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Feb 17, 2019

Speaking the Truth in Love: The Enduring Legacy of Francis A. Schaeffer:

Across the weekend of March 1st-3rd we will hear from speakers including: Bryan Follis, Jerram Barrs, Thurman Williams, Ryan Laughlin and Chris Smith. Saturday and Sunday evenings will feature musician Matt Epp.

~ The Covenant Presbyterian Church and The Francis A Schaeffer Institute invite you to our weekend conference

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Jan 01, 2019

EVANGELISTIC CONTENT:

"...nobody knows everything; if we waited to be saved until we knew everything, nobody would ever be saved-but that is a very different thing from deliberately or thoughtlessly diminishing the content."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Dec 31, 2018

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, 2018

AVOIDING THE CLIFF:

"...in our generation the whole direction is toward being unwilling to say that any system is right or wrong...But we must affirm the possibility of right and wrong with regard to systems and categories. We fall off the cliff...if we do not do so."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Some Absolute Limits, Appendix A to The Church Before the Watching world


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Dec 29, 2018

COOL COMMUNICATION:

"What we need to do is to understand our age to be an age of very subtle religious and political manipulation, manipulation by cool communication, communication without content."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Dec 28, 2018

WHAT DIFFERENCE HAS LOOKING MADE?:

"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."

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


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Dec 27, 2018

A CHRISTMAS QUESTION:

"As we ourselves have run down the hill with the shepherds, looked at the baby, and heard the shepherds' testimony, have we believed? If we have, that is a happy thing indeed, for it means we are now Christians. That is fine, but then we must ask ourselves: what difference has this looking made in our present lives?"

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


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Dec 26, 2018

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?'"

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


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Dec 25, 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS! :

We at francisschaefferstudies.org would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! In a world of suffering and often tremendous difficulties, we can be comforted by the humility of Christ who was born to bare our grief and carry our sorrows. His plight would truly bring Joy to the World! May your holiday be filled with celebration and thanksgiving.

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Dec 24, 2018

FOR MAN'S ULTIMATE 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 Poeple (What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)

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


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Dec 23, 2018

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."

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


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Dec 22, 2018

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"

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


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Dec 21, 2018

THE NATIVITY REALITY, BEYOND THE SYMBOLIC:

"An artist such as Rembrandt can paint Him with light emanating from His body and if we understand the light as symbolic, it is safe enough. But if we think of it as more than that, it is harmful."

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


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Dec 20, 2018

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."

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


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Dec 19, 2018

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 18, 2018

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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Dec 17, 2018

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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Dec 16, 2018

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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Dec 15, 2018

BEAUTY FROM ASHES:

"Our Assurance as children of the Living God is that He is able to bring beauty from ashes."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Dec 14, 2018

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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Dec 13, 2018

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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Dec 12, 2018

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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Dec 11, 2018

AFFLICTION & AFFLUENCE :

"Although people do not often consider affluence or power an 'affliction,' there is so much temptation connected with wealth and influence..."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Dec 10, 2018

WE ARE GOD'S ART :

"Something is taking place in us right now, which is as astonishing as the refining of silver, the purifying of gold, the finishing of the final touches on a work of art."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Dec 09, 2018

THE CHURCH HISTORY CYCLE:

"In church history a cycle seems to recur: living orthodoxy moves to dead orthodoxy and then to heterodoxy."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before the Watching World


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Dec 08, 2018

THE BRIDE IN LOVE:

" Our call is first to be the bride [of Christ] faithful, but that is not the total call. The call is not only to be the bride faithful, but to be the bride in love."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before the Watching World


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Dec 07, 2018

MAKING THE CHURCH COME ALIVE:

"What specific things can we do to make the church come alive for today - and tomorrow? First of all, don't start a big program... Start personally in your own homes. I dare you. I dare you in the name of Jesus Christ. Begin by opening your home for community."

~ Eternity magazine article "Christian Compassion: Have We Lost Our Touch" by Francis A. Schaeffer


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Dec 06, 2018

WHO AM I?:

"For twentieth-century man this phrase, the image of God, is as important as anything in Scripture, because men today can no longer answer that crucial question, 'Who am I?'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Dec 05, 2018

I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY:

Dr. Schaeffer mentions the work of John Cage in several of his works, highlighting that Cage's approach to "modern" musical composition represents a lapse in music toward nihilism and non-reason. Cage attempts to communicate the fragmentation in human communication through disorder, yet all the while using the order of timekeeping. Thus he contradicts himself in that he tries to use order to say there is no order. "I have nothing to say, and I am saying it" ~ John Cage

~ Dan Guinn, Francis Schaeffer Studies

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Dec 04, 2018

OUR OPPORTUNITY:

"Within the limits of our talents and personalities, with the confines of our circumstances...we are to have an increasing number of opportunities, of finding that 'tribulation worketh patience.'"

