“Aside from the drowning of the newborn baby..” Do We Care?

Where is God? Where is civilization when a woman is forced to drown her newborn baby? Where are we? Read please, read, weep and pray we put people first. Take a break from our games between our right and left and fight for justice. Thank you to the UK Guardian © newspaper for this. Thank you to the United Nations for speaking out  too. Isn't this something that the right and left here in America can unite in condemning?North Korea human rights abuses resemble those of the Nazis, says UN in … [Read more...]

In The Next 3 Days I’ll be Announcing My New Book Title — Pub Date May 15

It's nonfiction, short, to the point and I'll be telling you all about it and asking your advice on all aspects of it from title to the cover, the back cover, the subtitle, and content, as well as pricing. This back and forth will be happening on my Facebook page.I'll be asking you all if you like the title, asking you if you will please pick my cover art out a selection I'll offer and the cover photo. I'll also send a free advance copy as a E-file to anyone in return for comments and an … [Read more...]

Who Do You Believe Dylan Farrow or Woody Allen?

Child abuse matters. So does justice. Accusations that Woody Allen abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, recently filled the headlines...Here's an excerpted part of the "Open Letter" from Dylan Farrow that was reprinted in the New York Times. Please read it and then read part of Woody Allen's excerpted response. Who do you believe?   *** (A note from Nicholas Kristof) "In 1993, accusations that Woody Allen had abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, filled the headlines, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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