Magazine December 31, 2018, Issue

Holy Names

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What we call our churches can teach us something about our faith, and our nation

Not ten miles from my front door sits Old New Hope Baptist Church. One tries to parse the theology of that designation. One fails.

Indeed, a Sunday drive through the greater Nashville area brings a traveler face to face with any number of disorienting appellations. In nearby Lyles, for example, Higher Ground Church is practically neighbored by Rocky Valley Church of Christ, a topographical mystery that would test the divination of even the Church of God of Prophecy down the road. Driving to my brother-in-law’s house, I pass both Meeting Place Church, whose sign features a curiously unspiritual red-leather sofa,

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