Our Student Theological Society invited Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer to give a lecture here at MBI last night. I couldn’t stay for the lecture, but had the opportunity to join him and the society leadership team for dinner beforehand in the student diner room. I went primarily because I was asked by our Bible and Theology departments to serve as the faculty representative at the dinner. Faculty representatives aren’t required for such occasions, but as a courtesy to our guest we thought it might be nice to have a “colleague” more familiar to the students and with the institute present at the meal. Unfortunately, my “colleague” status, as exaggerated as it might be in the presence of such a tenured scholar as Vanhoozer, was shown to be even more overstated than initially presumed, once he sat down at the table and asked us, “So, are all of you undergraduates?” …

Now, I suppose youth has it benefits, status isn’t everything, and being mistaken for a student every now and then is something I will surely miss when I’m old and grey, which Vanhoozer assured me of once I introduced myself immediately thereafter. But I’m looking forward to the day when introductions will no longer be necessary just for the sake of distinguishing myself from students. In the meantime, I’ll just have to keep overdressing whenever I’m on campus, or at least until facial hair becomes an option and wrinkles begin to form!

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