers—and all those who love a good sermon. Zack Eswine, professor of homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary, explores the life and ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and presents timeless truths about the call to ministry, theology for preaching, style and content, the preacher's power and struggles. Thoughtful questions for learning and discussion follow each of the thirteen chapters."

David Calhoun, (1937–2021) Professor of Church History, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
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