I Will Do a FREE Book Group SKYPE Session Talk and Q&A For You: Here’s HOW

I Will Do a FREE Book Group SKYPE Session Talk and Q&A For You. Here's HOW:Before October 1 2014, you, your group, book club, church, friends, family or school buy a minimum of 8 paperback copies of my new book "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God" You provide proof of purchase with the emailed Amazon order confirmation or a scanned copy of a bookstore receipt and email it to me You email me at frankaschaeffer@aol.com send the proof of purchase and propose a TIME and DATE for … [Read more...]

“In this context and with a heavy heart, I hereby return my diploma to the Gordon College Board of Trustees”

Frank,   Thanks again for offering to post this on Patheos.com.  In addition to registering my personal protest via the direct letter and return of my diploma to Gordon College, I'm interested in having the letter reach Gordon students, faculty, alumni, and 'friends' of Gordon College.   I sent it to a contact on faculty at Gordon just yesterday morning and have received numerous positive and appreciative responses already.  I understand that the faculty are under a gag order from the adm … [Read more...]

Wheaton College Becomes a Tool of the Far Right Obama-Haters and Seals the Fate of the Evangelical Community’s Reputation for a Generation

I had my first deep wet kiss with a woman at the evangelical establishment bastion of Wheaton College. Dad was lecturing there. I was fifteen. She was a twenty-something house mother in a dorm. Memorable!!! Now Wheaton will also be remembered as the place the far right Obama-haters used to try and discredit the president with a lie.This time the lie is that Obama is "anti-religious" because he thinks women should have the right to contraception. Wheaton will be remembered as the people who br … [Read more...]

One Look at American Christians and I Figure Jesus Must Have Hated Women– Right?

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...]

Computers, Children and You

Tech companies are targeting children from birth. Long before children can encounter the silences and subtleties the world offers we are handing them to the tech gods by accepting the message that mediated reality is good for children. Industry opinion on the issue of exposing children to a media/tech "reality" should carry about the same weight as studies by the oil conglomerates “proving” that there’s no such thing as global warming.For now it’s up to parents and grandparents to do what is … [Read more...]

# V Commandment on the Right Way to (and Not To) Care For Your Kids

V: Never correct a child about every little thing they do that pisses you off.There will be plenty! Life is annoying!Turning a blind eye to most “bad” things kids do is the secret to good parenting. Bite your tongue!Pick what matters – rudeness for instance or things that will mark your kid as a dolt like picking their nose in public – and let most other annoying things they do slide. Kids do grow out of bad habits.Trust me! I gave up all hope about my kids repeatedly and made dir … [Read more...]

# IV Commandment on Not Messing up Your Kids

IV: Never talk about your child to other people in front of them, unless it is to praise your son or daughter.You need to be their number one confidant, not a blabber mouth “sharing” what they did and saying it’s “cute”  (let alone saying they did something bad) or laughing at what they did and making them self conscious.You can’t feel safe with a parent who seems to think you're an entertainment experience.And, sure, post a picture or two online (if you must) but your child isn’t a s … [Read more...]

# 3 Commandment for Making a Happy Child Into Your Lifelong Friend

III: Never make sarcastic remarks to a child much less say snide or ironic things meant to put them in their place. The worst parent (aside from a neglectful abuser) is a score-settling parent.Mea culpa!If you want your child to trust you they can’t be thinking you’ll put them down or make them the butt of a joke they don’t even understand. You’re not competing with them or trying to be the funniest person in the room.It should never feel risky to be with a mother or father. You shou … [Read more...]


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