Term Dates  

Winter Dates: January 14th- March 25th
Winter entry slots – January 14th or March 1st.

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

We are accepting reservation requests for the Winter & Summer 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.

In accordance with the State of Massachusetts, you must be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, 3-5 days prior to coming to L’Abri. Documentation of a negative PCR test result is required upon arrival at L’Abri, even if you are traveling from a low-risk state.

 

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

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

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

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

Feb 19- Ben Keyes: Taking Yourself Less Seriously

Feb 26- Dave Friedrich: Healing for our Times:  Recovering Hospitality and Friendship as Demonstrations of the Kingdom

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

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

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

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

Winter 2020 Lecture Schedule

Jan 17 Caring for Creation V: Dappled, Strange, & Glorious: What Can Variety and Abundance Reveal?

By Anna Friedrich

This lecture is part of our ongoing series on the goodness of creation and our unique role as humans to explore, care for, protect, and delight in it. We will look at two things revealed in what we see around us and what we read in the Bible — Variety and Abundance. What can these two teach us about who God is and who we are?

Jan 24  “It was meant to be good”: Becoming More Human in the Kitchen and Around the Table

By Sarah Chestnut

What does good food mean?  What makes food good?  Can learning to cook- or even just hanging around the kitchen- make us more human?  Is eating a spiritual act?  In an age of individualized diets that can become their own religions, is there hope for “family style” eating and true hospitality?  Does what and how we eat really matter?  With these questions and many more in mind, we will explore the significance of cooking and eating for the recovery of our true humanity.  

Jan 31  “Can Christian People hope to have a redemptive influence in the polarization of American Politics?”      

By Dick Keyes

Political Polarization threatens to cripple our government. There seem to be few solutions on offer, but could Christian people willing to stand under the whole counsel of God make a difference?

Feb 7  ‘For Your Name’s Sake’: Living for the Reputation of God

By Ben Keyes

The biblical writers often tell us that God acts in the world ‘for the sake of his name.’ Biblical characters sometimes plead with God to intervene ‘for His name’s sake.” What does it mean that God defends his reputation to people? What difference would it make to pray with the glory of God’s name in mind?

Feb 14 In the Garden of Delight: Reading the Song of Songs for a Broken World

 By Joshua Chestnut

What was once the most popular and most commented on book in all of the scriptures, the Song of Songs (or sometimes called the Song of Solomon) plays little role in shaping contemporary imaginations about what it means to be human.  Often assumed to be simplistic love songs, these ancient Hebrew love poems hold beautiful and timely wisdom on the goodness of human love, the problematic dynamics of abused power, the significance of place as well as the delight of life with God.      

Feb 21 The Vineyard and the Vine: Reflections on the Biblical Theme of Wine Making

By Ben Keyes

In ancient Israel vines, vineyards, grapes and wine making were a part of every day life and good wine was considered a sign of God’s blessing. The cultivation of grape vines also provides a rich source of metaphorical imagery throughout the bible. This lecture will attempt to follow the thread of vine imagery throughout scripture to see what is communicated about God and his saving relationship to his people.

Feb 28 Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 1 of 2): Joshua and the Conquest     

By Dave Friedrich

How are we to understand the violence we encounter in the Bible within the broader culture and context of Scripture? That will be our guiding question as we look at Joshua’s Conquest in Canaan and address further questions surrounding genocide, the inspiration of Scripture and the goodness of God.

March 6 Violence in the Bible from Joshua to Jesus (Part 2 of 2): Jesus and the Cross

By Dave Friedrich

What are we to make of the similarities and significant differences between Joshua and Jesus, especially as it relates to the role of violence in the Promised Land? That will be the guiding question of this lecture as we look at how Jesus ‘conquers’ in the gospels and the book of Revelation.

March 13 Between the Cross and Resurrection: Reflections on Jesus’ Death and Our Own. 

By Joshua Chestnut

This lecture will be an exploration of the theology of Holy Saturday.  Taking what the Apostle’s Creed refers to as Jesus’ “descent to the dead” as our starting place, this lecture will consider what it means that Jesus was dead as well as what this might mean for us as we consider the inevitability of our own death.    

March 20 Desiring, Trusting, Knowing and Being Known – A psychiatrist considers: are our basic instincts illusions, or intimations? Cancelled

Dr. Brandon Unruh

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