Tim Keller Blog Notes — “Revival: Ways and Means”

In a recent blog post, Keller carefully describes several “factors that, when present, often become associated with revival by God’s blessing.” Tim’s favorite book on this topic is William B. Sprague’s Lectures on Revivals of Religion (1832) — an oldie but a goodie, apparently 🙂

Here is the list of factors that Keller shares:

  1. Extraordinary prayer
  2. Recovery of the grace-gospel — that we are saved by God’s grace, not by moral effort
  3. Renewed individuals
  4. The use of the gospel on the heart in counseling
  5. Creativity

Keller’s addition of creativity to the list encouragers believers to unwed themselves to specific techniques or programs, and to instead be on the lookout for new ways to communicate the timeless truths of the gospel. “For example, under Wesley and Whitefield, outdoor preaching was a new, galvanizing method. Mid-day public prayer meetings were important to the Fulton Street revival in downtown NYC in 1857-58. I’m ready to say thatcreativity might be one of the marks of revival, because so often some new way of communicating the gospel has been part of the mix that God used to bring a mighty revival.”

May the gospel be the centerpiece of all that we do.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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