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The Powerful, Practical Benefits of Street Preaching

By Al Baker - Posted at Forget None Of His Benefits: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me,’” -Matthew 16:24 Several years ago Wini and I traveled to the University of Alabama where I led a time of revival prayer for about thirty college students. The plan originally was for me to speak for about an hour and then lead the students in revival prayer for another hour. I spoke for about ninety minutes and then we prayed. It was one of those meetings where the Holy Spirit showed up in great power. We prayed continually for almost three hours and by ten o’clock that night the students were on their faces, confessing sin, and crying out to God for an outpouring of the Spirit on the Alabama campus. The very next week a tornado came through the campus and one of the students who had been saved a year or two earlier and was a swimmer on the Alabama swim team was killed when a wall collapsed on him and his

Three Congregations That Grew During The Covid Lockdown

By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at The Heidelblog: Published October 16, 2023  Three congregations that reportedly grew during the Covid lockdowns in 2020: Christ Church in Moscow, ID; Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA; and Trinity Church in Scottsdale, AZ. These three congregations have a few things in common. Each is led by a powerful personality: Doug Wilson , John MacArthur , and Mark Driscoll respectively. Each of these pastors has been controversial in one way or another, some of which have been chronicled in this space. All of them, to one degree or another, generated controversy over their reaction to the Covid mandates. All of them too took a very public stand in defiance of public health regulations. Comments in a recent article on Driscoll’s congregation in Scottsdale capture well what happened: Driscoll’s ministry in Phoenix grew rapidly during the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. After just a brief closure in the pandemic’s earliest days, Driscoll made the decision to o