There is only one defense against the rising, worldwide, fear-filled fundamentalist tide engulfing all religions

My way of trying to encounter God within a church community may well be poison for others. We all bring our backgrounds with us. We’re all running from something. For instance, I know several people raised in the Orthodox Church who have fled to evangelical communities and found God there, or at least found a happier version of themselves. I know other people who share my sort of religious background and they can only find spiritual solace in gatherings of atheists. More power to them! We are a … [Read more...]

Put it this way: church may be a son-of-a-bitch, but it’s my son-of-a-bitch!

Some of my secular (or lapsed ex-religious) friends don’t get why I “still” go to church. When they say, “Frank, God’s only in your head!” my answer is, “Yeah, whatever. What isn’t?”Or as the poet Yehuda Amichai writes in Gods Come and Go, Prayers Remain Forever:I say with perfect faiththat prayers precede God.Prayers created God.God created man,And man creates prayersthat create God who creates man.My question isn’t, “Did I create God who creates me?” but, “Do I n … [Read more...]

Here is my NEW Summer 2015 Show of my Paintings… Please Take a LOOK


Here is my new Summer 2015 show of my paintings. Please visit my art site HERE.If you'd like to buy a painting contact me. Thanks! I'll have some of these with me at WILD GOOSE 2015!The theme of my summer show is transcendent resurrection of the spirit. This revival of hope is open to all-- atheist, believer and agnostic. I believe in beauty as the intrinsic truth. Here is my small new contribution to that truth. My muses are my grandchildren, Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora. … [Read more...]

Notes To a Young Apostate

Frank Schaeffer Sent by Facebook Mentions Jun 1st, 12:36pm Thanks for keeping me posted, I'd like to post a selection of your work here. Would you send say 4 to 8 poems and also a paragraph of bio? Stephen Brown Jun 3rd, 3:43pm I would like that, Frank. I'll send you something this evening. Frank Schaeffer Sent by Facebook Mentions Jun 5th, 1:46am thanks Stephen Brown Jun 7th, 11:16pm Frank, please forgive me for the delay - I found myself overwhelmed this week by the demands of … [Read more...]

Laura Hillenbrand did it, so just quit whining and write!

Someday I’ll show the movie Seabiscuit to my grandchildren Jack (4) and Lucy (6). On November 1, 1938, President Roosevelt and 40 million other people listening to the radio were captivated by a match race at the Pimlico Race Course between Seabiscuit, the underdog, and War Admiral. Seabiscuit was a small, insignificant horse, “the horse from the other side of the tracks who became a champion,” wrote one commentator. In the movie, a reporter reacting to the coast-to-coast publicity for the race e … [Read more...]

Is Porn Good, Bad or Some of Both– Depending on its Quality?

Is Porn Good, Bad or Some of Both-- Depending on its Quality?What do you think? Is porn a boon, a curse, nothing much or none of the above?Is porn to blamed? For...The breakup of relationships, violence, sexual pressure, body image problems for women and sexual addiction and dysfunction in men?…orHas porn helped couples?Participants of both sexes in a 2007 study of more than 600 Danish men and women aged 18-30 found that self-reporting adults said that “hardcore” pornogr … [Read more...]

Join Me At the Wild Goose Festival (again) my Favorite Yearly Event Let’s Have a Beer (or three) Together!

Will you join me (again) at the Wild Goose Festival (my favorite event!) July 9-12 2015WILDGOOSEFESTIVAL.ORGWild Goose Festival Spirit. Justice. Music. Arts.Facebook Twitter VimeoAbout Festival 2015 Get Involved Contact Donate TicketsSpeakers 2015© 2015 Wild Goose FestivalWild Goose Festival Spirit. … [Read more...]

Recovering Grace provides a unique perspective in that it was founded and is operated by adults (and their spouses) who were raised as children in Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute

Here is something good a group of evangelicals are doing. You should know about a group call "Recovering Grace" and pass on the information. I'm including material from their site. Some of the essays published on this site are deeply moving stories of survival, recovery and hope-- after Bill Gothard ruined people's lives...Recovering Grace is an online organization devoted to helping people whose lives have been impacted by the teachings of Bill Gothard, the Institute in Basic Life … [Read more...]