A Little Plain Speaking

by Frank Jones

"[Archibald] Brown would later say that his first pulpit was a wheelbarrow, turned upside down, on which he sat to read the Bible and talk to these workmen in their break from work. Certainly he had all the zeal of a young convert. One day at this period, as he went up Streatham Hill he overtook one of his friends on his way to play cricket, and still as careless as he had so recently been. Immediately Brown faced him with the question, ‘Carlile, do you know where you are going?’ and brushing aside a response about cricket, Archie told him, ‘You’re going to hell.’ Unwelcome although the words were, his friend would later say he wished he had heeded the warning at the time." (Murray, Iain. Archibald G. Brown: Spurgeon’s Successor, Banner of Truth, 16.)