Thank You Donald Drew R.I.P.

Donald Drew 1920 -- 2014, was a L'Abri worker when I was living at that evangelical retreat and study center founded by my parents in Switzerland.  After I ran away from a British boarding school in 1968, in 1969 Donald was assigned to be my tutor. He'd been a teacher in England before coming to work with my parents. I learned to love Shakespeare from Donald. I also broke his rib.When we'd get tired of reading Macbeth and Jane Eyre out loud together and were discussing the many other plays … [Read more...]

I Had Forgotten How Much Fun It Is Being an Artist (Better Than Selling God!)

 (Just Sold) Pure Air, Water, Life Oil on canvas  10 x 10Eight years ago I started to paint again after an almost 30 year gap. Once I had remembered how to hold a brush again I put together a collection of about 40 paintings: Flowers I grow with my grandchildren and what I see out my window of the marsh and river, bay and ocean nearby where Genie and I walk.I started posting some of the work on Facebook, got  gallery in the Bay Area to start work on preparing for a show for 2 … [Read more...]

Do Evangelical Leaders Really Believe Their Own BS?

Let’s be honest. Sure some smart young people who “come to Christ” are deeply sincere. Then life happens to them and they come to see that nothing is quite as true as it was cracked up to be that night they got "saved." Then they have a choice: stick with the program, because that’s how they earn their living and/or they now are known as “Christians” so backing down is hard since their identity is on the line-- or bail.Some bail. They lose jobs, friends and family. Most who don't bail and sti … [Read more...]

There Are No “Absolutes” So Honor the Ethical Evolution of Our Species by Changing Your Religion

When I began to go to an Orthodox church in 1989 I wanted to find a way to escape myself, my past and my culture. It gradually sank in that the monastic tradition of seeking my inner “desert,” in which to experience God through stillness, could only be cultivated by the practice of ritual, liturgy, prayer and fasting-- not by argument let alone by a better idea, or God forbid, by repackaging. It gradually sank in that when I was asked why I’d become Orthodox a little honesty was in order … [Read more...]

My NEW Art Website Is Up & Working Nicely Many Thanks for Checking it Out!

 From: Frank Schaeffer-- Please check out my paintings on my new art Website Frankschaefferart.comI recently launched my new Website where you can see my new paintings. I hope you'll take a look. So far I've sold 7 works from the site. (I cut the gallery mark up and thus save buyers who contact me off the site 50%.)Joy in JulyOil on canvas18 x 18When I was a young man I was a serious artist back in L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where I grew up. Shows followed … [Read more...]

I Ended Up in the Greek Orthodox Church and Found I Was Just as Dumb as Before

(Tulips, Wind & Sun Oil on canvas 24 x 24 by Frank Schaeffer)In 1990 I joined the Greek Orthodox Church because, in the words of Umberto Eco, I aspired “to the construction of narratives capable of providing [me] with an explanation and a model, an exemplary image.” At first I missed the point of my escape from my evangelical past almost altogether. I argued the finer points of theology and church history with my long-suffering evangelical mother and sisters. (Dad was spared. He’d died … [Read more...]

Here Are My Paintings That Sold So Far in the Last 10 Days of My Online Art Show

My art website Frankschaefferart.com opened my first online art show a few days ago. Here's what sold so far this week. I am very grateful for the interest and patronage! Thank you! Here's where you can see more of my art that is still for sale...Tulip Paradise  Oil on canvas 10 x 10 SOLDIris Meditation Oil on canvas 24 x 24 SOLDJune Wedding Oil on canvas  8 x 8 SOLDTulip Prayer Oil on canvas 10 x 10 SOLDFollow Frank Schaeffer on Twitter: w … [Read more...]

My Heart Broke When I Stopped Painting So I Could Sell My Right Wing Jesus (It’s Fixed Now!)

When I was 17 the first painting I sold was to Mrs. David Rockefeller at my first art show. This was in New York City at the Frisch Gallery. Next came a show in Switzerland at the Chante Pierre Gallery in Aubonne (near Geneva) and a show in London soon after. Then I quit painting because there was more money and power and ego in selling Jesus. I was an idiot! I started painting again about 10 years ago. Here's some of the new work.(Tulips, Wind & Sun Oil on canvas 24 x 24, 2013) When I … [Read more...]


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