“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...]

Falwell Jr Says: “End those Muslims” and Asks Liberty Students to Carry Guns on Campus

(photo Bloomberg)According to news reports in the Guardian newspaper and other sources, the president of Liberty University urged students, staff and faculty at the Christian school to carry concealed weapons on campus to counter any possible armed attack like the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. That didn't surprise me. His dad, Jerry Falwell Sr. once told me seriously that if he had a dog that did what "those homosexuals do, I'd shoot it."“Let’s teach them a lesson if they e … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Why Does God Hate Gay People? My Interview on the New Movie

At the End of the Day is a feature-length comedy written and directed by Kevin O’Brien. Here's my interview with Kevin:Frank Tell me about yourself?I’m a filmmaker in central Florida. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart  for 14 years and we have three kids in the third grade (yup). I got into filmmaking a bit late, and made a full time job out of it at 31 years old. I feel strongly about not making “safe” films, and it seemed to that a lot of faith-based media was incredibly sa … [Read more...]

NEW BOOK FREE TODAY “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peace”

FREE BOOK for 48 Hours Starting Today MAY 9-11 Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers. Get my NEW BOOK FREE TODAYWhy I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peacePRAISE FOR WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD How to Create Beauty, Give Love and Find Peace “Part of the impact here, admittedly, is a result of who Frank Schaeffer is an … [Read more...]


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