We would do well to listen to converts, hear their stories, and come to a deeper appreciation of the church we have to steward and the gospel we have to share.
The Episcopal Church has the opportunity to embody a different way. We are a Christian church, founded upon the gospel of Jesus. We need not give in to the politics of fear and exclusion, whether they come in the garb of the right or of the left.
The relative absence of evangelicals is one reason the Episcopal Church has become a poorer and far less representative place.
John Henry Newman wrote, "Who would not rather be found even with Whitfield and Wesley, than with ecclesiastics whose life is literary ease at the best, whose highest flights attain but to Downing Street or the levee?"
My journey into the Anglican fold was, in part, a move toward Rome (as well as toward Constantinople), at least in a certain sense.
Recent years have seen a growing backlash against Harris’s youthful literary indiscretions.
The fabric of McIlvaine’s life was richly textured, a compelling and encouraging reminder of the continuing story of evangelicalism in the Episcopal Church.
Mine would have been a thoroughly secular life, if it had been left to the anemic liberal Anglicanism of the parish church in my hometown, or the chapel of my English boarding school.