Surprising Spurgeon # 3

October 16, 2008

Narrative preaching. Story telling over and against propositionally-driven preaching. What a late 20th and early 21st century phenomenon, right!?

Wrong! During Charles Spurgeon’s lifetime, for example, Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine begged the following of preachers:

“Will not the great men – eloquent orators – remember sometimes that they were little children and had little thoughts and loved little things and were easily impressed with any pleasing incident? A tale of tenderness tenderly told occupying four or five minutes in the telling, would have kept them up then, through a quarter of an hour’s ‘dry as dust logic.'” (Eswine, 13)

Mind you, Spurgeon wasn’t shy of telling a story or two.


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