Can Irony and Humor be Persuasive for Christian Belief? – Dick Keyes

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A lecture given by Dick Keyes at Southborough L’Abri on October 12th, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

 

Can Irony and Humor be Persuasive for Christian Belief?

The Christian diagnosis for our situation is that we are each a “glorious ruin”. That human condition is itself bound up in profound ironies. As we look at the efforts of Biblical figures to persuade people to believe the Gospel, we can learn from their use of irony as they did it.

 

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Double Listening – By Dave Friedrich

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A lecture given by Dave Friedrich at Southborough L’Abri on October 5th, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

 

Double Listening

To meet someone who listens well to others and to God is both rare and rewarding.  But there is a way to become that person – someone who practices what John Stott called double listening.

~David Friedrich

 

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Prayer Meeting: Be Still and Know that I am God

Every Monday, each branch of L’Abri sets aside time to sing and pray together.  From the beginning, prayer has been essential to the life and existence of L’Abri.  We hope these reflections from our prayer meetings can serve to encourage your own life of prayer.

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[Read Psalm 46 and Acts 17:24-28]

Psalm 46 offers us a series of juxtaposed images of security and insecurity, stability and upheaval. No matter how solid the kingdoms of the earth and even the ground beneath our feet may seem, even these sources of security are ultimately flimsy compared to the Lord Himself. When they give away (imagine an earth quake) the Lord remains solid. Near the end of Psalm 46 we are given a command: “Be still and know that I am God.”

At first glance ‘being still’ seems to be a passive thing. We simply need to stop the hustle and bustle of daily life and listen to God. However, when we actually try being still we discover that it requires real exertion. There are many obstacles to being still and heavy lifting is required.

We need to lay aside…..

….the mental lists of everything we want to accomplish after we are done being still. Even this small act requires significant trust in God. Sometimes it is helpful to write a list of what we need to do in order to truly lay it aside.

… the anxious thoughts that make their home in our minds. This is a tremendous challenge especially in the times of chaos and instability described in the psalm itself.

… our idols. Significantly, the psalmist does not say that we should “be still and reflect on who God is.” He says be still and know that God is God. This is more than a daily doctrine check. It is a deep knowledge in which we, with our whole being, assent to the one-and-only-ness of God. It is to allow our whole selves to be utterly convinced and then to exalt him. So, being still requires the painful work of extracting our trust from the false gods that crowd around us and promise us security. When it comes to our idols, being still is a form of combat.

… our request mindset. Often making requests is the primary way in which we relate to God in prayer. The immediate concerns and needs of daily life grow up like brush in the foreground of our vision blocking out the depth and beauty of the landscape. Our dependence on God is much more fundamental than our wish lists. Life in each moment is an intentional gift from Him. As The Apostle Paul says to the Athenians: “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

The command to be still is not a simple instruction for our quiet times. It is a description of a life-long effort to view reality for what it is. We can set out to do this with confidence in how the psalm ends:

“I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

-Ben Keyes

Life in the Spirit in our Age of Authenticity – Joshua Chestnut

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A lecture given by Joshua Chestnut  at Southborough L’Abri on September 28th, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

 

If the spirit of our age is to be true to oneself over all others, what might the work of the Holy Spirit look like?  In this lecture we will consider some patterns of chaos in our day as the backdrop to reconsidering the unexpected work of the Holy Spirit.

~Joshua Chestnut

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Caring for Creation Part I. Friends, Foes or Food: What is the nature of our relationship to Animals? – Ben Keyes

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A lecture given by Ben Keyes at Southborough L’Abri on September 21st, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

 

Sept 21 Caring for Creation Part I. Friends, Foes or Food: What is the nature of our relationship to Animals?

This lecture begins a series on Creation Care (continued by Anna Friedrich, Oct 26). The human relationship to animals is a broad topic that includes our treatment of wild animals, companion animals (pets) and farmed animals. Each of these areas has long standing controversies connected with it. This lecture will focus primarily on wild animals. We will explore the nuanced perspective that the Bible brings to an often polarized conversation.

~Ben Keyes

 

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Prayer Meeting: Reflections on Psalm 139

Every Monday, each branch of L’Abri sets aside time to sing and pray together.  From the beginning, prayer has been essential to the life and existence of L’Abri.  We hope these reflections from our prayer meetings can serve to encourage your own life of prayer.

[Read Psalm 139]

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You Know Me and Lead Me

If you happened to live in ancient Greece and came upon the Temple of Apollo you would have read these words carved in stone: “Know Thyself.” That is no easy task. Who can really say they know themselves?  Who can say they know every motive that drives them and all that lies in the depth of their subconscious? With true wisdom and humility David prays, “Lord, you know me, and you lead me.” This Psalm starts with praise, “Lord, you have searched me and you have known me,” and ends with prayer for God to do it again, “search me God and know my heart and lead me in the way everlasting.”

You have searched me.  You have known me.   

God is no passive force we just tap into. He searches. He knows. He guides. David says, “You know all my movements, every thought of my mind, what I’m going to say before I say it.” And this is no detached knowledge. To know in Hebrew is an intimate endeavor. Adam knew his wife Eve. To be known by God does not mean God has a lot of information about you on file. It means He is interested in everything about you. It means He is involved in all the details. It means wherever you go, there also is God, not as a detached observer but as a knowing, caring Shepard.  “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” It doesn’t matter how far we go, or how dark it gets, with our God it doesn’t matter. Whether it’s the depths of our subconscious, the depths of the earth, or the darkness of the womb, there is God creating us and re-recreating us, knitting us together, writing all our days in a book before they come to be.

Search Me, Know Me and Lead Me

God’s thoughts are vast and precious. They overwhelm us and restore us, searching and testing our anxious hearts, then “leading us in the way everlasting.” Yes, Lord, may it be so! Search me, know me and lead me!

-Dave Friedrich

 

Between the Sound and the Sense: Reading the Bible to Find the Trinity – Joshua Chestnut

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A lecture given by Joshua Chestnut  at Southborough L’Abri on September 14th, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

 

Between the Sound and the Sense: Reading the Bible to Find the Trinity

In this talk we will look at how the doctrine of the Trinity arises not from leaving the biblical witness aside (as it has been accused of or assumed to) but instead from understanding the bible as a narrative whole whose center is the sending of the Son and Spirit. 

~Joshua Chestnut

 

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