Thank you, Walter!
Walter Wink passed away on May 10. I am one of many who benefitted greatly from his insightful approach to Scripture. Walter understood that violence, peace, war, reconciliation, oppression, and liberation are key themes in the biblical narrative and he pioneered a way to take the text seriously without falling into the old liberal-conservative polarity that is obsessed (in opposite ways) with factuality over meaning.
I'll never forget the ways Walter opened up the Sermon on the Mount and stories from the gospels (especially of the Legion of demons). Here's a beautiful tribute over at Read the Spirit: