Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: I have spent most of the past two decades learning about what younger generations are spiritually seeking. And I continue to be impressed with their desire to forgo the more attractional processes of our Boomer churches, and instead concentrate on organic worship experiences, which are focused, less on performance and more on encounter. Here is an article that describes the revivals that have taken place at Asbury University. It’s interesting to note that one researcher said, “A lot of people sense that America and American Christianity have lost its way …And they seem to me that they are looking to get back to Jesus in a profound experiential way.”
Why students at a Kentucky Christian school are praying and singing round the clock.
by Bob Smietana, Religion News Service, 2/14/23.
Michael McKenzie, associate professor of religion and philosophy at Keuka College in upstate New York, said revivals have long been a staple in the Methodist tradition that Asbury belongs to…
The denomination often grew through revivals, large group meetings that stressed a personal experience of God and a return to the basics of Christianity…
McKenzie, who has studied early Methodist revivals, said that revivals often happened when people felt things had gone wrong and were trying to recapture something that had been lost.
Online accounts of the meetings at Asbury, he said, seem to “fit all the historical signposts of previous revivals.”
“I think a lot of people sense that America and American Christianity have lost its way,” he said. “And they seem to me that they are looking to get back to Jesus in a profound experiential way.”
Like revivals in the past, said McKenzie, the one at Asbury seems to have happened spontaneously. They often bypass leaders and start from the grassroots. That makes them harder to predict or control. They can also be a way of separating spiritual experience from the baggage of organized religion, said McKenzie.
Read more at … https://religionnews.com/2023/02/14/asbury-revival-why-are-students-at-a-small-christian-school-in-kentucky-praying-singing-round-the-clock-for-a-week/
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