It was my pleasure to be his driver and guide when he led our clergy retreat in the Diocese of Northern California a few years ago.
Driving around Sacramento, we talked about all sorts of concepts in the New Testament from eschatology to resurrection. He was a relentless scholar and a gentle teacher.
I will reflect more in this space about him in a few days.
His contribution to our understanding of who Jesus really was is enormous. He was controversial, and he evoked strong reactions. He was also willing to entertain other opinions and change his mind. He will be missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!