Looking over Covenant’s impressive roster of, as Brad Drell put it, “theological heavy-hitters,” and now having finally inserted my own bio among such luminous company, I’m reminded of the old Sesame Street ditty, “One of these things is not like the others….”
I’ve studied a bit of philosophy, which I think has only served to prove C.S. Lewis’s maxim that “a little philosophy is dangerous.” I currently attend St. David’s in Denton, Texas, where I live with my wonderful wife Melissa, and our five children (two boys and three girls).
I think I became an Anglican about 12 years ago while working part time as a musician at a Willow Creek-style church here in North Texas. Already weary with the mind-numbingly banal content of the worship music, something in me finally snapped one morning when the Communion plate came around to the band, and I found there a few pieces of a Chips Ahoy. Apparently they had run out of oyster crackers. The discontinuity between “this is My body, which is broken for you” and “A thousand chipsalicious!” was too vast to get my head around. The search for a liturgical tradition was on.
After a bit more kicking around we found ourselves at St. David’s, and I found myself reading N.T. Wright and Michael Ramsey and Hooker and feeling 150 years late to the party. I loved the Anglican tradition from the first time I lost my place in the Prayer Book. It felt like home, and it exhibited a Christian seriousness and balance of form and content that I had never encountered. I remain indebted to Christopher Wells, Craig Uffman, and Bishop Dan Martins for their writings that encouraged and challenged me while I read them at an anonymous internet distance, and especially to Canon John Heidt, of blessed memory, who as an interim priest at St. David’s spent many a Sunday morning coffee hour and not a few Sunday lunches guiding me into a deeper understanding of what it means to be Catholic and Anglican, and how that relates to my Evangelical DNA. My hope, with Craig and Christopher and the rest of the authors, is that Covenant can exemplify the best of the Anglican tradition as I’ve come to love it.