America at the Crossroads—These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls

In 1776, a pamphlet titled, The American Crisis opened with the memorable phrase: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” In that same year, America officially declared independence, and our great country was born.  Although controversy surrounds the biblical...

Do You Really Want God to Rend the Heavens?

Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! — Isaiah 64:1 Decades ago, Gordon Cove challenged readers when he wrote, “You have not sought the Lord with ‘your whole heart’ until you have tried a protracted season of prayer and fasting.” Could a lack...

Being Controversial Isn’t Necessarily Wrong

If God decides to usher in another spiritual awakening where the church comes alive and sinful man repents on a large scale, it will not be nice and tidy. All great moves of God have been controversial. As a student of revivals, I understand that being “controversial”...

Would You Have Been Embarrassed in the Upper Room?

*Excerpted from my series on revival and my new book, “Oh God, Would You Rend the Heavens? Understanding and Contending for a Genuine Spiritual Awakening.” More here.  Although I consider myself a conservative, I often wonder how so many conservatives can quote...

Handcuffed Emotions—Straight as a Gun Barrel but Just as Empty

*Excerpted from my series on revival and my new book, “Oh God, Would You Rend the Heavens? Understanding and Contending for a Genuine Spiritual Awakening.” More here.  In my last article, I asked: Are you alive spiritually? Are you hungry for more of God’s...

Embarrassed by the Spirit—Don’t Extinguish the Flames of Revival

I tend to be “safely conservative.” I use The MacArthur Study Bible and read Spurgeon's sermons. My father was an extremely hardworking man who grew up on a farm in Oklahoma. As a result, I was raised in a tough environment where crying was not allowed and...

Still Silent Shepherds—An Open Letter To Post-Pandemic Pastors

“What’s going on in California?” is a question that I’ve been asked a lot lately. This time last year, we launched what became known as #TheStadiumRevival. People came from all over Southern California to experience God in profound and powerful ways and we are doing...

The Cry of the Prophets—A Call to Anguish

“When God determined to recover a ruined situation, he would find a man and baptize him in anguish” (David Wilkerson). And this is exactly what we need today! Anguish is defined as severe physical or emotional pain or distress. Spiritual anguish is when we feel deeply...

Oh God, Rend the Heavens and Heal our Crippled Churches and Dying Nation

A Special Edition Article for the National Day of Prayer by Pastor Shane Idleman *Here is a link to a message by the same title given at Westside Christian Fellowship. God moved powerfully in this special service. To view click here I’m sure we can all agree that evil...

Idleman Uplugged

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Today, as we continually drift away in a current of moral decline and relativism, many believe that the battle is too advanced and that we cannot make a difference. Shane, however, believes that we can. 

Shane Idleman

Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Leona Valley, Ca. His sermons, books, articles, and radio program have sparked change in the lives of many.