United States Senator Ben Sasse will present the annual Paul B. Henry Lecture.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) will give the 2016-17 Paul B. Henry Lecture. The title of his address is Before the End of Time: Religion and Politics in this Messy, Broken Age. According to Senator Sasse, we live in a very disoriented time, with massive policy challenges, huge political disruptions, and daunting Constitutional questions. The economic changes surrounding us are monumental, and our culture is chaotic and confused. Within all of these stresses, what is our role as citizens and as Christians?
Senator Sasse was elected to office in a 2014 landslide, winning each of Nebraska's 93 counties. He came to the Senate after spending five years as President of Midland University, a 130-year -old Lutheran college that he took from the verge of bankruptcy when he arrived to one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the country by the time of his departure. A fifth-generation Nebraskan, Ben grew up walking beans and detasseling corn -- experiences that, he notes, taught him the value of hard work. His career has included work with companies and institutions through times of crisis, with straight talk about core issues and failing strategies.The annual Paul B. Henry Lecture brings a prominent Christian public servant to Calvin to speak about religion and public life. The goal of the lecture is to inspire the college and the community to explore how faith intersects practical politics and shapes the common good. Over the past eighteen years, the lecture has featured speakers from across the political spectrum who work in many different walks of life, including elected officials, journalists, public executives, judges, scholars, and non-profit leaders. The lecture is free and followed by a reception for event participants.
The lecture will be in the Great Hall.