Swiss L'AbriJun 15, 2020
Grappling with Grace -- Richard Bradford
Grace is something we talk about all the time and is central to the Christian message. But it is all too often not our lived reality. This episode is a wrestling with that tension and a call to better understand the love of God in the face of our legalism and perfectionism.
Metaphor and Worldview – Aaron Fortune
A look at the notion of metaphor, informed by the work of Lakoff and Johnson, and what it adds to the how we understand systems of belief.
Singleness and Disenfranchised Grief – Katrina Fortune
An examination of how disenfranchised grief and ambiguous loss can complicate the experience of undesired singleness.
On Living in the Desert – Jacob Marques Rollison
This guest lecture examines what we may learn from looking at the theme of desert in the Bible. To do this, Dr. Marques Rollison presents a look at a newly published essay by the late french theologian Jacques Ellul. (Q&A at end of talk).
Is God a Social Construct? – Dave Friedrich
This is a cross post from another one of our branches (the L'Abri near Boston). It is about the issue of whether God is a projection and how we often make God in our own image. After the lecture on imagination in our last episode I think it is interesting to have this lecture point us to some of the ways that our imaginations can go astray. In doing this we can create a phony god for ourselves. This god is often in contrast with who God is as he is revealed in Scripture and in the person of Christ.
Also checkout their podcast as well at https://southboroughlabri.org/resources/listen/.
Imagination and Hope – Aaron Fortune
Our imaginations are things that we talk about a lot, but sometimes its hard to take them seriously. We will look at how they are important to our lives and their role in our ability to see hope or despair in situations. Also, there a discussion about Hume, Kant, and some assorted poets if that's interesting to you.
Irony, Cynicism & Hope -- Richard Bradford
We live in a society that many of us feel leaves much to be improved. As we are trying to imagine a better world, we can get trapped and discouraged. We can become cynical and even hateful. This is all the more frustrating when hatred is one of the things that we are trying to fight against. There are no easy answers to this, but the ideas in this lecture can be helpful reminders when thinking of these things.
Coping with Depression by Prisca Sandri
This episode is the personal reflection of former worker Prisca Sandri on her depression and how she advises others who also struggle.
A Sociological Approach to Doubt/De-conversion by John Marriott
This week we are pulling out a lecture that was given last summer by one of our guest lecturers, Dr. John Marriott. Professor Marriott teaches at Biola University and has done some very interesting work on the sociology of religion. This lecture addresses what he has discovered through studying the reasons people have left the Christian faith. For more info about Dr. Marriott and his work check out his website https://www.johnmarriott.org/.
Boredom by Richard Bradford
Discuss lecture at http://swisslabri.org/2020/05/11/podcast-boredom-bradford/
Why are we so bored? What does this mean for us spiritually? How do we respond to boredom and where does it come from?
In this lecture we begin to try to grapple with answers to these questions.
Authenticity by Richard Bradford
Lecture on authenticity and self-expression in dialog with the ideas of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor.