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Mar 27, 2017

LIKE MICHELANGELO!:

"View little children! What are they doing? Making drawings. They’re creative. As far as creativity, not as the level, but that’s as much creative as Michelangelo"

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 2, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 26, 2017

THE CREATIVITY DISTINCTIVE:

"one of the distinctives of people as against everything else is that all people are creative."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 2, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 25, 2017

SHUT IN WITH BEAUTY:

"... Dr. Schaeffer held that, man is 'shut in.' He said, 'There is nowhere that man can go that he can escape the things of grace that God has given him to shut him in.' This is God's testimony to man. He has shut man in with beauty!"

~ Dan Guinn, Paper: Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 24, 2017

BEAUTY, NO EXPLANATION:

"Dr. Schaeffer’s first analysis of reality is that God is objectively there. For all human beings, the question before us is either God is there, or He is not. There is no other basis or question. Thus, when the non-believer holds that God is not there, he has no explanation for what is before him or for himself. He cannot explain the beauty before him. He cannot explain the beauty within himself."

~ Dan Guinn, Paper: Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 23, 2017

BEAUTY & TRUTH:

"True Christianity produces beauty as well as truth."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Mar 22, 2017

BEAUTY REALIZED:

"Seeing Schaeffer's apologetic as merely all about art, culture, and sweeping analysis is a tremendous misunderstanding that is all too common. Schaeffer was not trying to just make a mere art apologetic. Rather, Schaeffer's apologetic of beauty is an all inclusive notion of 'beauty realized' in contrast to a fallen world."

~ Dan Guinn, Paper: Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 21, 2017

OFTEN MISCHARACTERIZED:

"Often mischaracterized and even arbitrarily dismissed as only an art philosophy, Schaeffer teaches us an apologetic of beauty that is missed by many scholars. Once understood, the strength of thought and the power of the clarification of the historic Christian position utterly confounds the very foundations of Atheism. Moreover, for the believer, when realized, it adds tremendous edification to one's soul."

~ Dan Guinn, Abstract, Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 20, 2017

THE APOLOGETIC OF BEAUTY:

Dan will be presenting at ISCA this weekend on "Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty." Follow along this week for quotes.

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Mar 19, 2017

HE IS THERE AND HE HAS SACRIFICED:

"Christ dying on the cross is an absolute meaningless thing, if God isn't there. I always say, and I can't say it often enough, Christianity is a creation centered teaching."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 18, 2017

CHRISTIANITY, THE EASIEST RELIGION:

"Christianity is the easiest religion in the world, because it is the only religion where God and Christ, and the Holy Spirit does everything."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 17, 2017

CHRISTIANITY, THE HARDEST RELIGION:

"The heart of the rebellion of Satan and man was the desire to be autonomous. Accepting the Christian faith robs you, in this sense (not of your existence, not of your worth, it gives you your worth), but in this sense, it robs you completely of being autonomous. You didn't make yourself, you're not a product of chance. None of these things! You stand there before your Creator, plus nothing. You stand there before the Savior, plus nothing. It is a complete denial of being autonomous."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 16, 2017

BOWING METAPHYSICALLY:

"When you bow metaphysically, you acknowledge you're not autonomous, you're not a product of chance, that there is a Creator, who is the intellectual explanation of the universe and [yourself]. But He isn't just an intellectual answer, He is really there."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World. ~ Editor note: [yourself] was stated [myself] in the video.


