“My” New Year’s Message is a Guest Message from My Dear Friend: Archbishop Lazar Puhalo of Canada

 "Can we not hope that religions of every form might be delivered out of the dark abyss of Fundamentalism and Right-wingism, and find some common ground in the education of ourselves and acceptance of even those elements of humanity which differ from us?"...-- From: "Frank Schaeffer" Sent: Sunday, 27 December, 2015 11:04am Subject: Re: Your End of Year MessageTo:   Archbishop Lazar PuhaloWould you like me to post it as a guest column?From: Archbishop Lazar P … [Read more...]

I never understood what communion was until I had the greatest honor of my life

I never understood what communion was until I had the greatest honor of my life:...serving communion to prisoners with the words "This is the Body of Christ, broken for you and me, my brother." If you have ever read anything by me that meant anything to you at all say thank you to me by please donating generously to timothysgift.com. Here's a moment where I was crying in the arms of a man doing life, and hoping I could know God as well as he does, asking him to pray for me. And here's the T … [Read more...]

Frank Schaeffer, “Treasonous Apostate,” Interviews Gay-Son-Marrying “Sinner” Pastor– the (Other) Frank Schaefer– WATCH

I just got back from the "Open" meeting in Minneapolis at Solomon's Porch with Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt et al...  I put up a bunch of videos on YouTube. Here's one (3 min) of "the other" Frank Schaefer and me talking in the airport on the way home. Note the story of what happened when Spain's leading news radio channel thought I was the other Frank... Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find p … [Read more...]

The Truth About Christian ‘Sexual Purity’ — A Former Evangelical Speaks Out

The sexual purity "movement" is one of several to have deformed American politics as a battleground in the so-called culture wars. Now in a book and the interview below former evangelical and captive to the purity movement, author Sara Moslener, has movingly examined both the politics and the personal price extracted from those--like herself-- who are and were most touched by this corrosive (and odd if not perverse) sex/morality/hard right religious "purity" movement.The human price in … [Read more...]

If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God!

(The "Last Judgement" by Michelangelo, Courtesy the Vatican archive)If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God! An oral tradition and a rich liturgical expression of divinity lovingly shared in a faith community are much more convincing than words on a page. The images I see from the Hubble telescope do more to suggest a loving creative God besotted by beauty than most Bible passages. One hug from my grandchildren Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora teaches me mo … [Read more...]

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...]

Does church help you to become the sort of person you’d pick to be stuck on a desert island with?

When I first joined the Greek Orthodox Church in 1990 I argued the finer points of theology and church history with my long-suffering evangelical mother and sisters. (Dad was spared, having died in 1984.) I argued as if any church I happened to join was ipso-facto the gatekeeper to heaven. I argued in a way that implied that a human could find THE TRUTH and judge others by it. I argued in a way that denied that our brains process what we hear and see and touch and, therefore, all information is … [Read more...]


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