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Dec 03, 2018

THE DIALECTICAL MILLSTREAM:

"To fail to exhibit that we take truth seriously at those points where there is a cost in doing so, is to push the next generation into the relative, dialectical millstream that surrounds us."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Dec 02, 2018

THE CHANCE PARADE:

"[Man,] In his own naturalistic theories, with the uniformity of cause and effect in a closed system, with an evolutionary concept of a mechanical, chance parade from the atom to man, man has lost his unique identity. As he looks out upon the world, as he faces the machine, he cannot tell himself from what he faces. He cannot distinguish himself from other things."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Dec 01, 2018

BAD MEDICINE:

"Humanism, with it's lack of any final base for values or law, always leads to chaos. It then naturally leads to some form of authoritarianism to control the chaos. Having produced the sickness, humanism gives more of the same kind of medicine for a cure."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, quote from Francis Schaeffer: The Man Behind the Manifesto, by McCandlish Phillips, Jan. 1982, Moody Monthly


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Nov 30, 2018

TO THOSE WHO STAND:

"To all those who have said: 'Here I stand' facing oppressive authoritarian civil and church power."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Dedication, A Christian Manifesto


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Nov 29, 2018

YOUR DECISION:

"To make no decision in regard to the growth of authoritarian government is already a decision for it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Special Note: How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 28, 2018

INFLUENCE IN MINORITY:

"Christians do not need to be in the majority in order to influence society."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Special Note: How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 27, 2018

ENEMIES OF STATE:

"If we as Christians do not speak out as authoritarian governments grow from within or come from outside, eventually we or our children will be the enemy of society and the state."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Special Note: How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 26, 2018

IT WILL NOT BE JUDGED:

"No truly authoritarian government can tolerate those who have a real absolute by which to judge its arbitrary absolutes and who speak out and act upon that absolute."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Special Note: How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 25, 2018

WE ARE NOT EXCUSED:

"The danger in regard to the rise of authoritarian government is that Christians will be still as long as their own religious activities, evangelism, and life-styles are not disturbed. We are not excused from speaking, just because the culture and society no longer rests as much as they once did on Christian thinking."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Special Note: How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 24, 2018

THE ULTIMATE PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT:

"The ultimate reality of what has always been, was always personal. The ultimate personal environment is that God is there."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Practical Christian Living, The Dr Schaeffer Collection, The L'Abri Ideas Library (labri-ideas-library.org)


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Nov 23, 2018

JOSEPH'S ADVERSITY:

"the lesson of Joseph in adversity, teaches us to be aware of God's reality at all times-both in the midst of the easy and the difficult."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, No Little Places


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Nov 22, 2018

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES:

"...a quiet disposition and a thankful heart at any given moment is the real test of the extent to which we love and trust God..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 21, 2018

WILL WE BE THANKFUL?:

"I wonder if Christians of the future will be thankful that in our day we spoke out and acted against abuses in the areas of race and the noncompassionate use of wealth, yet simultaneously and equally balanced this in speaking out and acting also against the special sickness and threat of our age-the rise of authoritarian government?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Special Note: How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 20, 2018

GRATITUDE IN WORKS:

"We were saved by faith not by good works. But after we are saved, we should show forth our gratitude in our lives by good works."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible studies


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Nov 19, 2018

THANKFUL FOR THE GOD WHO IS DIFFERENT:

"Unless we reach back [to creation], even thankfulness for salvation becomes meaningless, because it is suspended in a vacuum....both are rooted in the fact that the portion of Jacob is not like the gods old or new. He is different: He is the former, the Maker, of all things."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Nov 18, 2018

THANKFULNESS IN ADVERSITY:

"...we must be men of thankful hearts. Joseph gave God thanks for the comfort God provided in the midst of exile..., he was giving thanks to God. Because of his attitude toward sin and temptation, his conscious and careful choice to give God the glory, and his being a man with a thankful heart, Joseph had peace and usefulness in adversity. We, like Joseph, need to have a God-centered mind."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People No Little Places


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Nov 17, 2018

THANKFUL FOR ALL THINGS:

"We do honor to God and the finished work of Christ as we put that circle around the whole; God works all things together for good to those who love God,...giving of thanks for all things-this is God's standard."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 16, 2018

OH GIVE THANKS:

"The Jews always looked back to this work that God had done in space and time, and therefore they were linked to something that was tough enough to bear the weight of life, for they knew that God was not far away. Their affirmation was not just a poetic expression. Since God had acted in past history, the people knew they could trust Him for the future."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, No Little Places, commentary on Ps. 136:1-4.


