Back to the future...
(Tim and David) Despite the beauty of Glacier Park demonstrated in the photos we posted here last week, the most interesting picture to come out of our trip to Idaho was the one on the left taken at a 1961 Officer's Christian Fellowship conference at the Country School House in the Shenandoah Valley.
Jim Wilson, Doug Wilson's father, gave us this picture from that conference where he and Dad spoke. According to Mr. Wilson's notes on the back of the picture, the men in front (left to right) are ? (USNA), Don Hidy (USNA), Jim Prout (USCGA), and Bill Shoemaker (USNA). And in the back row are Jim Wilson, Joe Bayly, and OCF leader Cleo Buxton. While Dad and Mr. Wilson were speaking to future officers, 8-year-olds Tim and Doug were busy building dams across a Shenandoah stream.
It was a delight to spend an evening with the Wilsons during the course of the Christ Church Ministerial Conference. We were struck by the graciousness of Doug and Nancy, the warmth of Jim Wilson, and the faith of Nate and Heather Wilson and Luke and Rachel Jankovic.
A couple thoughts on the Wilsons for our readers...
First, Doug and Nancy are classic Evangelicals in many important respects: gracious, welcoming, hospitable, opening their home to college students and visiting pastors alike, Word-oriented, covenantally Christian, a family in which faith and obedient service to Christ passes organically through multiple generations. The Wilsons reminded us of some of the great Evangelical families of previous decades that we have known--families like the Howards (parents of children including David Howard and Elisabeth Elliot), Ken and Margaret Taylor, Hudson and Miriam Armerding, and Ken and Jean Hansen.
Second, we're convinced Doug Wilson is as likely to convert to Roman Catholicism (or to encourage others to walk that plank) as Pope Benedict is to become Presbyterian.
Third, if the proof of the Federal Vision pudding will ultimately be found in the lives of its children, Federal Vision passes with flying colors among the Wilsons where it's quite clear the baton of living faith is being passed from generation to generation. In fact, let's clarify the matter by stipulating Trinitarian, Protestant, Evangelical, Presbyterian faith.
We wish all our readers had the chance to meet Doug and Nancy Wilson in person and to join us in rejoicing at the work in Moscow of Christ Church, Greyfriars Hall, and New Saint Andrews College.