Meet Archie Brown.
Archibald G. Brown: Spurgeon's Successor
By Iain Murray
Banner of Truth Trust, 2011
Hardcover, 405 pages
Archibald Brown was born into a Christian family on July 18,1844, in Brixton Hill, England. After declaring to his parents at about age 16 that he felt he needed no more schooling, Archie was apprenticed to a tea importing business. By this time the Brown family was attending Spurgeon's church regularly and also kept their ties with the Sunday School at Union Chapel. Through his Sunday School teacher's influence, Archie went to hear Stevenson Blackwood preach a sermon which forever changed his life as God convinced him of his sin and saved him. He began to "preach" to the workmen on his lunch break and after becoming a member at the Union Hall church began preaching short sermons at the Saturday night prayer service. Shortly before his 18th birthday, he became engaged to his former Sunday School teacher, Ann Bigg, and as soon as he turned 18 applied to study at Spurgeon's College. At 21 he married Ann, and at 22 was called to be the pastor at Stepney Green Tabernacle in east London with 76 members. God's blessing was immediately evident and over the 30 years that he preached there, almost 6000 were received into membership. In 1897, Brown stepped down as pastor of the East London church due to "indifferent" health. He traveled to America and Palestine, preaching to many crowds. In 1907 he was called to be the pastor at Metropolitan Tabernacle where he ministered in the church and also had duties at the Pastor's College. His ministry there lasted until 1910 when because of ill health he tendered his resignation. He died on April 2, 1922.
These rather bare facts about a little known man are the foundation upon which Iain Murray has written his very engaging biography. The strong personality of Archie Brown, his loss of four wives (the last just 9 days before his own death), the birth of 10 children, the harsh conditions of East London, his many travels all add intense interest to the story.
A list of published sermons, a family tree, Spurgeon's and Brown's thoughts on musical instruments in worship, notes from which he preached one of his sermons and a subsequent history of the Metropolitan Tabernacle are included as appendices.
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