Weekly Thoughts

Seeds of Spiritual Renewal

A specialist on prayer and revival, Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994) wrote books and conducted meetings exhorting Christians to seek spiritual refreshing from God. His first book, Why Revival Tarries, sold hundreds of thousands of copies and sounded a prophetic call for awakening in the twentieth century. A follow-up book, Meat for Men, was published in 1961. It challenged[…]

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It’s Not Hopeless!

Opposition. If it’s intense and sustained enough, it can easily sap one’s resolve. Faced with opposition, however, no movement in history has managed to thrive through 2000 years of protracted persecution, save one—the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since its inception, the people of God have suffered physical torture, intellectual ridicule, and social ostracism,[…]

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Divine Power in All of Scripture

In 1854, at the age of twenty and just four years after his conversion, Charles H. Spurgeon became pastor of London’s New Park Street Church. His ministry so grew that the 6,000-seat Metropolitan Tabernacle was built to accommodate the congregation. In “The Mustard Seed: A Sermon for the Sabbath-School Teacher,” he spoke of the power[…]

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The Priority of Prayer

Adoniram Judson was among the first missionaries that American Baptists sent overseas. During a long career in Burma, he became noted for his commitment to evangelism and his translation of the Bible into Burmese. A master of languages, he also produced a Burmese grammar and dictionary. His preaching ministry resulted in thousands of conversions though[…]

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It Is God’s Church

Harry Blamires (1916-2017 ) started writing through the encouragement of C. S. Lewis, his tutor at Oxford. He has taught both in England and the United States as a professor of English and English literature. He is the author of more than thirty books in various genres including theology, education, English literature, and fiction. In[…]

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Silencing the Scream

Before World War I, a certain frustration was growing in Europe. Despite the industrial revolution’s technological development and its attendant optimism, there was an increasing awareness that something was missing. Romanticism had failed to deliver the kingdom and the cheerful hope of economists was gradually exposed as a façade. The Irish poet, W. B. Yeats[…]

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Your Politics and the Gospel

The resurrection of Jesus renews life itself with glorious purpose. It compels us to embody Christ’s love in tangible ways: pursuing justice, defending the vulnerable, giving selflessly, reflecting the beauty of God in works of art and deeds of moral excellence, and living peacefully. It is an Easter morning life that renovates our still sinful[…]

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Resurrection Life

Christ the Lord is risen! He has risen indeed. But don’t simply believe it. The risen Christ exercises dominion over the expanse of history. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. In the final words recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end[…]

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What Kind of Triumph?

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 (ESV) By the final week of Jesus’ life, he was famous. When he entered[…]

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The Repulsive Beauty of the Cross

Let’s face it, we naturally find the crucifixion of Jesus repulsive. After all, who but the most deranged masochist enjoys pain, abandonment, and despair? In the words of Jürgen Moltmann, the Cross is a “profane horror.” Perhaps this is why he says in the first sentence of his book, The Crucified God, “The cross is not[…]

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