Come and Rest: An Invitation to the Exhausted (Lili Reichow)

February 19, 2018

In a time of busy, workaholic, multitasking, tired people, is there a space for rest? This lecture looks at reasons why rest has become such a distant concept and explores its powerful and transformative offer to our lives.

A lecture given by Lili Reichow (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 16th February, 2018. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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On Thankfulness (Josué Reichow)

February 10, 2018

This lecture articulates a theological and philosophical definition of thankfulness, trying to find broader categories to think about a common concept in a more comprehensive way.

A lecture given by Josué Reichow (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 9th February, 2018. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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A Return to Virtue: Character Formation for Us and for Our Children (Tom Smiley)

February 3, 2018

There is a renewed recognition in education, politics and business that character is crucial for the future of society and human flourishing. But what is character? Can it be educated into children? And what about us? This lecture will consider these questions with a look back to ancient wisdom and forward to the latest psychological research.

A lecture given by Tom Smiley (Clinical Psychologist) at English L'Abri on 2nd February, 2018. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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How to Read the Story of Jesus in Every Part of the Bible: An Introduction to Biblical Theology (Andy Patton)

January 29, 2018

From Genesis to Revelation, God uses many threads—themes, narratives, characters, and symbols—to weave a single story. This lecture introduces ‘Biblical theology,’ a way of reading the Bible that seeks to trace each thread as it develops throughout scripture to better understand God's work in Jesus, the one to whom all the threads lead.

A lecture given by Andy Patton (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 26th January, 2018. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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Surfing the Wave: Rapid Cultural Change and the Transgender Agenda (Jim Paul)

January 20, 2018

Transgender rights have gone from a minor issue to becoming the cultural battlefield of the past few years, with major gains made by the transgender lobby in terms of law, educational policy, media coverage and celebrity endorsement. How has the transgender lobby been so successful in changing public opinion and the voices against transgenderism so unsuccessful in holding back this cultural change?

A lecture given by Jim Paul (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 19th January, 2018. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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Low-level Creeds and Worldview (Tom Price)

January 9, 2018

Worldviews influence and shape our beliefs and the way we see the world, but what influences these  worldviews themselves? This lecture will explore how deeper engagement with low-level creeds—our  deeply held, often repeated, mantra-like confessions or beliefs—should be considered part of our  worldview discussions.

A lecture given by Tom Price (Senior Tutor at The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics) at English L'Abri on 1st December, 2017. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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The Integrated Imagination (Andrew Peterson)

November 19, 2017

Many Christians live with a hard divide between the sacred and the secular, a type of imaginational segregation that isolates Christianity from the rest of human experience. As a pastor’s kid who always loved fairy tales and fantasy novels, Andrew shares how story, art, and music were the breadcrumbs that led him to faith in Christ and to a sacramental view of a world ‘charged with the grandeur of God’ (G.M. Hopkins).

A lecture given by Andrew Peterson at English L'Abri on 17 November, 2017. Andrew Peterson is a songwriter, author, and founder of The Rabbit Room, a community of songwriters, authors, and artists interested in storytelling, faith, and fellowship.

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What Has Wittenberg to Do with Florence? The Birth of Modern Times (Josué Reichow)

November 13, 2017

After five centuries of history, the principles and beliefs of the Protestant Reformation and the Renaissance are still at work in our society. This lecture looks back to these movements to discern their similarities, tensions, and contribution to the birth of modernity.

A lecture given by Josué Reichow (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 10 November, 2017. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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Evangelicalism, Whiteness, and the Age of Trump (Jessamin Birdsall)

November 6, 2017

Drawing on research conducted in a small town in the American Midwest to explore some of the motivations and meanings attached to white evangelical support for Donald Trump, this lecture reflects on the puzzling relationships between religion, race, and politics that have unfolded in the United States over the last eighteen months.

A lecture given by Jessamin Birdsall (PhD candidate, Princeton University) at English L'Abri on 3 November, 2017. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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What Does it Mean to Be Authentic? (Edith Reitsema)

October 30, 2017

Many voices in our culture extol the value of authenticity. But what does it mean to be authentic? Does it mean being real, genuine, not fake—completely honest? Or is our current use of the word closer to the Latin root author, i.e. to be your own author, true to yourself no matter what? This lecture explores these definitions of authenticity as a way of approaching an even bigger question: Is God ‘I am’ or am I?

A lecture given by Edith Reitsema (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 27 October, 2017. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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