I met ‘Metochoi’ on a message board about the controversial Ezzo parenting curriculum. He was a pastor of a little church in Nowhere, Texas whose church had been torn up by adherents to the curriculum. He was mad. A history of countering legalistic Christian fads, a mind primed with logic and a personality unafraid to laugh at bullies equipped him to do battle. Mostly he joined the battle because, as he used to sign his posts, “I love moms and babies”. At heart, Mike was a pastor AND a dad. He loved his wife and he understood the connection she experienced with her babies was a sacred and God-given thing – not a challenge to him and their relationship as Ezzo teaches.
Due to ill health, he labored mostly in obscurity. But as the internet age dawned, people who could not attend his little Baptist church or attend the logic classes he taught at the local college began to be touched by Mike’s teaching abilities as he took part in internet conversations.
Mike touched our lives in a similar way, and I will always be grateful.