Catching Up

April 6, 2006

I am finally back in Louisville for a few days after a flurry of travel.  This has been the most difficult season of travel I have ever endured, but I am thankful for every opportunity.

Just a couple of weeks ago I delivered the Day-Higgenbotham lectures at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and plenary addresses to the Evangelical Theological Society’s Southwest Region Annual Meeting.  The theme was, "Reading the Bible in Postmodern Times — Lectures on The Sufficiency of Scripture."  Preparing and delivering these lectures brought up a host of related issues and developments in today’s church.  I hope we can talk about several of these in coming days.

Last week, I participated in an event at Columbia University on "Religion in the Public Square."  I was the designated evangelical participant and it was a most interesting context.  The discussion was moderated by Columbia’s president Lee Bollinger and held in the beautiful rotunda of the university’s Low Library.  I look forward to processing all that took place there. 

I flew directly from New York to Florida for seminary events and a couple of days of family time.  Christopher and I went fishing.  I caught one bass and one very angry turtle.  The weather was incredible. 

I will answer C.J.’s question right away.  In the meantime, congrats C.J. on the victory of the University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team.  Mark, thanks for the word about Henry VIII (several worthy new books on Henry, the Tudors, and the church out recently, by the way).  Interesting that you should be watching A Man for All Seasons as you framed these thoughts.  The movie (based on the play of the same title by Robert Bolt) is a truly magnificent film.  It deals with one man’s crisis of conscience against the background of political corruption in all its venality.  it is a rgeta movie to watch with friends in order to discuss these issues.  Missing from the story, of course, is More’s persecution of William Tyndale, whose right of conscience More was quick to deny.   Still, this is a reminder that even a film or book like this can raise really big questions in a helpful way.  Back soon.