“The Revival We Need”


Dwight A. Moody 

“What this country needs is a real revival.”


It is a statement I read regularly and hear occasionally. I always ask in response, “What would that look like?”


I am curious as to what people imagine such an event might be. I remember the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. That was a revival, but it was unlike what established church people thought the country needed.


The United States has had a few religious movements that impacted much of the nation. We call two of them the First Great Awakening (led by New York evangelist Charles G. Finney) and the Second Great Awakening (led by itinerate Methodist John Wesley).


If another religious revival were to sweep the country, what would happen? Who would be influenced? How would our country be different? …




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Commentary: Archives

Here is an archive of my new series of weekly columns, which began in the spring of 2018.  I have marked with an asterisk * those that are part of the GTM File (about my father and the two things that shaped him as a person, a pastor, and a parent); see also the GTM page.)

The Circle of Seventy

The Revival We Need 

A New Opportunity for MH

The Jezebel of Third Baptist Church

A New Moral Majority?

The Faith of Joseph Biden

Lynching of Nancy Pelosi 

Raphael Warnock, Baptist Preacher

Jesus on the Move

Some Good Things in 2020

Mighty Mohler Has Struck Out

For the Soul of America

Mesa, Arizona 

Red, White, and Blue

Gerrymandered Gospel 

The New Foursquare Gospel

Seven Steps of Civility and Sensibility

Black on White *

I’m Taking a Walk 

A Small Steel Mystery *

Three Dirty Little Kids *

Referendum on Trump

The Last Legal Hanging *

White Christian America

Politics and Prayer 

Jesus, RBG, and the Law 

Soundtrack of My Life

The Soul of the Church 

We Thought It Could Not Be Done

Standing on the Street Corner

Abortion and the Virus 

The Power and the Glory

Redeeming the Year

Seven Steps Toward Justice 

What I Miss Most 

More of What Happened 

Here Is What Happened

Late Great Planet Earth

Walk Together Children 

The Color of Jesus

Lexington and Galveston 

Black Lives Matter

When Christians Ruled 

Lament and Longing 

The Pentecost We Need 

A Christian in Brunswick 

Is This Man A Christian?

Ever the Twain Did Meet?

Remembering Ridgecrest

Science, State, & Stranger

He Did Not Have To Die

Moses, Jesus, and Brett 

In Honor of Pierce Gerety

The New Mission Field 

Pandemic: What It Ain’t

Is Your Church Ready?

Pandemics and Prayers 

Give Me the Ashes

The Color of Money 

All the Way to Rome

Turn Your Radio On!

Where’s Jesus?

Eulogizing Kobe

The Education of a White Man 

Living with an Angel

On the Road Again

Signs of Hope 

What’s Right with Southern Religion?

What’s Wrong with Southern Religion?

The End of the World 

Partners in Persecution 

The Write and Wrong of C. S. Lewis

Can the Court Save the Culture?

With Billy Barr on the Sawdust Trail

Can Singing Save America?

Living, Dying, and Praying 

The Mystery of  Mister Trump 

One Story, Two Visions

Blowing in the Wind 

Will You Also Unsubscribe?

What Do They Want?

“A Completely Crazy Position”

“Let It Go. Give It Up. Throw It Down.”

“I No Longer Identify As A Christian”

Graham, King, and the Two Americas

I Am So Very Sad

Running as a Pro-Jesus Democrat 

Celebrating America the Beautiful 

Surviving a Screen Sabbatical 

Moving the Statue of Liberty

Jesus Loves Obamacare 

Freedom or Confusion?

Praying for the President

And What Do You Do?

Saving the Catholic Church

A View From the Top 

Praying on a Three-Legged Stool 

Was Jesus a Christian?

Keeping My Religion in 2020

What Has Paris To Do With Jerusalem?

Getting Religion in 2020

Religion, Politics, and Election 

Listening to the Preacher 

Making America Great Again

David, Goliath, and Donald

Southern Baptists and United Methodists 

Practicing Exclusion 

Praying for Revival

From the East and the West

Forgetting the Past

Remembering Angela 

Loving Our Neighbor 

Preaching Us Together 

My Theory of Preaching 

Twice A Year

Helping Dr. Mohler 

Reading Thomas Merton

Meeting Kevin Cosby

When I Read the Book

Bohemian Encounter

A Future for Baptist Seminaries?

Fear in Politics and Religion

The First Muslim Seminary

Don’t Preach This Sermon


The Lilly Endowment 

The Christian Tsunami

Words Seem Like Nonsense 

The Big House in the Middle 

Judge, Preacher,  and Good Samaritan 

I’ll Pass on the Bottle 

A Week of Shame and Pride 

Sabbatical Grace 

Questions for Catholics 

Religious Liberty for All

Resurrection of Kristopher Hampton 

Death of Kristopher Hampton 

All About the Children 

I Pledge my Allegiance

Let’s Move the Statue of Liberty 

Some Preachers of Promise

Southern Baptist Need Pope Francis 

Mystery of the Trump Presidency 

Two Funerals: Graham and Cone 

On the Other Side of Oddville

Here are a few of the articles and stories from my book On the Other Side of Oddville. These were collected from my first series of columns, published by Mercer Press in 2002. You can order a copy by using the response from at the bottom of this page; $20 will cover the cost of the book and mailing. (Checks to Dwight A. Moody).