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May 18, 2007


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Dana Ames

I'll thank him...

Michael W. Kruse

Since I met Melissa at a Presbyterian Church I think the balance would have to be on the plus side.



I'm going to be interviewing at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho so any suggestions on getting along with the Nazarene Church would be welcomed...


Michael W. Kruse

dlw, the Church of the Nazarene is the largest of the Holiness denoms to emerge out of the last 19th and early 20th Centuries. They are Wesleyan-Arminian historically but I'm not sure how many Nazarenes today would know what that means.

Their foundational mission was to recover Wesleyan holiness that they the believed the Methodists had abandoned. It has always been an odd mixture of Weslyanism, social action, pietism, and just enough fundamentalism thrown in at the edges to be really annoying. *grin*

The social action aspect waned after the 1920s and 1930s but has really been making a come back in the quarter century. Check out this interesting study from 2004 (Crow was one of my undergrad profs.):

Fundamentalism in the Church of the Nazarene: A Longitudinal Analysis of Social and Political Views.

Things have changed considerably since I was at Mid-America in the late 1970s so I may not be the best source of info for the current environment. I have a friend who teaches at Point Loma and she comes from a RCA background. She has enjoyed it. From some of the things you have written I'm guessing you would probably be a good fit.

There is quite a diversity at the Naz Seminary here in KC and emerging church has been on the radar in a positive way for a few years now.

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