“History is a blueprint of our past. With all of its mistakes and triumphs, it tells a story that is always repeated somewhere else in time, some place in every generation, but many times under a different disguise or a different method.” – Roberts Liardon, church historian, Christian author, and spiritual leader.
I can recall sitting at the back of Qodesh Family Church on a Tuesday night when my pastor came to sit next to me. He started talking about a band called the 2nd Chapter of Acts and how their album Encore was a blessing to him. I can’t remember what led to that conversation or how the conversation came to a conclusion, but I remember running home to Google the 2nd Chapter of Acts and before I knew it, hours had passed by as I continued down the rabbit hole. It was then that I came across the Jesus Movement.
When it was time for me to decide on what to do for my graduate project, it was a hard decision to make considering there were many things that I was passionate about. But, one day, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw a post about the 2nd Chapter of Acts and I instantly knew I wanted to do my graduate project on this. Inspired by the New York Times’ The 1619 Project and USA Today’s Seven Days in 1961, I felt like the Jesus Movement was a historical moment that had stories worthy to be told.
To begin the project, I watched as many documentaries as I could and read many books about it. Then, I narrowed down key moments in the movement through my research that didn’t receive enough coverage. Some of these moments were the House of Acts, the history of Jesus Music, and Shiloh Youth Revival Center.
Over the next couple of months, I spent many hours reporting on the House of Acts, Jesus Music and Shiloh Youth Revival Center. I got to interview some prominent people in the movement and, along the way, became friends with people who were just as passionate about the movement as I was.
‘Till Shiloh Comes: a Podcast about the Jesus People, Their Music and the Movement highlights aspects of Jesus movement and its impact. This project includes first-hand encounters Jesus people had in the 1960s and ’70s, key moments in the movement and some of the challenges they faced.
Here are a list of books, documentaries and music I’ve used to help put together this project: