During my growing up years in the 1970s and 80s, I began to notice that my church was different from other ones. For one thing, we had unique doctrinal views about baptism, weekly communion, and instrumental music. There wasn’t a lot of wiggle room on those issues. And for another, we had a long list of activities that we shouldn’t partake in … activities like drinking alcohol, dancing, or swimming with members of the opposite sex (which was sometimes called “mixed bathing”).
I shared this information with a friend who grew up in a Church of Christ in Arizona. He said, “Yeah, at our church it was all about the same … except for the view about mixed-swimming. It’s hot in Arizona.”
(Pictured above is my hometown church building, the College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas. This picture dates to about 1976 or so.)