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”

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Pioneers of the Faith, Giuseppina Zollo, ca. 1865-1940

I am happy to share this brief bio written in honor of the legacy of Giuseppina Zollo, a revered Italian American church founder, evangelist, and missionary. Giuseppina was among the beloved founders of our family denomination, the Christian Church of North America. Today known as the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, the denomination has moreContinue reading “Celebrating Women’s History Month: Pioneers of the Faith, Giuseppina Zollo, ca. 1865-1940”

“The Antioch Legacy,” by John P. Lathrop

I am happy to recommend this new book by a good friend of mine. John is an ordained minister of the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies (IFCA). The IFCA was founded in Niagara Falls, NY in 1927 as the first nationally organized body of Italian American Pentecostals. The inaugural convention was held at the churchContinue reading ““The Antioch Legacy,” by John P. Lathrop”

The Greatest Virtue, the Greatest Gift

My wife loves chocolate. My children love chocolate. My wife’s favorite chocolate is Kinder—a bar of rich hazelnut-crisp-based chocolate. “Kinder” is the German for “children.” So, the perfect chocolate gift for the whole family. What does that mean for Valentine’s Day 2021? Kinder chocolates through Amazon in bulk for everyone! My wife is happy. MyContinue reading “The Greatest Virtue, the Greatest Gift”

Jesus’ Unique Glory

One of our little girls continually impresses me with her insightful questions. These days of social distancing as a family have provided more opportunities to hear our children’s candid remarks. We have been enjoying our Sunday mornings together immensely. In terms of personal growth in God’s Word, as a family, these Sundays have been asContinue reading “Jesus’ Unique Glory”

The Awesome Power of Our Omnipotent God

It’s so important during these days of pandemic to remember that a source of power exists that is greater than disease and death. This piece was originally published on CBN.com. Thanks goes to the Senior Producer at CBN, Beth Patch, for permission to republish here for my beloved subscribers. “Truly I tell you, if anyoneContinue reading “The Awesome Power of Our Omnipotent God”

From Dusk to Dawn

As we stood there together at the water’s edge on a December night looking out over the horizon, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness. Although the sun had dipped below the skyline and darkness was settling in, we could glimpse the scattered orange rays of sunlight breaking in through the clouds. It was rare toContinue reading “From Dusk to Dawn”

Mary’s Song

Well, it wasn’t your typical Christmas Eve service. We set out not knowing what to expect. A “drive thru” morning Christmas Eve service—what does that even look like? We’re used to an hour service at night with cantata, communion, and candlelight. But these days of the pandemic are truly unprecedented. So, with masks in-hand, weContinue reading “Mary’s Song”