ArchiveJanuary 2020

Divergent Thinking


(The statistical information in this article is from the book “Whisper” by Mark Batterson) In the early years of the Head Start program, a study was conducted involving sixteen hundred children who were tested in a wide variety of categories, including divergent thinking. Convergent thinking is the ability to correctly answer a question that doesn’t require creativity, just analytical...

Doubts and mystery – God will always provide a way


No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 Ron Boyd-MacMillan tells the story of a missionary to Tibet at the time of the Communist takeover in China. He was imprisoned on the charge of...

I was embarrassed


Once when visiting Czechoslovakia in the 1980’s, I delivered a Bible to an elderly pastor. He had not seen a Bible in years. He smelled it, kissed it with trembling lips, cradled it, and then with great reverence, opened it. Then he turned to me and said, “Let me tell you of my wounds.” And he poured out his trials for God, which included seven beatings by the secret police and the awful...

“Well Mr Stead, you’ve been to the revival. What do you think of it?”


When people are asked to explain their experience of revival, they struggle to say what they have experienced. The following is an account of the revival of a non-Christian, William Stead. At the time, Stead was the editor of the famous Paul Mall Gazette. He was believed by many to be the most powerful man in Britain at the time. He visited the South Wales Revival (1904-05), and The London...