what are Friday Night lectures?
In his little book The Radical Disciple, John Stott says, “The Bible tells us that in creation God established for human beings three fundamental relationships: first to himself, for he made them in his own image; second to each other, for the human race was plural from the beginning; and third, to the good earth and its creatures over which he set them all." Each relationship was radically skewed by the Fall. Adam and Eve were banished from the garden and the presence of the Lord, each blamed the other, and the good earth was cursed on account of their disobedience.
In our Friday Night Lectures, it is our passion to explore the ramifications of these damaged, yet glorious relationships. Moreover, we are keenly interested in God’s covenantal plan to redeem and restore all three. To put it in question form: What should be our attitude toward this beautiful, yet flawed earth? How should we relate to other fallen, yet glorious image-bearers? What should be our response to the Creator? To our deeply broken and conflicted souls?
In the context of community and Scripture, our Friday Night Lectures take up the fruitful task of exploring God's redemptive love in creation, culture, and conscience. We look for the order of creation and the kindness of God as it is found in human history, music, art, architecture, literature, land development, farming, social policy, law, etc.