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Mar 15, 2017

BOWING MORALLY:

"He is there, His character is is the absolute in the universe, you have deliberately sinned, you are a sinner, and so therefore you need the death of Christ as substitution."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 14, 2017

ADEQUATE ANSWERS:

"At a certain point we will come to a place, and each person will be at his own level, where we have adequate and sufficient answers, and it is so adequate, that God can count me guilty if I do not obey."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 13, 2017

RECEIVING QUESTIONS:

"...if you examine the ministry of Paul and also of Christ, you find they endlessly answered questions. There was no concept here of 'Shut up! Just believe!' It just doesn't exist."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 12, 2017

ILLUSTRATIONS:

"Illustrations don't run on four legs, there's always something wrong with them."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 2, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 11, 2017

L'ABRI VIDEO RESOURCES :

Some of you may have discovered that several of Dr. Schaeffer's films are now available for viewing on Amazon. L'Abri has also just announced that two video series, Common Sense Christian Living (Edith Schaeffer Lectures) and Reclaiming the World (Francis Schaeffer Interviews) will be made available in the future for public viewing on their web site. We'll let you know when they become available!

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Mar 10, 2017

ON MEDIA ACCEPTANCE :

"...in order to be accepted in the secular media area, you generally have to be within their framework, and I am not."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Mar 09, 2017

WHY THESE PROBLEMS?:

"...the problems we face today have: come about due to a shift in world view--that is, through a fundamental change in the overall way people think and view the world and life as a whole. This shift has been away from a world view that was at least vaguely Christian in people's memory (even if they were not individually Christian) toward something completely different--toward a world view based upon the idea that the final reality is impersonal matter or energy shaped into its present form by impersonal chance."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto (re-quoted in The Great Evangelical Disaster)


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Mar 08, 2017

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND WORLDVIEW:

"Freedom of speech should not be shut up to one world view, as it is now."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Mar 07, 2017

THE MOST HUMANITARIAN:

"Christians should be the most humanitarian of people, so we should show compassion to everybody."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Mar 06, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER INSTITUTE 2017 GALLERY:

Check out the Rooted in God's Word, Engaged in the World Conference Gallery

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Mar 05, 2017

HOW INFLUENTIAL WAS ROOKMAAKER ON SCHAEFFER?:

"Rookmaaker, whom I met first when he was still a student, Both he and I say that we have kicked stuff around for so long that in large areas, including art, we would hesitate to say who thought of the idea first."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: Schaeffer on Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Mar 04, 2017

JUSTICE & COMPASSION:

"...we should demonstrate to those about us that we are fighting for certain things in our culture because we take justice seriously and we care for human beings."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Mar 03, 2017

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INCLUDES ALL DISCIPLINES:

"If the Judeo-Christian position is the truth of all reality, and it is, then all the disciplines--including a knowledge and appreciation of the humanities and arts--are a part of Christian education."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Mar 02, 2017

EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE?:

"I am not against experience, and I'm not just an intellectual machine. However, there is an awful lot of diminishing of content in our generation. I believe that as content is diminished force is diminished--even where there are true conversions."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Mar 01, 2017

PROPERTY & COMPASSION:

"The Bible does teach the right to private property, but it never indicates that right without equally and simultaneously insisting on its compassionate use."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 28, 2017

LIFE, OUR CIVIC PRIORITY:

"Our first priority in our civic duties and in our responsibilities as salt and light is to stand and use ever means at our disposal politically and in the media for human life."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 27, 2017

12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

The 12th Annual Conference of the International Society of Christian Apologetics will be held March 24 & 25 in Plano, TX at the Hope Center.

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Feb 26, 2017

LOVE ENOUGH TO LOVINGLY CONFRONT:

"If we are not willing to confront, how can we report to the Lord Jesus Christ that we love our neighbor as ourselves?"

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 25, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER INSTITUTE CONFERENCE:

FSI/CMI - Rooted in the Word, Engaged in the World: Hermeneutics, Mission and Congregation, March 3-4, Registration is just $15!

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Feb 24, 2017

WHY THE FINAL APOLOGETIC STILL MATTERS:

Mary Jo Sharp ask, "If love is our most-convincing proof, does our combative spirit actually argue people away from the truth?"

