The Best Book About Modern Revival Movements, on Sale by Author. “Days of Fire and Glory” is one of those books I loved so much, that I have gifted it to family members. It details a unique chapter in the history of Christianity, and that is the rise (and subsequent fall) of Charismatic Communities (both Catholic and ecumenical). For those unfamiliar, charismatic covenant communities are safe-havens for practicing faith among Catholics or mainline denominations, where entire families would live in close proximity to each other, commit to involvement with each other via prayer meetings, men’s/women’s groups, and myriad volunteer opportunities. They also came up with their own songs, some of which have made it to prominent hymnals and missallettes. They were “The Benedict Option” before that term came into vogue. One of the earliest examples of such a community was the Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) in Houston, TX. It was a failing church until the Rev. Graham Pulkingham took it over in the early 1960s, and with his openness to the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” (as discussed in the book “The Cross and The Switchblade” by David Wilkerson), things began to change for the better. A movement was afoot, songs were written, and Episcopal liturgy became more free-form. In this particular case, however, Pulkingham had a secret side that was ultimately scandalous, and it (among many other factors) led to the downfall of the movement there. Just a few years ago, Church of the Redeemer was closed for good, and was bulldozed. It is a riveting read. I would be open to the criticism that, by focusing on some of the darker aspects, that it sensationalized some of the scandals of that particular area, that for some others, it didn’t affect their experience at all. I can accept that. Nonetheless, as someone who is passionate about renewal, worship music, and lay participation, this book is an absolute must-read. I mention this because the author has reached out and is having a fire sale. At this price, you can’t beat it. Nick Alexander

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The Best Book About Modern Revival Movements, on Sale by Author. “Days of Fire and Glory” is one of those books I loved so much, that I have gifted it to family members. It details a unique chapter in the history of Christianity, and that is the rise (and subsequent fall) of Charismatic Communities (both Catholic and ecumenical). For those unfamiliar, charismatic covenant communities are safe-havens for practicing faith among Catholics or mainline denominations, where entire families would live in close proximity to each other, commit to involvement with each other via prayer meetings, men’s/women’s groups, and myriad volunteer opportunities. They also came up with their own songs, some of which have made it to prominent hymnals and missallettes. They were “The Benedict Option” before that term came into vogue. One of the earliest examples of such a community was the Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) in Houston, TX. It was a failing church until the Rev. Graham Pulkingham took it over in the early 1960s, and with his openness to the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” (as discussed in the book “The Cross and The Switchblade” by David Wilkerson), things began to change for the better. A movement was afoot, songs were written, and Episcopal liturgy became more free-form. In this particular case, however, Pulkingham had a secret side that was ultimately scandalous, and it (among many other factors) led to the downfall of the movement there. Just a few years ago, Church of the Redeemer was closed for good, and was bulldozed. It is a riveting read. I would be open to the criticism that, by focusing on some of the darker aspects, that it sensationalized some of the scandals of that particular area, that for some others, it didn’t affect their experience at all. I can accept that. Nonetheless, as someone who is passionate about renewal, worship music, and lay participation, this book is an absolute must-read. I mention this because the author has reached out and is having a fire sale. At this price, you can’t beat it.

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It’s not often when you see a Protestant megachurch borrow a Catholic devotion. To which I say, kudos.

Evangelical Mega-Church Leads Congregation in Consecration to Sacred Heart of Jesus Prayer | ChurchPOP It’s not often when you see a Protestant megachurch borrow a Catholic devotion. To which I say, kudos.What do you think? Share in the comments... Read More

This is genius. A fun way to teach the faith to children. I wish I had thought of this.

Lego Mass set helps bring the faith to children | CatholicHerald.co.uk This is genius. A fun way to teach the faith to children. I wish I had thought of this.What do you think? Share in the comments below.[Originally shared through http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/344035752471308].  Read More →

Fascinating. If it’s illegal to proselytize your faith, sometimes Jesus and Mary have to step in.

Muslims Are Converting to Christianity in Record Numbers Fascinating. If it’s illegal to proselytize your faith, sometimes Jesus and Mary have to step in.What do you think? Share in the comments below.[Originally shared through http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/344035752471308].  Read More →

A millennial convert, with clear analysis of how he was so persuaded.

How do you nudge a religious ‘none’ into a Catholic? Here’s one possible way. A millennial convert, with clear analysis of how he was so persuaded.What do you think? Share in the comments below.[Originally shared through http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/344035752471308].  Read More →

Bishop Robert Barron has a new book coming out, and it is part memoir, part how-to guide. Looks promising.

How to evangelize like Bishop Barron Bishop Robert Barron has a new book coming out, and it is part memoir, part how-to guide. Looks promising.What do you think? Share in the comments below.[Originally shared through http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/344035752471308].  Read More →

Pretty simple. So. What are we gonna do about it?

Catholic Missionary Disciples Pretty simple. So. What are we gonna do about it?What do you think? Share in the comments below.[Originally shared through http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/344035752471308].  Read More →

God is the God of second chances.

Fired by ESPN for a racist headline, he’s finding his second chance as a Catholic priest God is the God of second chances.What do you think? Share in the comments below.[Originally shared through http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/344035752471308].  Read More →

Congrats to Brandon Vogt for the good review.

Review: ‘Why I Am Catholic’ is convincing and convicting Congrats to Brandon Vogt for the good review.What do you think? Share in the comments below.[Originally shared through http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/344035752471308].  Read More →

Pope Francis reminds newly ordained bishops to be open to better ways of evangelizing other than just “the way it’s always been.”

Pope Francis: When it comes to evangelization, don’t be stuck in your ways Pope Francis reminds newly ordained bishops to be open to better ways of evangelizing other than just “the way it’s always been.”What do you think? Share... Read More

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