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...]
(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...]
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...]
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...]
Religious Right Hero, DINESH D’SOUZA Charged with Violating the Federal Campaign Finance Laws– Surprised?
Dinesh D'Souza the religious right leader and former president of ultra-fundamentalist King's College, buddy of Franklin Graham and Sarah Palin, hero to World magazine (until he wasn't!) has just been charged with a federal crime. Surprised? The man behind the ridiculous right wing lie that President Obama was secretly anti-American was fired from his post as the head of an Evangelical College because he cheated on his wife while at a Christian speaking event. And, he admitted to sharing a … [Read more...]
When Billy Graham Dies, What Circus Has Franklin Set Up to Profit, Given What He Did With His Mother’s Body?
Billy Graham is passing away. Too bad. And what will his son Franklin do with Billy's body? Lenin's Tomb anyone?When I met Billy over the years, (he used to visit my parent's home, and he and I met at various Evangelical conferences before I escaped the evangelical world) he seemed like a nice guy.As the years passed, his son Franklin Graham ( I met him at my kitchen table when we were both 9), seemed to exert quite an influence over his parents. He certainly figured out how to make … [Read more...]
Here's Ten Things the GOP Won’t Thank President Obama For in 2014...1. Thank President Obama for bringing the economy back from the brink 2. Thank President Obama for ending two useless wars W started 3. Thank President Obama for the record high of the stock market 4. Thank President Obama for the big improvement in employment numbers 5. Thank President Obama for succeeding in spite of the GOP in keeping the government open 6. Thank President Obama for not calling the Tea Party … [Read more...]
Mom died in March of 2013. As the year closes out I'm thinking of her. I never go to a classical concert without remembering how Mom saved her money when we were too poor to include meat in our diet, in order to take her children to hear the greatest classical music played by great performers. I never say “I’m sorry” to my wife Genie, without remembering who showed me how words can change reality if they’re backed up by actions. The fairy tales Mom believed in (as some folks would call her Chris … [Read more...]