Do you want to guess where the new Charles H. Spurgeon Library is located? London, England? Logically that would be a good guess. But would you believe Kansas City, Missouri here in the great Midwestern U.S.? Yes, the new Spurgeon Library is located on the campus of Midwestern Baptist Seminary in that city.
And it is a beauty (cf. photo above), filled with a large portion of Spurgeon’s personal library – some 6,000 volumes. Dr. Donald Whitney gave his personal thoughts on the dedication of this library in this post (Oct.22, 2015), and I believe this news is worth sharing with those who appreciate this great preacher’s love of the sovereignty of God and His sovereign grace to sinners in Jesus Christ. I have no doubt his library reflected that passion, and I personally would love to visit it someday.
What follows here are Whitney’s “reflections,”, at least the opening ones. For the rest, click on the link provided here.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon is still widely considered “the Prince of Preachers.” He pastored in London at what became the largest evangelical church in the world for 38 years until his death in 1892. During his lifetime his was acknowledged as the best-known name in Christendom. Through his monumental, 64-volume Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit sermon collection and more than 120 other books, he remains one of the most influential Christians of all time.
A voracious reader, Spurgeon amassed an enormous, 12,000 volume library. After his death in 1892, Spurgeon’s twin boys—both of whom were preachers—made personal selections from their father’s books. Through an interesting set of circumstances, the remainder of the library was sold in 1906 to the Missouri Baptist Convention and housed in the library of William Jewell College in Liberty (suburban Kansas City), Missouri. There sat Spurgeon’s books, largely ignored, for an entire century.
In 2006, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, under then-president Phil Roberts, purchased the library for $400,000. When Jason Allen was elected in October, 2012, he made a priority of giving greater visibility to this unique resource. Sharing this vision with Allen were Bill and Connie Jenkins of Indiana who provided the significant financial resources necessary to fulfill the master plan for the library.