Mary Jo Sharp, Outreach Magazine October 13, 2015

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Feb 23, 2017

DEVALUATION OF LIFE:

"Devaluation of human life flows quickly from killing the unborn to allowing a baby to die to helping an old person die quickly."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 22, 2017

AN ANALYTICAL MIND :

"I know I have an analytical mind, and one thing I've learned in a long lifetime is that you don't meet many people who have really analytical minds. This I had before I was a Christian. I became a Christian after analyzing the liberalism I was hearing preached on one side, and the philosophy I was reading on the other."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 21, 2017

ALTERNATIVE SEXUALITY & HUMANNESS:

"...when we say, 'We'll stand for the family against alternative lifestyles,' we are not just saying is is wrong, 'We're fighting for your humanness..."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 20, 2017

THE RIGHT PRIORITIES :

"Early in this century [, the 20th century,], when liberal theology flooded our churches, many Christians were at a political high tide. If they had used their strength rightly at that moment, they could have stopped liberal theology's conquest of the large denominations and the beginning slide toward a humanist consensus. Instead many Christian threw their energies into the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. This was considered a total victory until the 21st Amendment revoked it all. I am making only one point here: Many Christians had the wrong priority."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 19, 2017

GOD'S WORD AND THE FAMILY:

"Living upon God's Word and looking to Christ, we should show in our families the continuity and beauty that God meant them to have, even in a fallen world."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 18, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GRADES:

"I got rotten grades until I became a Christian, and after that I always studied to try to excel. I graduated magna cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College, even though in high school I hardly made it."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 17, 2017

SCHOOL & FREE SPEECH:

"Our first priority in regard to public schools should be freedom of speech."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 16, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GENERALIZATIONS (PART 3 of 3) :

"In the type of writing I do, you must summarize: you can't possibly deal with all the nuances. So I try to find the central things they've sand and the results they had and present them,"

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 15, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GENERALIZATIONS (PART 2 of 3) :

"I always hold my breath because I know there are certain nuances that would sound different if I were talking for two hours instead of writing on one page."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 14, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GENERALIZATIONS (PART 1 of 3) :

"When you're not writing twenty-six books [on a subject]...you have to make summaries and, in general my summaries are correct. Now everybody makes mistakes--I am sure I've made some--but I would say that I've tried to treat other thinkers compassionately."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 13, 2017

REGISTER FOR ROOTED IN THE WORD, ENGAGED IN THE WORLD:

Join the City Ministry Initiative, together with the Francis A Schaeffer Institute in welcome leading biblical and missiological scholars and practitioners for a conference March 3-4.

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Feb 12, 2017

ON WESTERN MARXISM:

"Most of the young Marxist in the West today are attracted in the same way they were attracted to the drug trip. It's an existential dichotomy in which their reason does not enter in."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 11, 2017

TELEVISION AND TRUTH:

"As far as telling the truth is concerned, I think television has to lean against telling an untruth...you can tell two different stories. You ought to be able to lean against manipulation to tell the truth."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 10, 2017

FREE AUDIO LECTURE - DR. GROOTHIUS:

Dr. Douglas Groothuis (pronounced GROWT-ICE) spoke at Trinity Presbyterian in Rochester following the L'Abri Conference on the 5 Solas of the Reformation. Listen! Enjoy!

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Feb 09, 2017

ONE BASIC ISSUE:

"There is only one basic issue, and that is whether there is another source of knowledge which can tell us what we can't find out for ourselves. Historic Christianity believes that there is. We believe the Bible and the revelation of God in Christ are united and give us knowledge, not only 'religious' knowledge, but a key to understanding the universe and history."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 08, 2017

A GLIMPSE OF THE ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE!:

People ventured great distances to explore the power of God's Word to transform cultures. Here's a glimpse of what happened!

Check out this gallery of photos from the event!

