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Volume 13, Issue 04

November 2014

‘A flame of pure and holy fire’: The life and ministry of George Whitefield

EDITOR’S NOTE: Three hundred years ago, the father of modern evangelicalism was born in Gloucester, England. George Whitefield (1714-1770) is widely regarded as a powerful preacher and the greatest evangelist in modern times. His ministry consisted of innovative methods to reach the masses and tireless travels to spread the gospel. In 1835, two prominent English…

7 Questions about George Whitefield with Thomas S. Kidd

Three hundred years after his birth, George Whitefield is regaining prominence for his role in the Great Awakening and American revivalism. Towers editor S. Craig Sanders asks historian Thomas S. Kidd about Whitefield’s influence and Kidd’s new biography, George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father. 1. What most intrigued you about George Whitefield to write this…

History Highlight: How George Whitefield reshaped a famous Christmas carol

Although the name George Whitefield is not readily associated with Christian hymnody, he left his own mark on one of the most famous Christmas carols, penned by his friend and contemporary, Charles Wesley. The Wesleys had an enduring friendship and connection with Whitefield, beginning with their Oxford “Holy Club,” followed by separate missionary journeys to…

Feature book review: Mark Seifrid’s ‘The Second Letter to the Corinthians’

The Second Letter to the Corinthians Mark A. Seifrid Other than Jesus himself, there is perhaps no more important figure in Christian history than the Apostle Paul. As the one given as a “light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13:47), Paul embodies a unique role…

Book reviews: ‘Edwards on the Christian Life,’ ‘Ordinary,’ ‘The Great and Holy War,’ and ‘George Whitefield’

Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God  Dane C. Ortlund Review by Colton Guffey In Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God, Dane C. Ortlund reflects on how Jonathan Edwards understood the Christian life in hopes that the reader may grow more aware of the beauty of…

The gospel of the suffering apostle: Seifrid discusses new commentary on 2 Corinthians

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, Mark Seifrid, Mildred and Ernest Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation, discusses his new commentary, The Second Letter to the Corinthians, with Towers writer Andrew J.W. Smith. AJWS: Second Corinthians tends not to garner the same popular attention among evangelicals as Romans, Ephesians, or even 1 Corinthians. What makes 2 Corinthians important…

Southern Story: The Boyce College ‘dad’: Dave DeKlavon

As Boyce College’s enrollment increases, Dave DeKlavon’s family continues to grow. In the eyes of the world, DeKlavon is childless. However, the associate dean knows there is more to the story. “Sometimes the hardships of life have their own benefits. My wife and I weren’t able to have any children, so we like to joke…

Towers | November 2014