Term Date 2021 & 2022

Autumn Term: September 13th – November 18th
Fall entry slots – September 13th & October 11th

Winter Term: 2022 – Jan 13th- March 31st 2022

Winter entry slots: Jan 13th, Feb. 15th March 8th

We are accepting reservation requests but please be aware that we are only accepting students during the entry slots posted above. Guest must stay for a minimum of 2 weeks, with priority given to those who stay the whole term and the student fee rate is $33 per night. 

 

 Autumn Term: September 13th – November 18th

Lectures being at 7:30 PM join us for tea and treats at 7:00

Lectures are held at L’Abri Fellowship 

49 Lynbrook Road, Southborough, MA 01772

Lectures are open to the public and we ask that all non-vaccinated guest to please wear a mask while indoors. 

All lectures this term will be given in person only. We will no longer be live streaming on zoom. The only exception to this will be Liz Snell’s lecture on October 8th. If you are in the area, we would love to see you face to face on a Friday night! If you are not in the area, we will still be uploading lectures onto our podcast (see website) and they are usually available by early the following week. If anything changes, we will let you know on our website.

 

Sept 17 Joshua Chestnut

The Apostle Paul, and Finding a Pattern for our Prayers

 

Sept 24 Ben Keyes

The Gift Comes First: The Essential Chronology of the Gospel

 

Oct 1 Dick Keyes

Competition, Illusion and Excellence

 

Oct 8 Liz Snell

(Use this link to watch the lecture and the password is lecture) 

Steadfast Love: Finding a Secure Attachment with God

 

Oct 15 Sarah Chestnut

Am I Following Jesus on Purpose, or Just Riding My Parent’s Coat Tails?

 

Oct 22 Joshua Chestnut

The Apostle Paul, A Friend of the Poor? 

 

Oct 29 Esther Dalton

“Fellow Passengers to the Grave”: Learning Love of Neighbor with Charles Dickens

 

Nov 5 Kelly Koon

“Let them see the farm, and let them see faith!”: Reflections on Christianity from those who work on and with the land

 

Nov 12 Ben Keyes

“What’s He Building in There?”: The Music of Tom Waits

 

Summer 2021 Lecture Schedule

Lectures will begin at 7:30pm and are held at L’Abri Fellowship

49 Lynbrook Road, Southborough, MA 01772

Lectures will be open to the public but we ask that all in-person attendees register here prior to the lecture.

Previous lectures will be posted to our podcast or hit the title of the lecture below to listen. 

 

May 21     Joshua Chestnut

Revisiting the Five Themes of L’Abri

 

May 28      Ben Keyes

The Doctrine of the Fall as Good News

 

June 4     Dr. Brandon Unruh

Fitting a frame around our fears: what about when psychiatry and psychotherapy cannot help?

 

June 11     Dick Keyes         

Jesus, the Stone the Builders Rejected

                                   

June 18     Joshua Chestnut

The Apostle Paul and the Silencing of Women

 

June 25    Ben Keyes

“His Own Did Not Receive Him”: The Literary Theme of the Unrecognized King

 

July 2      Mardi Keyes

The Long Battle for Women’s Suffrage in the United States

 

July 9     Jim Paul  (Worker at the English L’Abri). You can watch a recording of the lecture using this link 

Plato, the Professor and the Real Narnia

 

July 16     Sarah Chestnut

“In the Potter’s Hand”: A Brief Biblical Theology of Clay and Reflections from the Potter’s Wheel

Winter 2021 Lecture Schedule

Term dates: January 14 – March 25

Due to COVID-19, lectures will not be open to the public, but will be streamed live on our Facebook page and uploaded to our podcast.

 

Jan 22- Joshua Chestnut: Becoming Friends with Time

While time is a tricky matter to fully wrap our heads around, its elusiveness doesn’t keep us from having a complicated relationship with it.  Whether we have too much time on our hands or not enough, for those of us living in “clock time” we often find ourselves having an adversarial relationship with time.  This has been true for so many of us during this year of pandemic.  This lecture will give a history of “clock time” and then consider how we might engage with the time that has been given to us and what it might mean to become a friend of time.

Jan 29- Ben Keyes:  Curiosity: A Diverse and Fruitful Christian Virtue

Curiosity is a quality that is not often counted among the Christian virtues. And yet to be curious can be a wonderful asset to people- a source of learning and joy. In this lecture we will explore different categories of human curiosity and examine some cultural attitudes towards being curious. We will then reflect on some of the ways in which curiosity equips us to better serve God by functioning as a springboard for other virtues. 

Feb 5- Sarah Chestnut: The Importance of Paradox: Poetry, Prayer and the Life of Simon Peter

Paradox is central to Christian theology and experience.  Francis Schaeffer, employing a paradox, described humans as glorious ruins.  We will look to poetry to tutor us in the nature and gifts of paradox, reflect on what are often paradoxical experiences of praying, and with the help of poems, imaginatively enter gospel passages involving Simon Peter (“Rock” and “stumbling stone”!) to better equip us to navigate our complex world.

Feb 12- Joshua Chestnut: The Apostle Paul, Our Mother in Christ: Metaphors, Ministry and Masculinity

This lecture is the second in a series on the Apostle Paul and women. It will be a consideration of the nature of metaphor, Paul’s striking but often overlooked use of maternal metaphors to make sense of his own ministry as well as a consideration of what this might mean for the fraught topic of gender ‘roles’ today.

Feb 19- Ben Keyes: Taking Yourself Less Seriously

The ability to laugh at yourself can be a disarming gift in the midst of difficult conversations and tense relationships, but is laughing at yourself anything more than a communication technique? Is there something fundamentally ridiculous about each of us to which laughter is an appropriate response? What does the Bible teach us about the incongruities of being fallen and limited humans, and why do we experience some of these incongruities as funny? This lecture will examine the potentially redemptive nature of self-directed humor.

Feb 26- Dave Friedrich: When Strangers Become Guests and Guests Become Friends

This lecture addresses two interrelated christian practices, hospitality and friendship. It takes note of how these have brought profound healing to societal divisions in the past, and makes a case for why we would want to recover them in the present. 

March 5- Anna Friedrich:  “She has done a beautiful thing”: The Anointing of Jesus in all 4 Gospels

When God calls something beautiful that seems worthy of our attention! All four gospel writers include a mysterious story of a woman approaching Jesus at a dinner and pouring oil or perfume on him. What is this about? Why does he call it beautiful? And how might this story help us understand beauty today?

March 12- Joshua Chestnut:  The Apostle Paul, A Friend to the Enslaved?

This lecture will be a consideration of some of the Apostle Paul’s seemingly problematic passages around slavery, focusing in particular on 1 Corinthians 7 and his letter to Philemon (give ‘em a read before tuning in!). While it is understandably disappointing for many modern readers of Paul that he does not directly condemn the institution of slavery, yet before dismissing the Apostle for what he doesn’t do, it is worthwhile to considering again what it is he does do.

March 19- Dick Keyes:  Where Did Human Rights Come From?

For our lives to go on we all assume a respect for human rights in ourselves and in our neighbors. What are human rights, how did we get them and why are they important?

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