Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – Rediscovering the Value of Tradition

But ask the animals, and they will teach you;    the birds of the air, and they will tell you;ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;    and the fish of the sea will declare to you.Who among all these does not know    that the hand of the Lord has done this?In his hand is the life ofContinue reading “Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – Rediscovering the Value of Tradition”

Loving Freely: Rediscovering the Value of Faith

Days spent working from my office at home during the pandemic can be frustrating at times. The kids are home right now–learning remotely. Every now and then there’s a cry from the other end of the house: someone’s arguing or spilling or breaking something. My earplugs are already in but don’t quite drown out theContinue reading “Loving Freely: Rediscovering the Value of Faith”

Rediscovering the Value of Family

Amid this global pandemic, my wife, the kids, and I have found solace in our daily routine with reading time before bed. We used to announce when it was time to our kids. Now we gather in the living room on our own accord ready with books in hand. My wife leads off the timeContinue reading “Rediscovering the Value of Family”


Greetings Subscribers! I am delighted to announce that my book Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition is NOW AVAILABLE! The book can be orderd through the publisher (Wipf and Stock) in paperback, hardcover, and e-book. It’s also available via Amazon. This work was completed during the height of the CoronavirusContinue reading “Book Release – EMBRACING OUR ROOTS”

The Earth-Shattering Power of God

The Great Alaskan earthquake was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. It was a megathrust quake occurring the evening of March 27, 1964, Good Friday. The resulting ground fissures and landslides resulted in the catastrophic loss of life and property across South Alaska. Also known as the Good Friday Earthquake, its magnitude was aContinue reading “The Earth-Shattering Power of God”

Celebrating Women’s History Month: “My Mother’s Smile: A Letter to My Children”

Originally posted on Paul J. Palma:
Guest post by Joy Palma It is always a pleasure to share these pages with like-minded people. In celebration of Mother’s Day, I am delighted to feature a piece penned by my mom, Joy Palma, devoted to the memory of her mom. I was thrilled when she accepted the…

A Thank You to Subscribers! Book Discount Offer

I want to take this opportunity to send out a thank you to all my faithful subscribers. Your comments, emails, and encouragement keep this website alive! As a token of my appreciation, please see the below discount offer for my book, Italian American Pentecostalism and the Struggle for Religious Identity. The paperback edition is nowContinue reading “A Thank You to Subscribers! Book Discount Offer”

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Pioneers of the Faith, Caterina Gardella (Palma), 1885-1958

Originally posted on Paul J. Palma:
I wrote this bio in honor of the legacy of my paternal great-grandmother, Caterina Gardella. She was a church founder, the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Christian Church of North America, and a gifted pianist. It was originally published on the website, Explorations in Italian Protestantism, edited by noted historian…

Celebrating the Newest Septuagenarian

My dad recently turned 70. In honor of this milestone, I’m reblogging the post below. It’s an article written by my dad in honor of his dad, originally featured in the June 1980 issue of the Vista magazine (the main organ of our family church, the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies). I’m grateful for Dad’sContinue reading “Celebrating the Newest Septuagenarian”