Prayer as a Way of Walking in Love: A Personal Journey – Francis Chan

Pastor John Piper said that Francis Chan’s message at the 2010 National Conference was probably one of the most listened to talks in Desiring God Conference history.

That’s remarkable.  In some ways this surprises me.  But in other ways, it doesn’t at all. 

There will no doubt be some who feel this is a bad thing, as Francis Chan doesn’t adequately measure up to their standards of Reformed purity.  The popularity, they will suppose, stems from the ever increasing downgrading of Evangelicalism.    

But I, for one, very much like him. 


He’s humble, transparent and child-like in his faith, which isn’t at all meant to be a put down.  Child-like faith is a glorious thing.  And I cannot help but thirst for more of it, when I listen to Pastor Chan. 

The message is on prayer.  It is a personal and convicting and joyous exploration of prayer in the life of a Christian.  Francis Chan will certainly make some of us uncomfortable, due to his slightly touchy-feely personality-  uhg, no wait.  That’s not the right way to put it.  What is he?  Emotional and vulnerable.  That’s probably better.  So yes, Francis Chan’s message has a lot of feeling in it.  I’ve wondered in the past if some of it is put on, but I don’t think so.  I think it’s really him.  And that makes it good.  It’s fresh and honest. 

Difficulty: Easy

Must Listen Factor: High to Must Listen. 

Length: 1 hour and ten minutes.

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  1. Nathan W. Bingham February 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Austin, I just want to say I really appreciate your “audio reviews”. With so much potential audio out there to digest, your reviews are really helpful. Thanks!

    • Austin Brown February 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      Thanks Nathan! It’s good to know it’s helpful. Oh, and hey, if you’re ever looking for something in particular, drop me a line. Maybe a particular subject or speaker? Don’t hesitate.

  2. Brandon Fisher February 24, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    I want to echo Nathan’s comment above. We’re going to watch the above for our Sunday Night Focus this week.

    Regarding your question to Nathan, I actually have a request. Have you come across any good videos/audio sermons/talks in regards to church rejuvenation? Or even church planting and being “on-mission”. As you may know from my folks we’re working here in McKinnon at an old congregation that we pray will be salt and light in the city of Melbourne. We, the church family, meet fortnightly at our house on Sunday nights for what we’ve called Sunday Night Focus, to watch/listen to video/audio sermons. So far we’ve listened to Keller’s “shall I not love that great city” on Jonah 4, Driscoll’s “the ox: putting preachers in their place” and “the ox: qualifications for a church planter”.

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