In “The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon: His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854: Vol. 2,” Editor Christian T. George has taken on the monumental task of mining and curating the timeless, unpublished notes of one of the greatest preachers of our time.
Despite Spurgeon’s personal tragedies, and failing physical and mental health in later years, he stayed true to the Word of God and his calling to preach its truths. Unlike the empty, biblically-bankrupt, motivational-style fluff that often fills the airwaves on Christian television and radio (and especially the Internet), Spurgeon got to the heart of the Gospel, without compromise.
In this latest edition, published by B&H Academic, George reminds us there were preachers like Spurgeon who didn’t mince words or play up to their congregations. The Word of God was always at the heart of his messages.
Presented in two parts, George’s 530-page scholarly work presents Sermon 78-134 in this Volume 2 edition, with copies of Spurgeon’s original handwritten notes next to George’s transcriptions, including extensive editing notes to explain Spurgeon’s style and intent.
For example, in Sermon 103 (pg. 212-219), George notes on pg. 216 of Spurgeon’s sermon outline, “The Effect and Design of the Law,” of “3.” of Section III, “It is unclear whether Charles struck through the word “prison, wherein.” He possibly preferred the words “garrisson” and “by whom,” which he wrote on superscript. There is no evidence Charles corrected the misspelling of the word, “garrisson.” The correct spelling of the word is “garrison.”
Although George’s book is seemingly designed for Bible college students, given the intensely academic style, Spurgeon enthusiasts will love George’s attention to detail and his careful presentation of Spurgeon’s spiritual legacy.
Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received this book free through B&H Publishing. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.