Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Expanding the blog

After only one week we already have 6 followers, and we are continuing to expand the blog, with the goal of creating a substantial reader base. We already appear on the second page of Google results for the search "Fifth Great Awakening" (there are over 10 pages of results). We are also considering created a Facebook page, either for the blog or the "Fifth Great Awakening" in general.

Please help us expand! If you are reading this blog, please tell others about it. Tell them on Twitter or tell them in person. There are thousands of Americans who agree with the message of this blog, but who, without your help, will never hear of it. I hope in another week can double our followers and reader base, and I believe we can do it if every reader helps.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Signs of a Great Awakening; "Gateway Bibles"

In the essay cited in the very first post here, and in my own opinion, the way to a new Great Awakening is to mix the traditional Gospel message with a more modern style. In the essay this concept was expressed in the phrase "The style of Barack Obama [delivery of the message], the substance of the Gospel [the message itself]."

USA today reported in October 2008 that Bible publishers were producing Bibles meant to appeal to the secular crowd; some of these Bibles were styled like teen magazines, and one featured a photo of Angelina Jolie. This modern delivery of the Gospel message is almost exactly the kind of thing I have been thinking, and I only just read the news story today. Here it is.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Here is an example of how we can begin a Great Awakening

On July 14, Judge Lucinda V. Sadler of the Laconia Family Court in New Hampshire approved and issued an order forcing a 10 year old Christian homeschooled girl into public school because of her “rigidity on matters of faith.” Though the Marital Master Michael Garner said “it is clear that the home schooling...has more than kept up with the academic requirements of the...public school system,” he also said that “[the girl's] vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to [her] counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view.” This sort of government meddling in education is wrong and unprecedented.

What we can do is call the office of the Laconia Family Court and let them know that millions of Americans, Christian or not, agree that it is not the role of any branch or level of government to interfere in personal decisions as this court has. We can also express support for the right to homeschool our children.

Court office contact info:

Phone : (603) 524-7755
Hours : Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm (Quotes taken from here)

Well, we have to begin somewhere

I am pretty new to blogging. I have some experience working on the internet but I have never managed, and barely edited, a blog before. Even though I am speaking in the first person, I am not going to use my real name in posts for purposes of privacy. In fact, my real does not matter for the purpose of this project.

I happen to believe that in this country, the United States of America, there will be a Christian revival in the coming years comparable in many ways to the "Great Awakenings" of our past history. I am writing this blog to spread this idea and, honestly, to help myself understand what I am thinking!

I will elaborate on all sorts of details as I get the feel of blogging and find worthy news stories, writings and thoughts of my own, etc.

I have had this idea, or some form of it, for almost two years. You may consider it crazy, or unprecedented (which, examining history, it is not) or simply unlikely. Think what you want, but I want you to read this blog and read the posts here, and think about it.

Without further ado, here is a link to a wonderful essay detailing one take on this proposed "Fifth Great Awakening." It is entitled "The Coming Fifth Great Awakening in America." Read it, or just skim through it. I believe that some of its observations and propositions are truly insightful.