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Good news, bad news

The religious revival is outside the church

The good news is that we are living through the biggest religious revival our country has seen in 40 years.

The bad news is that it is happening mainly outside the Christian church.

Movies feature angels, gurus hand out advice on the Internet, Gregorian chant CDs sell briskly and the "spirituality" publishing market for 1997 is estimated at half a billion dollars. People are looking for something, and they are hunting around the edges of traditional religion to find it. It's enough to make a person want to go out and shout, "Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy" (Isaiah 55:2)?


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