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What Is Revival?

Here is how J. I. Packer answers that question in his essay, “The Glory of God and the Reviving of Religion” in A God-Entranced Vision of All Things (pp. 100-104):

Revival is God touching minds and hearts in an arresting, devastating, exalting way, to draw them to himself through working from the inside out rather than from the outside in.

It is God accelerating, intensifying, and extending the work of grace that goes on in every Christian’s life, but is sometimes overshadowed and somewhat smothered by the impact of other forces.

It is the near presence of God giving new power to the gospel of sin and grace.

It is the Holy Spirit sensitizing souls to divine realities and so generating deep-level responses to God in the form of faith and repentance, praise and prayer, love and joy, works of benevolence and service and initiatives of outreach and sharing.

What is the pattern of genuine revival? Packer suggests the following ten elements:

  1. God comes down.
  2. God’s Word pierces.
  3. Man’s sin is seen.
  4. Christ’s cross is valued.
  5. Change goes deep.
  6. Love breaks out.
  7. Joy fills hearts.
  8. Each church becomes itself—becomes, that is, the people of the divine presence in an experiential, as distinct from merely notional, sense.
  9. The lost are found.
  10. Satan keeps pace.

For more on revival, keep your eye out for the book coming out this Fall from ZondervanA God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir, by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

It is true that [people] are praying for a worldwide revival. But it would be more timely, and more scriptural, for prayer to be made to the Lord of the harvest, that He would raise up and thrust forth laborers who would fearlessly and faithfully preach those truths which are calculated to bring about a revival.
A. W. Pink (1886-1952
Christianity Gone to the Dogs

Every Sunday at 5 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, opens its doors for a special pet worship service called “Woof ‘n Worship.” There, dog owners can attend church together with their four-legged companions and be led in prayers such as, “Dear Lord, please make me the person my dog thinks I am.” In the event of any accidents during the service, the church equipped its sanctuary with “doggy clean-up stations.” The initial Woof ‘n Worship included a special blessing of the animals. Pastor Rachel Bickford explained that she prayed about opening services to dogs before deciding that “it would be just so much fun.”1

Unfortunately, including dogs in worship services is part of a larger pattern—spending more time relating to critters than to God. This is a society where the canine companions of Martha Stewart have their own blog,2 and many Walmarts stock an extensive collection of pet clothes.

More than 500 American churches have performed blessings for animals, and at least half a dozen hold services for them.3 One such congregation is Los Angeles’s Covenant Presbyterian Church, where interim pastor Tom Eggebeen conducts a weekly 30-minute service for dogs and their owners. It includes individual doggie beds, bowls of water, prayer requests for the animals, and even a way for them to participate in the offering—as ushers collect donations, they also pass out rainbow-colored dog biscuits. At one service, they used the hymn, “GoD and DoG,” but as an Associated Press reporter observed, “The pooches who showed up at Covenant Presbyterian on Sunday didn’t seem very interested in dogma.”4

Chicago’s Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd picks up the theme with a summertime “dog walker” service, which allows pet owners to pause at the church for prayer during Sunday morning walks. On one Sunday, Pastor Mary Appelt-Graves led worshipers in a “Dog Psalm” by Herbert Brokering entitled “I Growl.”5

Laura Hobgood-Oster, an expert on animals and Christianity, noted that, though followers of Jesus have traditionally believed only humans have redeemable souls, the new wave of pet-inclusive services may have opened the door to reassessment. “It’s the changing family structure, where pets are really central and religious communities are starting to recognize that people need various kinds of rituals that include their pets,” she said. “More and more people in mainline Christianity are considering them to have some kind of soul.”6

Referring to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler has observed, “Churches concerned with the preaching of the Gospel, committed to authentic evangelism and biblical preaching, are not going to demonstrate the confusion that leads to ‘Canines at Covenant.’”7 This is not to say that Mohler dislikes pets; in fact, he is very fond of his beagle, Baxter. “But Baxter does not go to church.” And neither should Spot, Tabby, and Tweety.

