Monday, November 26, 2007

N.T. Wright: Personal Encounter

After listening to two lecture, Adam, Joe, and I were able to meet Bishop N.T. Wright. He hung around Estes Chapel following his exegesis of Acts for book signing and photos. Though we were about 8th in line we waited for quite some time as seminary students ahead of us were either attempting to receive private teachings from Wright or proposing their theological ideas and thoughts as if to prove themselves as intellectually stimulating for Wright. Anyone who has read his works must find the humor in imagining the above situation.

I shook the hand of Bishop Wright and thanked him for his writings and teachings. His disposition changed from that of toleration toward the aforementioned students to one of gratefulness and realized humanity. He signed my journal where I record my personal reflections and prayers. Two books of Wright's, The Last Word and Paul in Fresh Perspective, I gave to Adam and Joe respectively and he signed those books for them. Wright told us that "The Last Word" is a silly title upon which the publisher insisted. He said that if he were to write a book entitled "The Last Word" that it would be on the person and work of Jesus.

I handed my camera to a guy behind us to take our picture with The Bishop of Durham. He was visibly shaking from excitement, anxiety, and nervousness, hence, the above photo. I knew that the photo would not turn out but it was worth a blurry photo to hear Tom Wright say to our picture taker, "My, it's a wee bit wobbly isn't it?"


thechurchgeek said...

Funny Story about the photo, too bad really!

Chris Dunham said...

i'm down with shooting some thoughts back and forth. i'm not sure how familiar you are with Rob Bell going into it (I had only seen pnuemas before), but he does his thing well. it's extraordinarily crafted and the man delivers flawlessly. i look forward to reading what you have to say about it. feel free to shoot me an grace and peace.

Adam said...

hey, that photo is blurry. i just thought you'd like to know.

aaron said...

man, i'm so jealous! and your story about the dweebs in line before you made me want to personally hire chuck norris to give them a swift roundhouse kick to their sad and inflated skulls. i mean, seriously, why do people feel the need to do that? i'm sure mr wright was taken aback by the depth of their insight and understanding. makes me feel bad for the guy.

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."