We’ve already had some great public lectures this summer here in Southborough.  The kick-off lecture for out summer term was by one of this branch’s co-founders Mardi Keyes, who retold the story of L’Abri from its humble start in the Schaeffer family’s home in the Swiss Alps to the present day where L’Abri is an international fellowship of Christian community study centers across the globe, though Mardi paid particular attention to the history of the Southborough branch.  For anyone who wants to know about what exactly L’Abri is or how it started this is a wonderful talk.

Mardi Keyes – The L’Abri Story from Switzerland to Southborough

Our second lecture was by local pastor Doug Calhoun on the relationship between our “Father Wound” and our spiritual growth.  Doug has devoted a tremendous amount of thinking and studying to the many difficult questions around relationship between our families of origins and the way we engage with God.  The lecture sparked lots of helpful discussion around here.

Doug Calhoun – The Father Wound and Its Impact on Your Spiritual Journey

Our third lecture of the term was from our own Mary Frances Giles who gave us some really helpful insights into what it means to live with longings and desires.  Looking at ways that both our broader culture as well as the church have often given us overly simplistic, confusing or just plain unhelpful ways to think through our desires and longings Mary Frances offers some helpful reflections.

Mary Frances Giles – Living with Longing in a Fallen World

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By Joshua Chestnut

Today is the first of our winter term here in Southborough and in getting a few other things prepared for the immanent arrival of our students, I realized that I had overlooked posting two of the lectures that were given here last term.  Apologies to any who might have been waiting.

The first lecture was my own entitled: “Who Do They Say I Am: Considering Jesus in the ‘Gospels’ that Did Not Make it into the New Testament.” (link)  In this lecture I take a critical look at what have been referred to as “Non-Canonical” or “Gnostic” or “Apocryphal” gospels.  In these ancient accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus, we find a radically different take on Jesus than what we find in our New Testament.  While some scholars want to argue that these documents carried the same authority as the canonical Gospels in the early church, upon further inspection of the texts themselves, these arguments become hard to swallow.

The other lecture was given by Dick Keyes, called “Can I be Spiritual Without Being Religious?” (link).  In this lecture Dick, with wisdom and clarity, takes a critical look at a common sentiment among many people who somehow see any form of institution, and in particular religious ones, as being the very things which inhibits human and spiritual flourishing as opposed to making them possible.  It was a very helpful and clear lecture.

As our term gets under way here in Southborough be on the look-out for more posts!

SOUTHBOROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT LECTURES … Sarah Chestnut: The Good Work of Loving Words: Thoughts on the Human Call to Care for Language

This lecture given by our own Sarah Chestnut here in Southborough on November 6th looks at what it might mean for us to be good stewards of our language.  Sarah takes the biblical realities of ‘blessing’ and ‘cursing’ as the organizing principle for her research and lays out some ways that we can ‘care’ for our words.  The lecture is available here from our podcast stream.

SOUTHBOROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT LECTURES: Ben Keyes: Humility: Part One – What Christian Humility is Not

In this first of a two part series, our own Ben Keyes offers some helpful thoughts on Christian Humility by delineating some ways that humility has been commonly misconstrued.  Ben helpfully clears some ground and sets the stage for his next lecture (available soon!) that deals more directly with the substance of what Christian humility is.  This lecture was given recently here in Southborough and is available via our podcast stream here, which you are welcome to follow.