Revival & Revivalism Then

Six Marks of Revivalism

By Andrew Ballitch | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

This article offers an introduction to revivalism. In short, it persists on a host of wrong assumptions and faulty premises. Do you see any of these marks today?

What Can We Learn from Charles Spurgeon and the New York Revival of 1858?

By Geoff Chang | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

What did Spurgeon want his people to understand about God’s work in revival?

“Finney with a Twist”: Elder Jacob Knapp and the Origins of Baptist Revivalism

By Caleb Morell | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Pastors need to understand that a change occurred among American Baptists in the nineteenth century. This change has shaped our intuitions about conversion, membership, baptism, and what it means to practice regenerate church membership.

Jonathan Edwards, Revival, and the Necessary Means of Prayer

By Mark Rogers | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Why not gather with a few other pastors in your area once a month or once per quarter to pray for God to send revival? He has answered those kinds of prayers before.

Revival Comes to Washington: An Analysis of the 1876 Revival in the Nation’s Capital

By Caleb Morell | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

In 1876, Washington churches partnered together to host a 105-day-long revival meeting in the National Capital. This event illustrates the extent to which modern revivalism impacted American evangelicalism.

Forgotten, Real Revivals of the Second Great Awakening

By Mark Rogers | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

By naming the entire Second Great Awakening a result of man-made revivalism, we fail to recognize many examples of true revival between 1798 and 1820 that we can rejoice in and learn from.

Revival & Revivalism Now

Pentecost: An Earthquake with Ongoing Tremors

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

We might say that revival is the unstopping of the pent-up energies of the Spirit of God breaking down the dams which have been erected against his convicting and converting ministry in whole communities of individuals, as happened at Pentecost and in the “awakenings” which have followed.

Don’t Walk the Aisle, Carry Your Cross

By Ben Lacey | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

How many non-Christians sit in your pews every Sunday, hardened in their unbelief because they’ve been given false assurance?

Can You Reverse Engineer Revival?

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

We must labor to excel in establishing the necessary conditions for revival, all while remembering that our triune God has predetermined the sufficient conditions for revival in eternity past.

How Strong Trellises Promote Strong Vines

By Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

If you drape your vine over a simple trellis with structural integrity, then its fruit is far more likely to mature without bruising.

Pray for Revival—in the Other Guy’s Church

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

God has a big plan for his whole world, and God will accomplish his work in the world. Sometimes he may do that through us. Sometimes he may do it through the church down the street.

Revivalism and Ministry

How Movements Can Undermine Churches and Hurt Their Own Cause

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

What pastors, missionaries, and campus leaders need is a vision for church-driven ministry, not movement-driven ministry. This is how we build for the long-run, not for the sprint.

Why Revivalism Causes Pastors to Burn Out and Job-Hop

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Understanding dependence on the Word and Spirit would have reoriented my entire approach to and practice of pastoral ministry. But instead, I struggled to make sense of the man-centered revivalism I’d been taught.

The Revival We Need and the Unregenerate Church Members We Have

By Jim Elliff | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

To illustrate our problem, in 2018, one beloved historic Southern Baptist Church whose name most Baptists would recognize claimed 30,000 members and an average of 6,801 attending.

Revivalism on the Mission Field

By Scott Logsdon | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Revivalism’s bold promises remain alluring to missionaries. But let the missionary beware.

Revival and Revivalism in Youth Ministry

By Mike McGarry | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Passing the faith from generation to generation is both simpler and more difficult than revivalists prophesy.

The Worship Set: Today’s Sawdust Trail

By Drew Hodge | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

If God really doesn’t care what we do when we gather and it’s up to us to design a “worship experience,” then everything is on the table.

Elder Meditation:

Is “Above Reproach” Its Own Qualification, or a Qualification of the All the Others?

By Jeffrey Jeffson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Does Paul’s requirement that an elder be “above reproach” act as its own qualification, or does Paul mean for it to qualify all the other qualifications?

What Does Being “Above Reproach” Mean?

By Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

To be above reproach is, arguably, the most general of all the elder qualifications, so it has to be defined more generally.

How “Above Reproach” Lay Elders Saved My Ministry

By Gary Kirst | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

These men, though imperfect, were above reproach. I knew that. And now they were unified in confronting me for my foolish pride.

Why Is Being “Above Reproach” Necessary in Hard Times?

By David Doran Jr. | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

By God’s grace, you want shepherds who live with such obvious Spirit-dependence and fruit that false accusations fall flat.

Why Does a Pastor Being “Above Reproach” Matter?

By Peter Hess | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

In the church of Jesus Christ, character matters for leadership. No character, no qualification to lead.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Heart of the Gospel: A.B. Simpson, the Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Theology, by Bernie A. Van De Walle

By Kevin Niebuhr | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

While I’m not an admirer of all the positions and practices Simpson had throughout his lifetime, I am grateful for Van De Walle’s scholarly work.

Book Review: Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism, 1750-1858, by Iain Murray

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

I commend Iain Murray’s classic book to all present and aspiring church leaders, and to any Christian who likes to ask, “How did we get here?”

Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism

Hunyo 2022
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Expressive Individualism in the Church

Marso 2022
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Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry

Oktubre 2021
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The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff

July 2021
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How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members

Marso 2021
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Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory

Disyembre 2020
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Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

September 2020
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Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

Hunyo 2020
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What’s Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today?

Marso 2020
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Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

Disyembre 2019
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The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

August 2019
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Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

Mayo 2019
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Ecclesiology for Calvinists

Pebrero 2019
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The Pastor and Pornography

The Pastor and Pornography

Oktubre 2018
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Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures

Hulyo 2018
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Church Life: Our True Political Witness

Spring 2018
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Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body

Enero 2018
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The Reformation and Your Church

Fall 2017
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Church Mergers and Plants

Summer 2017
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Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Disyembre 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013
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Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

May—June 2013
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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012
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Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012
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Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012
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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012
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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011
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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011
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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010
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Pastoring Women

July—August 2010
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Journal about Deacons

Deacons

May - June 2010
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A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastors’ Wives

July—August 2008
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Living As a Church

May–June 2008

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

Miscellaneous Articles

Disyembre 1999