Spurgeon, Charles H.
"'A traveler and a merchant differ; thus: a traveler goes from place to place that he may see; but a merchant goes from port to port that he may take in his lading, and grows rich by traffic.'
Thus there are travelling hearers who merely observe and criticize, and go their way very little the better for what they have hear; and there are also merchant-hearers who listen to profit and make a gain to their souls out of every sermon. O Lord, put me among the wise merchantment, and in my trading may I find the one pearl of great price, even Jesus, thy Son." - Extract
C. H. Spurgeon (1834-92), the great Victorian preacher, was one of the most influential people of the second half of the 19th Century. He was a famous British preacher and pastor for 38 years of New Park Street Chapel, later called the Metropolitan Tabernacle. At the heart of his desire to preach was a fierce love of people, a desire that meant he did not neglect his pastoral ministry.