In 1947 my family moved to Switzerland from the U.S. as missionaries to the Swiss, whom they rarely converted since neither of my parents could speak anything but English. Dad never learned to speak any other language notwithstanding his forty-year sojourn in Europe.So my parents ministered to American tourists and other English-speaking visitors. Then in 1954—after yet more splits with the home mission board—Mom and Dad were “led” (another way of saying they had to figure something out … [Read more...]
The Missionary Kid Goes on “Vacation” and Winds Up “Witnessing” to a VERY LOST Italian in a VERY SMALL Bathing Suit!
The Israelis are turning Gaza into a killing field. In the Ukraine Russian-backed thugs murdered a plane full of women and children. In both cases religion is to blame.Putin would not be in power if not for the lick-spittle slavish backing of the utterly corrupt homophobic authoritarian Russian Orthodox Church. Palestinians would be living in peace were it not for the crazy idea that some Bronze Age “god” “gave” land to one of the many Middle Eastern tribes that once fought over that part of … [Read more...]
The-God-Of-The-Bible’s Women-Management Plan is focused on Bodily fluids. To put it mildly HE has an Uneasy Relationship with Women! So Does Wheaton College
A Wheaton professor asking for the pill?To put it mildly the so-called God-Of-The-Bible has an uneasy relationship with women. The other day I was trying to figure out why Wheaton College (an evangelical school) wanted to claim a "religious liberty" right to deprive women of insurance coverage for contraception. The school even went to the Supreme Court to claim that right.How to explain this?I'd just published my new book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, … [Read more...]
Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasn’t even “saved,” according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didn’t. He undercut the scri … [Read more...]
With each album and concert, the Irish quartet U2 has made tonal craft-rich music of lasting substance that has enjoyed massive popular acclaim. Their work is meaning-saturated and produced hands-on as un-fooled-around-with straight up rock! It is rife with overt spiritual content.U2 have, at times, been the most popular band in the world and also, arguably, one of the most important musically. And they place a premium on high artistic craft as if the likes of Damian Hirst and company never … [Read more...]
Have you gone to my Facebook page yet to advise me on if I should do another FREE offer on the Kindle of my new book?
Have you gone to my Facebook page yet to advise me on if I should do another FREE offer on the Kindle of my new book?Please DO! I need your advice.I'm trying to earn a living as a writer. Tough even though I've been doing this for 25 yrs-plus.I also want to change the conversation on religion. I also don't have a clue how to navigate the new publishing realities!HELP!Please CLICK and give me your advice! CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/frank.schaeffer.16 …Frank Sch … [Read more...]
I haven’t the foggiest idea what prayer does– I do know that I can’t get through my day without praying…
Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, people receive a vision of a mountain to which they’re being called. They don’t know what they’re seeing, let alone why. They don’t believe in callings per se. They just have to go there. In the same way, I just have to pray. And while I know that soon my grandchildren will be asking me tough questions about whether any of this spiritual mumbo- … [Read more...]
Summer 2014 Show All paintings offered here are half the gallery price. Shipping and insurance included in price (US shipping only). CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE!Roses Scattered From The SkyDetails">">Sometimes the best happens, it's called grace, like flowers falling like a sweet rain.Oil paint on canvas, 12 x 12, © 2014Price: $750 Email firstname.lastname@example.org about this pai … [Read more...]