S1E1: Bill Federer on Charles Finney, William Booth, George Williams, Henry Dunant, Edgar James Helms, and Jeremiah Lanphier

Bill Federer, author of America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, joins us to talk about social impact ministry throughout history, especially as a result of Charles Finney’s initial work.

He talks about several Christians who founded global organizations, such as William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army), George Williams (founder of the Young Men’s Christian Association, aka the YMCA), Henry Dunant (founder of the International Red Cross), and Edgar James Helms (founder of Goodwill).

He analyzes how Christian experience goes from a first generation convert, to a second generation legalist, to a third generation rebel.

Lastly, he tells the story of Jeremiah Lanphier and the Laymen’s Prayer Revival in New York City, which began on September 23, 1857.






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