The EFM Feature

Very funny, David. I, too, am also an evangelical, and though I have not been a Christian as long as some, I don’t think it even qualifies as a “tough question,” some e-mail critics’ protests notwithstanding. It is amazing to me (a) that so many people feel qualified to weigh in on such a topic, (b) that they feel qualified to do so not knowing us, and (c) that it all comes from a disagreement over politics, of all things.
In any case, I was converted in college through the ministry of what has since become the Fellowship of Christians at Bucknell. I was baptized (full immersion, thanks) in July 2005 at Winfield Baptist Church in Winfield, Pa., which is part of the infamously Mormon-unfriendly Southern Baptist Convention. Horrors!
Now, as my bio attests, my darling fiancee and I attend Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, which is both reformed and evangelical. (It’s a PCA, not PCUSA, church, which means we pray to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, not the “Fire that Consumes, Sword that Divides, and Storm that Melts Mountains.”) Every Sunday we sing the Gloria Patri and the Doxology and recite the Apostle’s Creed. We are not members of Tenth because we have only lived in Philadelphia for a year and are moving shortly. (If you know anything about reformed churches–which most of the folks accusing David, Nancy, and me of being closet Mormons do not–you know that becoming a member of one does not happen quickly and is not to be done lightly.)
I have not written a book, nor (unlike David) am I marrying an author. Also unlike David and Nancy, neither the woman I love nor I attended an evangelical college, either–unfortunately, it is crystal clear that our alma mater has thoroughly abandoned its Baptist roots. I also attended government schools for 13 years, if you want to know.
But I’ve got better evidence than the Frenches do of my Bible-thumping street cred. I read from 1 Peter 3 when I asked my now-fiancee to date me, because it reminded me of her. English Standard Version, if you’re keeping score at home. (David had to remind me later that that was kind of incriminating, since the chapter is about wives.) And for CRYING out LOUD, I sang her the last verse of a HYMN when I asked her to marry me!
Oh, and one more point following on David’s statements. I ain’t perfect either. Far from it. In fact, I’m pretty sure Paul was actually thinking of me when he wrote the end of 1 Timothy 1.
With that said, please direct any further inquiries on the state of Charles Mitchell’s soul to God. It’s all up to Him anyway–as is the 2008 presidential election, incidentally.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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