Review of Atherstone and Jones, eds., MAKING EVANGELICAL HISTORY

I’ve recently reviewed Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones, eds., Making Evangelical History: Faith, Scholarship and the Evangelical Past, Routledge Studies in Evangelicalism (New York: Routledge, 2019), for “Reading Religion,” a publication of the American Academy of Religion.

You can read the review HERE.

Don’t Ask Me to Pray

Almost 20 years ago, I published this column in Faith Today (September 2001). A reader recently wrote to the FT editors asking for its location online since he remembered it and wanted to send it around to some others. Since I don’t often get asked for citations of 20-year-old writings, I thought I’d celebrate by putting it up here, too.

Corporate prayer itself seems to be a good thing. “Two or three gathered together” in the name of Christ seems to entail Christ’s own presence with them, and that seems a good thing indeed.

What I don’t see in the Bible, however, is anything like the following: “And if you get two or three more, then I’ll be twice as among you as I would have been with half that number. Send out word to a bunch of other Christians and get them to pray, and that will not only increase my presence among you in a mathematically proportionate way; it will increase the odds [ahem] that your prayer will be answered the way you want it to be.

“Indeed, the very best technique [I use this term advisedly] is to send out a chain letter to maximize the number of people taking time from the things they normally would be praying for to pray for you and your concern.”

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