I cannot help but noting the irony: on August 26th during the evening session of our national conference I played clips from my 1989 encounter with Robert Funk, the co-founder, along with John Dominic Crossan, of the Jesus Seminar, illustrating the bias very plainly found in Funk’s position (and in his concluding the interview by telling us all to “go to hell” because it is a “nice place to go”). Just over a week later, when we were in Glacier Bay in Alaska, Robert Funk died at age 79. One can only shudder at the thought of standing before God and hearing his Twenty-one Theses for the Coming Radical Reformation read out. How very strange that this would take place exactly one week after our debate in Seattle. Definitely one for the “odd providences” list.

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