Scot can do a spot-on impersonation of David Fitch, another prof at Northern, and he has performed this for our class. Scot also told our cohort about the time decades ago when one of his students showed up to present to Scot’s class dressed up as Scot and gave the whole presentation in Scot’s clothing and speech style at the time. The story end in a punchline about types of German Bible criticism: “Redaktionsgeschichte, Formgeschichte, und Bullgeschichte!”
For my last in-person class with Scot in my MANT program, I was going to be giving a presentation, so I collected a men’s short-sleeve, button-up yellow shirt like he often wore (and asked him without context to wear his that day), a bald cap, and round, silver wire-rim glasses. I walked into the classroom in costume and gave my presentation in impersonation of Scot, including starting the class with the Jesus Creed. (The costume and character made an appearance again at the end of a trip to Israel with Scot.)
I deeply appreciate Scot’s ability to laugh at himself…and to let his students get away with laughing at him. In a perfect coincidence, it turns out that the other student who had done this is now our editor at Zondervan for the writing projects we have done together! Kris was recently cleaning out their closets and mentioned on Facebook she had thrown away Scot’s old wire glasses. I told her I wanted them, so she dug through the trash to fish them out for me! They are on my bookshelf of Scot’s books just waiting..