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A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit by Ben Keyes In his sermon entitled "The Lord's Work in the Lord's Way," Francis Schaeffer called Christian people to a mentality of radical dependence on God. All too often Christians work for good things, but rely solely on human resources in reaching…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit by Sarah Chestnut There's no getting around it: we have to live with ourselves (and other people have to live with us, too!). How are we, as Christians, to go about "getting to know ourselves," and does this pursuit ever become a problem? If there are t…
 
The "baptized imagination" is a phrase that sometimes gets thrown around Christian circles, but what does it mean? What does imagination have to do with real life, much less Christian spirituality, anyway? This lecture will offer some introductory definitions of what the imagination is (and what it is not) to help us better understand and grow in t…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ The Copyright for all material on the podcast is held by L'Abri Fellowship. We ask that you respect this by not publishing the material in full or in part in any format or post it on a website without seeking prior permiss…
 
This lecture is a humble attempt to reconsider the often perplexing and confusing book of Revelation as a source of hope for beleaguered and struggling people of faith. It will consider the book's ancient context as well as our current moment to see how we might work to resist the pervasive inclination to fear and grow in our imaginative capacity t…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ March 25 Esther Dalton "The Monster in the Closet: Facing the Question of What to Wear." Whether the question of what to wear is something you struggle with daily or something that has never occurred to you, we live in a w…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ March 18 Sarah Chestnut "Can We Be At Home in the Shadow of the Fall? : Reflecting on Home with the Help of Poets." Is home a house? A family? A piece of land? A country? A language? A state of mind? A person? A church? Is…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ March 11 Ben Keyes "On Being in a Story." Human beings throughout history and across the world have always been storytellers. It is also a basic human tendency to think of one's life as a story. As part of the search for m…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ March 9 Dick Keyes "Competition, Illusion, and Excellence." Competition is a powerful reality in American life. It can even seem as if we are all swimming in the strong current of a great river which determines our future …
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ March 4 Dick Keyes "Why Would God Require Praise?" The Copyright for all material on the podcast is held by L'Abri Fellowship. We ask that you respect this by not publishing the material in full or in part in any format or…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Feb 25 Dr. Brandon Unruh "Isn't Christianity Just Wish Fulfillment?" This talk examines competing understandings of our seemingly universal desire for transcendence and perfection as either a collective neurosis driven by …
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Feb 18 Joshua Chestnut "What Are Fathers For?" Author James K.A. Smith has written that we live in an age where everyone has a computer in their pocket but a gaping hole where a father should be. Though the stereotype of t…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Feb 11 Jeff Banks "Seeking the Shalom of the University: Beyond Culture War to Culture Care." For the past decade, debates have raged at universities across the U.S. about the relationship between religious freedom and ant…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Feb 4 Esther Dalton "How to Read a Story (A Guide for Practical People)." If you get the chance to be a L'Abri student, you might be surprised when, along with *serious* works from theology, psychology, or social commentar…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Jan 28 Joshua Chestnut "The Apostle Paul and the Submission of Women." This lecture is a continuation in a series of lectures on the Apostle Paul and women. This time we will consider his letter to the Ephesians with its c…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Jan 21 Ben Keyes The Waiting that God Requires. Waiting has never been an easy thing for people. We are impatient in our souls, but we also live in a world where pain and suffering make it difficult to wait. To make matter…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Nov 12 Ben Keyes "What's He Building in There?" : The Music of Tom Waits. Tom Waits has been making original music since the late 1960s and has many devoted followers. Very little is known about him personally, but his son…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Nov 5 Kelly Koon "Let them see the farm, and let them see faith!" : Reflections on Christianity from those who work on and with the land. Within this lecture we will cultivate a richer understanding of rural agricultural C…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Oct 29 Esther Dalton "Fellow Passengers to the Grave" : Learning Love of Neighbor with Charles Dickens What does the Good Samaritan have to do with a prolific and sometimes preachy Victorian novelist? This lecture will exp…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Oct 22 Joshua Chestnut The Apostle Paul, a Friend to the Poor? It is not uncommon to hear that while Jesus cares for the poor and the least, Paul only cares about the pagan and the lost. Many readings of Paul seem to make …
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Oct 15 Sarah Chestnut Am I Following Jesus on Purpose, Or Just Riding My Parent's Coat Tails? Question your faith down to its foundation. Even deconstruct it. But live in a state of demolition? In this lecture, we will ref…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Sept 24 Ben Keyes The Gift Comes First: The Essential Chronology of the Gospel. Christianity is a religion of grace, but what does this mean? In this lecture we will examine the ways in which the Christian life is a respon…
 
