This afternoon I read an article that reminded me of so much of my experience growing up in the Bible Belt. The title of the article, I Survived (Because Of) Bible Belt Religion, got my attention; but at first reading the sub-title irritated me: Evangelical leaders who make a great show of their dislike for “Bible Belt Religion” really just dislike the people of the Bible Belt.

Having read the entire article I was not irritated at all, but was affirmed and encouraged. I was also grateful that I grew up where I did and was an active and committed member of my church from the age of 11 until I left home to attend Cincinnati Bible College.

As a pastor (or minister) I spent 10 years in the Philadelphia area and 30 years in Southern California. I thoroughly enjoyed my time both on the east coast as well as the west coast. Neither were exactly like the Bible Belt, but in both churches we believed, taught, learned, applied, and tried to live what the Bible said like we did in the Bible Belt.

Regardless of where you grew up, I hope you have many good memories of those years. Thankfully our country has a lot of variety in so many ways.

Here is the link to the article if would like to read it, especially if you grew up in the Bible Belt:

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  1. Bob, Memories of my youth would be very much like the movie “Sandlot”. What does surprise me is when I spent time in the Bible Belt. When having a conversation with a local they would be surprised that I was from Southern California because I seemed like such a nice regular person. They had a preconceived notion that I would be like all things Hollywood and Disneyland. I had to explain that for the most part we are just like them, God fearing, hard working, family oriented and church going people. I really don’t know what they were expecting. My thought is that we are all more alike than not. Merry Christmas to you and your family and wishing you all good health!


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