Should I Stay? Exploring The Value Of Place In A Mobile & Virtual Culture (Joel Barricklow)

March 20, 2019

As embodied creatures, to be human is to be in a particular place. But does it matter where that is? What value is there in committing to a place? We will consider the ideas shaping our decisions to stay or to go, to engage or to escape.

The Odyssey (Part Two): The Search For Home And the Nature of the Gods

March 13, 2019

We will examine the themes of dislocation and homecoming and discuss the nature of the Homeric gods. This lecture will include a comparison with and critique of the Homeric cosmos and worldview from a Biblical perspective.

Farming With Awe: What About That Good Old “Fear of the Lord”? (Wim Schippers)

March 6, 2019

Thoughts on farming, eating and living with awe.

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Beyond Male and Female—Searching for a Deeper Meaning in the Contemporary Gender Debate (Jim Paul)

February 20, 2019

The current gender debate often flattens out the meaning of gender - male and female are merely the result of evolutionary developments and therefore we can construct and reconstruct gender in any way we see fit. But the Bible sees a deeper meaning behind gender, as well as giving a more nuanced account of our experience of what it means to be male and female.

Prodigal: Exploring Entitlement And Drifting Through Rembrandt’s Painting And Luke 15 (Per-Ole Lind)

February 20, 2019

A collaborative study of Rembrandt’s artwork and exposition of the text implementing insights from Henri Nouwen and Tim Keller.

Literary Analysis and the Gospel of John: What Is Happening? (Dirk Jongkind)

February 6, 2019

The Gospel of John has been analysed with the help of literary categories more than any other book of the New Testament. Literary criticism is not so much about the good story, but about how the story is told. Looking at John through a literary filter shows features that would have been easily missed otherwise. In this lecture, we will develop some of the literary concepts and see how they work in reading John.

Let’s Talk: The Importance Of Conversation In An Age Of Polarization (Lili Reichow)

January 21, 2019

We are living in times of polarisation. It seems that in every aspect of life, there are those who are right - us - and those who are wrong - them. What is pushing us into this position? How can we find a way to truly encounter one another? We will look at how conversation can help us to engage with others in ways that reflect reality and enable us to grow.

Work—Cultivation, Service, and Becoming Human (Joel Barricklow)

December 16, 2018

For some work is about survival. For others it involves issues of identity. Many are unsure they are in the right type of work at all. Yet, almost everyone seeks meaningful work. The narratives of purpose and meaning around our work are deeply rooted in our time, place, and experience. This lecture will attempt to reframe our understanding of work as a core element of being human, yet one keenly affected by the Fall—moving from how work fits into our lives to how we fit into the work of God.

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Deconversion: Why Do People Lose Their Faith? (Andy Patton)

November 21, 2018

Five hundred years ago losing one’s faith would have been unimaginable, but today it is commonplace (and even celebrated). To many, the Christian faith seems unbelievable and life seems filled with reasons to set it aside. Both belief and doubt have become increasingly fragile as individuals inhabit a liminal space between the two. What are the factors that have contributed to this shift? Can faith actually be lost? If so, how can it be found again?

Love and Apple Pie (Marsh Moyle)

November 21, 2018

Love seems to be a very unstable feeling. What do we mean by the word? Does it have any real place in modern life?

The Enneagram: A Framework for Personality (Andy Patton)

November 13, 2018

The Enneagram is a personality typing system which offers a framework for understanding oneself and others through nine interconnected personality types. In recent years, it has risen in popularity, especially among Christians. We will look at the nine types, how the Enneagram can be used and misused, and what insights it can offer individuals and communities.

In Pursuit of Goodness, Beauty and Truth: Why Should We Read Aloud? (Dawn Merz)

October 30, 2018

In the buzz and busyness of life, it is important to make choices for ourselves and for those we love (especially our children!) to slow down, to carve out spaces for connection and healthy interactions, and foster a safe environment in which we can explore life's greatest questions, encounter dragons and villains, and develop a taste for goodness, beauty and truth.

The Intriguing Friendship between Francis Schaeffer and Hans Rookmaaker (Edith Reitsema)

October 29, 2018

Francis Schaeffer was a Christian apologist whose remarkable breadth of cultural interest and penetrating insights into modern life, led many to a profound spiritual reality. Hans Rookmaaker was an art historian whose Christian insights in art, music and culture had widespread influence. Both had vibrant personalities, striking charisma, and focused on how to engage with reality while creatively living out a relationship with God.


For further reading:

William Edgar, Schaeffer on the Christian Life

Bryan A. Follis, Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer

Colin Duriez, Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life

Linette Martin, Hans Rookmaaker: A Biography

Laurel Gasque, Art and the Christian Mind: The Life and Work of H.R.Rookmaaker

Is the Singularity Near? A Christian Critique of Transhumanism (Josué Reichow)

October 15, 2018

The aim of this lecture is to present a panorama of a movement born in our era called “transhumanism”. From computer scientists and tech experts to philosophers and theologians, transhumanist thinking has been spreading quickly as a belief system to various areas of life. My goal is to analyse their concept of singularity and its centrality as a driving force for their enterprise, offering a Christian response to the main themes developed by transhumanists.