Footnotes:
1 Johanna Seltz, “Welcoming Dogs to Church Service: Weymouth Church Welcoming Dogs, and Their Owners, to Services,” Boston Globe Website, October 5, 2008, http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/10/05/welcoming_dogs_to_church_service?mode=PF (accessed January 4, 2010).
2 See Martha Stewart Website, http://www.marthastewart.com/pets (accessed January 4, 2010) on both the book and the blog.
3 Gillian Flaccus, “Gone to the Dogs: LA Church Starts Pet Service,” Breitbart Website, November 4, 2009, http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9BONI100&show_article=1 (accessed January 4, 2010).
4 Ibid.
5 Victoria Lim, “Dogs Go To Sunday School in ‘Paws for Prayer,’” Petfinder Website, August 3, 2008, http://www.petfinder.com/pet-news/dogs-go-to-sunday-school-in-paws-for-prayer.html (accessed January 4, 2010).
6 Flaccus, “Gone to the Dogs: LA Church Starts Pet Service.”
7 Albert Mohler, “NewsNote: Woof ‘n Worship? Seriously?” Albert Mohler Website, November 13, 2009, http://www.albertmohler.com/2009/11/13/newsnote-woof-n-worship-seriously/ (accessed January 4, 2010).

By Byron Paulus at Life Action Revival Ministries

The following letter is primarily an abbreviated report I received from a dear friend who leads a ministry in Pennsylvania. He sent me an e-mail that he received from a missionary in Haiti on Saturday, February 13. I honestly do not know how representative this account is in the nation or how widespread the movement is. I have no reason to question its accuracy. And subsequent reports from another Haiti missionary confirmed the work of God taking place.

But, regardless, it sure sounds like some measure of wind is blowing, and the president of Haiti helped by setting some sails to catch the breath of God. I hope you read the following with the same sense of enthusiasm that I did. I’ve put some of the words in bold so we don’t miss what the Lord may have for us as we consider the mission of revival.

Dear Ministry Friends,

I think that I will remember this day as one of the most significant in my life, not because of what I did, but for its meaning. In fact, what I did today was insignificant, and may have even distracted from me fully engaging in the day.

Today was the one-month anniversary of the great Haitian earthquake.

About three days ago, the Haitian president announced that there would be three days of no work for the purpose of fasting and prayer. This is absolutely historic. If you have ever been to Haiti as a visitor or missionary, could you ever have imagined this pronouncement? Could you imagine such an announcement from the U.S. president?

This morning I saw a young Haitian-American woman, the leader of a work team, crying because the Americans could not understand the incredible importance of this day. They wanted to go about business as usual. Remember, it was only about six years ago that a former Haitian president called the nation to come together to rededicate the nation to Satan (which didn’t happen, by the way, as the Christian churches and Radio Lumiere set aside several days to fast and pray for their country at that time, also).

Whatever the president might have intended, this [call] became a real commitment for the Haitian people. As I sit here this evening, I can hear the preaching coming from a nearby church. Services have been going on all day.

I just read a news story that was forwarded to us about an official service with President Preval outside of the broken-down palace. The author may have accurately reported the story as he saw it, but he only saw the surface. His highly biased hatch job totally missed the significant story of what was happening in Haiti today.

Peniel and I had planned an inspection trip up to the Artibonite Valley today. Right or wrong, we went ahead with the trip since it was the only opportunity we’d have. As we left the guest house about 7:30 a.m., we were met by throngs of dressed-up people headed to various churches. The sounds of Christian music and worship filled the air everywhere.

The next observation was that there was NO traffic. Port-au-Prince streets are always clogged, overflowing with bumper-to-bumper traffic. This morning there were only a few vehicles on the roads, a few small buses, some UN and military vehicles, and a few private cars. We had clear sailing through town. The same was true of foot traffic. Usually the streets are full of people walking. Today there were only a few, and many of them dressed for church. The only places we encountered traffic blocks were in front of several churches where the congregations had overflowed the buildings, the yards, and out into the streets.

