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Theologians-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne

Last Sun­day we arrived in North Car­olina. Andrew Weis­ner, the cam­pus pas­tor, and a cou­ple of stu­dents picked us up. It was a very warm home­com­ing for me—Lenoir-Rhyne is my alma mater—and Pr. Weis­ner started his min­istry there the same year I started as a stu­dent. The col­lege (par­don me, university!—it has changed sta­tus since I was there) seems bet­ter than ever and I have no doubts that Pr. Weis­ner is a big part of the pos­i­tive change.

When we got to cam­pus, there was a nice deja-vu type sur­prise in store: my for­mer dorm has been con­verted into guest apart­ments, and we were slot­ted to stay in my old room! That was a bit sur­real, and even more so when my old room­mate Suzanne drove down to see us. I wasn’t expect­ing to see lay­ers of his­tory in Amer­ica the way we’ve been accus­tomed to see­ing them in Europe, but it was so—only the his­tory was my own his­tory, and I was see­ing what had changed and what had stayed the same since I grad­u­ated. And of course see­ing old beloved friends and pro­fes­sors, not­ing how much all of us had changed—or hadn’t changed at all!

Sun­day night Andrew gave his “Pome­gran­ates” talk again to a nice mix of peo­ple, and on Mon­day night I gave another ver­sion of my “What Has Erfurt to Do with Rome?” talk, this time to the Mon­day Night The­ol­ogy Class that’s been open to the pub­lic since I took the inau­gural course quite some years ago. Andrew and I both had a chance to visit var­i­ous classes on cam­pus and talk with the stu­dents, as well as enjoy some fes­tive meals. On Tues­day evening my mom joined us (she was our ride to the next place; not to men­tion very eager to see her grand­son again), and Wednes­day morn­ing we wrapped up our stint at res­i­dent the­olo­gians with the chapel ser­vice, at which we read the Scrip­ture lessons and I preached. It was alto­gether a lovely and sat­is­fy­ing time.

We are out in the coun­try now, between Roanoke and Blacks­burg, Vir­ginia. Tonight we’re speak­ing at Roanoke Col­lege (take a look at their web story about it) and that brings the col­lege cir­cuit to an end for us! It has been such a whirl­wind of travel from Rome to Wit­ten­berg to Stras­bourg to St. Paul to Hick­ory to Roanoke that I haven’t had any time or men­tal space to process the fact that I just spent 70 days walk­ing 1000 miles. I hope the lux­ury of being at my par­ents’ home for awhile now will give me and Andrew both some time to rest and reflect… Zeke, how­ever, is mainly inter­ested in the swing and the tractor.

By the way, some excit­ing news: we’re going to be inter­viewed on Rick Steves’ radio show! We’ll be record­ing next Mon­day and will let you know as soon as we know when it will be broad­cast. Very cool!

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One Response to Theologians-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne

    Jed Wilson says:

    Rick Steves just posted his Mon­day radio sched­ule to Face­Book — you are at the top of the list: http://www.ricksteves.com/radio/interview/interview_schedule.cfm

    I get nos­tal­gic for our child­hood vis­its to Edmonds when I think of Rick Steves, as he lives there.


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