I Am the Captain of My Soul: Billy Graham

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(This post is the latest installment in a series on Billy Graham.  See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.) Graham’s focus on human experience vis-à-vis biblical authority and as an apologetic for the Christian faith provided the bands of attachment to him and his ministry from two directions—both moderates and conservatives found resonance…



Heart Faith and Deep Change

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Both in preparing to write these blogs and in preparing to teach a course on American revival, I have spent some time with the sermons, theology, and revival lectures of Charles Finney. He is a fascinating read. I find some things well said and edifying—truly and clearly put in the defense of truth. He had…



Charles Finney: Sharing a Context

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I will propose in the next couple of posts that Charles Finney set in motion ideas and methods that greatly altered the American evangelical understanding of Christian experience and truth. Before I launch into that, however, I want to point to several assumptions that Finney shared with those who initially opposed him. First, in times of declension revival…