Yesterday started at Anna’s House in Grand Rapids where I had breakfast with my favorite Calvin College student. 🙂
I then headed over to Cornerstone University for my first book talk of the day. A Trump supporter in the audience accused me of hubris, implied that I supported the murder of babies, and informed me that my reference to my evangelical background was an attempt to engage in “identity politics,” but after this opening “question,” things settled down and we had a fruitful conversation about Trump and evangelicals. Thanks to everyone who took some time out of their day to come to a noontime lecture and special thanks to history professor Martin Spence for the invitation!
I spent the afternoon on Interstate 69 traveling to an evening lecture at Taylor University. (Thank goodness for Sirius/XM radio I was entertained by Bruce Springsteen CNN, NPR, “the 70s on 7” and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo).
A great crowd of students and faculty showed-up for the lecture. After the talk I spent an hour or two in some informal conversation with about 20 Taylor honors students. I am always impressed by the thoughtfulness of the young evangelicals I meet at events like this. We spent time wrestling with the definition of “evangelical” (most of them do not describe themselves as “evangelicals,” preferring to use the word “Christian” instead), talked about the place of the humanities at a Christian college, and reflected on the best ways for Christians to engage with politics (I recommended works by James Davison Hunter and Glenn Tinder).
Thanks to Steve Austin and Jeff Cramer for the invitation.
That’s all for now. Today I will be at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana at noon and Hope College this evening. Then it is back to Calvin College for the biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. Stay tuned.