My Very Personal Happy Christmas Story: The wonderful yet toxic combination of Mom’s evangelical goodness, Jesus’ inevitable birthday

For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide question was: “Mom, who’s going to be in our house for Christmas?” The answer never varied: “The guests God brought to us this year, my dear.”Mom stayed up all night wrapping gifts and making everything wonderfully and terrifyingly perfect. That’s why every Christmas morning I found the four-foot-long bulging wool stocking stuffed with individuall … [Read more...]

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I would not have burned in hell for sleeping with the many women I’ve looked at longingly, but adultery would have ruined my marriage

Ironically, although Mom and Dad may have been deluded by their fundamentalist certainties, I am mostly at peace in my home where my grandchildren Lucy (5), Jack (4) and I play Botticelli because I was indoctrinated with knee-jerk guilt. I realize now that my parents were often right for the wrong reasons. For instance, I feel guilt when I shout at Lucy and Jack. And when it comes to the “big sins” I would not have burned in hell for sleeping with the many women I’ve looked at longingly, but adul … [Read more...]

The Mystery Beyond Death: The Meaning of Christmas

(A painting by me, "Joy in July" c Frank Schaeffer 2013)What should we pass on to the next generation? What is essential and non-negotiable? What have our parents founded their lives on that worked? Had they felt as inexperienced and alone as I did the week Mom died in March of 2013? Did being sixty feel like still being a clueless child to them too? Had they experienced what I felt, that the older I got the less I knew?To which I’d like to add, that if after many wanderings you r … [Read more...]

I Loved Christmas but Hated God for Screwing It Up

Edith and Francis Schaeffer AKA Mom and DadChristmas for me will always be toxic and a time when memory drifts back to my missionary kid childhood.  I loved Christmas but hated God for screwing it up. You see, the problem was that every year Jesus made Mom into his Christmas slave. Let me explain. My childhood Christmastime question was: “Mom, who’s going to be in our house for Christmas?” The answer never varied. “The guests God brought to us this year my dear.” The guests were the people th … [Read more...]

Edith Schaeffer’s Funeral Service Sermon– Village Church of Gryon, Switzerland, April 19, 2013

Mom died March 30. I just got back from a week in Switzerland where she died and where my sister Debby and her husband Udo had been caring for her.We had a lovely service for her in the old stone church in the small alpine village of Gryon where she'd lived for many years with my sister. Here's the sermon my brother in law Udo preached that meant so much to me.(Gryon church)A big thank you to all our family, the many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and even two … [Read more...]

Frank Schaeffer: My Journey Out of the Religious Right (Lecture)

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Goodbye Mom, Edith Schaeffer 1914 – 2013 RIP

Edith Schaeffer 1914 – 2013 RIPMy mother Edith Schaeffer died today. She was the author of many books on family life and spirituality and co-founder with my father Francis Schaeffer of the evangelical ministry of L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. She has just gone to be with the Lord, as she would put it. She died at home which was her wish. This was made possible because of my generous sister Debby and her husband Udo who completely rearranged their lives to care for Mom in her last year … [Read more...]


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