|Cane Ridge Revival 1801|
Last week I posted an essay by Professor/Pastor Bruce Epperly entitled "A Passionate Progressive Christian Revival," and in that essay Bruce argued that progressives need to experience a passionate revival. I was thinking about what such a thing would look like as I participated in a revival at a Black Disciples Church in Detroit last night.
It was my first revival in a Black church, and I must say -- I came home moved, revived, and restored. There was music and prayer and preaching. The guest revivalist, Pastor George Davis, stirred us with his message out of 1 Chronicles 7:14 -- the first of three messages. The choir and the praise team sang (and that was enjoyable). And Pastor Rufus Lewis sang "I Won't Complain" in honor of a beloved church member who had died that day. After the preaching, Pastor Rufus called up the pastors in the house, and several of my colleagues and I went up front, and we prayed with those wishing prayer. It was a unique experience that was spiritually uplifting. I must say, I was warmly received and greeted by all. Indeed, that might have been the most moving part of all -- the warmth of the fellowship.
So, what would a progressive revival look like? Would it look like a bible lecture? Would it stir the souls? Would it call out from us a deep sense of need for the presence of God? Would it exude love of neighbor? Further, if, my congregation were to hold a three night revival with a guest preacher, would the people come out? As a Disciple I know that our roots go back to the Second Great Awakening. Barton Stone, one of our founders, was host to the famous Cane Ridge Revival - an event that was anything but a rationalist experience for participants. So, my question goes forth. How might the Spirit move in our midst in a way that when we go forth we have been revived and restored?