Davenant House Welcomes Michael Hughes as Director


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!

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Do Something Hard This Summer


old-books

A few years Alan Jacobs posted an old syllabus for a class at the University of Michigan taught by the great English poet W. H. Auden.

It required 6,000 pages of reading… in one semester. Titled “Fate and the Individual in European Literature,” Auden’s course required students to read the entire Divine Comedy, Horace’s Odes, Augustine’s Confessions, four Shakespeare plays, the Pensees, Blake’s Narrative of Heaven and Hell, Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Melville’s Moby Dick, and selections from Kierkegaard, Baudelaire, Ibsen, Rimbaud, Henry Adams, Rilke, and Kafka. Read more…

Protestant Wisdom Summer Program 2017


From June 6th through 17th this year, seven students gathered from four countries to participate in Davenant’s first ever Intensive Protestant Wisdom Summer Program (a shortened version of last year’s Five-Week Program).

 

Taught by Dr. Alastair Roberts, a leading evangelical blogger and writer from the United Kingdom, this program sought to help train Christian undergraduates, grad students, and seminarians in Christian wisdom so that they can be equipped to lead as servant heroes within the church and their local communities. By all accounts, it was a great success. Read more…

Apply Now for Davenant House Summer Programs


The Davenant House Protestant Wisdom Summer Programs are designed to help train Christian undergraduates, grad students, and seminarians in Christian wisdom so that they can be equipped to live as servant leaders within the church and their local communities. Students come to live together, work together, eat, pray, and read together, and above all converse together. Each day consists of morning and evening prayer, time allocated for gardening, cooking, or manual labor on the property, communal meals, designated times for quiet reading and study, and seminars for Socratic discussion of key texts. The programs are held at Davenant House, a property located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina.

This summer’s programs, both a 10-day Intensive version and a Five-Week version, will be led by Dr. Alastair Roberts, a popular writer and host of the Mere Fidelity podcast whose work has been featured in many publications online and whose book Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes will be released this year from Crossway.

He will lead students in readings and conversation on the following five themes:

  • Bible and Core Dogmatics
  • Principles of Christian Philosophy
  • A Christian Natural Philosophy
  • Ethics and the Challenge of Modernity
  • Politics and Faithful Citizenship

Full room and board at our beautiful property are provided as part of our summer programs, and we encourage students to be residential for the full experience, although a limited number of commuter students will be accepted. This summer we will offer a ten-day intensive program (June 6-17) and a more leisurely five-week study program (June 19-July 21).

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A Report on the 2016 Convivium Irenicum


Earlier this month the Davenant Trust held its fourth annual Convivium Irenicum at Davenant House in upstate South Carolina near Greenville. The theme of this year’s event was “Confessionalism and Diversity in the Reformed Tradition” and we were delighted to have Dr. Carl Trueman, who holds the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, as our keynote speaker. Read more…

Call for Book Donations for Davenant House


 

The Davenant Trust is seeking donations of books for its new study center in upstate SC, Davenant House. Our aim is to have a substantial library in theology and the liberal arts that will be of service to students participating in our residential summer study programs, to students in our Davenant Latin Institute residential courses, and to scholars and pastors using the facility for retreats and study sabbaticals. Read more…

Davenant House: Wisdom and Worldview


In this video Brad Littlejohn, Peter Escalante, and Jake Meador discuss one of the foundational principles of Davenant House, which is the valuing of Christian wisdom over “Christian worldview.”

The discussion begins with brief comments on why worldview language is, for all its benefits, often an unhelpful way to talk about the way a Christian person sees creation. We then move on to a discussion of how our project to emphasize Christian wisdom relates to the cultural liturgies series by Dr. James K.A. Smith. Read more…

L’Abri and Davenant House


In this video Brad Littlejohn is joined by Jake and Joie Meador to discuss the ways that L’Abri has influenced the thinking behind much of what we hope to do with Davenant House. Both Jake and Joie are former L’Abri students, at the Rochester and Swiss branches respectively, and were deeply shaped by their time there. That experience has helped to shape the way we are thinking about Davenant House: Read more…

Davenant House Program Aims: Faith and Science


In this video, Brad Littlejohn, Peter Escalante, and Jake Meador discuss one of the chief concerns of the Davenant House summer program: the relationship between faith and science. The discussion begins by looking at how the supposed conflict has been framed in much modern debate before transitioning into a higher-level look at how science has been thought of in classical Christian thought. Read more…