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Allen M. Baker III, pastor of Christ Community Presbyterian Church (PCA) in West Hartford, CT, will address the theme of his book: "Seeking A Revival Culture: Essays on Fortifying an Anemic Church".
Our guest tonight has an earnest desire to see revival, and believes God wants to bring it, but laments that we are unwillng to pay the price. Tonight Pastor Baker will develop this theme Biblically.
Pastor Baker is also traveling around the country leading "Days of Revival Prayer", and tells us "God is meeting us powerfully in these
times in various churches!"
As the publishers describe Pastor Baker's book, "Seeking a Revival Culture":
"The great burden of Al Baker's life, that which drives him in Christian ministry more than anything else, is to see the church of the Lord Jesus Christ rise up and become mighty as she has been so often in past years. One thing has become very clear to Baker—the western church is in big trouble.
"Many pastors are terribly discouraged in their ministries. So are their people. Pastors have been told that they can model their ministries after whoever the latest and hottest preacher is, and all will be well with them, that they can expect exponential growth in their churches. With few exceptions, this has not been their experience. They have attended the seminars and read the latest books, but they have little to show for their efforts.
"As a pastor, Baker is heartbroken over the vastness of people's problems in today's church—everything from incest, child molestation, homosexuality, pornography, severe depression, suicide, divorce, wayward children, adultery, fornication, and more. The pastoral problems are epidemic. The Christian faith in American churches is woefully lacking. Church people are generally no different from those of the world.
"What are we to do? We need revival. We need a revival culture in the western church. We need, like Israel laboring under Egyptian bondage, to become intolerable of our circumstances. Israel cried out to the Lord when their slavery became intolerable to them. May God move us to divine discontent, to be dissatisfied with the status quo!..."
"Al Baker targets a revival culture by means of revival living prompted by a burden for an anemic Church and a hunger to see it return to revival vigor. His volume is as pulsating with Scriptural content and Spiritual energy to that end as I have read for quite some time. It illumines areas of revival living in an eye-opening fashion that should go a long way to cure the anemia that he shows to be all too prevalent." —Henry Krabbendam, Professor Emeritus, Covenant College
Pastor Baker is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America denomination and has been in the ministry for 25 years. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Prior to being called to Christ Community PCA, he was Senior Pastor of Golden Isles Presbyterian Church for 10 years; while there, he also served as Board Chairman of The Whitfield School from 1994-2002.
Pastor Baker has been actively involved in foreign missions to Central America, Africa, The British Isles, Asia and the Far East. He is a regular contributor to Come Follow, the magazine of Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship and produces a weekly e-mail devotional, Forget None of His Benefits (read now). Al and his wife, Wini, have been married over 35 years and have three grown children, Andrew, Allen and Jeff, and three grandchildren.
Tune in Sunday mornings at 7:30 for the 30-minute radio broadcast "Between Two Worlds", featuring the preaching of Pastor Baker, on WDRC-1360AM in Hartford, CT, on WMMW-1470AM in Meriden, CT or on WWCO-1240AM in Waterbury, CT (see this link).
Pastor Baker's sermons are now on www.sermonaudio.com.
You can contact Pastor Baker at Al.Baker@ChristCPC.org.
You can purchase "Seeking a Revival Culture" for $19.95, postage paid, by visiting the web site of Christ Community Presbyterian Church.