The Sword & Trowel magazine was started in 1865 by C. H. Spurgeon. Currently it enjoys an extensive readership throughout the world, especially among ministers and church leaders. Each issue of the Sword & Trowel includes a new book. The large number of subscribers enables both magazine and books to be produced at an extremely low price.

The last edition was accompanied by Compassion for Souls by Dr Masters and booklet When to Stand Apart.

Subscribers pay about a quarter of the price subsequently charged for the magazine and book in bookshops.

Books and magazine articles have been translated and published in many other countries.

As C. H. Spurgeon intended in 1865: “We would ply the Trowel with untiring hand for the building up of Jerusalem’s dilapidated walls, and wield the Sword with vigour and valour against the enemies of the Truth.”


List of Sword & Trowel editions

Sword & Trowel 2020, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2020, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: Worship or Entertainment? by Peter Masters Biblical Roles of Men and…
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Sword & Trowel 2019, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2019, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: Paul's Ten-Point Design for Church Health & Growth by Peter Masters…
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Sword & Trowel 2018, No.2

Sword & Trowel 2018, No.2 Accompanying book for subscribers: The Real Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Peter Masters Seven…
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Sword & Trowel 2018, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2018, No.1 Accompanying book/booklet for subscribers: God or Mammon? by Robin Compston & The Goal of Brotherly…
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Sword & Trowel 2017, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2017, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: Hallmarks of Christian Character by Peter Masters The Dissolving of Doubts;…
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Sword & Trowel 2016, No.2

Sword & Trowel 2016, No.2 Accompanying book for subscribers: Wonders of Grace Spurgeon's Testimonies God's Parallel Covenants; The Evangelical Covenant…
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Sword & Trowel 2016, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2016, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: The Charismatic Illusion by Peter Masters & John C Whitcomb Remedies…
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Sword & Trowel 2015, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2015, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: God's Love for Muslims by Ibrahim Ag Mohamed Regeneration and Gospel…
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Sword & Trowel 2014, No.2

Sword & Trowel 2014, No.2 Accompanying books for subscribers: Nearly a Christian by C H Spurgeon Tabernacle Conversions in 1860;…
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Sword & Trowel 2014, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2014, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: The New Calvinists by E S Williams Ye are the Salt…
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Sword & Trowel 2013, No.2

Sword & Trowel 2013, No.2 Accompanying book for subscribers: The Healing Epidemic by Peter Masters The Pattern for the Church;…
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Sword & Trowel 2013, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2013, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: The Personal Spiritual Life by Peter Masters Long-Term Resentment in the…
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Sword & Trowel 2012, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2012, No.1 Accompanying booklets for subscribers: Richard Dawkins' Fictional World by Robin Compston & Vanity of Vanities…
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Sword & Trowel 2011, No.2

Sword & Trowel 2011, No.2 Accompanying booklets for subscribers: Should Christians Drink? by Peter Masters & Christian Stewardship - Our…
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Sword & Trowel 2011, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2011, No.1 Accompanying booklets for subscribers: The Power of Prayer Meetings by Peter Masters; Your Reasonable Service…
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Sword & Trowel 2010, No.2

Sword & Trowel 2010, No.2 Accompanying book for subscribers: Christ or Therapy? For Depression & Life's Troubles by Dr E…
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Sword & Trowel 2010, No.1

Sword & Trowel 2010, No.1 Accompanying book for subscribers: Sunlight for Cloudy Days C H Spurgeon The Saviour Always Prevails;…
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Sword & Trowel 2009, No.2

How We Treat the Holy Spirit Within; The Significance of Karl Barth by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones; Islam: At War Within…
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Sword & Trowel 2009, No.1

The Merger of Calvinism with Worldliness; The Seven Pillars of Counselling; The Necessity & Justification for the Free Offer of…
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Sword & Trowel 2008, No.2

CH Spurgeon on the Current Financial Crisis; A Spiritual Growth Check - The Editor; Comfort for Tried Believers - CH…
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Sword & Trowel 2008, No.1

The Cycle of Grace - the Editor; How God Uses His People in Soulwinning - CH Spurgeon; The Companions of…
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Sword & Trowel 2007, No.3

Infant Salvation - C H Spurgeon; Reformed Bible Conference in Port Harcourt - Pastor Christopher Buss; The Holy War -…
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Sword & Trowel 2007, No.2

The Clothing of Humility; New Tools for Outreach to Deaf People; Sincerity First and Foremost in the Christian Armour; Overseas…
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Sword & Trowel 2007, No.1

The Christian's Personal Struggle; Paul’s Positive Plan for Holiness; The True Nature of Islam - Dr Patrick Sookhdeo; CH Spurgeon…
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Sword & Trowel 2006, No.2

Tracing our Spiritual Roots - C. H. Spurgeon; The Old Testament Land Promises - Dr Robert Reymond; Mind over Matters;…
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Sword & Trowel 2006, No.1

The 'New Evangelicalism' - Dr John Whitcomb; The Stem Cell Race; EU to Criminalise 'Homophobia'; Young Christians in the Red…
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Sword & Trowel 2005, No.3

Remember the Sabbath Day - the Editor; John Calvin's Counsel; Did Adam need the Sabbath? - the Editor; The Winter…
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Sword & Trowel 2005, No.2

The Battle for Souls - the Editor; Two Great Marks of a True Church - the Editor; Moving House -…
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Sword & Trowel 2005, No.1

Stem Cell Research - Dr Daniel Criswell; Spiritual Happiness - the Editor; Christ's Own Lesson on Disasters - the Editor;…
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Sword & Trowel 2004, No.3

Prizegiving Season; A Dressing-Down on Dressing Down - Mark Chen; Inspiration for Seekers and Veteran Christians - C H Spurgeon;…
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Sword & Trowel 2004, No.2

Threats of Renewed Persecution in East Timor, and Testimonies; 'Affinity' - the Editor; What Do We Make of War? -…
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Sword & Trowel 2004, No.1

Tabernacle Weekly UK Television; Reports from Overseas National Pastors
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Sword & Trowel 2003, No.3

What Satan Can and Cannot Do - the Editor; Extraordinary Thought-Reading - C H Spurgeon; Losing Our Sanity - Dr…
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Sword & Trowel 2003, No.2

Pastors at the Tabernacle - the Editor; The Devil is in the Detail! - the Editor; 'In The Beginning' Russian…
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