Bill and I both contributed to a book in 2007/2008 called Out of the Ooze: Unlikely Love Letters to the Church from Beyond the Pew, So we have some history of being on each other's radar, in addition to our geographic proximity.
Several months ago Cheryl Ensom approached me, asking me to contribute to the latest e-issue of The Porpoise Diving Life. I was thrilled, since Bill had given her my name. Anyway, it's been a pleasure getting to know Cheryl, the current editor of Porpoise Diving.
My article there is called "Family Questions: Will Evangelicals Still Love Me?" It's all about the problem of being a liberal, and still wanting to be spiritually connected to the Evangelical community that raised me.
For decades, Evangelicals were my family. I grew up with them. They helped form me into the person I am today. They taught me about kindness, hospitality, and the joy of the Lord! I found Jesus Christ with Evangelicals, through Evangelicals, and among Evangelicals. They were my siblings, friends, my social circle and my creative outlet. They took care of me when I was lonely in college, comforted me when I was crushed and brokenhearted, prayed for me when I was sick, and rejoiced with me when I married my wife.
Somehow, after all those years of fidelity and love, like a civil divorce based on mutual agreement, we politely parted ways citing “irreconcilable differences.”