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Growing Thought Seeds through Meditation—Leonard Ravenhill (1907 -1994)

An expert on prayer and revival, Leonard Ravenhill 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 the Church to …

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Must I Be Compassionate?

2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself …

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Kind but Blind: Southern Churches and Slavery, 1850s

In July 1836, a black slave named Adam presented himself for membership in the First Baptist Church of Louisville, Mississippi.  Most of the congregation was white, including Adam’s owner, but they accepted him into their church with a unanimous vote and great affection.  The church clerk recorded the event:  “Adam, a black brother owned by …

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Transgenderism in the Ancient World

As Clement looked around his cosmopolitan city, the open displays of transgenderism broke his heart. Grown men wore bleach-blonde feminine hairstyles, donned see-through women’s clothing, smelled of perfume, and had their bodies shaved in public salons where passersby could observe the spectacle. Though males biologically, these men “detest[ed] the bloom of manliness,” as Clement put …

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Repentance, the First Key to the Kingdom—Reinhold Niebuhr

First as a pastor in Detroit and then as a seminary professor in New York, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) was an influential voice for Christian ethics in the twentieth century. The cross of Christ was a particularly important theme in his thought.1 In this passage from “The Christian Church in a Secular Age,” Niebuhr explains that …

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Charles Simeon: Influence that Affects Eternity

On Saturday November 19th 1836, Charles Simeon (1759-1836) was buried in a vault in the world-famous chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.  Despite wanting a simple funeral, his was probably the most remarkable the town had seen.  Every shop was closed and University lectures were suspended.  An enormous procession saw eight Masters of colleges and …

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