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Revival Culture

26
Aug
2017
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“The Catholic Question” from Darren Wilson’s “Adventures with God”

The following article is a guest post from Fr. Anthony Co, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rock Island, Illinois, and a good friend whose heart burns to see the Church renewed in apostolic and missionary zeal. I often think about how I don’t know what I don’t know. And this concerns me. So I pray: “Jesus, I know you are filled with surprises…surprise me with more of you.” Recently, I had...
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22
Oct
2016
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Why Forgiveness Is Not the Same as Reconciliation

The summons to forgive is an intrinsic part of the Christian life. But recently it occurred to me that there is an important difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. If we don’t account for this difference, then the practice of forgiving “seventy times seven times” becomes onerous rather than life-giving, and at worst it can even lead someone to dangerously ignore the need for healthy boundaries. The fundamental difference between forgiveness and reconciliation is that it takes one to forgive, but...
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26
Aug
2016
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Explorations in Worship

The experience of communal worship has become an increasingly integral part of our approach to ministry in the last couple of years. We have found this to be a powerful way of teaching people how to pray, and of providing a space for them to encounter the Lord in a personal way. This summer we held a six-week series that we called Worship Nights. Having wrapped up that event, I wanted to take a look back and share some reflections...
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15
Jul
2016
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Faith Enough to Act

Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20) If we focus on the mountain that didn’t move, we’ll take Jesus’ words as a rebuke. But if we keep our attention on the mustard seed, we can step into a place where nothing is impossible, nothing is out of reach. What...
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27
Jun
2016
1

The Fruits of the Kerygma

One of the positive outcomes of the Church’s focus on the New Evangelization has been a greater awareness of the kerygma, or the foundational proclamation of the Gospel. As a whole, we’re getting smarter about what the kerygma is and, more importantly, about working it into our evangelization efforts with increasing intentionality. When we talk about the kerygma, I think that there are three aspects of it that we need to understand. In the first place, there is the message...
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23
Apr
2016
2

The Path to Unity

I had the privilege recently to participate in a massive gathering of Christians who came together to pray for unity and for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our day. The event was called Azusa Now and marked the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival, the birthplace of the Pentecostal movement which has influenced hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide. 70,000 Christians came together in the L.A. Coliseum for Azusa Now, and leaders from diverse communities were...
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14
Feb
2016
1

Against the Charge of Evangelical “Emotionalism”

I am not an artist, but I have the good fortune of being married to one. Over the years, my graphic designer wife has shown me enough tips and techniques for me to try my hand at creating a flyer or postcard from time to time, then I pass my rough draft along to her to give it that professional finishing touch. On one particular occasion, my wife asked if I made the deliberate choice to use a black-and-white background...
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18
Jul
2015
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What People Care About

There is a maxim of evangelization that I have often heard and used over the years that goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The saying is helpful as far as it goes, as it points would-be evangelizers to the necessity of building a relationship of trust with others through kindness and love before bombarding them with information. But there’s still a bit of a false premise hidden in the statement –...
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1
Apr
2015
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The risk of preaching a grace-filled Gospel…

…is that your hearers might misunderstand grace to be a license for sin. But that was a risk Paul seemed to be very willing to take. You see, Paul’s letters in the New Testament are not his primary evangelism tool. They are not his first contact with the Romans, Galatians, etc. They are a follow-up to his in-person preaching of the Gospel in those places. So it is worth asking, based on these letters, “What would Paul’s original preaching have...
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19
Mar
2015
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Pursuing Victory

I had one goal when starting out this series of posts – to end the Catholic love affair with suffering, at least in the minds of some. I’m convinced that there is a great overemphasis on suffering in popular Catholic theology that is preventing many from experiencing the victory of Christ in their lives. Up to now I’ve been naming the problem (part 1 | part 2 | part 3). In this final post, I want to focus on how...
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