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Nov 15, 2018

DISCUSSIBLE THANKFULNESS :

"There is a discussible answer as to why things are the way they are, and this is the framework for my thankfulness"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Nov 14, 2018

WHEN THANKS IS GONE:

"If the contentment goes and the giving of thanks goes, we are not loving God as we should, and proper desire has become coveting against God."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 13, 2018

PROPER CONTENTMENT:

"When I lack proper contentment, I have forgotten that God is God. We are now speaking about a practical test to judge if we are coveting against God. A quiet disposition and a heart giving thanks is the real test of the extent to which we love and trust God at that moment."

~ Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 12, 2018

WHEN THANKS IS GONE:

"If the contentment goes and the giving of thanks goes, we are not loving God as we should, and proper desire has become coveting against God."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 11, 2018

UNTHANKFUL HEARTS:

"...the beginning of man's rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 10, 2018

THE FRAMEWORK FOR THANKFULNESS:

"...I and all Christians know truly, even though not exhaustively, why something is there, why the world has form and men have 'mannishness,' I can meet... a modern man in despair and we can talk. There is a discussible answer as to why things are the way they are, and this is the framework for my thankfulness, as it should be for every Christian."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Nov 09, 2018

PLASTIC SPIRITUALITY:

"It is not that Christians are to 'give thanks' with a plastic smile, saying things are wonderful when they are hard. It is knowing that the hard things are really hard things, a result of the abnormality since the Fall, yet not revolting against God when the hard things come. It is in this sense we are to say, 'thank you.' I know that even out of this part of the battle and tears, my Heavenly Father will bring good-even though I may not know how all the pieces fit together."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 08, 2018

WHEN 'THANK YOU' HAS MEANING:

"We have said that we are to love God enough to say, 'Thank You' even for the difficult things [in previous chapters of True Spirituality]. We must immediately understand, as we say this, that this has no meaning whatsoever unless we live in a personal universe in which there is a personal God who objectively exists."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 07, 2018

THE APEX:

"...the Christian system has a unique beauty and perfection because everything is under the apex of the system. Everything begins with the kind of God who is 'there.' This is the beginning and apex of the whole, and everything flows from this in a noncontradictory way."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Nov 07, 2018

PROPER CONTENTMENT:

"When I lack proper contentment, I have forgotten that God is God. We are now speaking about a practical test to judge if we are coveting against God. A quiet disposition and a heart giving thanks is the real test of the extent to which we love and trust God at that moment."

~ Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 06, 2018

HANGING ON TO DIGNITY:

"People today are trying to hang on to the dignity of man, but they do not know how to, because they have lost the truth that man is made in the image of God."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape From Reason


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Oct 30, 2018

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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Oct 29, 2018

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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Oct 06, 2018

THE SOVEREIGN ALONE:

"...a person is not worshiping the Christian God as he should unless he recognizes that God is sovereign. When we speak of God's sovereignty, two thoughts are in mind--His work of creation and His work of providence. When we speak of providence, we mean His dealings in the world now."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Oct 05, 2018

INTO THE BOTTOMLESS:

"On the basis of modern man's methodology, whether expressed in philosophy, art, literature or theology, there can be no other ending than this--man tumbling into the bottomless."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Oct 04, 2018

GRAND CONSPIRACY:

"With an elite providing the arbitrary absolutes, not just TV but the general apparatus of the mass media can be a vehicle for manipulation. There is no need for collusion or a plot. All that is needed is that the world-view of the elite and the world-view of the central news media coincide."

~ Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Oct 03, 2018

FAR FROM MERE EXPERIENCE:

"It is very important to realize, over against modern concepts of 'spiritual experience,' that the biblically based experience rests firmly on truth. It is not only an emotional experience, nor is it content-less.

" ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Oct 02, 2018

USING ORDER TO SAY THERE IS NO ORDER:

Schaeffer mentions John Cage in several of his works. Cage's approach to "modern" musical art represents a lapse in music toward nihilism. It basically tries to communicate a fragmentation in human communication (listen to his words at the end of the video). Yet Cage's timekeeping is contradictory. He tries to use order to say there is no order.

