I haven’t the foggiest idea what prayer does– I do know that I can’t get through my day without praying…

Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, people receive a vision of a mountain to which they’re being called. They don’t know what they’re seeing, let alone why. They don’t believe in callings per se. They just have to go there. In the same way, I just have to pray. And while I know that soon my grandchildren will be asking me tough questions about whether any of this spiritual mumbo- … [Read more...]

“Crown Of Thorns”

As a painter I think visually. What happened to the crown of thorns after it was removed from Jesus' head? Where was it on Easter morning? Here's one answer. Much love to you all as we travel through Lent together. You may explore my other paintings here.  Follow Frank Schaeffer on Twitter: www.twitter.com/frank_schaefferSee Frank Schaeffer's paintings HERE!Follow Frank on Facebook HEREFrank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book -- And God Said, "Billy!" exploring the roots of A … [Read more...]

An Introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church For the Curious (My List of Recommended Reading)

I'm often asked about the Eastern Orthodox Church since I have been going to a Greek Orthodox church for the last 25 years. Since I come from an evangelical background I get the question "Why did you convert?"I didn't. The word "conversion" implies the evangelical idea of salvation as a one-stop conversion-to-Jesus moment, AKA the "born-again" experience of passing from "dark to light."But the Orthodox view of salvation is of a mysterious journey toward God. So I don't think I was "lost" … [Read more...]

The Blessed Hypocrisy “Method Acting” of Salvation PART 2 (of 4)

It’s tempting to rationalize my bad behavior as “caused” by wrong ideas. But blaming wrong beliefs for our true biological natures is as crazy as thinking that right ideas will save us. So when atheists blame religion for war, they are being as silly as Christians who blame atheism for the Gulag. And thinking you can make some “god” forgive you by believing “the” correct doctrine about him is absurd. Any god that petty isn’t worth serving--not to mention hard to credit with the creation of the un … [Read more...]


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