Skills for Being Human in Pornified Culture - Joshua Chestnut-

February 21, 2018

A lecture given by Joshua Chestnut at Southborough Feb. 16th. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

Few aspects of our technologized culture entrench shame, deepen isolation and ultimately dehumanize like internet porn. And if the statistics on the matter are even partially true, the number of men and women struggling with porn addiction is at epidemic levels. In this lecture I will consider the often over-looked virtues of patience and imagination as key skills in both regaining and maintaining one's humanity in a pornified culture like our own.
 

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I’m Bored - Given by Dave Friedrich

February 16, 2018

A lecture given by Dave Friedrich at Southborough L'Abri on Feb. 9th, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

What do we do when all the wonder has leaked out? A little boredom here and there is normal, but when it becomes an ever-present burden it should cause us to pause and ask a few questions. We are in all likelihood the most entertained culture in the history of the world and also the most bored. How can this be the case? This lecture will consider the meaning of our boredom and the way back to childlike wonder.

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A Listening Heart- Beth Pocock

February 6, 2018

A lecture given by Beth Pocock at Southborough L'Abri on Feb. 2nd, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

In his book, A Spirituality of Listening, Keith Anderson defines Christian spirituality as basically “a life lived in conversation with Another.” Listening to God is not about method. It’s about an entirely new lifestyle. This talk will discuss what it means to cultivate an ongoing conversation with God and how we can we live in response to what we hear.

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Creative Work is Work: De-mythologizing Artistic Inspiration and the Creative Process - Sarah Chestnut

January 27, 2018

A lecture given by Sarah Chestnut at Southborough L'Abri on January 26, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

 

There are many reasons getting started on--or finishing--creative endeavors is hard. With help from Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad, as well as from Hans Rookmaaker and Mako Fujimura and other contemporary thinkers and artists, we will wade through and correct assumptions about the creative process that keep us from getting artistic work done, and in some cases are even destructive to our humanity.

 

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Gratitude Part I. What is Thankfulness for the Christian? - Ben Keyes

January 26, 2018

A lecture given by Ben Keyes at Southborough L'Abri on January 19, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

 

This lecture examines what the bible teaches about giving thanks; both as an inward attitude of the heart and an outward act of worship. It is an essential aspect of living truthfully and relating rightly to God. And yet, for such a basic aspect of our spiritual lives, it is hard to put into practice. This lecture is the first in a three part series.

 

 

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Some Pitfalls of the Reformed Tradition- Ben Keyes- 2017

October 20, 2017

A lecture given by Ben Keyes at Southborough L'Abri on Oct. 6, 2017. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

While the Reformed tradition has given us much to be thankful for, in practice it has sometimes minimized important aspects of Christian theology. Did John Calvin care more about election and predestination than anything else? Is there more to the Christian faith than TULIP?

 

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How Martin Luther Transformed Marriage and Family Life - Mardi Keyeys- 2017

October 20, 2017

A lecture given by Mardi Keyes at Southborough L'Abri on Sept 30, 2017. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

You may be surprised to learn that qualities we most prize in marriage today - mutual love and companionship, and children as joyous gifts - can be traced back to an Augustinian monk who married a runaway ex-nun!

 

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Martin Luther Between Worlds - Mike Milway- 2017

October 20, 2017

A lecture given by Mike Milway at Southborough L'Abri on Sept 29, 2017. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

 

Martin Luther’s uncomfortable position between worlds, and the unrelenting pressures on him from opposite directions, shaped his theology, guided his life and birthed the Protestant Reformation.  As a young monk in Erfurt and a rising professor in Wittenberg, he found himself caught awkwardly and uncomfortably between the monastery and the university, as a theologian between the via antiqua (old way) and the via moderna (new way), and as a Christian between God and the Devil.  That is where he found the gospel that changed his life.  For taking the gospel to both town and gown (city and university), the bishops in Rome excommunicated him from the church as a heretic while the princes in Worms banned him from the empire for the same reason.  He hid himself away in the Wartburg castle, long enough, though in record time, to translate the New Testament into the vernacular, helping to bridge learned Latin culture and common German people.  Luther’s most important legacy to the “continuing reformation” – the one he did not expect but the one that separates him from us – belongs in large part to his middle position theologically between Catholics and Calvinists.  Luther was a man caught between worlds.

 

 

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“Exiles and Pilgrims: What John Calvin might offer an Age of Social Displacement” - Joshua Chestnut- 2017

October 20, 2017

A lecture given by Joshua Chestnut at Southborough L'Abri on September 30, 2017. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has described the twentieth century as "the age of the refugee, the stateless and the wanderer" and though he belongs to a vastly different time than our own the protestant reformer John Calvin, himself a religious refugee, has some unexpected insights for us and our day.  In this lecture we will consider Calvin's teaching and practice of showing hospitality to the refugee as well as the inherently practical nature of Christian spirituality. 

 

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The Future of Work- Part 2- Aba Udofa

September 27, 2017

A lecture given by Aba Udofa at Southborough L'Abri on Sept 22nd, 2017. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

Many are predicting a major shift in work due to the advances in technology. Will robots take all the jobs? Will technology create new jobs? Is a world without work really a possibility?  This lecture will review the trends that are causing these questions and anxiety, explore the increasing inequality being created by changes in work, review gains in artificial intelligence and reflect on jobs and calling.  

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