There is a second Christian renaissance taking place all around the world that could possibly push to the completion of the Great Commission and usher in the Second Coming of Christ.
The Renaissance took place in Christian Europe in the mid-1400s with a radical freedom of faith that ushered in a radical freedom of thought in science, art, literature and politics. Governments and religious leaders did everything in their power to stop the freedom of thought, but their control was combated with the invention of the printing press. Monarchies and the Catholic Church’s monopoly of information was conquered with the illegal publishings of free Christian thinkers and in just 80 years, it created one of the most vibrant societies the world had ever seen.
That Renaissance is happening again, but this time its a reading renaissance. People across the globe, sick of modern day, weak, spineless Christian writings seem to be going back to a time when writers were bold, fearless, and creative.
There is a serious trend of younger believers reading older books.
And it is not just Christians. As society shows confusion over making the most absurdly simple definitions (like defining the difference between a man and a woman) even non-believers are reaching for older books. An explosion of old books are making a comeback on TikTok.
There is raw hunger among younger people to find foundational truths. This year, we saw that a massive revival broke out in a rural community in Kentucky among young people in a small, simple chapel. There were no fancy advertisements, famous speakers, marketing techniques, or smoke machines.
Today, the number one song on iTunes is not a corporate production or big record label name, but a simple man, singing with the steel guitar, in his backyard.
This hunger to return to the most primal, foundational teachings is hitting BTJ as well. This year, we published two books that were both written over 100 years ago. These books were published in response to the undeniable ‘dumbing down‘ pervasive in Christian literature today. They are the antidote to today’s books that have deliberately oversimplified the complexity of God’s Word.
Griffith John’s book “A VOICE IN THE DARKNESS” and Grace Stott’s “THE LAME SHALL TAKE THE PREY” are just those kind of books.
Be prepared for non-politically correct writings. There isn’t any Christian cotton candy found in these books that will tickle your ears, but the words from over 120 years ago will challenge the way you think about God and the Bible.
You will see the difference between these book and the modern Christian books of today within the first five minutes of reading them.
The words in these books do not read like any modern writing that the reader might be accustomed to. Prepare to be accosted by precise lexicon that painstakingly searches to convey concepts and ideas that can only be found in forgotten vocabulary. Allow the poetry of this 100 year-old language to transport you to another place and time.
Finally, and above all, yourself to bleed as the Sword of the Spirit wrapped in the dense theological and emotional presentation of this forgotten work cuts deep into his fleshly understanding of the Word. May the mind and soul be forever transformed, chasing the legacy of those who have gone before us. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:11
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