Look into the faces of the people who know you best. Be honest with yourself about what’s written there, and you will know yourself– the Wild Goose Video Clip

Here's a 5 min clip from a 45 min talk... Couldn't make the Wild Goose Festival? Here I am speaking in Hot Springs, NC this year. For speaking engagements, email me at frankaschaeffer@aol.com.  Couldn't make the Wild Goose Festival? Here I am speaking in Hot Springs, NC this year.For speaking engagements, email me at frankaschaeffer@aol.com. 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 peace … [Read more...]

Love Through the Eyes of Christ — Easter

 I was shuffling forward in the communion line, with my five year old granddaughter Lucy in my arms. I was lost in gloomy thoughts, brooding on my past and on my doubts, failures, and my past meanness to my wife Genie (we've been married 44 years) when I was young, stupid and so woefully controlling as a teen "father." I was feeling that going to church was a waste of time. I was feeling unworthy in every sense of the word and sinking into a gray depression.Lucy is always in and out … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Who Needs This God Nonsense?

And yet, here I am telling my four-year-old granddaughter Lucy that God made the rock she just asked about. We've climbed up on this granite outcropping surrounded by water and reeds on the marsh overlooking the Merrimack Bay near my house. We've brought chalk to draw on the rock. Her arms are around my neck. It's low tide and the small of the mud flats is wonderful, so alive! I say “and yet” because there’s this internal conversation. “You don’t know anything,” I say to myself, “why … [Read more...]

The Blessed Hypocrisy “Method Acting” of Salvation PART 4 (Conclusion)

I have seen the power of forgiveness work to heal my former religious “certainties.” (I wrote about this journey in what my publishers call "The God Trilogy" -- Crazy For God, Patience With God and Sex, Mom and God.) Those certainties gave my primate nastiness  a patriarchal theological boost of self-justification. So before I could change I first had to come to see myself as a persecutor. I had to forget the "biblical example" I'd been set by my evangelist preacher father as he sometimes abused … [Read more...]

The Blessed Hypocrisy “Method Acting” of Salvation PART 3 (of 4)

My wife Genie has been my “Jesus tutor.” She's very much like the Virgin Mary, not counting the virgin part. Like Mary, Genie got pregnant when she was a teen—by me not by the Holy Spirit. And it was unplanned like Mary's pregnancy and also "out of wedlock." Genie is a primate (Mary was too) but like Mary, Genie does not bite and scratch (very often). And Genie taught me how to forgive others and myself by forgiving me for behaving like a grade-A asshole.Genie has copied Jesus over our 42-ye … [Read more...]


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