New England’s “Quiet Revival” at Slate.com

Over at Slate, Ruth Graham has published a piece surveying the “quiet revival” that many believe is happening in New England. In the article she draws on the perspective of New England pastors like Brandon Levering, Jeffrey Bass, and Stephen Um.

Here’s an excerpt:

The pastors who have come to New England say they come with a calling of love, service, and, yes, transformation. “This movement is not a political movement,” Um says. “This is happening on an organic, grassroots level from people with a burden for pursuing the common good and loving their neighbor, but still holding onto an orthodox doctrine.”

And after all, the work of spreading the gospel is not new here. The royal charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, drafted in 1691, states that this was the very purpose of the colony: “to win and incite the natives of the country to the knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Savior of mankind, and the Christian faith.” As some new New Englanders see it, that’s even more true today. The question is how the natives will respond.

You can read the rest of the article here. Let’s continue to pray that this “quiet revival” will grow in its scope and impact as the gospel takes deeper root in our churches and communities.