When you heard that Jessa Duggar Seewald and her husband Ben have named their boy Spurgeon Elliot Seewald, you might have wondered why they named their newborn baby after a fish.
But, that is not the case at all. Charles Haddon Spurgeon was quite an influential Baptist teacher in Britain during the 19th century, after whom the new baby was named by his parents. Here are the top five things you need to know about Spurgeon:
- He was one of a kind: At the age of 20, Spurgeon got an opportunity to get the position of the pastor in New Park Street Chapel in London. This was indeed a great feat for him at such a young age.
- He was sort of a rock star: The sermons of Charles Haddon Spurgeon were extremely popular in the eighteenth century. His congregation was soon not restricted to only New Park Street and traveled to two other chapels. Spurgeon reportedly preached to gatherings of over 10,000 at a time. In fact, many say that he might have preached to about 10,000,000 followers while he lived.
- He had a big beards: From the photographs that are available to us, Spurgeon seems to have had a magnificent beard. In fact, there are many who claim that he was quite proud of it.
- He is known for his dense sermons: There are several sermons of Spurgeon that are regarded as wordy and thorough and not for all those people who are casual fans of Christian sermons. His followers loved his sermons and they attracted huge crowds wherever he went.
- He was the founder of a college and an orphanage: Spurgeon was the founder of an Orphanage called the Stockwell Orphanage for boys. He founded it in the year 1867. The orphanage was subsequently opened for girls too in the year 1879. The orphanage was operational in London until the time it got destroyed due to the bombings that took place during the Second World War. Subsequently, it was converted into a child care that still serves the children in the United Kingdom. Spurgeon’s College in London was originally called the Pastor’s College but was later renamed after him in 1923 after his death.
There you go, that’s Mr. Charles Haddon Spurgeon for you.
Photo Source: Facebook/Jessa Seewald