Spurgeon collection now available online

Spurgeon collection now available online

A website expected to hold the largest digitized collection on the internet of writings by famed British theologian Charles H. Spurgeon is now available.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in partnership with B&H Academic, launched the website June 21.

Also known as “The Spurgeon Archive,” Midwestern Seminary’s original Spurgeon Center website has been combined with www.spurgeon.org, which was founded and donated by Phil Johnson, executive director of “Grace to You.” The Spurgeon site consists of accessible sermons, writings, links and a number of other Spurgeon-related documents.

“We view this website as a resource available to the local church that makes visible the life, legacy and library of Charles Spurgeon,” Midwestern President Jason Allen said. “Our ultimate goal is to make Spurgeon’s works accessible to the world in a way that has never been done before. This site does just that.”

Blog feature

In addition to facsimiles of sermons that visitors can search through, the site will also feature a regularly scheduled blog by Spurgeon Library curator Christian George, graduate of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham. There also are links highlighting Spurgeon’s Daily Meditations, where guests can access his morning and evening readings for each day of the year, as well as Spurgeon’s commentary on Psalms, “The Treasury of David;” the Sword and Trowel magazine; and artifacts from the library.

“The heartbeat of this website is to make Jesus Christ shine through Spurgeon,” George said. “We are uploading a treasure chest of sermons, commentaries, Puritan writings and preaching helps designed to encourage pastors and edify the church. My prayer is that God will use the same books that shaped Spurgeon to shape new generations of Christians throughout the world.”

Future plans

George, who is in the process of publishing the 12-volume Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon series, noted there are plans to add a discussion/interactive element to the site, which he hopes will bring scholars together.

Midwestern Seminary purchased C.H. Spurgeon’s personal library from William Jewel College in 2006. The collection consists of more than 6,000 books and hundreds of artifacts, letters and assorted materials housed in the seminary’s Spurgeon Library in Kansas City, Missouri.

In 2014, Midwestern established the Charles Spurgeon Center for Biblical Preaching. (BP)