Blog Posts on Revival / Awakening

Spiritual Awakening and the Knowledge of God

John Piper
Spiritual Awakening and the Knowledge of God

I have never understood or empathized with the view that knowing more about God gets in the way of loving God. And yet there are people who, it seems, build their lives and ministries inside the fog of doctrinal ambiguity.

It has been my conviction, and my experience, for over 40 years that knowing more about God from his inspired, energy-filled word puts more kindling in place so that the Holy Spirit can ignite a greater and greater flame of passion for God in... Continue Reading

The Power of Prayer and Holy Brainstorming

Josh Etter
The Power of Prayer and Holy Brainstorming

Pastor John in 1981:

History has shown that God's way of stirring up his people to great acts of love and mission has often been to draw together a small praying band who lay themselves open to him and get a vision for service. Where will the new works of mission and charity come from in our church, if not from holy brain-storming in small groups of zealous people?

Not only doesvisionfor love get stirred up by such fellowship, but alsostrengthto see it through to... Continue Reading

A More Determined Quest for Him

Jonathan Parnell
A More Determined Quest for Him

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Revival of church life always brings in its train a richer understanding of the Scriptures. Behind all the slogans and catchwords of ecclesiastical controversy, necessary though they are, there arises a more determined quest for him who is the sole object of it all, for Jesus Christ himself.

What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us to-day? How can he help us be good Christians in the modern world? In the last resort, what we want to know... Continue Reading

Trick or Treat? It's Martin Luther

David Mathis
Trick or Treat? It's Martin Luther

It was October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences with his fellow university professors. He wrote in Latin, but a nameless visionary translated the theses into German, carried them to the printing press, and enabled their dispersion far and wide.

Luther ended up with more than he bargained for, but he proved to be no coward in defending the discoveries he was making in Scripture.... Continue Reading

Christendom Is Done, Now What Do We Do?

Jonathan Parnell
Christendom Is Done, Now What Do We Do?

The demise of "Christendom" affects both the Church's theological dialogue and missional strategy.

Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch give the historical explanation for what it is:

Christendom is the name given to the sacral culture that has dominated European society from around the eleventh century until the end of the twentieth. Its sources go to a time when Constantine came to the throne of the Roman Empire and granted Christians complete freedom of worship and even... Continue Reading

Luis Arocha

Jonathan Parnell
Luis Arocha

Luis Arocha will be the Spanish interpreter at this year’s national conference. Luis is a pastor at Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia in Santiago, Dominican Republic where he and his wife live with their four daughters.

He attended a Desiring God conference for the first time in 2005 that was used by God to awaken in him a passion to delight in God and spread that joy to others. Luis has served in the translation of sermon manuscripts, subtitles for DVD's, and live interpretation at many... Continue Reading

Must Unity Precede Revival?

John Piper

J. Gresham Machen was not persuaded as so many seem to be today that revival and reformation will come to the church only after all the churches in a city experience more “unity.”

That has always seemed backward to me. If the churches had deep unity in the truth and in the Spirit, that would be revival and reformation—amazing reformation! Unity of the kind we need is one of the miracles of God’s reviving and reforming work.

And even when great revivals have come, along with new... Continue Reading