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.
I want to acknowledge the substantive character of the issues raised by our respondents, not least those that we did not address in our first essay. Of course, we could not say everything all at once, and we have begun the project Fully Alive: Love, Marriage, and the Christian Body to explore a great variety of issues.