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In the Garden of Delight: Reading the Song of Songs for a Broken World

In the Garden of Delight: Reading the Song of Songs for a Broken World

February 23, 2020

In the Garden of Delight: Reading the Song of Songs for a Broken World

by Joshua Chestnut

Feb 1, 2020

What was once the most popular and most commented-on book in all of the scriptures, the Song of Songs (or sometimes called the Song of Solomon) plays little role in shaping contemporary imaginations about what it means to be human.  Often assumed to be simplistic love songs, these ancient Hebrew love poems hold beautiful and timely wisdom on the goodness of human love, the problematic dynamics of abused power, the significance of place as well as the delight of life with God.    

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Can Christian People hope to have a redemptive influence in the polarization of American Politics?

Can Christian People hope to have a redemptive influence in the polarization of American Politics?

February 22, 2020

“Can Christian People hope to have a redemptive influence in the polarization of American Politics?”      

by Dick Keyes

Jan 31, 2020

Political Polarization threatens to cripple our government. There seem to be few solutions on offer, but could Christian people willing to stand under the whole counsel of God make a difference?

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‘For Your Name’s Sake’ - Living for the Reputation of God

‘For Your Name’s Sake’ - Living for the Reputation of God

February 10, 2020

‘For Your Name’s Sake’: Living for the Reputation of God

by Ben Keyes

Feb 7, 2020

The biblical writers often tell us that God acts in the world ‘for the sake of his name.’ Biblical characters sometimes plead with God to intervene ‘for His name’s sake.” What does it mean that God defends his reputation to people? What difference would it make to pray with the glory of God’s name in mind?

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“It was meant to be good”: Becoming More Human in the Kitchen and Around the Table

“It was meant to be good”: Becoming More Human in the Kitchen and Around the Table

January 31, 2020

“It was meant to be good”: Becoming More Human in the Kitchen and Around the Table

by Sarah Chestnut

Jan 24, 2020

 

What does good food mean?  What makes food good?  Can learning to cook- or even just hanging around the kitchen- make us more human?  Is eating a spiritual act?  In an age of individualized diets that can become their own religions, is there hope for “family style” eating and true hospitality?  Does what and how we eat really matter?  With these questions and many more in mind, we will explore the significance of cooking and eating for the recovery of our true humanity.  

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Caring for Creation V: Dappled, Strange, & Glorious: What Can Variety and Abundance Reveal?

Caring for Creation V: Dappled, Strange, & Glorious: What Can Variety and Abundance Reveal?

January 28, 2020

Caring for Creation V: Dappled, Strange, & Glorious: What Can Variety and Abundance Reveal?

by Anna Friedrich

Jan 17, 2020

This lecture is part of our ongoing series on the goodness of creation and our unique role as humans to explore, care for, protect, and delight in it. We will look at two things revealed in what we see around us and what we read in the Bible — Variety and Abundance. What can these two teach us about who God is and who we are?

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Caring for Creation (IV): Does the Natural World Teach Theology?

Caring for Creation (IV): Does the Natural World Teach Theology?

January 14, 2020

 

Caring for Creation (IV): Does the Natural World Teach Theology?

given by Ben Keyes

November 15, 2019

Psalm 19 tells us that the heavens declare the glory of God. What is being declared about God as we look up at the stars? Does the rest of creation have anything in particular to declare? What is the relationship between God’s particular revelation in scripture and his revelation in the natural world, which is available to all? In this lecture we will contemplate the value of creation both in itself and in its ability to teach theology.

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Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun - A Different Kind of Fear - Part 3 of 3

Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun - A Different Kind of Fear - Part 3 of 3

November 6, 2019

Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun 

A Different Kind of Fear

Part 3 of 3

by Dave Friedrich

Theme Weekend: Nov. 2, 2019

What are we supposed to do with this strange and wonderful book? What kind of wisdom is this? And how are we to understand its place within the Bible and its fulfillment in Christ? These will be our guiding questions as we look at three major themes of Ecclesiastes: vapor, joy and a different kind of fear.

Theme Three: A Different Kind of Fear

For many, fear is an unpleasant and unwanted emotion that steals our joy and diminishes our lives. Ecclesiastes, and the Bible as a whole, call us to a different kind of fear, one that broadens our lives as we recognize the frightening difference between us and God: we are a vapor, but He is eternal. This is the fear of God, a God-ward orientation of holy awe that surprisingly gives us reason to hope, rejoice, and live our lives to the fullest.

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Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun - A Table in the Mist - Part 2 of 3

Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun - A Table in the Mist - Part 2 of 3

November 6, 2019

Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun 

A Table in the Mist

Part 2 of 3

by Dave Friedrich

Theme Weekend: Nov. 2, 2019

What are we supposed to do with this strange and wonderful book? What kind of wisdom is this? And how are we to understand its place within the Bible and its fulfillment in Christ? These will be our guiding questions as we look at three major themes of Ecclesiastes: vapor, joy and a different kind of fear.

Theme Two: Joy

The Assembler declares that everything is vapor, but he also sees “a table in the mist,” with food and drink and other good gifts from God that we are meant to enjoy. He says, in fact, there is nothing better than when God enables us to see and receive what is good. Is this true? And can we find this joy even in the mist of the wilderness?     

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 permission from L'Abri Fellowship. ©Southborough L'Abri 2019.

Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun - Everything is Vapor - Part 1 of 3

Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun - Everything is Vapor - Part 1 of 3

November 6, 2019

Ecclesiastes and Something New Under The Sun 

Everything is Vapor

Part 1 of 3

by Dave Friedrich

Theme Weekend: Nov. 1, 2019

What are we supposed to do with this strange and wonderful book? What kind of wisdom is this? And how are we to understand its place within the Bible and its fulfillment in Christ? These will be our guiding questions as we look at three major themes of Ecclesiastes: vapor, joy and a different kind of fear.

Theme One: Vapor

How would you describe that which is fleeting? What would you call grasping for what is beyond your grasp? How about “vapor” and “herding the wind”? That is how the Assembler, otherwise known as the Preacher or Teacher, describes everything human. He takes a hard look at life and concludes that it is all ephemeral, enigmatic, and frustrating. Is he a cynic? Or is he a realist telling us what it is like to live and work in the shadow of the fall? Could he even be one of the wise, telling us how to live in the wilderness, in exile, somewhere between the promise and the promised land?

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Navigating Restless Years: St. Augustine on How to Survive Young Adulthood

Navigating Restless Years: St. Augustine on How to Survive Young Adulthood

October 31, 2019

Navigating Restless Years: St. Augustine on How to Survive Young Adulthood

by Joshua Chestnut

Oct 2, 2019

Though he never had to deal with particular modern troubles like social media, student loans or internet porn, St. Augustine just like so many of us did have to navigate complicated relationships with parents, disappointment with religious community, haunting memories and seemingly unshakeable bad habits.  In this lecture we will look at how in his most well-known book the Confessions, Augustine opens up about all of this and more, offering help for those of us still navigating the “restless years” of becoming adults.    

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