The Bishop's Letters
Articles from May 2012
Meg and I were blessed to be able to attend an extraordinary seminar on religious liberty this past week. Sponsored by the American Religious Freedom program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the conference featured some of the most important voices for religious freedom in our country: scholars like Robby George of Princeton; attorneys like Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund; church leaders like Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention and Archbishop William Lori of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore; and those who have served in government and the military like retired Army Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Carver.
This week I was privileged to attend the memorial service for Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship. He was Special Assistant to President Nixon and among those convicted in the wake of the Watergate scandal and sentenced to prison in 1974. He met Christ as he was facing arrest and went on to have one of the most influential lives for Christ of his generation.
The past two weeks have been filled with blessings, as Meg and I have been touched by the Lord and His people in many far-flung places. We spent three days on a healing retreat at Christian Healing Ministries center in Jacksonville, Florida. CHM, founded and led by Francis and Judith MacNutt, is a renowned center of training and Spirit-led ministry, a place where the Lord has touched and transformed many lives. We were there for a retreat for clergy, including a half dozen from our Diocese. It was three days of worship, teaching, and intensive prayer ministry. Each of us received two hours of personal prayer each day from a trained team. What a refreshing gift from the Lord!