A lecture given at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ Sept 17 Joshua Chestnut The Apostle Paul, and Finding a Pattern for our Prayers. Though he offers little by way of direction instruction on the matter of how to pray, as one reads the letters of the Apostle Paul we often f…
 
A lecture given by Sarah Chestnut at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts on July 16th, 2021. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ The image of a master potter's hands on clay spinning on the potter's wheel is an image and metaphor used by the Old Testament prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, and it is an image and metap…
 
“Plato, the Professor and the Real Narnia” A lecture given by Jim Paul at L’Abri Fellowship (via zoom) in Southborough, Massachusetts on July 9th, 2021. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ In ’The Last Battle’, the final book in CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, the children witness the end of Narnia before walking through a do…
 
A lecture given by Mardi Keyes at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts on July 2nd, 2021. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ THE LONG BATTLE FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE IN THE UNITED STATES Winning the right to vote was one of many goals articulated at the first American Women’s Rights Convention, held in 1848 in Seneca…
 
A lecture given by Ben Keyes at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts on June 25th, 2021. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/ “His Own Did Not Receive Him”: The Literary Theme of the Unrecognized King There are many works of western literature in which people of great power and authority disguise themselves and are…
 
This lecture was given on Friday, June 18th, 2021 at Southborough L'Abri Fellowship by Joshua Chestnut. The Apostle Paul and the Silencing of Women - Joshua Chestnut This lecture, the third in a series on Paul and women, will take an extended look at Paul’s infamous instruction for women to be silent in 1 Cor. 14:33-36, as well as his words about w…
 
Jesus revealed himself using a complex but important metaphor. We will look at his promise that he was the Chief Capstone and the Rock of Salvation, but also warned that he was the Stone of Stumbling which could destroy us. How can we resolve these two sides of the metaphor?
 
Beginning with an overview of various forms of anxiety which are commonly amenable to professional help, this talk (by a practicing psychiatrist and psychotherapist) explores the limitations of psychiatry and psychotherapy as tools for managing our deeper, wider existential fears. This inadequacy is proposed to stem from the inherently naturalistic…
 
The Doctrine of the Fall as Good News By Ben Keyes From a Christian worldview the doctrine of the fall provides an answer for the basic questions: “what is wrong with the world and why?” However, in eagerness to emphasize the good news and victory of the gospel, Christian people sometimes under-emphasize the fall and its many effects. Sadly, this c…
 
Where Did Human Rights Come From? by Dick Keyes March 19, 2021 For our lives to go on we all assume a respect for human rights in ourselves and in our neighbors. What are human rights, how did we get them and why are they important? The Copyright for all material on the podcast is held by L'Abri Fellowship. We ask that you respect this by not publi…
 
The Apostle Paul, A Friend To The Enslaved? by Joshua Chestnut March 12, 2021 This lecture will be a consideration of some of the Apostle Paul’s seemingly problematic passages around slavery, focusing in particular on 1 Corinthians 7 and his letter to Philemon (give ‘em a read before tuning in!). While it is understandably disappointing for many mo…
 
She Has Done A Beautiful Thing: The Anointing of Christ in All Four Gospels by Anna Friedrich March 5, 2021 When God calls something beautiful that seems worthy of our attention! All four gospel writers include a mysterious story of a woman approaching Jesus at a dinner and pouring oil or perfume on him. What is this about? Why does he call it beau…
 
When Strangers Become Guests and Guests Become Friends by Dave Friedrich Feb 26, 2021 This lecture addresses two interrelated christian practices, hospitality and friendship. It takes note of how these have brought profound healing to societal divisions in the past, and makes a case for why we would want to recover them in the present. The Copyrigh…
 
Taking Yourself Less Seriously by Ben Keyes given Feb 19, 2021 The ability to laugh at yourself can be a disarming gift in the midst of difficult conversations and tense relationships, but is laughing at yourself anything more than a communication technique? Is there something fundamentally ridiculous about each of us to which laughter is an approp…
 