Virtue In A Virtual Society (Alastair Roberts)

October 13, 2018

Many traditional accounts of ethics focus on the concept of virtue, the cultivation of the self towards an elevating telos by shared practices in community. Since the advent of social media, there has been a remarkable transformation in our relationships and in the realities that lie at the heart of such ethics: self, character, community, and shared practices. Understanding how we are being changed will equip us to act more prudently.

Exploring Character in Science, Theology and Practice (Roger Bretherton)

October 3, 2018

This lecture will outline the principles and findings of the Integrated Character Project: a programme of psychological studies, biblical and theological reflection, and practical application. We will address the implications for Christian living, education, work life, and mental health.



Why Read the Classics? An Invitation to the Odyssey (Peter Merz)

August 16, 2018

Peter Merz offers an in-depth analysis of Homer's Odyssey as an invitation to explore the classics in general and discover their beauty and wisdom which has stood the test of time.

Conflict: Under the Carpet or Under the Cross? (Marsh Moyle)

August 15, 2018

Interpersonal conflict is painful and yet confrontation is necessary if we are to have more than superficial relationships. What issues have to be addressed if we are to negotiate the minefield and a way that is profitable for them (and not necessarily for us). In this lecture, we will look at how the Attention Economy works, how it influences our lives, and how we can respond to it in a healthy way?

Seeing the Transfigured Word (Alastair Roberts)

July 29, 2018

The event of Christ’s Transfiguration is a more important one in the New Testament than we often appreciate. Properly understood, it gives us a key for reading the Bible as a whole.

Behind the Scenes: The Life and Letters of Dorothy Sayers (Dawn Merz)

July 16, 2018

Dorothy Sayers, a contemporary of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and an unofficial "female Inkling," the literary coterie that gave birth to The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. In this lecture, Dawn Merz explores her life, letters, and powerful, but often overlooked, contribution to Christian literature and thought.


True Spirituality in the Arts: Recapturing the Wonder (Edith Reitsema)

July 15, 2018

Christian artists often struggle to integrate their faith with their artwork and end up with a sacred-secular split. We will look at an array of artworks to help us see what it looks like when we try to shut Christ out of a big part of our lives. This false dichotomy splits our hearts, and this problem is in no way limited to artists. Isaiah 29 and Colossians 2 will help us think about what it would look like for us to recapture the wonder of Christ working in our hearts with “wonder upon wonder” (Isaiah 29:14).

Trained to Distraction: The Attention Economy, Technology, and Our Lives (Lili Reichow)

July 15, 2018

Our capacity to pay attention is central to human flourishing. A whole influential industry—powered by modern technology and our proximity to our smartphones—has been targeting our ability to attend in order to keep us hooked to their products and invest our time in a way that is profitable for them (and not necessarily for us). In this lecture, we will look at how the Attention Economy works, how it influences our lives, and how we can respond to it in a healthy way.

Islam and Reformation (Arthur Keefer)

June 24, 2018

The Protestant Reformation’s 500-year anniversary and recent calls to reform the religion of Islam prompt the question of what reformation might entail for Muslims. What has and what will reformation look like in Islam? Keefer considers this question by exploring the history of the religion and its theological tenets.

Building Cathedrals Within Time - A Theology of Rest (Best of Andrew Fellows—Part 2)

June 14, 2018

Andrew Fellows interacts with Abraham Heschel's book "The Sabbath" and builds a theology of rest by looking at how we interact with space and time.

Three Years to Save the World: Was Jesus Busy? (Claire Paye)

June 11, 2018

Taking inspiration from Romans 12:2 about being transformed by renewing our minds, this lecture looks at the cult of busyness. Are Christians too busy? How do we cope in a world where we will never finish everything we have to do? How did Jesus manage all the demands on his time?

Black Tea for H. R. Rookmaaker: Contextualising Dr. Rookmaaker’s Work for the 21st Century (Peter S. Smith)

June 11, 2018

Prompted by recent interest in Dr. Rookmaaker’s work, Peter Smith reflects on the decade-long relationship he had with the art historian. Through personal meetings and letters from 1967 to 1977, what kind of influence did Rookmaaker have on a young painter and printmaker? How do we understand his legacy in today’s context? Did he open doors that we have yet to walk through?

A Play in Words: The Story of French Chanson (Pat Harvey)

June 10, 2018

In this lecture, Pat Harvey leads a whistle-stop tour of 20th-century French chanson. She surveys notable singers from the niche genre and introduces a few of their most well-known songs.

Community as a Subversion of Modernity (Best of Andrew Fellows—Part 1)

May 18, 2018

Andrew Fellows, former L'Abri worker, walks us through the development of modernity and proposes life in community as a buffer against the more negative aspects of modern life.

How Technology Behaves—Part 2 (Andy Patton)

May 10, 2018

Many today feel uncertain about how to respond to a changing technological landscape. Having previously outlined a few rules for what technology is and how it behaves, this lecture explores what we should do about it and proposes a response that avoids the double dangers of fear and utopianism.

A lecture given by Andy Patton (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 23 June, 2017. For more information, visit and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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How Technology Behaves—Part 1 (Andy Patton)

May 10, 2018

Many today feel uncertain about how to respond to a changing technological landscape. If neither technophobia nor technophoria are adequate responses, can we chart a middle way? This lecture outlines a few rules for what technology is, how it behaves, what we should do about it, and proposes a response that avoids the double dangers of fear and utopianism. 

A lecture given by Andy Patton (L'Abri Worker) at English L'Abri on 18 October, 2017. For more information, visit and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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