I am senior editor of The Living Church, and by God’s grace I have experienced the Church through its different streams.
During my childhood, my family attended St. Luke’s Church in Baton Rouge. There I learned a reverence for God in several years of serving as an acolyte.
Through the charismatic renewal of the 1970s, the Lord brought the gospel alive in our family. During my college years, I came to understand myself as an evangelical through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
I have covered religion for the Morning Advocate in Baton Rouge, edited a magazine for Compassion International, joined the church’s vigorous discussions of morality and theology through Episcopalians United, worked as an associate editor of Christianity Today, and joined the staff of The Living Church. My one book, written at the urging of my late friend Phyllis Tickle, is Tithing: Test Me in This (Thomas Nelson, 2010).
My work has appeared in the collections Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing (Seabury, 2005) and Classical Techniques, Contemporary Arguments (Longman, 2006). My wife, Monica, and I attend St. Matthew’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
The Diocese of New Hampshire, which elected the first bishop of the Episcopal Church who spoke openly of his same-sex partnership, has nominated another openly gay man to become the diocese’s 10th bishop.
C. Wingate writes at Tune: Kings Lynn: “Perhaps one can construct an analogy of baptism with marriage, which is the consequence of their argument; but the fact remains that one can construct from scripture a rationale for marriage that makes no reference to baptism.”
The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) of the Episcopal Church has forwarded to the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies excerpts from its report, “I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing”: Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships.
From the Archbishop of Canterbury: “[O]ne of the greatest misunderstandings around concerning the Covenant is that it’s some sort of centralising proposal creating an absolute authority which has the right to punish people for stepping out of line. I have to say I think this is completely misleading and false.”