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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Missions Retreat 2010: Forging Unity through the Power of Diversity (Part Three)

It’s profound.  Who could take millions of individual humans, with their individual tastes for worship, their own desires, their complex personalities and preferences, perspectives and pursuits and forge them into one body, one working organism, with one heart and one mind?  Taking on the very appearance of God Himself as He willed in His word would happen; who but the living God could do this?  And the question remains, has it yet been done?

There is freedom here somewhere, between the lines our denominations draw in the sand, which send a perpetual message of, don’t cross if you don’t intend to believe like we do.

But there is no question, it will happen, it is only a matter of time.  This fragmented Church will reconnect and function as one unit.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free [Catholic or Methodist, Presbyterian or Charismatic, etc. are implied because ‘Jews, Greeks, slaves and free’ all encompass the latter] and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”  1 Corth 12:12  (words in brackets are my own.)

A few of us convening during breakfast. Clockwise from noon: Lenka, Nyasha, Trecie, me, Justine, Malte.

Day 2: After a light breakfast Sunday morning, we headed off to the Micronesian and Marshallese Cultural Shop – wow, we were there for nearly an hour in these tiny stores simply because it had been so long since we’d had the privilege to ‘shop’.  And since it was my birthday, I got a little present from my missionary friends :) A silver fish ring.  Thanks Gem Ministry Team! You are such a blessing.

We headed back for church and I snapped a pic of this beautiful stained glass window at the back of the chapel.

Here’s an excerpt from the brochure about the chapel:

“This Island Memorial Chapel is one of four American buildings that have survived since WWII.  This chapel was built in late 1944.  It was built by volunteers from the garrison with surplus materials.  Although the chapel’s sanctuary retains its original profile, (it is completely open-air) the building has been enlarged and renovated several times since 1944.  The memorial stained glass window was installed as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Kwajalein.”

The church has a long, sloping roof.  Other than that, it is open which is good because it really gets hot down here when there is no wind.

From left: Helga from Germany, Lenka and me.

After service, the ladies spread out a huge buffet for us.  It was soooo delicious!  I also got a surprise Happy Birthday song from everyone…God is good.  We then headed out to tour the sharks, sea turtles and eventually, Subway!

Sharkfest Viewers. From left, Lily, Love and Michael, Trecie, Pauley and Peter.

The Kwajalein lagoon is infested with these things because the Marshallese do not fish them.  I think I’m going to start praying about that…I’ve heard more shark stories in two days on Kwaj than I’ve heard all 8 months on Ebeye.  I think Americans are obsessed with Jaws!

Sea Turtles :)

A pic on the bridge over the turtle pond. From left; Lenka, Jonas, Love, Michael, Lily and James.

What a blessing this retreat has been for all of us.  It was refreshing and God opened my eyes to a lot a beautiful things.  My next post will be the ‘part 4’ conclusion to this series.  I hope I will have gotten at least some of what was on my heart across to you.  I’m excited for the church in the coming decade!