The next observation was that EVERYTHING was closed! We could not find even one business or gas station open. There were no inter-city buses running. Whereas the sidewalks are usually shoulder-bumping full of street vendors, we only saw a few here and there. The huge outdoor market near the wharf, where thousands work each day and spread out to cover most of the street, was EMPTY.

Where were all the people? They were in churches and makeshift meeting sites. I didn’t see any Voodoo, Islamic, or Buddhist  services, but every Christian church … had services going on, almost all of them overflowing into the streets. Beside broken-down churches, services were taking place outside. In homeless camps, there were services. Everywhere, the nation was gathered to worship and pray. This scene was repeated in every town and hamlet we passed during the day.

Tonight, Pastor Ignace, who is sharing the room with me, asked this question: “Can people still say that Haiti is a voodoo country?” What has been happening and is continuing to happen in Haiti did not happen because of the earthquake. It has been happening because Haitian Christians know how to pray. This is a tremendous outpouring of God’s power as the result of prayer. Twenty years ago, I started praying for the Gospel to change the Haitian culture. I think that I am seeing God do that work.

The only sadness that I feel today is for our nation. While a nation that has long been under Satan’s domination is turning to God with commitment and power, our nation, founded on godly values, has rejected God and is rapidly trying to forget He even exists. Let us pray for revival in America.

Someone asked me if it will take a similar catastrophe in America for us to genuinely seek the Lord. I like what this missionary stated: It was the prayers of God’s people that caused God to come in their midst more than the tragedy. Paul said that the goodness of God should lead us to repentance. I pray we won’t have to face the suffering, but we also need to be willing to face it for the greater good of His glory!

The big question is whether or not we are willing to pray. “Whatever it takes, Lord, whatever it takes; send Your presence and glory to this nation once again.”

Praying for Church Growth: The Prayers of Donald McGavran

Donald McGavran (1897–1990) was the founding dean of Fuller Seminary’s School of World Mission. He and the church growth movement that he started are sometimes pilloried in reformed circles. Though his teaching and movement had weaknesses, we can learn much from his life and writings (I was delighted to see him quoted positively at Kevin DeYoung’s blog a couple of weeks ago).

The main thing I find helpful about McGavran is his deep passion for Christ and for the spread of the gospel. This passion is most evident in the prayers he prayed at the beginning of each class he taught. The Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College has preserved twenty-five of his prayers from a 1979 course at Fuller. Here are a few:

A prayer of thanks for missionaries:

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we give You thanks for the great army of apostles and missionaries and pioneers of the Gospel whom You have thrust out century after century to men and societies who have never heard of Your Son, the savior, the light of the world and the one sufficient sacrifice for sin; for the wisdom and dedication of Your ambassadors; for the new life they have brought to multitudes; for the new civilizations they have established; and for the martyrs and heroes among them; and for the new churches raised up; and the dark pall of ignorance rolled back. For all these good things we thank You and praise You. Grant us, good Lord, wisdom to understand our duty and courage to do it, counting no labor too great. In Christ’s blessed name we ask. Amen. (Collection 178, Tape T39 – January 19, 1979)

A prayer for cities:

Almighty and everlasting God this morning we bow before You in prayer for the great cities of earth – London and Hong Kong and Tokyo and Berlin and Delhi and Rome and Kinshasa and Havana and Moscow and Lima and Sao Paulo and Chicago and Mexico City and hundreds of others. Good Lord, in such great measure, these are dark and evil places where crime and prostitution and injustice flourish, where demonic powers stalk the streets and Your sons and daughters become dehumanized. And yet, Lord, in such great measure these are also good places full of education and invention and manufacture and books and great hospitals and universities and seminaries and churches and tremendous interchange of ideas and inspiration. Empower Your churches, O God, to see the cities as the decisive battlefields of our day and to discern the real enemies and to fight manfully on, heeding neither weariness nor wounds, ’til You have built in these cities the New Jerusalem. And empower us, Your servants, to regard these morning classes not as academic exercises heading toward paper degrees, but as Your assemblies, Your assemblies, good Lord, in which we open ourselves to Your presence and tune our ears to Your commands and identify ourselves with our brothers and sisters perishing in the contemporary famine of Your word. This we ask in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen. (Collection 178, T52 – February 21, 1979)

