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Professors Barrs, Ryan, and Winter to Speak at Rochester L’Abri Conference in February

Rochester L’Abri Conference 2014

Walk Humbly With Your God:

True Spirituality in an Age of Counterfeits

February 14 – 15

Kahler Grand Hotel, Rochester, Minnesota

Covenant Seminary’s own Jerram Barrs, professor of Christian studies and contemporary culture, will be one of the plenary speakers at this year’s L’Abri Conference in Rochester, Minnesota. Professor Barrs will open the conference on Friday, February 14, with an address on “The Biblical Basis for True Spirituality” and offer presentations on Saturday, February 15, on “Dependence on the Spirit and Delighting in the Law: Are These in Tension?” and “Spirituality in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.”

Professor Barrs will be joined by Rev. Mark Ryan, director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary, and Dr. Richard Winter, professor of practical theology and counseling, who are among the many notable workshop presenters. Prof. Ryan will speak on “True Spirituality and the Christian Apologist” and “The End of Apologetics?: Myron Penner on Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context.” Dr. Winter’s topics include “The Hidden Power of Shame” and “Biblical Counseling in a World of Pshychological Theories.” 

Other plenary speakers include Dr. Bill Edgar, professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary (who was in St. Louis recently for the Schaeffer Institute’s “Heaven in a Nightclub” event);   Dick Keyes, director of the L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts; Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary; John Mason Hodges, founder and director of the Center for Western Studies; and Ellis Potter, a former Buddhist monk who became a Christian through the ministry of Francis Schaeffer and founded Eastern European Renewal, an evangelical mission to Central and Eastern Europe.

Other featured workshop presenters are Zack Eswine, pastor of Riverside Church in St. Louis, Missouri; Denis and Margie Haack of Ransom Fellowship; Greg Jesson, director of the Center for Ethics and Public Life at Luther College; Hans Madueme, assistant professor of theological studies at Covenant College; Marvin Padgett, interim executive director of Great Commission Publications; A. J. Poelerands assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Wheaton College; Clark Scheibe, coordinator of the Canadian L’Abri; Larry Snyder, who worked with L’Abri for more than 40 years before retiring to focus on his interests in the cultural mandate and the history of the church; and Mike Sugimoto, professor of Asian studies at Pepperdine University.

For a full schedule of activities and registration information, visit


What is a L’Abri Conference?

L’Abri is the French word for shelter. The L’Abri ministry was founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer in 1955 to provide an environment where Christians and non-Christians could seek answers to questions about God and truth. Following in that tradition, a L’Abri Conference is an opportunity through lectures, discussions, and personal interaction to feed and hone the mind in an effort to deepen one’s understanding of what it means to be a Christian in our society. The on-site housing and mealtimes are designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas among conferees and speakers. Learn more about L’Abri at