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Mission & Purpose
The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence.
The Center has a two-fold purpose: (1) To convey graciously and apply effectively the Christian worldview to all areas of culture and to the human condition; (2) To encourage and support the Church in its redemptive work.
The conference entitled Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God: Engaging the Culture for Christ was sponsored by the Center for Faith and Culture on November 7-8, 2008. More than 300 people attended the event, which featured plenary addresses from some of the most notable scholars who themselves continue the Schaeffer legacy of engaging culture in terms of a biblical worldview.
Speaker Synopses and Lecture Titles
Jerram Barrs Covenant Seminary- Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute
Jerram Barrs is Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture and Resident Scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He was co-director of L’Abri Fellowship in England for many years before coming to St. Louis, and has authored numerous books including The Heart of Evangelism, Freedom and Discipleship, Who are the Peacemakers?, The Great Rescue, and Christian Responsibility in Society. He also also co-authored Being Human with Ranald Macaulay. His latest book, The Heart of Prayer, was recently published by P&R Publishing.
Plenary addresses: Schaeffer the Apologist read by Ranald Macaulay Schaeffer’s Influence on Evangelicalism read by Ranald Macaulay
Director of L’Abri Fellowship of Massachusetts
Dick Keyes is the Director of L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts, where he has worked with his wife Mardi and family since 1979. Dick has worked for L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and in England, where he also served 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 serveral chapters in anthologies such as No God But God, ed. Os Guinness, 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 United States, Europe, and Korea.
Plenary address: Schaeffer and Engaging Ideas of Culture
Ranald Macaulay Director of Christian Heritage Cambridge
Ranald Macaulay serves as the Coordinator of Christian Heritage, an organization in Cambridge, England. Christian Heritage is committed to demonstrating to contemporary society that Christianity was and is a living faith with the power to change people and therefore shape history. In 2001, Macaulay and Christian Heritage were given responsibility for the Round Church at Cambridge, which was built in 1130. The church, under Macaulay’s leadership now serves to welcome and educate visitors on the influence of Christianity on Cambridge’s history, specifically on western culture in general. Ranald first met Francis and Edith Schaeffer while studying law at Cambridge University. As a result he interrupted his theological training and joined them in the work of L’Abri in Switzerland. He also married their second daughter, Susan. In 1971 Ranald and Susan were asked to move to Hampshire to start a branch of L’Abri. They later returned to Switzerland to help once again with the original L’Abri work from 1984-1988. This eventually led to a sabbatical in Cambridge and an unexpected retirement. Ranald and Susan still reside in Cambridge today.
Plenary address: Schaeffer in the 21st Century
Udo Middelmann President of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation
Udo Middelmann is the President of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation as well as a philosophy professor at The King’s College in New York. He is also a well-known lecturer on the topics of ethics and society. Udo has been President of the Schaeffer Foundation since its inception in 1988. The foundation purposes to study the impact of Christian truth on life by showing how the Bible is applicable in all realms, especially those of philosophical, ethical, and cultural reflections. Additionally, Udo has authored The Innocence of God, Pro-Existence, Chrisitianity versus Religions of Resignation, The Market-Driven Church, as well as numerous articles and chapters for Francis Schaeffer’s books. He also regularly publishes FOOTNOTES.