There is burgeoning interest in the story of mid-twentieth-century evangelicalism, as evidenced by an increasing number of significant studies of that era in church history. The Surprising Work of God builds on these studies and tells the story of how America's mid-twentieth century spiritual awakening became a worldwide Christian movement. This seminal study brings a unique perspective to the history, personalities, and institutions of that period and offers an intimate look at evangelicalism through the window of the life, ministry, and writings of Harold John Ockenga and his long friendship with Billy Graham. Ockenga was pastor of the historic Park Street Congregational Church in Boston and cofounder of Fuller Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Christianity Today. As such, he was a central figure in the birth and development of American neo-evangelicalism. The Surprising Work of God is sure to become essential reading for courses in American church history.
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