The Salvation Army: the Charity, the Church, Christmas, and the Controversies

In this blog, Jakob describes his experiences attending Hart Street Worship at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, which is a campus fellowship led by The Salvation Army Berry Street, a non-traditional Salvation Army corps (church).

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Jakob Esaw

[Author’s note: this blog entry, published simultaneously at, is a part of my semi-regular series Down the Rabbit Hole, Up the Human Interest. For each story in the series, I typically start my research somewhere in the infinite landscape of the Internet: on an official website, a more local site, or some other catch-all, like a wiki. Then I investigate the human elements of the story by going out and talking to the people behind the basic narrative. Nashville, it turns out, is a great place to collect stories. Read on!]


When thinking of the Salvation Army, most people immediately conjure up images of those happy-go-lucky bell ringers who stand beside their red kettle buckets outside shopping centers and grocery stores this time of year. It’s true: the people who brave the brutal cold wearing Santa hats and calling attention to the…

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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One Response to The Salvation Army: the Charity, the Church, Christmas, and the Controversies

  1. Pingback: A Writer Describes Hart Street Worship @ Nashville’s Trevecca Nazarene University | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (A blog to jog your mind and unclog your heart . . .)

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