Life’s Elusive Goal – Reflections on Contemporary Views of Happiness – Ben Keyes –

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A lecture given by Ben Keyes at Southborough L’Abri on June 15th 2018,  Part 1 of 3 for our Summer Seminar: “A Flash of Eternity: Happiness, Joy and the Good Life”

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Life’s Elusive Goal: Reflections on Contemporary Views of Happiness
What is happiness to the average American today? We are told to do whatever makes us happy and our nation is founded in part on the right to pursue that goal. To achieve happiness is touted as a sufficient source of meaning in life and yet few people seem to understand what it is. How are Christians to understand the longing for happiness that we see around us and in ourselves? Can the Christian faith challenge and comfort an unhappy culture seeking happiness?

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Beneath and Beyond the Sun: A Brief History of The Good Life Given by Dave Friedrich

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A lecture given by Dave Friedrich at Southborough L’Abri on June 15th 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

Beneath and Beyond the Sun: A Brief History of The Good Life

In his book, A Secular Age, philosopher Charles Taylor claims that, for millennia, very few people could imagine the good life apart from a transcendent reality. Now many people can. How did this happen? What challenges and opportunities does this bring? And just where is the good life to be found?

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Poetry and the Language of Loss – Given by Anna Friedrich

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Poetry and the Language of Loss

A lecture given by Anna Friedrich at Southborough L’Abri on June 1st, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

All of us know loss of some sort, whether it’s the loss of a friendship, the loss of a season of life, or the more dreaded loss of love, of faith, and finally the loss that death brings. Those who have walked the darker valleys of loss often speak of a lack of resources in our day – where are the cultural practices that help us grieve? Can we affirm God’s sovereignty and human grief? Many poets have wisdom to share here. The unique expression of poetry can be a healing place that invites and makes room for the complicated experience of grief. Together in this lecture, we will look at a handful of poets who give voice to, challenge, and wrestle with the reality of loss.

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Reflections on Women and Sexual Assault in the Era of #MeToo – given by Mary Frances Giles and Dr. Janese Free Newell

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A lecture given by Mary Frances Giles and Dr. Janese Free Newell  at Southborough L’Abri on May 25th, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

Over the course of the past year, the #metoo movement has catapulted sexual harassment and assault, primarily against women, to the forefront of our cultural awareness. There appears to be a shift occurring in our collective American consciousness. Acts of sexual harassment and assault that have been historically overlooked are now being publicly discussed and confronted – from the covers of newspapers to our daily Facebook feeds. This lecture will explore the issues and questions brought forth by this cultural moment from theological, criminological, and sociological perspectives.

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Gratitude Part III: Toward an Apologetic of Thankfulness -Given by Ben Keyes

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A lecture given by Ben Keyes at Southborough L’Abri on May 18th, 2018. For more information, visit www.labri.org/mass and for more L’Abri lectures, visit the L’Abri Ideas Library.

Many non-religious Americans view gratitude as an important virtue to cultivate in life. In one sense this seems to be a point of connection with the Christian faith, and yet there are key differences between contemporary and biblical notions of thankfulness. This talk will explore just how common is the common ground of gratitude. How is it that Christians might help direct the gratitude of our culture towards the true giver of all gifts?

 

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Poems for Holy Week (VII)

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  When he had said this, he breathed his last…

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.  Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.

LUKE 23:44-46; 50-53

 

Into Your Hands

 

It’s the care of commitment when all is done—

Reverberant cry lobbed as a prayer;

Silence echoes inside the hum.

 

Light bleeds as a cure from the staggering sun

And by some unseen hand the veil is split with

Care.  Such commitment to a job well done

 

Hangs like a flag, pounds like a drum.

Were you always first to volunteer to face

The silence that blares inside the hum?

 

You held the note and held the line—

Did you hold your breath to exhale your life?

This, the care of commitment.  All is done.

 

When the spectacle sinks, flies or slumps,

We stagger blind, shell-shocked and dumb.

Silence rings inside the hum.

 

Is war silent?  Combat, still?

Hush of linen wrapped limb by limb to fulfill

The care of commitment.  All is done

To silence the scream inside the hum.

 

-Sarah Crowley Chestnut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Descent from the Cross” (Rembrandt)

 

Poems for Holy Week (VI)

sWhen he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.  The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.   

JOHN 19:30-34

 

Finished

 

The wine severs in its descent.

How long has it been poured

before spilling in grisly torrents

 

down your chin?  It rends you as it rides

this seismic current from heaven

to earth until it finds the spear’s slit.

 

Until now each dove and lamb

were fingers plugging holes

in the most impossible dam.

 

But you are the burst wall

so water and blood gush eternal—

you break to effect the impossible

 

turning of the most impossible tide.

Come.  Put your hand into my side.

 

-Sarah Crowley Chestnut