Office Hours With Bob Godfrey On The Anxious Bench

Office Hours 2016Much of modern evangelical theology, piety, and practice, is not driven by Scripture as much as it is driven by history. Many evangelicals assume, as I once did, that the altar call is a biblical practice. They do not know, as I did not, that the altar call is a nineteenth-century practice not found in the Bible nor was it found in the Reformation. Indeed, the very practice of holding revivals was neither biblical nor Reformation practice. The idea of “holding a revival” is the product of a powerful nineteenth-century movement that continues to influence us today in ways that we might not fully appreciate. Bob Godfrey is fellow who first helped me to understand what happened in the nineteenth century and how it continues to influence us today. He is President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Church History at Westminster Seminary California and he is Chairman of the Board of Ligonier Ministries. He joined us for this episode to talk about the continuing significance of the anxious bench and the Second Great Awakening. See the resources below for some of the titles we discuss in this episode.

Here is the episode.

  • The Office Hours Podcast Since 2009
  • Subscribe to Office Hours in Apple Podcasts or directly here or in any podcast app.
  • If you benefit from Office Hours, please take a moment to leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts so that others will find it and benefit too.
  • Thanks for listening!


Subscribe to the Heidelblog today!