It’s a couple months old now (just like J. Gresham Machen when he was baptized), but be sure to go back and listen to this delightful Office Hours with Dr. Van Drunen (wait, did you think I meant the other Dr. Van Drunen?), for it’s fascinating look into the family and social history of the hero of our faith, J. Gresham Machen.
The interview covers a lot of ground, including Machen’s relationship with his mother (Minnie), his Southernness and perspective on race, a snapshot of early 20th century cultural change through Minnie’s diaries and correspondence, and Machen’s early childhood. For instance, I learned that Machen earned a whole dollar for memorizing the entire Westminster Shorter Catechism by age 6 — but didn’t even attend church with the family until he was 5!
For funsies, we can also have a guessing game. There’s a connection between Machen and myself (and OHS DGH! (and I could go on and on)) — whoever can guess it wins a prize ($10 worth of bragging rights and moral superiority).
[Update: The winner is Paul, who correctly guessed that Machen & Hart & I were all edumacated at The Johns Hopkins University, the seal of which I lovingly reproduce to the right.]