The Jesus Revolution 1971

Okay, so my friend Amy has this magazine from ’71 and I got a huge kick out of the advertisements.  Not to mention the whole magazine was focused on the rising Jesus Movement (or Revolution) of that generation.  I find old pics fascinating to look at and study.  Enjoy!

Wow, is this guy serious?  He looks like a Clark Kent that didn’t quite morph all the way into Superman.

One of my favorites.  I love #23.  It should have been a BIG SIGN TO YOU: if you’re not a mechanic, do not purchase!  And no wonder it’s under $1800, there’s no mention of Power Steering!

Look out baby, it’s the PINTO comin’ atcha!  Hilarious how they keep selling the ‘do-it-yourself’ tool kits with these ’70s cars…

And last but not least…a little 8-track “tape” action…remember the ‘I’d like to buy the world a coke’ song?  Well, The New Seekers created that tune…

The Jesus Revolution, as it was called, ushered in the Charismatic movement along with freedom of worship and even worship style.  Mainline churches were totally snobbish and even persecuted the movement claiming it was only a fad of the youth in that day.  I tend to believe that many of the church ‘clergy’ were frightened of it.  Nobody likes change, especially if it means a change in the fatness of their wallets.  Mainline Christianity and those caught up in it find it hard to grasp anything that might change the structure of how things have been executed in the church for over 1500 years because “church has to remain stuffy, on strict schedules, and meet in dignified ways on Sunday mornings” or else it couldn’t possibly meet the stringent requirements of Jesus Christ.  So interesting isn’t it?  The perspectives we build around our own personal perceptions of how we think Jesus Christ would run His church…

Below is an excerpt from the article.  You can get the entire cover story by clicking here: The Jesus Revolution.

“If it is a fad,” says Evangelist Billy Graham, “I welcome it.”

There are signs that the movement is something quite a bit larger than a theological Hula-Hoop, something more lasting than a religious Woodstock. It cuts across nearly all the social dividing lines, from crew cut to long hair, right to left, rich to poor. It shows considerable staying power: many who were in its faint beginnings in 1967 are still leading it. It has been powerful enough to divert many young people from serious drug addiction. Its appeal is ecumenical, attracting Roman Catholics and Jews, Protestants of every persuasion and many with no religion at all. Catholics visit Protestant churches with a new empathy, and Protestants find themselves chatting with nuns and openly enjoying Mass. “We are all brothers in the body of Christ,” says a California Catholic lay leader, and he adds: “We are on the threshold of the greatest spiritual revival the U.S. has ever experienced.”

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Eventually, the movement spilled back into the church stream and changed its DNA permanently.  Even some of the Catholic churches did not remain untouched by the new infusion of freedom and love of God that this movement embodied.  The book, ‘The Cross and the Switchblade” also lent a hand in advancing the spiritual temperature of the times.  It was an exciting time to watch (and I’m sure take part in) but the Lord is moving again in some strange, out of the ordinary way in this generation, right now.

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Summer Fun

Bleachers, jerseys, rain in the early morning air, high-pitched team cheers echoing over the open fields, knee guards, three-ball and two-strike with two outs drama, hotdogs, cheers for the yellow team!, double outs, coolers with peanut butter sandwiches, plate dusters, the umps called her out??, coach conferences on the field, laughter among friends, some texts, some calls, more hotdogs, early afternoon sun and…well…more of the same wonderful things again.  Friends, food, and fun.  Just what I was hoping for.  :)

Home Sweet Home

Ah, I am so happy to be home.  This summer has been filled with friends, food, great conversation and relaxation.  I’ve stayed busy which is great but I’ve also had time to unwind and watch some great movies that I missed out on :)  Getting back into the flow of things has been unusual but not necessarily overwhelming; though I must admit the first week was definitely an adjustment.  The grace of God is so powerful,  helping us do all things.  And when I reflect on the past year I can see just how mightily God can and will move on our behalf if we only believe and trust in Him.  This adventure with God has changed the course of my life.

Got a chance to go to a July 4th festival in downtown Lexington with a friend and it was great to see the variety of food and wares.  There aren’t too many places you can go to get a selection of frog legs, funnel cakes, shrimp, catfish and…is that…Gator Tail??? Anyway, I can’t begin to explain how refreshing it is to be back in America…when the customs officer in Hawaii said “Welcome home”  I teared up!

Our team for next year is coming together and I look forward to what God has in store for this next school year.  For right now though, I’m quite happy eating, being with friends and just being home.

Well, time to get ready…I’ve got pizza, cousins and Despicable Me movies lined up for an awesome night on the town!