Nick Alexander http://www.nickalexander.com Worship, Wisdom and Wit for the New Evangelization Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:05:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 The Nick Alexander Podcast is the musings and thoughts of one who is passionate about the New Evangelization, by way of employing comedy, music, and social media. Listen and grow in your faith, while also learning how to share it with others. Nick Alexander clean Nick Alexander nick@nickalexander.com nick@nickalexander.com (Nick Alexander) Worship Wisdom and Wit Nick Alexander http://www.nickalexander.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/nickalexanderpodcastBig.jpg http://www.nickalexander.com “I find [the many activities supporting the New Evangelization] all very exciting [because] so much of it is going on outside the restrictions of the established church, the big established Catholic institutions, universities and cognoscenti.” -Fr. Longenecker http://www.nickalexander.com/i-find-the-many-activities-supporting-the-new-evangelization-all-very-exciting-because-so-much-of-it-is-going-on-outside-the-restrictions-of-the-established-church-the-big-established-catholic/ http://www.nickalexander.com/i-find-the-many-activities-supporting-the-new-evangelization-all-very-exciting-because-so-much-of-it-is-going-on-outside-the-restrictions-of-the-established-church-the-big-established-catholic/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:05:21 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2505

The Joy of Entrepreneurial Catholicism

“I find [the many activities supporting the New Evangelization] all very exciting [because] so much of it is going on outside the restrictions of the established church, the big established Catholic institutions, universities and cognoscenti.” -Fr. Longenecker
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“[W]hen it comes to putting the tools of observation and the light of reason to good use, science has an ally in the Catholic Church.” http://www.nickalexander.com/when-it-comes-to-putting-the-tools-of-observation-and-the-light-of-reason-to-good-use-science-has-an-ally-in-the-catholic-church/ http://www.nickalexander.com/when-it-comes-to-putting-the-tools-of-observation-and-the-light-of-reason-to-good-use-science-has-an-ally-in-the-catholic-church/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:40:26 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2503

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Catholicism and Science

“[W]hen it comes to putting the tools of observation and the light of reason to good use, science has an ally in the Catholic Church.”
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Another review of Bishop Barron’s latest. http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/01/12/fundamentally-a-missionary-new-book-captures-bishop-barrons-evangelistic-vision/ http://www.nickalexander.com/another-review-of-bishop-barrons-latest-httpwww-catholicworldreport-com20180112fundamentally-a-missionary-new-book-captures-bishop-barrons-evangelistic-vision/ http://www.nickalexander.com/another-review-of-bishop-barrons-latest-httpwww-catholicworldreport-com20180112fundamentally-a-missionary-new-book-captures-bishop-barrons-evangelistic-vision/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:58:21 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2501

“Fundamentally a missionary”: New book captures Bishop Barron’s evangelistic vision – Catholic World Report

Another review of Bishop Barron’s latest. http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/01/12/fundamentally-a-missionary-new-book-captures-bishop-barrons-evangelistic-vision/
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This author had nagging doubts: “Serious, YOU’re going to do evangelization?” But she pressed on. http://www.nickalexander.com/this-author-had-nagging-doubts-serious-youre-going-to-do-evangelization-but-she-pressed-on/ http://www.nickalexander.com/this-author-had-nagging-doubts-serious-youre-going-to-do-evangelization-but-she-pressed-on/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:13:29 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2499

The Holy Spirit in the Fast Food Restaurant – IGNITUM TODAY

This author had nagging doubts: “Serious, YOU’re going to do evangelization?” But she pressed on.
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In his homily at the annual Student Leadership Conference, Cardinal Cupich hits it out of the park: “[The Eucharist] gives us a touch of eternity that we should allow to influence our entire life, [so] that we live with this sense of transcendence, that we’re not alone…” https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/focus-trains-record-breaking-crowd-to-evangelize-at-leadership-summit-47884 http://www.nickalexander.com/in-his-homily-at-the-annual-student-leadership-conference-cardinal-cupich-hits-it-out-of-the-park-the-eucharist-gives-us-a-touch-of-eternity-that-we-should-allow-to-influence-our-entire-life-s/ http://www.nickalexander.com/in-his-homily-at-the-annual-student-leadership-conference-cardinal-cupich-hits-it-out-of-the-park-the-eucharist-gives-us-a-touch-of-eternity-that-we-should-allow-to-influence-our-entire-life-s/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:06:25 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2497

FOCUS trains record-breaking crowd to evangelize at leadership summit

In his homily at the annual Student Leadership Conference, Cardinal Cupich hits it out of the park: “[The Eucharist] gives us a touch of eternity that we should allow to influence our entire life, [so] that we live with this sense of transcendence, that we’re not alone…” https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/focus-trains-record-breaking-crowd-to-evangelize-at-leadership-summit-47884
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This is an excellent summary of a closing speech, that can encourage us to be more bold in our faith. http://www.nickalexander.com/this-is-an-excellent-summary-of-a-closing-speech-that-can-encourage-us-to-be-more-bold-in-our-faith/ http://www.nickalexander.com/this-is-an-excellent-summary-of-a-closing-speech-that-can-encourage-us-to-be-more-bold-in-our-faith/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:06:20 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2495

How Can Young Adults Change the World? Share the Gospel, Says FOCUS Founder

This is an excellent summary of a closing speech, that can encourage us to be more bold in our faith.
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A Pentecostal pastor returns home from a pastor’s conference, and finds the Catholic apologetics tape in the car more inspiring than any of the talks. http://www.nickalexander.com/a-pentecostal-pastor-returns-home-from-a-pastors-conference-and-finds-the-catholic-apologetics-tape-in-the-car-more-inspiring-than-any-of-the-talks/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:07:36 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2493

Pentecostals Come Home to Rome — Eastern Rome, That Is

A Pentecostal pastor returns home from a pastor’s conference, and finds the Catholic apologetics tape in the car more inspiring than any of the talks.
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Brandon Vogt and Trent Horn have each provided ‘the reason for our [Catholic] hope’ (1 Peter 3:15), albeit to somewhat different audiences. http://www.nickalexander.com/brandon-vogt-and-trent-horn-have-each-provided-the-reason-for-our-catholic-hope-1-peter-315-albeit-to-somewhat-different-audiences/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:22:13 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2491

Addressing the ‘Why’ of Catholicism

Brandon Vogt and Trent Horn have each provided ‘the reason for our [Catholic] hope’ (1 Peter 3:15), albeit to somewhat different audiences.
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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. http://www.nickalexander.com/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/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:13:25 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2489

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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. http://www.nickalexander.com/its-not-often-when-you-see-a-protestant-megachurch-borrow-a-catholic-devotion-to-which-i-say-kudos/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:07:25 +0000 http://www.nickalexander.com/?p=2487

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.
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