If I Was Still an Evangelical, I’d Want to Be Tony Kriz (Blessed be Tony!)

No, I don't write books about God like Tony does. And I'm persona non grata on the Evangelical circuit where Tony thrives... But I like Tony--lots-- and I'm rooting for his new book and him too. Here's an excerpt.Blessed Are Those Who MournAn Excerpt from ALOOF: Figuring Out Life with a GOD Who HIDES By Tony KrizWe religious folks work very hard to try and conjure up God’s presence. We will do about anything we can to infuse enough God-feeling into an event to get people to show up. W … [Read more...]

What Prayer Means to Me

 "My grandchildren delight in entering into a grownup spiritual world as equals. Perhaps this is one of the gifts non-religious people have a problem experiencing. They might not meet their children as humble partners in service of something bigger than themselves."  Here is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace.My grandchildren Lucy (five) and Jack (three) know that I pray every morning on my wa … [Read more...]

The Actual Gospel of Jesus Christ

As the reputation of Christianity has been deformed once in a while we should take a look at the real thing. Mother Maria is the real thing. As she wrote: "Christianity demands of us not only the mysticism of communion with God, but also the mysticism of communion with man."Chapter 25    WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace (Excerpt)“Mother Maria of Paris is a saint of our day and for our day; a woman of flesh and blood possessed by the l … [Read more...]

My FB Family Responded with 200+ Amazing Answers On What the Right, Left, Atheist and Religious Can ALL Agree On (The Results Are Refreshing, Hopeful and Kind)

 "Wow Frank! This is freakin' awesome! I have been blown away by everything I've read here. Look at all the love, and common ground! Tears of joy! WOW!!!"***HERE IS HOW I ASKED MY FB FAMILY THE QUESTION... Please read their answers posted below!Frank Schaeffer Posted 21 hours agoQ: Do you know why I (mostly) don’t ban trolls and people who seem to hate me from this page?A: I actually believe in free speech and… also…Believe it or not, I think my friends on the … [Read more...]

We’d rather shop than live…

We’re living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We’d rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other. The pressure parents put on kids of seventeen, eighteen and nineteen to get into the “right schools” is stressful and cruel. So please forgive me while I preach a little about the joy of children and grandchildren, because plenty of sensible people will tell yo … [Read more...]

The Only Hope for 2015– freeing us from the anguish of mortality

I say the Nicene Creed. I say the words “I believe” this and that. I say these words in good conscience, because saying I believe in God is not the same as saying I know what those words mean. I don’t. Words fall short. I don’t know what words such as “Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father” mean. Then again I don’t know what the words “I love you, Genie” mean either. I say those words with all sincerity to my wife of forty four years, too … [Read more...]

Does church help you to become the sort of person you’d pick to be stuck on a desert island with?

When I first joined the Greek Orthodox Church in 1990 I argued the finer points of theology and church history with my long-suffering evangelical mother and sisters. (Dad was spared, having died in 1984.) I argued as if any church I happened to join was ipso-facto the gatekeeper to heaven. I argued in a way that implied that a human could find THE TRUTH and judge others by it. I argued in a way that denied that our brains process what we hear and see and touch and, therefore, all information is … [Read more...]

My Christmas Day Thank You (Written 9:52 AM Today)

Dear God,I hope you exist mostly because I am so grateful for life and love. I would hate for there to be no one to thank. My act of faith this Christmas Day is a simple thank you.Thank you for...The empathy time-bomb Jesus set off in history by forgiving rather than condemningAngels that enter my life each day bringing  peace and good newsMy parents who showed me love and compassion and opened the door to beautyGenie who has been my wife for 44 yearsJessica, Francis a … [Read more...]


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