Reflections on Impartiality

“There is no class of people exempt from broken hearts.  The rich and the poor suffer alike. There was a time when I used to visit the poor that I thought all the broken hearts were to be found among them, but within the last few years I have found there are as many broken hearts […]

3 Questions to Help Find the Truth

D.L. Moody’s world may well have been in need of “true men and women,” but I’m afraid the problem has only become worse. Our world has become less enamored with those who are “true and honest and upright” than we are with those who are “great.” At the very least, it seems to me that we are in a situation that makes it difficult to tell just who the honest might be because we see so much of those who are “great.”

3 Tips to Find Contentment with What Works

“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.” D.L. Moody I starting dating my wife in high school and, shortly after we started dating, I also starting working on her father’s farm. I was the “poster boy” for […]

A Prayer to Witness Faithfully

One of my most popular blog posts is entitled “No Flinching.”  In it I describe a posture that I developed throughout my time as a leader in higher education.  Essentially, not flinching requires (1)  the development of a non-defensive posture that remains curious and concerned for others, (2) a deep sense of self, (3) a […]

Praying as Jesus Prayed

The theology of the prayers of Jesus You may have heard the common phrase, “God is not a vending machine,” but why is that? Should I not ask for what I want? And how should I pray? Prayer becomes further complicated while pondering when (and how often) we should pray. Deeper still, I remember as […]

2020 and the Chicago Fire of 1871

As I write this, best estimates put the worldwide death toll for COVID-19 at a little over 930,000 people worldwide. At this point, one can only guess at the economic damage. Some of us have lost loved ones or property. This has been a devastating year for many of us. Dwight Moody also faced tremendous […]

Our Stories

It is not hard to believe that Dwight Moody inspired those who followed him to share the gospel and to build the body of Christ. The more I read about him, the more I come to understand why this man was particularly compelling. While Moody’s connection to Billy Graham is well known, Dwight Moody also […]

D.L. Moody in the memory of his contemporaries

In compiling the D.L. Moody Digital Archives, it has been inspiring to see that the same project has occurred to others before us, much closer to Moody in history, but similarly interested to understand his life and the great scope of his impact. Our project today builds on earlier efforts to gather records of Moody’s […]

DL Moody and Jesse Overholtzer: Great Child Evangelists for Christ

Pictured above: D.L. Moody (back row, left) with one of his first Chicago Sunday school classes, with Sunday school superintendent, J.V. Farwell (back row, right) The story of how God worked through humble men, a time of pandemic quarantine, and a small booklet of colors to reach generations of children with the Gospel. Moody goes […]

Where we’re headed: The future of the church in the United States, Part 4

My final aspirational prediction is informed by the house impeachment process and the reactions of various members of the evangelical community (e.g. the Christianity Today article entitled “Trump Should be Removed from Office”), as well as the upcoming election. As we express concerns or choose sides in political debates, Christians need to ensure that we […]