When I’m in a Shit Motel on Book Tour Missing my Wife and Grandchildren I (Sometimes) Wish My Dad Had Been a Thief like the Rest of the Big Time Evangelical Leadership

(A New Eden Oil on canvas 18 x 18 by Frank Schaeffer)Why couldn't my father Francis Schaeffer have stolen from God and God’s children like everyone else? I mean I wouldn't have to be on an endless book tour actually scraping out a writer’s living staying in shit motels if he had.I miss Genie, my gorgeous luminous muse and wife of 44 years, and my soul-filling grandchildren Lucy (6), Jack (4) and Nora (7 months) who live across the street and that Genie and I do child care for 5 days a wee … [Read more...]

Forbes Magazine Publishes 2 Articles on Bart Campolo and Me

 "Frank Schaeffer" Daily update ⋅ October 11, 2014NEWSForbesHow Frank Schaeffer Walked Away From Power To Find MeaningForbes The most dramatic moment in Frank Schaeffer's life probably wasn't when he went from being a world-famous evangelist to a man shoplifting pork ...Flag as irrelevantHow (And Why) To Crush The Dreams Of OthersForbes Frank Schaeffer was a part of the family b … [Read more...]

Delta Spirit Rock Band Meets J.S. Bach in my Head

(Frank S hanging out back stage with the band Delta Spirit, and with my pals Jesse and Dan Russell.)I was tired, so fucking tired! The night before last I’d been at The Paradise Club in Boston at a rock concert by Delta Spirit. Now I was in New York listening to the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach at the most coveted “two-performances-only” concert in town. No one could get tickets. I could because the lyric soprano Camilla Tilling is my friend.The night before I’d had a back stage pass … [Read more...]

“Dear Frank, Thanks to you, as a Jew I can say that I am a follower of Jesus”

Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and sat all day in the synagogue on Yom Kippur in Riverside, CA., and was more focused. Yes, I really think that reading your books and connecting with you helped that much."Hi , Frank, when I first wrote to you after reading one of your posts on Huff Post, I was depressed. You were so kind to write back.  It really made a difference to me. A few … [Read more...]

Is it Just Charisma magazine or are all Charismatic Christians Into Genocide?

Charisma magazine, the major media outlet for Pentecostal Christians--"empowering believers for a life in the Spirit"--published an article calling for genocide. The article said: "Now the only question is how many more dead bodies will have to pile up at home and abroad before we crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus' Name? ...May we be willing to take the lesser pains now so our children won't have to take greater pains later." Titled "Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic" by Gary Cass, the … [Read more...]

Facebook and My Book “It was a ‘god-send’ so to speak, for me”

Here's an ongoing exchange with some of my Facebook friends. Frank SchaefferThe verdict is inA reader writes a note that represents hundreds of other similar notes:“Your new book ‘Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God’ is for every parent and grandparent with a child or grandchild who gave up on God. This is the only book I’ve read in the last 20 years that will give people a second chance with spirituality if they’ve been driven away by bad religion and worse ‘Christian … [Read more...]

“Transparent” is Willing to Take on the Actual Complexity that is in Each of Us When it Comes (no pun) to Our Sexual Lives

Transparent is great! Jill Soloway, the show's writer and director/creator is brilliant.If Amazon’s book-selling success scares some writers imagine what lovers of Netflix and HBO will do now that Amazon’s binge series, Jill Soloway’s Transparent , has turned out to be a work of genius?Transparent  is the best thing on TV or in movie houses right now. Period.Maura (Jeffrey Tambor), has been living as a woman. But he/she hasn’t told her three grown children: Sarah (Amy Landecker), mom … [Read more...]

My Parents Stayed Married Because my Father Tearfully Apologized for Hitting Mom and then Worked to Curb his Violent Male Dominant (Calvinist-Fed) Temper

My parents stayed married because my father tearfully apologized for hitting Mom and then worked to curb his violent dominant male temper. The redemptive message or fairytales in which Mom and Dad believed were their path to a life infused with hope and light. Their theological certainties, delusional or otherwise, motivated them to provide many people with meaningful real-life encounters with goodness and mercy.So who is actually delusional? Who is actually following Jesus: fundamentalist … [Read more...]


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