The Apostle Paul, Our Mother in Christ: Metaphors, Ministry and Masculinity by Joshua Chestnut Feb 12, 2021 This lecture is the second in a series on the Apostle Paul and women. It will be a consideration of the nature of metaphor, Paul’s striking but often overlooked use of maternal metaphors to make sense of his own ministry as well as a consider…
 
The Importance of Paradox: Poetry, Prayer, & the Life of Simon Peter by Sarah Chestnut Feb 5, 2021 Paradox is central to Christian theology and experience. Francis Schaeffer, employing a paradox, described humans as glorious ruins. We will look to poetry to tutor us in the nature and gifts of paradox, reflect on what are often paradoxical experienc…
 
Curiosity: A Diverse and Fruitful Christian Virtue by Ben Keyes Jan 29, 2021 Curiosity is a quality that is not often counted among the Christian virtues. And yet to be curious can be a wonderful asset to people- a source of learning and joy. In this lecture we will explore different categories of human curiosity and examine some cultural attitudes…
 
Becoming Friends with Time by Joshua Chestnut January 22, 2021 While time is a tricky matter to fully wrap our heads around, its elusiveness doesn’t keep us from having a complicated relationship with it. Whether we have too much time on our hands or not enough, for those of us living in “clock time” we often find ourselves having an adversarial re…
 
The Rise of Outrage October 30, 2020 Dick Keyes In a world where the dominant source of moral authority for the individual is increasingly one’s own emotions, outrage has become the quickest path to moral conviction and to political influence. How should we understand this and respond to it? The Copyright for all material on the podcast is held by …
 
There Just Aren’t Enough Days in the Weekend: Finding Sabbath Rest in the Lord of the Sabbath by Dave Friedrich October 23, 2020 What was Sabbath rest about in the Old Testament? How did Jesus “fulfill” it in the New Testament? And how do we find it in our day? These will be the guiding questions of this lecture. The Copyright for all material on t…
 
On Being Politically Homeless October 16, 2020 by Joshua Chestnut In a way that seems prophetic of today, C.S. Lewis commented that one symptom of a sick society is that it talks about politics too much. Wanting to move beyond the incessant, performative, tone-deaf, package deal platform of partisan politics in America, this lecture will consider t…
 
Making and Fixing in a World of Cheap Replaceable Objects by Ben Keyes October 9, 2020 Most contemporary people are surrounded by cheaply made, easily replaceable products. In addition to this, many of our lives are so mediated through digital technology that we seldom use our hands to engage the physical world at all. Is the loss of ‘manual compet…
 
The Apostle Paul, A Friend of Women Oct 2, 2020 Joshua Chestnut While many discussions of women in the writings of the Apostle Paul begin and end in the infamous controversial passages, this lecture will start elsewhere and instead look at the often overlooked named women in Paul’s letters. My hope is that by looking at who these particular named w…
 
Fear, Anxiety, and the Fear of the Lord September 25, 2020 by Dave Friedrich There is a curious line from the well-known hymn Amazing Grace that mentions what appears to be two contradictory out-workings of grace: “ ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.” In this lecture we will take a closer look at this paradox of …
 
Hearts Set on Pilgrimage: How Taking Walks Might Become Your Favorite Spiritual Discipline September 18, 2020 by Anna A. Friedrich Walking is as ordinary as it gets. It’s so commonplace, it’s almost pedestrian. But the Scriptures, especially Proverbs, elevate this simple activity to a rich analogy for life with God. If we’re invited to “walk with G…
 
Bound to the Risen Christ by Ben Keyes 2020 Here is another rough recording of a new hymn. Bound to the Risen Christ is a broad reflection on the incarnation and our union with Christ in his death and resurrection. The Christian hope is that we go where Jesus goes; that our sin was conquered in him on Good Friday and that a new life is guaranteed i…
 
The Table Is Laid (A Hymn) by Ben Keyes Southborough L'Abri, 2020 'The Table is Laid' is a hymn that I have been trying to finish writing for a long time. I am not convinced that it is quite done, but I thought I would offer it anyway in hopes that it might be an encouragement. The hymn is a prayer both of longing and of hope. The world is in despe…
 
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