The First One

A new blog, although the world does not need another one. Nonetheless, I hope to use this space to explore the crossroads of Christianity, culture and politics. I have some experience in each.

For over 20 years I was an attorney licensed to practice in Texas and did so in and around the state legislature (most of what you have heard or suspect about the Texas legislature is probably true). Ten of these were as a staff person in either the state House or Senate and a little over ten as a governmental relations attorney at the University of Texas System Administration (i.e., part of a state university bureaucracy). Since 2002 I have been in a United Methodist pastor serving four successive congregations in southwest Texas. And, I have been part of American life and culture for 61 1/2 years as of today.

I’m married to great wife and partner, Maurie, and have two adult stepchildren. Their names are Andrew and Ashlie. Andrew is married to his own great wife, Ali. They have a son (my grandson– maybe some might consider me “step” but I don’t) zooming on to his third birthday this summer, Caleb. One of the most blessed things in my life has been to marry into this family.

By the way, I don’t consider myself to be a liberal Christian and nobody would mistake me for a conservative one, either. Instead, I am part of the muddled middle, a middle-of-the-roader most likely unacceptable to either left or right. This also means that many things to me are “on one hand, but on the other hand” issues. All of the prior information may be undercut by the fact that I think the United Methodist Church and most of the church universal are dead wrong on the LGBT issues that are so current within our church. More on this in the future.

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