Saturday (Philander Chase)

Last day of the RADVO conference in Dallas. The morning keynoter was N.T. Wright, sometime bishop of Durham, eminent biblical scholar, and widely published author, both in academic and more popular circles. His assigned topic was simply “the sacraments,” and he did a magisterial job of teasing out a coherent sacramental theology from, of all places, the passage in Numbers about the spies Moses sent to spy out the Promised Land. It was an exhilarating talk. This was followed by a panel discussion on the general subject of ministry, and was staffed by many of the luminaries who had been presenters at the conference. Finally, we concluded with a grand (the organ and choral music at Incarnation is particularly … grand) celebration of the Eucharist, at which the Bishop of Honduran presided and the Bishop of Tennessee preached. After grabbing a taco lunch near my hotel, I spent the afternoon answering emails and taking care of other items of both personal and professional business. Dinner was at the home of one of the staff members of the Diocese of Dallas, attended by whatever CP bishops were left in town, and various others who had been part of the conference.

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