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During the latter stages of my 17 years in law practice (1977-94), I regularly tried to understand and shape my professional life in the light of Christian scripture and tradition. While lawyers live by a code of professional conduct and disciplinary rules, these guidelines are not directly informed by religious values and traditions. I found there were few resources available in church or in the legal profession to help me make the deep experiential connections I was seeking in my effort to integrate faith into my daily life as a trial lawyer.
My desire to integrate faith and daily life became an important aspect of discerning a call to ordained ministry and also led to my deeper engagement with scripture through doctoral work at Oxford. There, I focused on the relationship between the apostle Paul’s moral reasoning and the behavioral dimensions of life in Christ in Paul’s congregations. I also learned from my mentors at Oxford how to offer specialized biblical expertise to support and enhance life in Christian congregations.
In late 2001 I returned to San Antonio and collaborated with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to establish a new ministry to people in the workplace. Now called The WorkShop, we strengthen Christian communities by equipping people over time to use the Bible in their practices of discipleship and discernment in all areas of daily life. I spend most of my time helping people apply the scriptures to inform their daily experiences of life in Christ. I especially enjoy assisting people in learning how to think with the mind of Christ, showing them how to exercise the practical moral reasoning taught by Paul and the other scripture writers. The heart of my ministry is inspiring and training people to think imaginatively about how to embody Christ in every context of their modern daily lives.