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...]
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...]
(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...]
My friend’s attitude pissed me off. I shouted, “Are you kidding me? Taking care of my grandchildren is the only thing I’ve ever done I feel entirely happy about! Anyway, Jesus liked hanging out with women and kids too! So fuck you!" Let me explain... I’d just picked up Lucy and Jack at kindergarten and preschool when a friend called. Jack goes to preschool three days a week and Lucy goes to kindergarten five days a week. My grandchildren attend in the morning and my wife Genie and I take care … [Read more...]