A few days ago I was reading through some of the latest posts from blogs I follow and came across a lovely poem by a man named Leonard Ravenhill. I hadn’t heard the name before so decided to investigate.
Ravenhill (1907-1994) was an English preacher and evangelist who spent the latter part of his life in the United States. He emphasised the need for revival and a return to the Christianity of the early church that we find chronicled in the Book of Acts. I found this interesting as there are parallels to the Last Reformation movement, which I have been involved with, and which has similar ambitions.
I thought I would simply offer you a taste of Ravenhill’s thinking in the form of eight quotes that I found attributed to him. Then, if you would like to investigate further, I have added some key links below.
“If weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere”
“Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?”
“A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience”
“Children can tell you what Channel 7 says, but not what Matthew 7 says”
“Maturity comes from obedience, not necessarily from age”
“The Bible is either absolute, or it’s obsolete”
“Any method of evangelism will work – if God is in it”
“A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way.”
Have you come across Ravenhill before? Feel free to share anything you know about him in the comments below.