Saturday, January 26, 2008

Christianity in China (CBS News)

Christian Revival in China Despite Persecution

The Bible is undoubtedly the best-selling book in history, translated into about 3,000 languages worldwide. One of the most popular is Mandarin Chinese, due to the burgeoning number of Christians, most of whom meet in house churches.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Revival in Wales

The story of Evan Roberts and the Revival that began in Wales, in 1904, and touched every continent.

May God pour out his Holy Spirit on the nations once again!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

J. Edwin Orr - The Role of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening

Dr. J. Edwin Orr was a visiting professor when I was in seminary. He held doctorates from universities on three continents, including the D.Phil. from Oxford. He was a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary from 1966 to 1981 and continued to lecture around the world until his death in 1987. He devoted his life to documenting great spiritual awakenings in Christian history.

This video has a peculiar phenomenon in that Prof. Orr is wearing a red suit coat and is standing in front of a mostly red background. Despite this distraction, the video, which runs 26 minutes, is well worth viewing for anyone who cares what God has done and wants to do in revival.

Other videos by Professor Orr may be found at

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


From Wikipedia:

Revival in a Christian context generally refers to a specific period of spiritual renewal in the life of the Church. While elements such as mass conversions and perceived beneficial effects on the moral climate of a given culture may be involved, the key factor in revival is the restoration of the Church to a vital and fervent relationship with God after a period of decline. The word "Church" here refers to the body of believers in Christ as a whole and not to any particular group or denomination among them.

Monday, January 21, 2008

A New Beginning

In December 2004, I began a blog called To All the World. The title was taken from Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." The focus of that blog was to be on the Christian world mission.

Over time, the concerns I have as an Anglican clergyman and Dean and President of an Episcopal seminary began to intrude on the focus of that blog, with the result that posts have often been as much about the controversies in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as on the Christian world mission. The intrusions were not altogether off-topic. Controversies over matters of faith and morality that are affecting the Anglican Communion inevitably impinge on the Church's ability to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to make disciples of all nations.

All too often, however, blogs devoted to political battles succeed only in offering political solutions. However, the battles we face are spiritual battles as well.

  • Is Jesus uniquely the Son of God?

  • Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?

  • Is the Bible divinely inspired, and what authority does it have?

These are just a few of the questions that some contemporary western church bodies consider to be up for debate—debates that, in some cases, will be resolved by political means. However, the questions are theological and profoundly spiritual. What is at stake in these battles is the soul of western (and perhaps even world) Christianity.

But even if these battles did not exist, the Church would still stand in the midst of an immense spiritual need. Indeed, there would not be so many debates about God, if there were a greater knowledge of God.

What is needed, then, is for the Church to know God in the authority of his Word and in the power of his Holy Spirit—to be renewed in the knowledge of God in whatever ways she has departed from him—and to be revived in her love for God in whatever ways that love has grown cold. Because we who make up the Church are fallen sinners, prone to wander as long as we are mortal, the continual need of the Church is, and always will be, for revival!

The purpose of this blog, then, will be to offer reflections and point to resources that further the revival of Christ's Church. My own tradition is Anglican, hence the title "Anglican Revivalist." It is an ancient and venerable part of Christ's Church, though it is not a perfect church. (I do not believe that any part of Christ's Church, being comprised, as it is, of fallen sinners, will be perfect this side of heaven.) But I believe that, when all is said and done, it will have proven to be as good a boat from which to fish as any.

Revival is not limited to only part of Christ's Church any more than the Holy Spirit is for only one part of Christ's Church or the Bible is for only one part of Christ's Church. So the resources presented here will not come from only one tradition or be presented for the benefit of only one part of Christ's Body. Rather, they will reflect the fulness of the Christian tradition in order that the whole Church, obedient to God's Word, filled with his Holy Spirit, might proclaim the whole Gospel to the whole creation. Soli Deo Gloria!