A prayer for the Church in America:

Our gracious and loving God, of Your great goodness, You have opened a costly and precious way of salvation to us and to all men. And here in America You have called a mighty church into being. In every state and every county, every town, and every city You have gathered together a redeemed people. For this we thank You and praise Your holy name. And yet, our Father, so many of our fellow citizens, our friends and our relatives, are as yet walking in their own strength and are either open unbelievers or, Lord, very nominal and careless Christians. Awaken Your church in North America, good Lord. Arouse her concern for the millions of masterless, saviorless men and women and show her how she can become more effective in her evangelism. Grant her grace that she may find and enfold Your lost sons and daughters, that Your banquet hall may be filled. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. (Collection 178, Tape T43 – January 29, 1979)

To read or listen to the rest of his prayers, go here.

For a good description of McGavran’s life and ministry, see Robert Schuster, “Among All the Thousands of Pieces of the Human Mosaic: The Last Decade of Donald A. McGavran.”

Mark Rogers is a Ph.D. student in historical theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. A former college pastor and associate pastor, Mark is the editor of “Glimpses of Christian History” and is writing his dissertation on evangelical missions between 1925 and 1945.

Why Is Shirley Dobson Smiling?

A federal lawsuit can’t shake her faith in religious liberty

The receptionist for Focus on the Family had just come back from lunch when she heard the disturbance at the glass doors in front of her.  She looked up into the very intense face of a man demanding to talk immediately with Dr. James Dobson, head of the ministry.

Graciously, the receptionist began explaining that Dr. Dobson was with his wife, Shirley, in Washington, D.C., that afternoon for National Day of Prayer observances …but she quickly became distracted.

The man, she realized, was holding a gun.  And tied around his waist were what appeared to be some kind of explosives.

The Dobsons had just returned to their hotel room when the phone rang with word that the receptionist and three others were being held hostage at the ministry in Colorado Springs.  The couple immediately paused to pray for the Focus staff and the gunman, and began asking others around them to pray, too.

Soon, word came that the gunman had surrendered, without hurting anyone – though he did fire his weapon, tearing a hole high on the wall behind the receptionist’s desk.

When Mrs. Dobson enters the front doors at Focus, she walks right by that gash.  It remains unrepaired – a reminder of God’s powerful intervention one long, frightening afternoon nearly 14 years ago.

These days, though, it’s also a quiet reminder of something else. For these days, it is the National Day of Prayer itself that’s endangered.  And it’s Shirley Dobson who is under the gun.

*  *  *  *  *

On October 3, 2008, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin challenging the 1952 law that created the National Day of Prayer (NDOP).  The lawsuit claimed the law to be a violation of the so-called Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

In addition, the lawsuit accused then-President George W. Bush (later amended to President Obama); his press secretary, Dana Perino; Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle; and NDOP Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson forof  violating the Constitution through their various proclamations of the event.

“I don’t think a person is ever prepared to become the defendant in a lawsuit,” says Mrs. Dobson, who learned of the suit through an e-mail.  It’s her first time ever to be personally named in a legal action.  “But I wasn’t necessarily surprised.  In recent years we’ve seen increasingly aggressive attacks leveled against those who dare to express their faith in the public arena.  There are some individuals who think any declaration of personal belief in God – ‘In God We Trust’ on our currency, ‘Under God’ in our Pledge of Allegiance, or the Ten Commandments – should be banished from public settings.”

She says she is “deeply concerned” by the efforts of groups like FFRF and the ACLU to “stifle these public expressions of faith,” and “dismantle the heritage of Judeo-Christian belief upon which our country was founded.

