I’m excited to host Dr. Jerry Root, this Sunday, at Christ Community Church. Dr. Root is a professor at Wheaton College and an expert on the life of C.S. Lewis. He will be speaking live at the Online and Old Mill Campuses.
Back in 2010, I had the blessing to host him for an afternoon and it was a treat. We spent a few hours talking and eating at Dundee Dell. I didn’t want the time to end. I took him to the Dundee Dell because I thought his history with England would have him appreciating the venue more than the average patron. I struck gold with that decision. He loved the Dell, and he was ready and willing to hold forth on anything and everything. I had my own personal three hour lecture that covered a number of topics.
- Club (American) football in Europe
- “The Troubles”
- English history and culture
- Irish history and culture
- Beer (Irish, Belgium and Czech beers are his favorites.)
- Scotch (A passion of his. The manager at the Dell was impressed with his knowledge on this.)
- C.S. Lewis
- Los Angeles Rams (I managed to impress Jerry with my knowledge of NFL history.)
- Harry Potter
- J.K. Rowling
- Philippians 3:1-9 (Basis for the message he taught that morning.)
- Christian culture
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Lord of the Rings (We didn’t like how Faramir was reflected in the film version.)
- Fish and chips (He said the Dell’s fish and chips compare with any you’d get in England.)
- English pubs
- Draft pull tabs
- Forrest Gump (His favorite film.)
- First-time movie experiences
- Star Wars
- George Lucas
- Our families
His vast knowledge on these topics was amazing. He could converse about anything. And still, when I was talking about something, he would listen carefully. He was keen on discovering some new tidbit of truth that he did not know before.
Dr. Root could smoothly transition from topic to topic, and when different people from the Dell came to the table to serve us, he could quickly transition the conversation to accommodate them. He would ask them questions, and include them in on what we were discussing. He’d also ask them about their own life and story.
That was the amazing thing, he was so personal and gregarious with the staff in the midst of holding forth on numerous topics. They wanted to keep interacting with him.
Personally, I’m looking forward to hanging out with him this weekend. Whatever he shares on Sunday in the services will be a bonus!