Want to Grow Your Church? Here’s my Podcast on how to Do it (Made by a growing Church in NYC)

M I D R A S H  N Y CFRANK SCHAEFFER  Download HERE and Listen!  February 12, 2016Midrash NYC0:43 36:20 Download HERE and Listen! EPISODE OVERVIEW In this episode, our friend Frank Schaeffer talks with us about his fall from the religious right and how marriage, art, and life has taught him to embrace the paradox.  Warning: This episode contains some explicit language. … [Read more...]

Colbert Nails It On Just How Stupid Our Culture is About Nudity in ART– WATCH!

Here's Colbert at his best in the best and funniest clip I've ever seen on exposing the insane American fear of art, nudity and sex. Watch!The clip reminds me of something that happened to me that I write about in my memoir Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back :When How Should We Then Live? was complete we launched it with a massive and well-promoted seminar tour sponsored by Gospel Films. … [Read more...]

Jane Stuart Smith RIP I’ll Always Love You

  A few people in life change everything. One woman (not counting my mother) opened more doors for me than any other person in my childhood. She died yesterday.Jane Stuart Smith was there for me from the time I was six. Jane was by her very life a living definition of the belief that motivates me: that the intrinsic value of beauty is real. Here's the tribute I wrote to a great woman before she died in my memoir Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped F … [Read more...]

Are you (like me with my grandchildren) trying to get the good stuff into their heads first ahead of the marketing crap?

I need something from you... pleaseI want your voice in my new book. Please write me an email/letter to frankaschaeffer@aol.com about what you are doing for your children and/or students to open doors to creativity for them. Also... who opened those doors for you? 10 words to 500... and this is a letter and doesn't have to be perfect, just true and heartfelt. What are you passing on to those you love most? How are you doing it? What bothers you about our culture that you are trying to … [Read more...]

Please Watch My 2 Min Vid Asking For You to Write me a Letter For My New Book For me to Publish

Will you watch this then help? I would love to hear from you at frankaschaeffer@aol.comDear Family, Will you help me by writing something for me to include in my new book?I’m writing a new book on children, art, and family and what to pass on to those we love most. Will you write me an email today about who and what most inspired you as a child to love art, music, dance, poetry, reading, nature and learning? Will you share what you are doing for and with your children, g … [Read more...]

Our Grandfather/Granddaughter Lucy & “Ba” Art/Icon Art Project

I've just launched a new show of icon art I collaborated with my 7 year old granddaughter Lucy on. She draws the pictures and I paint them in. A motif in modern art has been to capture the primitive forms and childlike wonder present in children's art. I've gone one better and actually am working with a child in an equal partnership. And this isn't just any child, this is the little girl for whom Genie and I provide daily care. She is my heart. These paintings are about the love that drives me … [Read more...]

Come Lord Banksy, come quickly!

Banksy’s Cinderella crash scene. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian used by permissionBanksy strikes again, come Lord Banksy, come quickly! Banksy’s UK show, Dismaland closed today. Did you miss it? Check this out! He describes it as a “family theme park unsuitable for small children” – and with the Grim Reaper and Cinderella  mangled in her pumpkin carriage crash, this is a breath of fresh air-- to me anyway. WATCH!and this...Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WH … [Read more...]

ENTER ! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARKY PUPPY!

My friend Dave Felten of Living the Question, did me a huge favor: he took me to a Snarky Puppy concert in Boston last night. Being filled with joy by Snarky Puppy's performance was a terrific experience. They are on a 3-month tour. This was one of their first gigs. If they play with the energy and unreserved empathy they shared with us on the rest of their global tour I wonder if they will survive!Puppy gave us everything-plus. Snarky Puppy  serves as a great example of a timeless artistic e … [Read more...]


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