Tonight I shook the hand of the Lord Bishop of Durham. He signed a couple of books for me and we had a moment of small talk. I was at the first of two lectures that he is giving at Davidson College. Tonight's lecture was "It's the End of the World as We Know It: Apocalyptic Then and Now." Bishop Tom Wright took me and many of my ideas out to the woodshed - and I enjoyed every minute of it. So I'm going back for another beating tomorrow night, Lord willing. Why the sudden masochism? He provided an explanation that is more rich and interesting and palatable (and, I believe, scriptural - though I still have plenty to check out) than the one with which I entered the building. In other words, I feel as if I'm trading up.
I have a lot of material to digest in the coming days, but, Man! it was a good time. I wish you all could have been there with me. I took five pages of notes and when I have the time I will try to condense some of it into something meaningful that I can post here. I'm sure the lectures will also eventually be posted at N.T. Wright's homepage.
Anyway, I'm headed back tomorrow night to hear him lecture on "The Lordship of Jesus and the Empires of the World."