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Feb 07, 2017

THE MATH FAILS:

"Humanism as I see it has a mathematical built-in guarantee of failure...beginning from a finite person you cannot project an absolute."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 06, 2017

TRUTH AND COMMUNITY:

"Every Christian group ought to have these two elements: a presentation of the truth and an exhibition of community that substantiates it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 05, 2017

INERRANCY TROUBLEMAKER?:

"I think Elijah gave the right answer when Ahab accused him of being the troubler of Israel. The people who are taking a weak view of Scripture are the ones who are troubling evangelicalism today. I say this with gentleness and love toward these people. The people who are making the difficulty are the people who have demoted Scripture from what it has been understood to be in the evangelical world until the fairly recent past."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, when asked if he was dividing the evangelical community by making inerrancy a watershed issue. How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 04, 2017

EVANGELISM - TWO THINGS:

"Evangelism...is two things: first of all, giving honest answers to honest questions to get the blocks out of the way so that people will listen to the Gospel as a viable alternative, and then secondly, showing them what Christianity means across the whole spectrum of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 03, 2017

WHY SCHAEFFER CONNECTED:

"I have dealt with the questions that have really touched on the developing contemporary scene and haven't gotten stuck back at the point of my own studies when I was a young man, the way some people do. One reason for this is that I was not raised as a Christian."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Schaeffer on Schaeffer, Christianity Today, 1979


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Feb 02, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S AUDIENCE:

"When my first books were written, the editors all said that they wouldn't sell because the audience was not defined clearly enough. They thought you couldn't talk to a Christian audience and a non-Christian one simultaneously. The God Who Was There and Escape from Reason are for both specifically, and the editors were proven wrong."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 02, 2017

TRUTH, STATE & HUMANNESS:

"If truth exist as the Bible sets forth, it will bring Christians into confrontation with the state: --Confrontation for that which is truth in contrast to that which is untruth. --Confrontation for that which is right in contrast to that which is wrong. --And confrontation against anything that takes away people's humanness."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983


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Feb 01, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S EARLY TRAINING:

"It is important to note that Schaeffer's early training took place amid controversy. Learned men were defining terms, drawing battle lines, splitting doctrinal hairs. Schaeffer survived it all, somehow learning to listen compassionately to different view points, and emphasize love and unity in the church."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Jan 31, 2017

EVEN SCHAEFFER'S REGRETS WERE PROPHETIC:

"...for his contributions to thought, Schaeffer speaks most proudly of...his dual stress of orthodoxy and the need for love and community. He says now he wishes he had stressed more strongly specific applications, such as arguments, against racism and distributed wealth."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Jan 30, 2017

DR. SCHAEFFER'S BIRTHDAY:

Dr. Francis Schaeffer was born 105 years ago on Jan 30th, 1912 in Germantown, Pennsylvania!


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Jan 29, 2017

SCRIPTURE WITH SCHAEFFER - Philippians 2:7,8:

"God cannot just overlook our sin, because He is holy. If He did that, no moral absolute would exist. We can come to God through grace, because Christ worked for us." "but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" Philippians 2:7, 8

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Jan 28, 2017

FULL SPECTRUM EVANGELISM:

"To evangelize in the twentieth century, one has to operate across the whole spectrum of disciplines and have answers for the questions. I think we often sell Christianity short, not putting forth the richness we have in Christ for the total culture and the total intellectual life."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Jan 27, 2017

LOVE THE LIBERALS?:

"Evangelicals must still keep on loving the Liberals, and must do so because it is right."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Schaeffer Reflects on Fifty Years of Denominational Ins and Outs, Christianity Today 1981


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Jan 26, 2017

THE FINAL APOLOGETIC:

"The World has not seen the beginning of what Jesus indicates is the Final Apologetic--observable oneness among true Christians who are true brothers and sisters in Christ."

~ Dr. Schaeffer, The Mark of a Christian (posthumous adaptation), Christianity Today, 1995


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Jan 25, 2017

LOSING HUMANNESS:

"In fulfilling our calling to lead individuals to Christ, which we must indeed never forget, we must also remember that we are called to be the salt and light to our culture. Our generation is not just lost spiritually; it is broken, it is hurting, it is losing its humanness."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983.


