28th April 2016
*This interview was originally from March 2012. Since then, Tom has released a new book on revival, ‘Scotland: Land of Many Revivals’:
Tom Lennie was born and raised in the beautiful parish of Orphir, in Orkney. Earning a degree at Aberdeen University, he worked in accountancy for some years. Though debilitated by chronic fatigue syndrome, Tom has served as a music and book reviewer for many years. With a particular passion for spiritual revivals worldwide, he owns a sizeable library of revival literature of books and journals from all over the world. He presently resides in Edinburgh, where he is working on the next volume of his trilogy on Scottish revival movements. His first book, Glory In The Glen, was released in 2009 through Christian Focus Publishing. To contact Tom or find out more information, please visit http://www.scottishrevivals.co.uk/.
1) Can you name some occasions where music has played a prominent role in a revival?
Music has played a prominent part in virtually every revival I’ve read about.
4th February 2014
1 Corinthians 1:25
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
Paul calls the divine ordaining and encompassing of the cross of Jesus Christ the foolishnessand weakness of God (1 Corinthians 1:25). He is being ironical, of course, for he knows Christ to be God’s wisdom and power (verse 24). He is insisting that the word of the cross appears as folly to those who have not understood it. He is making a positive theological point as well, namely, that the death of God’s Son on Calvary shows how completely God, in love to mankind, was willing to hide His glory and become vulnerable to shame and dishonour. Now God in love calls men to embrace and boast of this foolish-seeming, weak-looking, disreputable event of the Cross as the means of their salvation. It is a challenge to sinful pride of both mind and heart.
Similarly, God in love calls us to humble ourselves by bowing to Holy Scripture, which also has an appearance of foolishness and weakness when judged by some human standards, yet it is truly His Word and the means of our knowing Him as Saviour. God first humbled Himself for our salvation in the Incarnation and on the cross and now He humbles Himself for our knowledge of salvation by addressing us in and through the often humanly unimpressive words of the Bible.
The classical name for the quality of God in which whereby He lovingly identifies with what is beneath Him is condescension (patronizing), and the etymological (study of words) significance is “coming down to be with.” The condescension of God in becoming a baby Jew, in being executed on a Roman gibbet, and in proclaiming His goodness and His gospel to us via the down-to-earth, unliterary, often rustic words of the sixty-six canonical books, is one and the same and spells the same reality throughout: love to the uttermost.
Excerpts taken from ‘The J.I Packer Classic Collection:’ “Honouring the Written Word of God.”
22nd February 2012
From Bob Kauflin: a list of drums and percussion in the Old Testament. You’ll be surprised at how many times it’s mentioned!
(Gen 31:27 NIV) Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?
(Exo 15:20 NIV) Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.
(Judg 11:34 NIV) When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.