The Read and Share File

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

What if revival broke out in your town… at the church down the street?  What if you were out of town for a few months on a mission trip, and revival started under the guest preacher?   9Marks suggests that we Pray for Revival – at the other guy’s church.  

At Believing God Today: To Gospel or Not to Gospel Part I
To Gospel or Not to Gospel Part II

NEWS – Abortion, birth control and gay marriage ranked lowest on issues of importance to registered voters, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. What issues ranked highest?  The economy, jobs and the deficit, in that order.  No surprise there; if you want to hurt Americans, hit them in the pocket book.  More of this story at Christian Post.

The Desiring God blog shares 15 Tips on Blogging from John Newton.  Perhaps you recognize John Newton as the writer of Amazing Grace.  Did he really offer tips on blogging, 400 years ago?  In a manner of speaking.

Here is the Al Mohler post that everyone is talking about.  Paul Wilkinson (Thinking Out Loud) explains Why Al Mohler Should Retire; Jeff Dunn (Internet Monk) writes on Al Mohler’s Problem with Grace.  Suddenly all my problems seem smaller.

This just in: Tall Skinny Kiwi does not live in a commune.

OneCry, A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening

A blogging friend asked me to promote OneCry, and I gave them 2 sentences in the Read & Share posting yesterday.  I feel I can do better than that.

I grew up in a series of small, fundamentalist churches.  We read the King James Bible and abstained from “mixed bathing.”  The men wore pants, the women wore dresses, and no one wore shorts.  And twice a year we ran revival.  I could empathize with Michael Spencer when he described a very similar experience growing up, and got what he meant by evangelicalism and revivalism.  The need for revival is great, but I get a little uneasy when people talk about having one.

The  difference between Revival and Revivalism

There is a certain revival culture that exists among evangelicals, particularly among fundamentalists.  I have come to believe that you cannot “schedule” revival twice a year just because you book an evangelist for a week and meet every night at 7 p.m.  If an evangelist is preaching every night, and you hope to see lots of people walk the aisle and get saved, then that’s not really a revival anyway.  Revival would involve Christians already in the church being spiritually awakened, or recommitting to being about our father’s business.  There was certainly an evangelistic thrust in all of my childhood revival meeting experiences, but every church member was expected to be there every night also.  Maybe that covers all the bases.  If you want to schedule an evangelist to preach for a week at your church, by all means please do so.  But call what it is. Continue reading

The Read and Share File

It’s been a busy week, even by my standards.  I haven’t been able to read much, but here’s a few tidbits you might enjoy:

While I’m not really interested in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) this article could help anyone blog better; sound advice even if your blog isn’t designed to drive business.

Believers United for Revival invite you to join One Cry.  Declaring a spiritual emergency 2,699 believers have joined the movement to pray for nationwide revival.  —-> UPDATE 

What if we treated our Bibles more like our cell phones?  This has been around for a while, but thank you Paul Wilkinson for the reminder.

Book Review: Revival and Revialism

Michael Spencer was the first person I heard use the word revivalism.  Any type of -ism refers to the belief in or practice of a particular thing.  Some churches live in a revival subculture, where revival meetings, revival services and revival preachers are a regular part of ministry.  I believe Iain Murray has written a book after Spencer’s own heart.

I just read an excellent review of Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism, 1750-1858 at the 9Marks blog.  Bobby Jamieson has spent some time with the text; the review is practically a study guide to the actual volume.  Read the full review here.

*The review lists $33 as the price, which is retail.  Amazon has it for $24.09, if you’re interested.