“Corporate intercession has been a cherished tradition among the American people, starting with our Founding Fathers,” she says. “Now, during these troubling times, it is especially critical that we come together to seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance for the challenges before us.”

“Prayer unites hearts and voices,” she says, “It allows people of all denominations, demographics, and backgrounds to come together before God’s throne.  This is a day when we can set aside our differences and agree on this:  Our nation needs prayer.

*  *  *  *  *

That conviction has been at the heart of the National Day of Prayer event since its inception – a beginning that coincides closely with the birth of the nation itself.  The Continental Congress issued the first call for the colonists to pray in 1775, as frustration with England moved to a boiling point.  George Washington called for prayer during his tenure in the White House, and Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a “Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer” during the depths of the Civil War.

On D-Day,  the critical invasion of Normandy during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Americans to pray for the Allied forces, and actually led the nation in a six-minute prayer on the radio.  Less than a decade later, in 1952, the official National Day of Prayer was established by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Truman.

In 1988, President Reagan signed amended legislation which established that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of every May.  Since then, every president has issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to commemorate the day, and millions now honor the occasion with special prayer services, community events, and private observances.

The FFRF lawsuit is the first to challenge these annual proclamations, and ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot, who headed up Mrs. Dobson’s defense (in coordination with those representing the other defendants and the government), called the suit against Mrs. Dobson “unprecedented.”

“Groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation make no secret of the fact that they think religion is a bad thing, and they want to get rid of it,” he says. “They don’t just want to make prayer a private thing.  They believe religion is bad for society as a whole, and they want to eliminate it from the public square.  This is just one more attempt to do so.”

Theriot says he believes Mrs. Dobson was singled out not only for her leadership of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, but for what she represents, as the wife of one of the nation’s pre-eminent religious leaders (and one of the founders of ADF).

“She clearly is very fervent and genuine in her love for Christ and for America,” he says, “and in her belief that prayer is essential for America to continue its leading role in the world.  She’s very aware that when you take a stand for anything that publicly promotes religious faith, you may well become a target.”

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“Since I was a small girl,” Mrs. Dobson says, “I have always had a heart for prayer.  I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with a father who had a drinking problem.”  Her mother took Mrs. Dobson and her brother to a local church, where young Shirley, just six, heard from her Sunday school teacher about a God “Who knew me by name, heard all my prayers, and saw all my tears.”

She gave her heart to Christ, and it was then, she says, “that I started kneeling by my bed at night, praying for my father, that he would go God’s way.  Whenever my heart was breaking, I would cry out to my Heavenly Father, confident that He loved and cared about me and my situation.”

Events such as the hostage incident at Focus only served to reinforce that confidence.

“As He’s done over and over through the years,” she says, “the Lord used that situation to impress on me that He hears our cries and responds according to His loving, sovereign purposes. We can’t anticipate what the future will hold, but we serve a great God.”

One of the things that Mrs. Dobson herself didn’t anticipate was a request in 1990 from Vonette Bright (co-founder, with her husband, Bill, of Campus Crusade for Christ) that she consider taking over the reins of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.  Her first answer was “no.”  Being Mrs. James Dobson and, at the time, a board member of Focus on the Family, were – all by themselves – “a very full cup.”

Mrs. Bright’s response was appropriate enough: she urged Mrs. Dobson to pray about it.

“The more I prayed, the more I felt that the Lord had His thumb in my back,” Mrs. Dobson says.  She looked to her husband for confirmation, confident that he, of all people, would appreciate her predicament.

He was in his office when I approached him,” she remembers, “and I’ll never forget his response.  He leaned back in his chair, put his hands behind his head, looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘Shirley, what more important ministry could you be involved in than leading the nation in prayer?’  I gulped and said I would continue to pray about it.”

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Ultimately, the tag-teaming between the Lord, her husband, and Mrs. Bright proved persuasive. “When Vonette asked me a second time,” Mrs. Dobson says, “I realized the only answer I could give and be obedient was ‘yes.’

