Thursday, 7 August 2008

Getting excited about Spurgeon

Last night Andrew McGowan gave the Eliza Ferrie Annual Lecture, looking at "C.H. Spurgeon: Lessons from a Reformed Baptist". He outlined the remarkable life of Spurgeon including being a pastor at 17, the rapid growth of New Park Baptist Church in London when he came a pastor and some of the controversies he was involved in.

The lessons Andrew pointed to were: Spurgeon's concern for the conversion of the lost, his devotion to prayer in his own life and in the church, his commitment to scripture and the centrality of preaching scripture in his ministry, his practical Christianity and concern for the poor and his readiness to stand for truth in controversy.

In middle of a long week of teaching Andrew was very energetic and animated. Given the controversy over his book on Scripture I am sure that other people noticed his vigourous approval of Spurgeon's commitment to the absolute truthfulness of Scripture and his description of the Bible as "inerrant in all it affirms". I don't think it is fair to accuse Andrew of seeking to lead any sort of "downgrade" in the Reformed view of scripture.

There were about 200 people in St James Burwood for the lecture (though I was at the front and did not do a head count, maybe someone else has a better idea of the numbers).

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