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Jan 24, 2017

HUMAN LIFE & DIGNITY:

"Human life stands at a crucial place because there is an unbreakable link between the existence of the infinite personal God and the intrinsic dignity of people."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983.


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Jan 23, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES ON YOUTUBE:

Have you explored our YouTube Channel? Over 1100 people subscribe and we've been blessed to release almost 90 videos! Find interviews, historic videos, and classes.

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Jan 22, 2017

SCRIPTURE WITH SCHAEFFER - THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS OF GENESIS:

"In some ways these chapters are the most important ones in the Bible, for they put man in his cosmic setting and show him his peculiar uniqueness. They explain man's wonder and yet his flaw. Without a proper understanding of these chapters we have no answer to the problems of metaphysics, morals or epistemology, and furthermore the work of Christ becomes one more upper-story 'religious' answer."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Jan 21, 2017

NEWS: NEW TWO BOOK DEAL FOR NANCY PEARCEY!:

Nancy Pearcey Strikes 6-Figure Book Deal With Baker Books!

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Jan 20, 2017

NEW ACQUISITIONS PAGE & GALLERY:

Read about and peruse the new gallery of photo of the work Francis Schaeffer Studies is doing to preserve Schaeffer history on our new acquisitions page.

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Jan 19, 2017

DON'T MISS THIS YEAR'S L'ABRI CONFERENCE FEB 3&4 :

The Power of God's Word to Transform Cultures

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Jan 18, 2017

TOTAL REALITY:

"When I say Christianity is true I mean it is true to total reality--the total of what is..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 17, 2017

ALL IS SPIRITUAL:

"It is not only that true spirituality covers all of life, but it covers all parts of the spectrum of life equally. In this sense there is nothing concerning reality that is not spiritual."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 16, 2017

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT! NEW VIDEO: THE SCHAEFFER LEGACY PROJECT - INTERVIEW WITH MARK RYAN:

Watch this significant interview with Mark Ryan the director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary!

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Jan 15, 2017

I SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH, SO HELP ME...MAN?:

"Even on the basis of Man's finiteness having people swear in court in the name of humanity, as some have advocated, saying something like, 'We pledge our honor before all mankind,' would be insufficient enough. But reduced to the materialistic view of Man, it is even less. Although many nice words may be used, in reality law constituted on this basis can only mean brute force."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 14, 2017

THE GIFT OF HUMANITIES :

"...Christians certainly should be interested in the humanities as the product of human creativity, made possible because people are uniquely made in the image of the great Creator."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 13, 2017

NO GOD = MISTAKEN VIEW OF MAN, SOCIETY & LAW:

"Those who hold the material-energy, chance concept of reality,...not only do not know the truth of the final reality, God, they do not know who Man is...since their concept of Man is mistaken, their concept of society and of law is mistaken, and they have no sufficient base for either society or law."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 12, 2017

PRINTABLE BROCHURE:

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Jan 11, 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESUPPOSITIONS:

"Francis Schaeffer taught us the presence and importance that presuppositions play in the makeup of our worldview. What we value and how we live are inescapably influenced by these realities. Schaeffer also taught us how to expose presuppositions, critique them, and in light of God revealed truth, transform them."

~ Danny Akin (100 Days of Schaeffer, SEBTS)


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Jan 10, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES EVENT LISTINGS:

We regularly track event information for the Francis Schaeffer community at large. See what is coming up next!

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Jan 09, 2017

NEW VIDEO: THE SCHAEFFER LEGACY PROJECT - INTERVIEW WITH MARK RYAN:

Watch this significant interview with Mark Ryan the director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary

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Jan 08, 2017

SCRIPTURE WITH SCHAEFFER:

"...we can say the Bible is without mistake and still destroy it if we bend the Scripture by our lives to fit this culture instead of judging the culture by the Scripture."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, What Difference Does Inerrancy Make?


