Jane Stuart Smith RIP I’ll Always Love You

  A few people in life change everything. One woman (not counting my mother) opened more doors for me than any other person in my childhood. She died yesterday.Jane Stuart Smith was there for me from the time I was six. Jane was by her very life a living definition of the belief that motivates me: that the intrinsic value of beauty is real. Here's the tribute I wrote to a great woman before she died in my memoir Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped F … [Read more...]

You’ll Feel Better about America, Joe Biden and Politics When you Watch Him With Colbert

 (Photo credit CBS used by permission)I very much hope Joe Biden runs. Here's another reason why. Do watch Colbert interview him... not your usual politics interview and it cuts to the heart of living a deep religious faith too... this is what religion can mean... if he wins the presidency I'll bet they will someday say it all started with this interview...WATCH Part1WATCH Part 2Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN G … [Read more...]

At Wild Goose We Cried

I'm at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs NC where I'm speaking 6 times. One session on grief and loss was the most helpful moment I've had in beginning to process the loss of Mom and my close friend Holly Mead. Found myself more ministered to than ministering, though I was supposed to be leading the session.You don't "lead" through tears, just are. Found myself weeping with an 8 year old child who just lost her grandmother, and a seventy year old man who had just lost his … [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...]