Our conversation revolved around the state of higher education, farming, marriage, publishing, and Kentucky. And after I mentioned to him that I use his novel, Jayber Crow, in my introductory theology class, we ended up having what I hope was a mutually enriching conversation about the Trinity and the importance of having a truly incarnational theology. "Are you an incarnational theologian?" he asked me, and when I said that I was, I saw a glimmer of relief in his eyes. His concern was that I, as a theologian, might bear some resemblance to the beauty-in-the-world-denying preachers about whom he so frequently rails. Indeed, when I was later briefly out of the room, Wendell looked over at Kim and said, "Well, I'm enjoying this quite a bit more than I thought I would." I was not one of those theologians!
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