Summer Nights in the Grove - Lord of the Rings

Summer Nights in the Grove - Lord of the Rings
Every Wednesday, from 07/01/2020 to 07/22/2020, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Tales from Tolkien - Your Story in the Larger Story:  In the Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien offers a captivating journey of discovery and faith that parallels the Christian story in significant ways. It is a powerful tale of courage, redemption, sacrifice, temptation, friendship, and the search for identity and purpose. We will explore several major themes in Tolkien's epic series that can inform our own lives as we grapple with the difficult moral and ethical issues that we all face. Each week's study will also focus on a passage of Scripture that connects with the particular theme we are discussing that week.


  • 1st Session: Your Story in the Larger Story (the power of story, God's work in our lives, etc.) - key text is Joshua 14:6-15
  • 2nd Session: The Fellowship of the Ring (sacrifice, friendship, etc.) - key text is Mark 2:1-12 OR Matthew 9:9-13 (haven't decided yet) 
  • 3rd Session: The Mines of Moria (fear, courage, purpose, moving from fear to faith, etc.) - key text is Joshua 1
  • 4th Session: Frodo: The Road Ahead (despair, hope, the abundant provision of God, etc.) - key text is 1 Peter 1:3-9

Teachers: Brad and Pam Lau

Brad and Pam live in Newberg and have two college-aged daughters, Annalise and Gabrielle. Their oldest daughter, Michaela is married to Joshua Semple and they live in Napa, California. Also living with them are two small, vocal dogs, Cali and Shasta, and one cat, Sally!  As a family they enjoys tennis, good food and and spending time with family and friends.

Brad loves football, reading, theology and, of course, the Lord of the Rings and other classics in the fantasy literature genre! Brad has served as vice president for student life at George Fox University since 2000. He oversees a wide range of programs including residence life, health and counseling, spiritual life, intercultural life, campus public safety, intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation, and student activities.  A native of Colorado, Brad earned a doctor of education in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. and a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University.

Pam loves reading, meeting new people and cooking fun food for her family. She is the author of A Friend in Me: How to be a Safe Haven for Other Women (David C Cook), Soul Strength: Spiritual Courage for the Battles of Life (Random House) and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar’s Review and Christianity Today. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, she has taught writing and communications at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats.

Pam writes, speaks, and podcasts for Real Life Real Image, an organization she started in 2011.



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