Here we present an essay by Henry Drummond, one of the theologians, who (like F.B. Meyer) was an inspiration to Frank Buchman and other Oxford Groupers. Buchman said about “Spiritual Diagnosis” that it was the inspiration for Soul Surgery (see downloads).
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Changed by Grace: a review of Glenn Chesnut’s latest on V.C. Kitchen, the Oxford Group, and AA. (By James R.)
May 22, 2008, 5:05 pm
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The single most important issue in Twelve Step history is that of early AA’s relationship to Evangelical Christianity by way of the Oxford Group. The best book on this subject to date has been published by Hindsfoot Foundation: Changed By Grace: V.C. Kitchen, the Oxford Group, and A.A. Author Glenn F. Chesnut has done a marvelous job of placing early AA in the context of the Evangelical movement as it has developed over the last three centuries.

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What the church has to learn from Alcoholics Anonymous (By Sam Shoemaker)
May 21, 2008, 12:49 am
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from a speech given by Rev. Shoemaker at the twentieth anniversary convention of A.A. in St. Louis , Missouri .

God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.

I Corinthians 1:26

During the weekend of the Fourth of July last, I attended one of the most remarkable conventions I ever expect to attend. It was a gathering in St. Louis of about five thousand members of the movement called Alcoholics Anonymous. The occasion was the celebration of their twentieth anniversary, and the turning over freely and voluntarily of the management and destiny of that great movement by the founders and “old timers” to a board which represents the fellowship as a whole.

As I lived and moved among these men and women for three days, I was moved as I have seldom been moved in my life. It happens that I have watched the unfolding of this movement with more than usual interest, for its real founder and guiding spirit, Bill-, found his initial spiritual answer at Calvary Church in New York , when I was rector there, in 1935. Having met two men unmistakable alcoholics, who had found release from their difficulty, he was moved to seek out the same answer for himself. But he went further. Being of a foraging and inquiring mind, he began to think there was some general law operating here, which could be made to work, not in two men’s lives only, but in two thousand or two million. He set to work to find out what it was. He consulted psychiatrists, doctors, clergy, and recovered alcoholics to discover what it was. Continue reading