“I expected to serve as the chairman for two or three years.  Now, 19 years later, I am in awe of how God has grown and blessed this ministry.

“Each May, thousands of events are held,” she says.  “They take place in churches, parks, stadiums, and prisons, on the steps of state capitol buildings, on military bases around the world … even on buses, trains, and private planes.  The creativity never ceases to amaze us.”  During the eight years of the Bush administration, the Dobsons were invited to special prayer services at the White House.  For the past two years, the observance held at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., has been aired over the Internet on GodTV, “and this has allowed us to add millions of new participants here and in countries around the globe.”

An event that involves millions of people inevitably requires a massive amount of planning and cooperation.  “Because we are often working with well-known musicians, as well as highly visible religious and government leaders who have busy schedules, selecting individuals for the program and making things work smoothly takes much effort and prayer,” Mrs. Dobson says.

But she takes her greatest encouragement, she says, from ordinary citizens who plan and participate in local and state events across the country.

“Knowing there are so many believers who come before God regularly for the sake of our nation is a great source of strength and inspiration to me,” she says.  “It’s easy to become distressed by the circumstances facing us as a country, but I’m hopeful when I see there is a strong and faithful remnant of God’s people who remain devoted to Him and His Word.  The overwhelming response of our countrymen to the Task Force’s call to prayer has been humbling, yet incredibly encouraging.”

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Currently, the lawsuit is in what attorneys call the “discovery” stage, with each side assembling all the information it can before trial.  Theriot will ask the federal district court for Wisconsin to render a summary judgment – that is, to decide the case prior to trial.  A decision on that motion should come early this year.

Given that so many other presidents clearly supported National Day of Prayer observances, Theriot says, and the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has already come down in support of government-paid chaplains “as an acknowledgement of our historical roots,” he is hopeful that the right of private citizens to pray for their country will also be protected.

Nevertheless, he adds, the implications of this suit – and the growing number of similar legal assaults on Christian expression in the public square – are ominous.

“The court could tell presidents to declare that there can be no more National Day of Prayer,” Theriot says, which could pave the way for eliminating similar federal observances, including Thanksgiving.  What’s more, such a legal precedent could impact any government allusion to God, from federal currency to the national anthem.

“My team and I are so grateful to ADF for stepping up to provide us with such skilled legal defense,” says Mrs. Dobson.  “We are also grateful to the many donors who make this ministry possible. It has been a Godsend for me and the NDP.

ADF has an impressive track record – they’ve won many significant victories both in the courtroom and through grassroots movements.  I have profound appreciation for what they are doing to defend religious liberty throughout the United States … and the need for their work cannot be underestimated.”

Neither can the prayers of Shirley Dobson.  Rest assured, that little girl who knelt beside her bed to pour out her heart to God is still praying.  And those big legal guns don’t scare her one little bit.

Here is it…

“A man is what he is on his knees before God, and nothing more”

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Biographical Sketch on Monergism

Iain Hamish Murray was born (of Scottish parents) in Lancashire, England, April 19, 1931, and educated at King William’s College, Isle of Man, and the University of Durham. Prior to university he held a commission in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) who were then engaged in the suppression of an insurgency in the jungles of Malaya. Converted to Christ at the age of seventeen, after upbringing in a larger liberal denomination (the English Presbyterian Church), he became assistant minister at St John’s, Summertown, Oxford in 1955, where the Banner of Truth magazine began. The influence of this magazine (edited by him until 1987) was to be greatly enlarged when, with Jack Cullum, he founded the Banner of Truth Trust in 1957. Initially intended to supply out-of-print Reformed and Puritan authors for Britain, the Trust’s publications were soon selling in forty countries, with an office established at Carlisle in the United States in the late 1960s.

