Well, it is always great when someone comes forward to profess their faith in Jesus Christ when you are giving the invitation and have everyone close their eyes and lead them in a prayer. And then you feel someone grab your hand — you always get excited.
But when you open your eyes to find a 9-year-old boy standing there, you feel elated, but also anxious because you know you have not spoken with the child’s parents.
by Norm Miller
The twin spires of Grossmünster (great church) soar as sentinels over Zurich, Switzerland, and stand as the city’s most notable landmark. The building’s craftsmanship inspires awe, and the soaring ceilings naturally draw one’s attention heavenward.
Completed ca. 1230, Grossmünster and its steeples have seen significant historical events. Among them was the Zwingli-led transition from Catholicism to Protestantism. And another was the murder of Felix Manz, who parted with Zwingli regarding infant baptism.
Many people are concerned about today’s young people, the “What’s in it for me?” generation. In many ways, the designation is true, but God is always faithful to place a remnant within each generation no matter how perverse it gets. Much of the Bible tells the story of this small group of God-followers who continue to seek Him no matter what the political or social climate dictates. It is my privilege to walk alongside many of those whom God has called to be a part of this remnant.
by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“God never uses a man greatly until he hurts him deeply.”
So said A. W. Tozer. Few men can attest to this truth like John Donne, the 17th century English preacher, poet, and Dean of St. Paul’s Church in London from 1621 until his death in 1631. Today, Donne is more known for his poetry than for his preaching, but he was a master of both.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is known as the “father of English hymnody,” and for good reason. The author of at least 750 hymns, Watts left behind a remarkable legacy of theologically accurate hymn texts which incite valid religious affections. “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Joy to the World” are two of the more well-known texts which immediately come to mind. However, what often escapes notice is the fact that he was a pastor who preached faithfully for decades in an area that is now a part of inner London. After his education at the Dissenting Academy of Stoke-Newington, he immediately embarked on the path of faithful service in the local church as a pastor, preacher, and yes, prolific hymnist.