Dallas Tent Revival

The Dallas Morning News reports that layman Kyle Martin has organized an old fashioned tent revival for Dallas, Texas. Sam Hodges describes the line-up of preachers who are slated to speak:

The first night’s speaker will be Sammy Tippit, a well-known evangelist from San Antonio.

From there on, Mr. Martin has scheduled a variety of Dallas-area preachers – all men – from conservative denominational churches, such as First Baptist Dallas and Highland Park Presbyterian, but also from local seminaries, independent ministries and Pentecostal congregations.

The list includes prominent black preachers, such as Dwight McKissic of Cornerstone Baptist in Arlington. Mark Gonzales, who leads the Standing for Truth Foundation and whom Mr. Martin described as “very plugged into” the Hispanic church scene, also will preach.

Mr. Martin acknowledged that it’s unusual to have in the same lineup pastors who believe in speaking in tongues and others who don’t. But he doesn’t anticipate conflict.

Mark Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary and one of the scheduled preachers, agreed.

“Personal and denominational agendas are not to be the purpose,” Dr. Bailey said. “The message of Christ and the biblical challenges are to be.”

The tent is set up right across the street from the college where I teach, and the meetings will last for forty days. Here’s the vital info for anybody who’s interested:

Location: 4005 Gaston Ave. Or follow the searchlight.

Dates: April 9 to May 18

Times: Daily prayer sessions, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.; worship services, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Organizer Kyle Martin hopes to have a Spanish translator for Saturday evening services.

Host church: Dallas Bible Church

Preachers: They include Sammy Tippit, Dwight McKissic, Kerby Anderson, Bob Bakke, Bill Glass. For a full schedule and more information, go to

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