I grew up in the Church of the Nazarene and for decades, was steeped in the Holiness Tradition. It was a beautiful way to grow up. Some may believe that the holiness tradition means separation, but as Scot McKnight explains on his Patheos blog, Jesus Creed, true holiness is a fire burning in one direction. […]
My friends at Bonita Park Campground posted this long lost picture of my parents and me on their Facebook page. I attended Nazarene church camp at Bonita Park in 4th and 5th grade. I am so happy to have this picture!
I was 10-years-old and life unfolded like laundry on a line. We were sheets baked in the wind, our dreams heavy like wet, pilling blankets pinned to wire. I was pulled taut between two poles, my mother, my father. Fastened in 15 different places — to shame and hope, secrets and fear. But, also to God, […]
Yesterday, I caught an interview (taped March 31, 2009) with John Cougar Mellencamp on National Public Radio in which he talks about how he was raised in the Church of the Nazarene. My brother shared this fact with me several years ago, but I had totally forgotten about it. The Nazarene church is the church […]
There’s a church in the valley by the wildwood, No lovelier spot in the dale; No place is so dear to my childhood, As the little brown church in the vale. –William S. Pitts, 1857 Growing Up Nazarene When I was little, growing up Nazarene in humble parsonages across the rural south I much preferred […]