Press Release: Renovating Holiness

February 2015
“So proud to be part of this new book examining  holiness for a new generation.” -Rick Lee JamesRenovating Holiness Cover Page

Thomas Jay Oord and Josh Broward have published a book exploring what holiness means today. Renovating Holiness is comprised of more than 100 essays written by Millennial and Xer leaders in the Church of the Nazarene. Book contributors live on various continents, and they express the message of holiness in fresh, contextually relevant, and winsome ways.
The 2015 SacraSage Press book portrays holiness through the eyes of a new generation of Christians. “We have much to appreciate about the past,” says co-editor Oord. “But today holiness looks significantly different than it did 100, 50, or even 20 years ago. We need fresh articulations of what it means to be holy.”
“We have inherited a doctrine of sanctification that our grandparents built,” says co-editor Broward. “But their language doesn’t work in today’s world. And their thought structures feel cramped. Renovation is a must.”
Contributors to Renovating Holiness includes reflect various ethnicities, genders, and geographical locations. Contributors hail from more than 30 countries, and they represent the greatest diversity of Nazarenes ever included in one book.
Millennial and Xer essayists describe the holy life in conversation with scripture, cultures, and traditions. The book calls for changes in how we proclaim and live lives of holiness in the contemporary world.
“The reexamination of biblical holiness is the right and responsibility of the church in every generation,” says Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent emeritus, Jim L. Bond. “I commend Oord and Broward whose work can mark the beginning of this much needed discourse.”

Renovating Holiness can be purchased at or on Amazon in print and electronic formats. Leaders in the Church of the Nazarene are encouraged to use the book to spark conversations among those they lead. A free group study guide is available, and discounts are given bulk orders.

Thomas Jay Oord is professor of theology at Northwest Nazarene University. He is the author of more than 20 books, a prominent theologian of love, and leader of various academic and popular projects exploring the most important questions of life.

Josh Broward is a pastor developing missional communities at Duneland Community Church of the Nazarene, an activist fighting human trafficking with Free The Girls, and adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University.