Term Date 2021

Summer Term: May 13th – July 22nd
Summer entry slots – May 13th, June 3rd, July 1st.

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

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


We are accepting reservation requests for the Summer & Autumn 2021 Term, but please be aware that we are only accepting students during entry slots posted above. Guest must stay for a minimum of 2 weeks, with priority given to those who stay the whole term.


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?

Autumn 2020 - Friday Night Lecture Schedule

Updated term dates: Sept 15-Nov 5

Lectures will be closed to the public this fall, but will be streamed live on our Facebook page and uploaded to our podcast.


Sept. 18

Hearts Set on Pilgrimage: How Taking Walks Might Become Your Favorite Spiritual Discipline

Walking is as ordinary as it gets. It’s so commonplace, it’s almost pedestrian. But the Scriptures, especially Proverbs, elevate this simple activity to a rich analogy for life with God. If we’re invited to “walk with God” how do we do that? And might regular, literal walks be a way to stay on the Way?

Anna Friedrich


Sept. 25

Fear, Anxiety and the Fear of the Lord

There is a curious line from the well-known hymn Amazing Grace that mentions what appears to be two contradictory out-workings of grace: “ ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.” In this lecture we will take a closer look at this paradox of grace as we compare and contrast fear, anxiety and the fear of the Lord.

Dave Friedrich


Oct. 2

The Apostle Paul, A Friend of Women

While many discussions of women in the writings of the Apostle Paul begin and end in the infamous controversial passages, this lecture will start elsewhere and instead look at the often overlooked named women in Paul’s letters. My hope is that by looking at who these particular named women are, what they appear to be up to and the way Paul describes them will provide us a fresh way into the often fraught discussion of Paul and women.

Joshua Chestnut


Oct. 9

Making and Fixing in a World of Cheap Replaceable Objects

Most contemporary people are surrounded by cheaply made, easily replaceable products. In addition to this, many of our lives are so mediated through digital technology that we seldom use our hands to engage the physical world at all. Is the loss of ‘manual competence’ really a loss, or is it simply the way of the modern world? 

Ben Keyes 


Oct. 16

On Being Politically Homeless

In a way that seems prophetic of today, C.S. Lewis commented that one symptom of a sick society is that it talks about politics too much. Wanting to move beyond the incessant, performative, tone-deaf, package deal platform of partisan politics in America, this lecture will consider the quasi-religious nature that politics has taken on today and place that in conversation with the “politics” of Christians in the first few centuries.

Joshua Chestnut


Oct. 23

There Just Aren’t Enough Days in the Weekend: Finding Sabbath Rest in the Lord of the Sabbath

What was Sabbath rest about in the Old Testament? How did Jesus “fulfill” it in the New Testament? And how do we find it in our day? These will be the guiding questions of this lecture

Dave Friedrich


Oct. 30

The Rise of Outrage

In a world where the dominant source of moral authority for the individual is increasingly one’s own emotions, outrage has become the quickest path to moral conviction and to political influence. How should we understand this and respond to it?

Dick Keyes

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