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Dick Keyes, Director, L'Abri, Southborough, MA
October 2009 at 12:00 pm EDT
Graduate Christian Fellowship Retreat
Our society gives us a false choice between two powerful forces: cynicism and sentimentality. Both are used to trash the Christian faith but both also carry enough elements of truth to be very seductively confusing to us in our own attitudes to God, life, other people, church, marriage, politics….. What is it to live out the Biblical vision that we are all ‘glorious ruins?’
Dick Keyes is the Director of L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts, where he has worked with his wife and family since 1979. He holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University, and an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Dick has worked for L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and in England, where he served also as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church in London for eight years. He has been an adjunct professor at Gordon Conwell Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary.
He is the author of Beyond Identity, True Heroism, Chameleon Christianity and several chapters in anthologies such as No God But God, ed. Os Guinnes, Finding God at Harvard, ed. Kelly Monroe, and New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics from Intervarsity Press. He is currently writing a book on cynicism. He has lectured widely in the U.S. and also in Europe and Korea.
As with many workers in L’Abri, Dick’s interests are many and varied. If there is any integrating idea it is the attempt to connect important aspects of modern life to Biblical truth with a theological, apologetic and pastoral concern. His writing on identity, heroism and cynicism, for example, are efforts to help Christians toward a more integrated and engaged faith, but also to help those who are not Christians to be able to see the claims of Jesus from a fresh perspective.
Dick and his wife Mardi worship at a nearby African American church in which Dick is part of the ministry team. Dick enjoys reading, working in the woods and playing blues guitar and ragtime guitar for self-therapy.