Surprising Spurgeon #2 – DurationOctober 15, 2008
Did you know that Charles Spurgeon faced the same cauldron of pressures we do in terms of congregations demanding shorter and shorter sermons? This was my second surprise in reading about Charles Spurgeon’s preaching context.
One contemporary complained:
“[If the] sermon cannot be altogether got rid of it can of course be shortened…the standard length being reduced from half an hour to a quarter.” (Eswine, p12)
Many others applauded the fact that 19th century sermons were largely being cut down from the traditional hour to such a brevity, some arguing that…
“an average person can only handle fifteen minutes of bare argument.” (Eswine, p 13)
And all this in the pre-television age!