What Do We Do About Sunday School?

Friday, 29 Apr 2011

By the late eighteenth century, almost all traces of Whitefield's work were gone, and Christians earnestly prayed, not for faithful churches, but for more revivals. Such a spiritual awakening occurred in 1800, when revivalism caught the spirit of a nation, and new converts enthusiastically formed nondenominational societies and organizations. American Sunday school was born, along with a variety of evangelistic and charitable works, including tract and Bible distribution, and aid for the inner city poor, orphans, and widows.
While vacationing in Hawaii for our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, my husband and I worshipped with a local church. The pastor biblically unpacked Acts 7, the story of Stephen. When the pastor described the stoning of Stephen, there was a collective gasp in the room. It was an electrifying moment when we realized that many in this congregation had never heard the story before! Seeing the Bible come alive this way was not only exciting but sobering. This sampling of modern America unfortunately echoes across time: "Another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done&...

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