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February 23, 2010

Visiting Professors and Guest Speakers Offer Their Thoughts about Swiss L'Abri

"L'Abri, in my experience, is an ideal community of inquiry for those with questions about the Christian faith. As an occasional lecturer there, I can always count on an attentive audience, searching questions, and substantial conversations."

Prof. Lee Hardy
Department of Philosophy
Calvin College

February 22, 2010

Reflection for the Week- February 22nd, 2010

There are many times when we assume that we can’t do much to contribute to change and transformation in the life of the other. This is simply not true. We all have much to offer and to extend a gracious hand in the attempt to cultivate life, enrich community, and perpetuate blessing can surpass the false boundaries of self doubt in expressing the love of Christ to the world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 15, 2010

Reflection for the Week- February 15th, 2010

Torn apart. Voices and screams of the oppressed and disenfranchised awaken us to the plight of the majority who desperately need love and justice to reign in like the mighty power that God manifested when he raised Christ from the dead. Lord give us hearts to see those who are suffering and in pain and give wisdom as to how to follow in the footsteps of Christ to reduce the total misery and affliction that beset the world at this time.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 08, 2010

Reflection for the Week- February 8th, 2010

There are at least two ways a crisis of hope may express itself. First, pessimism: cynicism overtakes us and we decide to take matters into our own hands. Second, optimism: naïve idealism saturates us and we decide that God will resolve it all for us. Neither of these false options has much to do with a Christian point of view and both will leave us empty. Yet we may tend to spend significant amounts of time and energy floating from pessimism or optimism, or attempting to solidify and barricade ourselves in one perspective or the other. Never this simple, life with God will challenge these tendencies and in so doing refigure the false options into growing opportunities for engaging in community with God, others, and the world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 01, 2010

Reflection for the Week- February 1st, 2010

Eyes burning and seared by the present views and circumstances of life blinds us to a passion for the possible of a different future, yet God has promised to renew the world and we must trust and act on his ability to do so. Learning to see the imprint of the future on the present is no easy task and we sometimes stray from the visionary and realistic immersed in the apparent unchanging status quo that only recycles everything into the same. Imaginary orientations rooted in God’s manifestations of hope broaden our horizons toward change and help us to look and see again.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery