Three years ago, we at Davenant were blessed by the Lord with the opportunity to purchase a beautiful small retreat center property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of upstate SC, which we dubbed Davenant House. We enthusiastically sketched out a vision for a study center dedicated to the renewal of Protestant wisdom, offering residential courses, study retreats, and serving as a hub for building networks and ministry in the region. Unfortunately, the path forward for this work proved far rockier and more winding than we had anticipated, and we had all but abandoned this vision when the Lord brought Michael Hughes and his family across our path last summer. Over this winter, He opened many doors for bringing the Hugheses on, beginning in Summer 2019, as full-time directors of Davenant House, ready to realize the initial ambitious vision for the property, engage in active student ministry throughout the Western Carolinas, and raise funds for the further development of the property. It is with greatest excitement and joy that we introduce them to you today. —Brad Littlejohn, President
Who We Are
Hello, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Hughes and as I write this I’m in the great, though incredibly cold state of Wisconsin (the next few days will not get above zero degrees Fahrenheit with the potential for -50 wind chill forecasted). My family and I will soon be leaving Wisconsin due to a calling from the Lord to move to the Davenant House (This has nothing to do with the cold. We promise). We are excited about what the Lord has in store!Read more…
Brent King reflects on an engaging weekend of fellowship and learning at Davenant House.
An Update from DLI Associate Director Jonathan Roberts
In Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Neil Postman quotes a passage from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden:
We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate…we are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the old world some weeks nearer to the new; but perchance the first news that will lead through into the broad flapping American ear will be that Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.
In celebration of another year of God’s good graces to us and to The Davenant Institute, we made the possibly correct assumption that you (our readers) might be interested in knowing what books we both read and enjoyed in the previous year.