The Evumenicum in Munich is basically a dorm for students at Munich’s university of about 50,000.

More than that, it is a spiritual community with Pastor Janning Hoening as leader. Janning’s wife Allison, also a pastor, is working on her PhD in Liturgical Theology. Allison is from Christ the King in Houston. She was a Fullbright scholar who studied at Rice, Yale and Philadelphia seminary.

Monday night nearly all the students gathered for dinner, and a program called Dies Academicus, a lecture followed by evening prayer. About 25 students stayed for the lecture.

I met Andrew, a student from North Carolina, who is working on his PhD and writing his dissertation on Paul and desire. When I mentioned Fortress Press’ new book he said, “I need that book.” With the help of Beth Lewis and Clint Schnekloth I directed him to

I met a pastor/professor named Shinichi Kotabe from Japan who was spending his sabbatical (one year) writing a book on Luther’s last words, which he claims were John 3:16. Luther had written six letters to Katie from Eisleben as he lay ailing, but his last words, this pastor claims, were
Scripture. I would love to read his book when it comes out, if it gets translated to English. He’s writing it in Japanese.

Allison, Janning and their children are delightful hosts.