the other day i was reading the paper and there was an article about a recent mishap regarding Billy Graham. as i recall, i think he had taken a spill at home. anyway, my 12 year old son was sitting next to me and it dawned on me that he might not know anything about Billy Graham, crusades, or revivals.
this conversation reminded me of my Southern Baptist childhood and the church’s annual revival. in the church world, a revival is a 3-4 day series of worship services designed to inspire active members and to gain new converts typically using a well-known speaker (and worship leader) to make the event “special”.
i think what i enjoyed most as a teenager was the adventure that came with the thrill of the unknown that revivals brought with them. what was the speaker going to be like? would he inspire me? would i like the worship leader? would my life change in some way? would i learn something new about my faith? would a friend i had invited come to know the Lord as his Savior?
call me corny, but i love revivals.
i wonder why we don’t do them anymore?
i need a revival. who’s with me?