Southborough L'Abri

Lecture Schedule


 






 


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Spring/Summer 2019 Lecture Schedule 

All lectures begin at 7:30 
and are held at L'Abri
49 Lynbrook Road
Southborough, MA 01772

        Join us for tea and treats at 7:15

 

Theme Weekend: A Creation Care Weekend at L’Abri *
 

May 10th-7:30 Peter Harris - The Butterfly Effect of the Gospel 

May 11th 9:30 AM Anna Friedrich & Heidy Chang Art Show & Poetry Reading

Lunch- 12:15

 

May 11th 1:30 Peter & Miranda Harris - Sustaining Hope on our Groaning Earth

 

*If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation by Monday, May 6th to southborough@labri.org. The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

*The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening.  Attendance both days is not required.

*Limited overnight accommodations may be available at L'Abri. Please email southborough@labri.org if you would like to add your name to the waiting list for overnight accommodations, and you will be notified if/when space becomes available.



 

 

May 17- Joshua Chestnut

Gentleness, Neighborliness and Taking Others Seriously: The Life and Work of Mr. Rogers 

 

May 24- Ben Keyes 

The True Object of Human Longing: Re-embracing Dominion and Trust

 

May 31- Dave Friedrich

“A Shelter For Conversation”

 

June 7- Joshua Chestnut 

Pornography, Shame and What to Do With Unwanted Sexual Behavior 

 

June 14- Ben Keyes 

“Shouldn’t the Christian Faith be Easier?”

 

June 21- Dick Keyes 

Letting God be God in a Fragmenting World

 

June 28- Marta Crilly, Archivist for City of Boston

"Jazzing Hellwards:" The Painful History of White Protestant Church Segregation and What It Means Today

 

July 5- Mardi Keyes 

Liberty and Justice for Women? 

 

July 12- Dr. Andrea Gurney, Professor of Psychology, Westmont College

Reclaiming Love: Biblical and Scientific Principles for Restoring Relationships


    

Winter 2019 Lectures      

 

Jan 18- The Last Laugh:  Perceiving and Receiving the Incongruity of Grace

Dave Friedrich
What is grace?  What are the different ways people have defined grace?  And what caught Paul's eye when he wrote about grace in Galatians and Romans?  These are the questions New Testament scholar John Barclay asks in his book, Paul and the Gift (2015).   Barclay's questions and research will be the basis of this lecture.  (This is the first lecture in a two part series, but also stands alone.  Part two is, The Gift of Grace.)



Jan 25- The Gift of Grace:  No Strings Attached or Call and Response?
Dave Friedrich

This lecture considers the research of New Testament scholar John Barclay in his book, Paul and the Gift (2015), that challenges the definition of Divine grace as a gift with no strings attached and helps us see the gift of grace in Galatians and Romans as both divine call and human response.  (This is the second lecture in a two part series, but also stands alone.  Part one is, The Last Laugh)  

 

Feb 1- Revolution or Recession?  Sex in Pre- and Post-Christian Cultures -
Joshua Chestnut
One might assume that in a culture as tolerant and progressive as our own that these would be booming times for sex, yet a growing body of research seems to point in the opposite direction that more and more people are in fact retreating from physical intimacy.  In this lecture will not only consider the sexual landscape of our current post-Christian culture, but reconsider the surprising distinctives of Christian sexual ethics as they emerged in the Pre-Christian world and how it revolutionized human sexuality.  

 

Feb 8 - Caring for Creation Part III: Our Relationship to Farmed and Domesticated Animals
Ben Keyes

What does the bible say about raising animals for food? How can we apply God’s word to our contemporary food system that relies so heavily on intensive factory farming? Should we all be vegetarians as many Christians argue, or are we entitled to rely on animals for food? Is this even a question that should concern Christians?

 

 

Feb 15 Sight for the Blind: A Study on the Significance of Eyes in the Biblical Story

Anna Friedrich
From the “pleasing to the eye” fruit of Genesis 3 to the four living creatures in Revelation “covered with eyes all around,” the Bible is full of references to sight. God’s sight and human sight seem to compliment and challenge each other. What does it mean for God to see us, or for us to “fix our eyes on Jesus”? We’ll explore these questions among others in a broad stroke “look” at sight through the Bible. 


 

Theme Weekend-

To Heal What is Broken: Hope in a Time of Fragmentation


 

Friday, Feb 22
7:30 PM

A Tree Without Roots: How Can We Reconnect Contemporary Virtue With Christian Belief?

Ben Keyes 
Contemporary psychologists say that it is good for us to forgive, to give thanks and to seek humility. These traditionally Christian ways of life are being recognized as important aspects of human thriving but without any connection to biblical belief. How long can the secular appreciation of Christian virtue last without Christianity. In what ways could this trend be an opportunity to communicate Christian Truth?
 

Saturday, Feb 23
9:30 AM

Political Polarization, Pervasive Loneliness and the Exhausted Middle 

Joshua Chestnut
A recent social survey found that the amount of Americans with no close friends has tripled since the mid-80's and that nearly 25% report having no one in their life who they consider a trusted confidant.  How might these epidemic levels of loneliness, combined with the echo-chamber nature of social media have contributed to our national crisis of political polarization and what are some ways forward for those who find themselves exhausted by the angry discourse by those on extremes of the political spectrum?

Lunch - 12:30

Saturday, Feb 23
1:30 PM

Friendship & Redemption in the Story of Ruth: How Self-Giving Loyalty Changes Everything

Anna Friedrich
The road back to Bethlehem. Two hungry refugees. Famous vows from one to another. The ensuing story of Ruth and Naomi (and later Boaz) continues to reverberate down through history. Why is this little tale of friendship so powerful? And how might our lives be transformed through this kind of radical loyalty?

*If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation NO LATER THAN Thursday, Feb. 21st to southborough@labri.org. The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

*The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening.  Attendance both days is not required.

*Limited overnight accommodations may be available at L'Abri. Please email southborough@labri.org if you would like to add your name to the waiting list for overnight accommodations, and you will be notified if/when space becomes available.


 

March 1 What does God mean by his promise, "I will be with you"?

Dick Keyes

Some say that the best place to hide is in plain sight. “They’ll never think of looking here!” Sometimes this is the sad fate of Biblical truths which are so familiar to us that their life and importance is hidden simply by their familiarity. God’s amazing promise, “I will be with you” may have suffered this fate. It appears explicitly many times in the Bible and many more times implicitly or as an assumption. But what does it actually mean to us in our daily lives which range from triumph to tragedy with lots of routine in between?
 

March 8   'What is the heart and can it be altared'?

Sarah Chestnut
From the muscle-pump that keeps blood moving through the body, to a symbol of romantic love, the heart is understood (and misunderstood) in a variety of ways.  How did the biblical authors understand the heart and what might it mean for Christ to "dwell" in our hearts--and change them?
 

March 15 There's a Crack in Everything:  Learning from The Broken Hallelujah of Leonard Cohen

Dave Friedrich

 

March 22  Space, Place, and Grace: Musings on the Meaning of Home

Mary Frances Giles
These days we are surrounded by conflicting messages of "home". An advertisement for a furniture store might be immediately followed by a report on the refugee crisis. Americans are more transient than ever, yet we are obsessed with home improvement shows. This lecture will use the Biblical narrative as a lens to examine what it means to build a home, both in the world and with God.