Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.
Craig Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, he received his M.Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. He has also been awarded the D.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspard Reformed University in Budapest. A well-known evangelical scholar throughout the world, he is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.
This morning, my phone rang. The number was one I’d never seen.
I decided to answer. “This is Jeremy,” I said.
On the line was a man’s shaky voice. It was trembling, but it was confident too. I’m not sure the wording this man used, but he said something to the effect of, “I’m Richard Butler calling about the Bethany Lott story. Are you familiar with the one I’m talking about?”
I experienced a rush of adrenaline. There’s a chaos in adrenaline rushes. The world turns jumpy. Sporadic. Willy nilly. It’s like the world turns into a perpetual sneeze. Almost all sensory organs shut down to a 1/3 capacity. Probably less. Eyes work in blinks of static. Ears work in spurts. Smell leaves completely. The throat closes. The heart races.
My knees were jello. My voice also went to mush. Should I have been able to smell, I would have gotten a whiff of odor wafting from my armpits.
The stranger on the phone and I shared a moment of chaos.
This stranger was Richard Butler. The Richard Butler. This was the same Richard Butler who recently lost his girlfriend — soon to be fiancé — to a lightning strike (story here, my blog post here).
If you recall, my post made fun of the situation that a person was struck by lightning just after admiring nature.
This probably wouldn’t work with any average person. But a comedian could make it work, a video from the grave. I have a feeling this is only the beginning of an increase in video production with terminally ill folks.
We’re all terminally ill, so start working on your video.
From The Daily Wh.at:
Comedian Carla Zilbersmith, who, in 2007, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, passed away a few weeks ago at age 47. Shortly before moving on, Zilbersmith recorded a goodbye video, which she requested to have screened at her memorial.