Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORD’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
Many nations shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.” Micah 4.1, 2
The monk Jonas reported on the response to Columbanus’ ministry in Gaul: “Here then [Luxeuil] the excellent man began to build a monastery. At the news of this people streamed in from all directions in order to consecrate themselves to the practice of religion, so that the large number of monks scarcely had sufficient room.”
Why did multitudes of Gaul’s finest young people stream up to Columbanus’ monastery at Luxeuil? Didn’t they have churches scattered throughout their country? And pastors preaching and presiding over their congregations? Why did they have to trek half-way across the country to this new and foreign community?
Jonas explains: “The children of nobles from all directions strove to come thither; despising the spurned trappings of the world and the pomp of present wealth, they sought eternal rewards.”
But weren’t they already getting this in the churches in Gaul? Apparently not. What these young people and others heard from Columbanus was totally different from the lifeless, status-quo, church life offered in their parishes. Whatever they were receiving from the ministries of their churches, it did not satisfy their hunger for “eternal rewards.”
Luxeuil was the second monastery Columbanus established in Gaul, Annegray being the first. The result was the same in each place. When people found out where the great man was staying, they came to him to learn the Word of God and devote themselves to following Christ. Micah foresaw such a day, and he said that the reason this would happen was that “out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD…” (v. 2) Where the witness of the Gospel is lived and taught, people will be drawn to the life-giving Word and Spirit of Christ (Jn. 6.63).
A Little Help from our friends
Our desire, in the Pastor to Pastor facet of our ministry, is to encourage and serve church leaders by as many means as we can. You can help us do a better job.
We’re looking for 15-20 men who would be willing to participate in an online focus group to talk about your ministries and what we can learn from you to serve you better. We would like to pursue five lines of questions:
- What’s the best thing happening in your church currently?
- What is one thing you wish you would like to do more of in your ministry?
- What do you think of, or what do you see happening, as you pray “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?
- What has your church found most effective for equipping the saints for works of ministry?
- How does the vision of God’s Kingdom factor into the life of your church?
We have chosen three afternoon slots (3:00-4:00 Eastern) for three focus groups of 5-6 men each:
From the Celtic Revival
We’ve gathered a few resources about the Celtic Revival onto a single page at our website. Visit by clicking here to watch a video, listen to a podcast, download a resource, or ask a question about the Celtic Revival. Check out our newest podcast, Celtic Legacy, which offers a more in-depth look at some of the writings from this period.
Here’s an excerpt from the current issue of Crosfigell, our twice-weekly teaching letter drawing insights from the writers of the Celtic Revival:
Far from his friends was Coemgen
Steadfastly among the crags;
Nobly and alone he saw the order
Which was brought to the brink of the fair lough.
At night he would rise without fear
To perform his devotion in this fort;
There he would early recite his hours
(Standing) habitually in the lough up to his girdle.
- Life of Coemgen (II) (7th century) 
Discipline, self-denial, devotion to the Lord, love for their community. Such were the burdens of many of the leaders of this great, 400-year period of revival.
What does Crosfigell mean? Here’s a little video explaining the name of our teaching letter.
T. M. Moore.
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 Plummer, Lives of Irish Saints, p. 132.