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...]

I Ended Up in the Greek Orthodox Church and Found I Was Just as Dumb as Before

(Tulips, Wind & Sun Oil on canvas 24 x 24 by Frank Schaeffer)In 1990 I joined the Greek Orthodox Church because, in the words of Umberto Eco, I aspired “to the construction of narratives capable of providing [me] with an explanation and a model, an exemplary image.” At first I missed the point of my escape from my evangelical past almost altogether. I argued the finer points of theology and church history with my long-suffering evangelical mother and sisters. (Dad was spared. He’d died … [Read more...]

My Answer to the Patheos Lenten Question of the Week: Forgive!

In our small local Greek Orthodox church my wife Genie and I both like the Lenten Service of Forgiveness. It ends with each person in our parish walking to the front of the sanctuary, kissing the icon of Jesus, then bowing in front of our priest.“Forgive me,” we say.“I forgive you,” answers our priest, as does each member of the congregation.We embrace and then together we say: “God forgives us both.”After that exchange my each person takes his or her place next to the priest in a … [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity Is As Broken As Evangelicalism: Here’s How to Fix It

I don't think there will be some new age of religion dawning in America anytime soon unless a lot of people change their minds about worship. The dream of progressive Christians whether they call themselves "emergent" or something else will fizzle along with the slowly collapsing evangelical/fundamentalist juggernaut unless the basic mistakes of North American Christianity are addressed.We can talk about inclusiveness, diversity and making ourselves vulnerable until the cows come home but … [Read more...]


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