Murray remained director of the Banner publications until 1996, combining this with serving Grove Chapel, London (1961-69), and St Giles, Sydney (1981-83). Since the latter charge he has remained a minister of the Australian Presbyterian Church although living chiefly at Edinburgh (the head office of the Banner of Truth) since 1991. A turning point in his life was a call from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in 1956 to assist him at Westminster Chapel, London. This he did for three years and without which the Banner publications could not have begun. His closeness to Lloyd-Jones led, after the latter’s death, to the writing of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years 1899-1939 (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1982), and D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith 1939-1981 (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1990). When asked how much he owes to Lloyd-Jones, Murray replies that the indebtedness is too great to calculate.

During the 1970s, and after his return to the UK from Australia in 1991, Murray has been often in the United States on speaking engagements and two of his best-known books, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography(1987) and Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858 (1994), reflect his close interest in American church history. While authoring several biographies (John Murray, A.W.Pink and John Wesley), Iain Murray’s main intention has been to use history to recover commitment to the doctrines of Scripture, particularly the doctrines of grace. He did this first in The Forgotten Spurgeon (1966), and again in Pentecost—Today?The Biblical Basis for Understanding Revival (1998). More general is his Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000 (2000), which, despite its controversial nature, became one of his best-selling hardbacks. Almost all his titles have been published by the Banner of Truth and remain in print.

Marriage, Murray believes, is the next most important event to conversion, and Jean Ann Walters, whom he married in 1955, has been and remains the first influence in his life. They have five children and ten grandchildren.

Since retirement from the everyday work of the Banner of Truth Trust, Murray has both continued to write and been able to visit and help Christians in various parts of the world. The friendship of Christians in several nations are counted by him and his wife as one of their greatest privileges and encouragements.

Bibliography

A Scottish Christian Heritage

Australian Christian Life from 1788 : An Introduction and an Anthology (1988)

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (1982)

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith (1990)

The Forgotten Spurgeon (1966)

Spurgeon and the Church of England (1966) — a booklet

Jonathan Edwards : A New Biography (1988)

The Life of Arthur W. Pink

The Life of John Murray: Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1937-1966 (1984)

The Puritan Hope : Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy, (1971)

Revival & Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858 (1994)

Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching (1995)

Pentecost Today?: The Biblical Basis for Understanding Revival (1998)

Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000 (2000)

Diary Of Kenneth MacRae : A Record of Fifty Years in the Christian Ministry (1980)

The Invitation System (1960)

Letters Of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1992)

Should the Psalter be the Only Hymnal of the Church? (2001)

The Reformation Of The Church: A Collection of Reformed and Puritan Documents on Church Issues (1965)

The Unresolved Controversy: Unity with Non-Evangelicals (2001)

Wesley and Men Who Followed

Old Evangelicalism – Old Truths for a New Awakening

The Happy Man: The Abiding Witness of Lachlan Mackenzie (1979)

MP3 Messages From Iain Murray
From the Berean Beacon Audio Page

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Prayer Points

1. That the strongholds within your country to be broken so that a new wave of revival may be released.

2. God will enable a prayer force to be mobilized to reach other unreached parts of your nation.

3.Pray that all Christians will be awakened into evangelization both locally and internationally.

4. Pray for the mobilization of Pastors, leaders, believers and intercessors in your country to awaken in prayers.

5. Pray that God will release a spirit of conviction and repentance upon your nation that millions of souls may get saved.

6. Pray for God to provide all the finances, favor and grace for all the resources that are needed for evangelism.

7. Pray for divine protection of your Christian leaders, that God will grant them protection, wisdom and favour.

8. Pray that God will give prophetic direction for the Nation.

9. Pray for Peace, godly leadership and godly counsel to the Government.

Scriptures

1.Psalm 126:5-6

2.Joel 2:28-29

3. Psalm 137:1-4

4.Romans 13

5. Romans 5:9

6.Jeremiah 16:14-16

7.Amos 9:15

Recommended Books on Revival

Why Revival Tarries…By Leonard Ravenhill

Revival Praying: An Urgent And Powerful Message For The Family Of Christ

Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. In 1581 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I for this accomplishment. His poem inspires and challenges us to dream big, to sail out beyond the safety of the shore, and live boldly for God.

Prayer for Spiritual Revival

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery

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