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Renewal: The Church that Expands Outward (Davis)

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The Protestant Reformation had redrawn the map of the Christian world. Now the Church sought to take the hope of the Christian Gospel where it had not been before.

The nearly three centuries covered in this volume give us a picture of the incredible energy and great expansion of the Church throughout the world, and the people who led the way through a variety of abilities that God gave them. Harry Hosier, William Wilberforce, Emilie Mallet, and Sojourner Truth took bold stands against wrongdoing and injustice. Cyril Lucaris, John Owen, John Bunyan, and David Brainerd suffered well as they faithfully shared the goodness of Christ. Great preachers arose in the form of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and Charles Spurgeon, all of whom communicated the Gospel with clarity and passion. And God stirred the hearts of missionaries like Robert Moffat, Hudson Taylor, and Dwight Moody to offer hope in Christ to those who were walking in spiritual darkness.

The result was a Church that, by the end of this era, had expanded to lands previously unreached, bringing glory to the Lord who continued to guide His Church.


Luke Herron Davis teaches ethics and church history at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. He has authored books in the Cameron Ballack Mysteries and the Merivalkan Chronicles, as well as ‘Tough Issues, True Hope’. He has also penned lyrics to over seventy new hymns. An ordained priest in the Anglican Church in North America, Luke lives with his wife Christi and their family in St. Charles, Missouri.


Nick Needham, Lecturer in Church History, Highland Theological College, Dingwall, Scotland

… a chance to see history unfold. … Each story is vividly told so that the reader learns how the Gospel impacted each person and the world around them.

Linda Finlayson, Author of ‘God’s Timeline’ and ‘God’s Bible Timeline’

Davis has produced a volume that provides a helpful survey of missions since the reformation. Creating narratives that make the lives of gospel proclaimers come to life, the author makes the lives of the well known as well as the not so well known accessible to the reader.

Thomas L. Foley, Executive Director, Christian Educators Outreach