In this episode, I interview my friend, Jeremy Craxford, who invited me and Cindy to come to Newcastle, UK, to present a conference. Here are some of the points we discuss:
- The northeast of England has a rich spiritual heritage, as God used men like John Wesley, William Booth, Alexander Boddie, and others to build the church in years past.
- Church attendance now in Sunderland, where Jeremy lives, is less than 1%.
- Jeremy discusses growing up in a home where faith was not important, and the practice then and now of parents in the UK who have no faith but want their children in Sunday School or, sometimes, Christian schools.
- The Muslim community in the Northeast is much stronger than the Christian community and boasts many more ‘nuclear families.’
- Jeremy discusses what he believes is the root cause of the spiritual decline in the UK: the pulpits have gone silent. The Word of God is not being preached.
- Jeremy talks about a turning point in his own life, when he realized his spiritual responsibility to his family.
- Revolution in World Missions is available for free download here: http://www.gfa.org/resource/books/revolution/
- Email Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jeremy Craxford was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. He now lives in Sunderland in the North East of England. He works as an accountant and is married to Alison. They have three daughters between ages 21 and 12, all of whom still live at his home.
He is a very ordinary Christian seeking to love and disciple his family and serve God. He does not lead any churches or head up any organizations, but would love to help plant a church one day. His favorite historical figures are King Alfred the Great, John Wesley, William Booth, Charles Spurgeon and Smith Wigglesworth, the latter four of whom successfully combined pulpit preaching with open air evangelism. His favorite modern day preachers are David Pawson (not too well known in the USA) and Ray Comfort (who you may well have heard of). His passion is to see a deep and far-reaching reformation of church life in the UK and Europe affecting pastoral ministry, Bible teaching, evangelism… and family-based discipleship.