Theologian Richard Rohr has written that the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are America’s distinctive contribution to spirituality. I would go farther than that and say that for those of us with eyes to see, the 12 Steps could be America’s distinctive contribution to Christianity. For, counter-intuitive though it may be, these recovery programs can teach Christians much about the Christian faith. Not because the 12 Step Programs are fundamentally, or secretly, Christian. They are not, decades of wild-eyed speculation notwithstanding. Alcoholics Anonymous, for example, as anyone who has ever gone to even one AA meeting will attest, is a program and fellowship of recovery that begins with the simple idea that there is a Higher Power in the Universe, that I am not it, and that I can be healed from my brokenness and addiction if I will but turn my will and my life over to the care of my Higher Power. So, the point is not that the 12 Step Programs are essentially Christian. It is that, in their principles and practices, these fellowships can serve as an example to Christians of how to do the hard work of self-examination, how to get honest about our shortcomings, how to form a fellowship of integrity and love, how to trust God in the midst of our brokenness. In short, the point of this blog is that Christians would do well to open our eyes and see a powerful spiritual fellowship at work, and to learn from it. For here is surely good news (“gospel”) for Christians: not specifically about Jesus, to be sure, and not brought not by Matthew, Mark, Luke or John in First Century Palestine; but rather good news brought to us in 1935 by a washed out American stockbroker named Bill Wilson, good news about the fact of our brokenness and about new life in God in the midst of a fellowship of honesty and unconditional love. So welcome to the Gospel of Bill.