Carson and Keller on Revival

Though Keller and Carson could both be described as “pro-revival,” they are clear about unique dangers that have historically attended outpourings of God’s Spirit. “There is the danger of domesticating, of packaging, that can often end up making it feel phony,” Carson observes. As Keller adds, “Some are attracted to the glitz, others just want the attention.” He cites Jonathan Edwards’s little-known Thoughts on Revival for a sober-minded reflection on the false experiences that sometimes attend revival because of human sin.

Keller and Carson on Revival from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

One thought on “Carson and Keller on Revival

  1. I enjoyed listening to this discussion.
    Shame it was NA based so did not include Revivals in UK, or make mention of Korea, Africa or SA.
    I wonder why so little attention was given to Pentecostal, Holiness, and charismatic revivals?

    Is it a useful distinction between REVIVAL and revival?
    The latter being restoration growth and fervour in the church and individuals.
    The former being outpourings where God sovereignlyv breaks into history in remarkable ways and society feels the impact.

    The speakers seemed to be narrating their own experience, and underlining their Reformed views?

    I valued the reference to ML Jones expression about building the altars, and waiting and praying for the fire to descend!

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