The Dancing Puritan

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Pastors love to stand in the pulpits of great preachers. Even Spurgeon, when visiting Geneva in 1860, was excited to stand in Calvin's pulpit.

During our recent trip to London, I had the opportunity to stand in a few prominent pulpits and Lori had the great privilege of taking photos of me. Enjoy at your own risk.

Our first stop was Westminster Chapel. Pastor Greg Haslam graciously gave us a tour. Pictured is the pulpit that was occupied by  D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. We also were invited into the pastor's vestry (and even saw the Doctor's robes).

The next stop on our pulpit tour was Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle. We were welcomed into the study of Dr. Peter Masters and allowed to take photos of Spurgeon's pulpit.

                Spurgeon's hand print is obvious and he had a clock built into his pulpit.

Spurgeon's first pastorate was Waterbeach Chapel (just north of Cambridge). Though the original building burned after Spurgeon left for London, he helped the church to rebuild. He commissioned the architect of the Metropolitan Tabernacle to design the new chapel at Waterbeach as a sort of mini-model (interior) of the prominent London Church. Spurgeon returned to Waterbeach annually to preach from the pulpit pictured above (of course without the power point and the silly smile). Pastor and Mrs. Ensell were wonderful hosts.

The final stop on our pulpit tour was Spurgeon's College. Dr. Peter Morden, Vice Principal of the college, gave us a look around. The college now owns the pulpit from which the sermon was delivered the day that Spurgeon was converted. Diverted by a snowstorm from the church where he was headed, Spurgeon ducked into a Primitive Methodist Chapel and heard a message from Isaiah 45:22, "Look unto me and be saved." That day, Spurgeon looked unto Christ and was converted.

Travelling England, looking for Pulpits