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    Genuine Revival

    “There were earnest longings that all God’s people might be clothed with humility and meekness, like the Lamb of God, and feel nothing in their hearts but love and compassion to all mankind; and great grief when anything to the contrary appeared in any of the children of God, as bitterness, fierceness of zeal, censoriousness, or reflecting uncharitably on others, or disputing with any appearance of heat of spirit.” - Jonathan Edwards, “Thoughts on the Revival,” in Works (Edinburgh, 1979), I:377, recording the experience of his wife under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

    At The Gospel Coalition National Conference at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, earlier this year, Tim Keller explored the theme of "A Biblical Theology of Revival." Here's a short clip where he makes note of the fact that genuine revivals are usually quiet affairs:

    Revivals Make Churches Quiet from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

    Here's the full workshop address:

    A Biblical Theology of Revival - Tim Keller (TGC13 Workshop) from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

    Posted by John Samson on September 13, 2013 08:00 AM


    A fascinating workshop ... and who can tell it better than Tim Keller ... but the interesting thing about the history of revival are all those "empty" years when it looks like the Holy Spirit was off on extended vacation ... but of course He was always at work full time ... because all Christians who have experienced conversion have indeed been to a revival: albeit on a smaller and more personal level ... What a blessing ... a fortifying gift that never stops giving ... Truly all glory belongs to the Triune God

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