Early in my studies at Wesley Theological Seminary, I took a class called "The Hebrew Bible and the Arts" from Bruce Birch, in which he encouraged seminarians to look at artworks as primary theological texts. Later, during his long tenure as Dean, I often heard him say that his hope was that everyone who taught at Wesley would be able to talk about the arts as easily as they talk about the Bible. Bruce has been my teacher, my boss, my mentor, my friend for twenty years. This is a video that he sent from somewhere in Russia on the occasion of my installation as Full Professor. I would not be in this position is not for him.
Thank you, Bruce, from the bottom of my heart.