Author Eifion Evans is a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, living in Carmarthenshire.
He is the author of a number of books on the subject of revival, including: Revival Comes to Wales: The Story of the 1859 Revival in Wales (1959), The Welsh Revival of 1904 (1969), Revivals: Their Rise, Progress and Achievements (1961), and Two Welsh Revivalists (1985). He lives in Llanelli, Wales, and continues to study and write on the subject of revival.
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Preaching and Revival
Historically, there has been a close relationship between preaching and revival. Those revivals that have been the purest and most beneficial have given a preeminent place to the scriptural priority of preaching. In fact, a careful examination of preaching from past revivals reveals that God has been pleased to bless certain kinds of preaching with ...read
Revival in William Williams' Time
Williams had been converted in a revival. Several revivals broke out during his long ministry. He witnessed one great wave after another of God's Spirit breathing upon the land. In The Experience Meeting he describes the transformation in church and society which is brought about by such a season of refreshing from God:
"One time, there were ju ...read
The 1859 Revival in Wales
'That You [God] would come down' (Is. 64:1) describes an event that could only be traced to God's initiative, grace, and power. What was sluggish and deadening among God's people becomes vigorous and productive. The blessing spills over into the community, and spiritual realities become urgent concerns of an indifferent public. Revival is God breat ...read
The Puritan Use of Imagination
Wouldest thou see a Truth within a Fable?
Then read my fancies, they will stick like Burs
. . . come hither,
And lay my Book, thy head, and Heart together.
So wrote John Bunyan in his "Apology" to The Pilgrim's Progress at its first appearance in 1678.1 Time has proven him right. Few books, even of the powerful Puritan era, make as lasting ...read