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Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Clemens Brentano, a literary acquaintance of Dr. Krummacher, and a Catholic, once said to the doctor, 'Till you Protestants pull down the chatter-box,' ('Plapperkasten,') be meant the pulpit, 'or, at least, throw it into the corner, where it ought to be, there is no hope of you.' I could only reply to him, 'It is true indeed, that our 'Plapperkasten' stands greatly in the way of you Catholics.'
The pulpit is the Thermopyho of Protestantism, the tower of the flock, the Palladium of the church of God. Well might Paul magnify his office, for not only Glasgow but the city of our God 'flourishes by the preaching of the word.'
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Pulpit'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​p/pulpit.html. 1870.