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Lakeland Revival

2008 May 23

A few days ago my Dad warned me about the latest “revival” about to hit this country.  In the tradition of the Toronto Blessing and Brownesville Revivals come: the Lakeland Revival.

There’s a good chance this could be the next “big” thing to a) get some charismatics very very excited, b) confirm conservative evangelicals in their anti-charismatic prejudice.  Oh, and make us look weird in the eyes of the media.  If you want a heads up, go see this page for a criticial look from a charismatic blogger.  And while you’re there, look here and here for more wise comment from one charismatic to others.

For something far more edifying, the same author wrote this list of 100 reflections based on 30 years of being a Christian.  Some fantastic and provoking thoughts to be read. Here’s a few good ones to do with Family and Youth Work:

  • We do a great disservice to families in our churches when we split them up the second they hit the lobby.
  • A youth minister’s primary responsibility isn’t to teens directly but to their parents. A good youth minister teaches parents how to teach their own teens, leaving the bulk of the responsibility to them.
  • We make an idol of the nuclear family if we raise it above the needs of the household of Faith.
  • We spend too much time trying to keep our youth from sleeping with each other and not enough time teaching them to be husbands and wives.

Update – here’s another report from Lakeland, the sad story of a family who went with their autistic child and the abuse of religion they experienced.

3 Responses
  1. May 23, 2008

    Thank you very much for the many links to my blog Cerulean Sanctum. I pray that your readers are blessed by what I’ve written. Thank you also for the kind words.

  2. June 16, 2008

    Thanks for the useful and thoughtful post. I am personally concerned by quite a few things that I have seen and read about Lakeland. Here is an article that I found helpful from a charismatic perspective (link and article on my blog).

    Are you going to Dwell UK to hear Mark Driscol? 12th July so may see you there-should be a good day.

  3. Veronica Ward permalink
    August 25, 2008

    Hello. I was doing research into the Lakeland revival and came across your blog. There are things about this revival that just ring the alarm bells.

    I am worried about the body of Christ.

    Veronica, Stoke on Trent

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