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Jan 07, 2017

THE MEANING OF WHAT I BELIEVED:

"Francis Schaeffer had a great influence on my life as a young Christian. Though I met him only briefly, I devoured everything he wrote and listened on tape to many of his talks from L'Abri. Schaeffer showed me that it was possible to engage fully with issues of life and culture including art, music, philosophy, and history, without abandoning 'the faith once delivered to the saints.' In these and other ways, Francis Schaeffer taught me the meaning of what I believed."

~ Timothy George (100 Days of Schaeffer, SEBTS)


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Jan 06, 2017

AESTHETIC INSPIRATION:

"How many of us have received our initial Christian aesthetic inspiration from FAS and Art and the Bible. I did. Thanks be to God...for him."

~ David Naugle (100 Days of Schaeffer, SEBTS)


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Jan 05, 2017

INCALCULABLE INFLUENCE:

"Francis Schaeffer was a man for his time, who could energise countless Christians into a cultural engagement they would never have imagined possible had they not met him. His influence was incalculable."

~ Jeremy Begbie (100 Days of Schaeffer, SEBTS)


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Jan 04, 2017

GRAND TRUTH & AUTHENTIC REALITY:

"Schaeffer inspired us as he engaged the artists, musicians and philosophers of his day. It was not so much the engagement itself that moved us as the realization of how great and grand is the truth which God has given us, one that is large enough and deep enough to speak to every human situation. At L'Abri, we were talking about reality in a way that was authentic."

~ David Wells (100 Days of Schaeffer, SEBTS)


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Jan 03, 2017

A HEALTHY REMEMBRANCE OF FRANCIS SCHAEFFER:

"Our goal continues to be the desire to share the thought of Francis Schaeffer with the next generation and make his thought and teaching more accessible for general inquiry."

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Jan 01, 2017

RADICALS FOR TRUTH:

"...what we need in light of the accommodation about us is a generation of radicals for truth and for Christ. We need a young generation and others who will be willing to stand in loving confrontation, but real confrontation, in contrast to the mentality of constant accommodation with the current forms of the world spirit as they surround us today, and in contrast to the way in which so much of evangelicalism has developed the automatic mentality of accommodation at each successive point."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Dec 31, 2016

YEARS PASS:

"[Scripture] teach[es] us an important lesson. 'Years pass,' God seems to say, 'but throughout history there is a continuity in My dealings with My people. This continuity is rooted in Myself--My character, My promises, My covenant.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History


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Dec 30, 2016

PRACTICING TRUTH:

"...in an age of synthesis, men will not take our protestations of truth seriously unless they see by our actions that we practice truth and antithesis in the unity we try to establish, and in our activities."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There Appendix C. The Practice of Truth


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Dec 29, 2016

ERECT MONUMENTS OF COMPASSION:

"The great dramatic moments of history have left us with monuments and memories of compassion, love, and unselfishness which punctuate the all-too-pervasive malevolence that dominates so much human interaction. That there is any respite from evil is due to some courageous people who, on the basis of personal philosophies, have led campaigns against the ill-treatment and misuse of individuals."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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Dec 28, 2016

THIS GREAT JOY:

"This joy is connected with the reality of our knowledge of who Jesus is, our relationship with Him and our worship of Him."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (What Difference Has Looking Made? - A Christmas Study)


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Dec 27, 2016

A TRUE BABY, NO MERE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE:

"Let us imagine that we are with the shepherds on those hills in Palestine. We have seen and heard the angels, and we have begun to run to Bethlehem. We come bursting into the presence of Mary, Joseph and the baby, and immediately we wonder: what are we looking at? First of all, we are looking at a true baby. He is not an idea or a religious experience."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (What Difference Has Looking Made? - A Christmas Study)


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Dec 26, 2016

IT WAS A VERY NICE MANGER:

