This year I witnessed a sacred foot-washing service at Indian Oaks Primitive Baptist Church. I met interesting people, such as Ed Mahan of Burleson, a born-again biker who is national chaplain of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club and a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
But, as usual, controversy caught the most attention as I looked at local religious news of the past 12 months. Here are some of the top local stories of 2007:
Episcopal conflict: Conservatives in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth who have long claimed the national church is straying from biblical authority by, among other things, electing a gay bishop, voted in November to secede from the U.S. Episcopal Church. The proposal urges that the 24-county diocese be aligned with a more conservative province of the 79-million-member Anglican Communion. It was a first step. Delegates must again approve it at next year’s convention. Fort Worth Episcopalians who voted against the change say there is no way their diocese can legally walk away from the national church. The matter likely will end up in court.