We will look at cynicism and sentimentality as patterns of self-preoccupation and self-protection. To move beyond them we must think, live and lead with a very different focus in life – thankfulness to God.
Dick Keyes is the Director of Labra 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 Labra 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, Seeing Through Cynicism, and several 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 the significance of Jesus' questions. He has lectured widely in the U.S. and also in Europe and Korea. As with many workers in Labra, 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 for Jesus from a fresh perspective. Dick enjoys reading, working in the woods, rowing and playing blues and ragtime guitar for self-therapy.