Andrew tells the history of our pilgrimage from the lightweight-backpacking point of view on the website of one of our sponsors, Backpacking Light. You need an account to read the whole thing, but you can at least be tantalized by the first few paragraphs by clicking here!
We just got word that our radio interview with Rick Steves about our pilgrimage will air this Saturday, April 23. You can find out what station to listen to it on at this page. And if by some chance you miss it, you can listen to it archived on the web starting April 24th. We […]
As the winter draws to a close and the spring flowers efface the gray, gray landscape, our imaginations are turning back to our 70 days on the road. It’s hard to stay inside and the walls seem to be squeezing us too tight. We’ve had happy occasion to jump back into the pilgrimage experience in […]
In the dreary coldness of February I have to admit to not being entirely sad that we aren’t walking back from Rome, especially thinking of the rotten weather that Luther certainly would have encountered in the famously harsh winter of 1510-11. But five hundred years ago this month he was on his way back home, […]
Well, 500 years ago this January, our friend Martin Luther was wrapping up his stay in Rome and gearing up for the long walk back home with the news of an appeal denied. We read recently that 1510-11 was a particularly harsh winter; maybe that’s why he and his companion veered farther to the east […]
Yesterday was our very last engagement related to the pilgrimage! Andrew spoke at the University of Heidelberg as part of a lecture series on “Sustainable Mobility in the 21st Century.” Most of the lectures were highly technical on mechanical means of transport, but his was the lone voice in favor of that most sustainable of […]
Quite a number of people wrote and asked us about making a calendar with photos from our journey… and we are nothing if not obliging to our fans! This will be only for 2011–commemorating Luther’s actual arrival in Rome and return journey to Erfurt–so don’t delay till 2012. And just think what marvelous Christmas presents […]
(I preached this sermon at Lenoir-Rhyne last Wednesday during the weekly chapel service. It was a Thanksgiving-themed service, so it seemed fitting to post it today. Happy feasting to everyone!) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. All of us here are already thinking ahead to our […]
We enjoyed a peaceful weekend of the country life in Virginia. While out for a run I scared a blue heron out of a patch of lush watercress growing in stream, and the trees were all a-twitter with blue jays and bluebirds, downy woodpeckers and cardinals. In the evenings the full harvest moon has been […]
Our “post-pilgrimage” has just about wound down now. On Thursday night we were the guest speakers at a Faith and Reason lecture and dinner at Roanoke’s Center for Religion and Society. We had a good crowd and a very curious one! Our host finally had to call the questions to a reluctant halt so we […]
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 […]
We’re just wrapping up our stay at Lenoir-Rhyne (more on that soon to come!) but just wanted to let you know, if you’re in the area, that we’ll be speaking at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, on Thursday the 18th at 5 p.m. in the Garrett Room at the Colket Center. We also got an […]
It has been a whirlwind here and, strangely enough, harder to keep up with the blog than when we were walking all day… I suppose because our daily tasks have more variety than the pilgrimage rhythm of walk, eat, write, sleep, and walk again. We had a wonderful time at Augsburg College in Minneapolis during […]
We have been stateside since Sunday night and are still in the process of battling the worst jet lag either of us can ever remember having, waking up at 3 a.m. still exhausted but unable to fall back asleep. I think it’s as much the disorientation that comes from the abrupt end to our long […]
Just the other day this article was published on the First Things website, originally a talk given at a meeting on the JD jointly sponsored by a Catholic bishop and a Lutheran bishop: “The Skeleton of Genuine Reconciliation.” It’s well worth the read.