"What difference has looking made? I think we can approach the answer by thinking about the shepherds and looking through the book of Luke. Having had this overwhelming experience in the midst of their normal environment and having believed in the Savior, can we imagine one of the shepherds remarking, 'It's very nice that I've seen an angel, and it is nice I have seen the Christ, the Messiah the Jews have been waiting for for so long. It's nice that I've believed in Him (unlike some of the other people in Bethlehem) and that I'm going to be in Heaven. But really, in practice, it's not going to make any difference at all in my life.' This is inconceivable."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (What Difference Has Looking Made? - A Christmas Study)


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Dec 25, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS!:

We at Francis Schaeffer Studies would like to wish you a very merry Christmas! May your holiday be blessed with joy, looking upon the "real Jesus," who humbled Himself, and came in the form of a simple baby on our behalf. May we consider the shadow of His further humility, in that He was destined for a cross. In this, he came not to address the peripherals of man's struggle, but the central problem of sin. May you reflect on the grandeur of His humility and the implications of His birth, life, and death. May it fill your heart with thankfulness and joy, that He so loved us!

~ Francis Schaeffer Studies (francisschaefferstudies.org)


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Dec 24, 2016

GRANDEUR IN A MANGER:

"When we perceive the simplicity and yet the grandeur of what is involved, we are overwhelmed. The second person of the Trinity lies in the manger for a reason. Because He loves the world."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (What Difference Has Looking Made? - A Christmas Study)


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Dec 23, 2016

HE CAME NOT MERELY FOR THE PERIPHERAL, BUT FOR THE CENTRAL... TO BRING THE ANSWER TO MANKIND'S REAL DILEMMA: :

"He has come not just to eliminate the peripheral results of man's fall (though these will be totally removed at His second coming); He is here to cut the nerve of man's real dilemma, to solve the problem from which all other problems flow. The 'condition of man' is not what modern man thinks it is. Man is a sinner who needs an overwhelming love. Jesus has come to save His people from their sins. This is not to say that He has no interest in these other things now, but we must not get the matters reversed--the central thing is central."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (What Difference Has Looking Made? - A Christmas Study)


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Dec 22, 2016

WITHOUT EXAMINATION, CHRISTMAS IS BARREN:

"At Christmastime, we set up our Christmas trees and toy trains. We may even walk along singing carols or we may preach a sermon, but these bits and pieces are barren if we are thinking only of them or even thinking only of being in Heaven, and are not stopping to ask ourselves, 'What difference does it make in my life now?'"

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (What Difference Has Looking Made? - A Christmas Study)


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Dec 21, 2016

CHRISTMAS PROCLAMATION:

"Just as the shepherds' proclamation was spontaneous, carrying out Jesus' final instructions should be natural to us. If we really believe the truth of the gospel, we should voluntarily declare it. The spontaneity of telling is part of the Christmas story."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 20, 2016

THE ADVENT OF THE ANSWER:

"The nativity is the necessary thing to open the way for the answer, but the answer itself is the death of the Lord Jesus Christ."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Dec 19, 2016

PEACE ON EARTH IN A MANGER:

"...imagine a shepherd coming away from the manger knowing who this baby was--how would he respond to someone who spoke roughly to him? Can we imagine him taking his great big shepherd's fist and smashing the fellow to the ground? 'Peace on earth, good will toward men,' he had just heard the angels say. The angels had not made some long theological statement (though much theology was there). Rather, they had spoken of the final end to this matter now beginning."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, (What Difference has Looking Made? - A Christmas Story)


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Dec 18, 2016

THE REALITY OF PEACE ON EARTH IN A FALLEN WORLD IN US:

"We cannot now bring complete peace on the earth. We wait for the coming of our Lord. Our attitude, however, ought to be in this direction. As citizens of God's kingdom, peace on earth, good will to men should be a reality to us. We are to bring this attitude even into a totally opposite situation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, (What Difference has Looking Made? - A Christmas Story)


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