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Oct 01, 2018

THE TALENT TRAGEDY:

"The tragedy is not only that these talented men [Artist: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Picasso, & Mondrian] have reached the point of despair, but that so many who look on and admire do not understand. They are influenced by the concepts, and yet they never analyzed what it all means."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Sep 30, 2018

OUR HISTORY OF PROOF:

"I believe that there is to be an history of fulfilling of proof that the death of Christ was sufficient for every kind of victory needed to make reality complete."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Sep 29, 2018

GREATER THAN ANIMAL/MACHINES:

"To the extent that we live thus [as animals or machines], we are less than man was meant to be. If we as Christians live with this separation, we are saying that the twentieth-century man is right when he says, 'We are only animals or machines.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Sep 28, 2018

A WRONG SENSE OF ORIGIN:

"Science today treats man as less than man, and nature as less than nature. And the reason for this is that modern science has the wrong sense of origin; and having the wrong sense of origin, it has no category sufficient to treat nature as nature any more than it has to treat man as man."

~ Dr, Francis Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man


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Sep 27, 2018

NATURE AND LAW:

"...nature provides no sufficient base for either morals or law, because nature is both cruel and noncruel."

" ~ Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Sep 26, 2018

PATRIOTIC LOYALTY:

"...patriotic loyalty must not be identified with Christianity. As Christians we are responsible, under the Lordship of Christ in all of life, to carry the Christian principles into our relationship to the state. But we must not make our country and Christianity to be synonymous."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century


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Sep 25, 2018

PHILOSOPHERS:

"philosophy is universal in scope. No man can live without a world-view; therefore, there is no man who is not a philosopher."

~ Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Siltent


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Sep 24, 2018

INCONSISTENTLY CHAOTIC:

"The view that everything is chaotic and there are no ultimate answers is held by many thinking people today, but in my experience they always hold it very selectively."

~ Francis Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Silent


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Sep 23, 2018

NO FALSE DICHOTOMY:

"The resurrection and ascension prove there is no reason to make a false dichotomy between the spiritual and the material."

~ Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man


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Sep 22, 2018

THE HISTORIC ADAM:

"It should be noted in studying the book of Genesis that there is no literary distinction between the sections dealing with history and the sections dealing with the cosmos, on the one hand, and religious subjects, on the other hand. Further,...the New Testament takes the Old Testament as history at the most crucial point of affirming that Adam and Eve are historic characters."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Final Conflict


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Sep 21, 2018

THE ONLY WEAPONS:

"if we are to win the battle on the stage of human history, it will take a prior commitment to fighting the spiritual battle with the only weapons that will be effective. It will take a life committed to Christ, founded on truth, lived in righteousness and grounded in the gospel."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Sep 20, 2018

SOCIETY WITHOUT FORM:

"...take a good look at society without form and without at least some force to maintain that form. Anarchy soon dehumanizes men."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Sep 19, 2018

THE CRUELTY OF UTOPIANISM:

"...knowing that all men are sinners frees us from the cruelty of utopianism. Utopianism is cruel, for it expects of men and women what they are not..."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Sep 18, 2018

SCHAEFFER THE GENERALIST:

"[Schaeffer] was a generalist, and the academic world requires hyper-specialization if you are going to advance there. Schaeffer was interested in the forest. When you spent your entire career studying only one leaf of one tree, Schaeffer will have a hard time satisfying you when he has occasion to mention your tree. But if you want to see the forest for the trees, you need Schaeffer. The sad inability of many Evangelical academics to see beyond the end of their noses when it comes to the significance of Schaeffer's insights, ... is one of the most depressing phenomena of the last half century, and goes far toward explaining why the so-called 'Evangelical Renaissance' has produced such poor results."

~ Dr. Donald T. Williams


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Sep 17, 2018

THE MOST REALISTIC BOOK:

"Many feel that the Bible should portray a romantic view of life, but the Bible is actually the most realistic book in the world. It does not glibly say, 'God's in His heaven--all's right with the world!' It faces the world's dilemmas squarely."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Sep 16, 2018

A REAL POVERTY:

"Some years ago when I started to work out a Christian concept of culture, many people considered what I was doing suspect. They felt that because I was interested in intellectual answers, I must not be biblical. But this attitude represents a real poverty. It fails to understand that if Christianity is really true, then it involves the whole man, including his intellect and creativeness. Christianity is not just 'dogmatically' true or 'doctrinally' true. Rather, it is true to what is there, true in the whole area of the whole man in all of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Sep 15, 2018

THE MAN, THE ARTIST:

"..it is the 'mannishness' of man that creates [,created by God]. The artist as a man does not disappear, leaving the muse alone to speak."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Sep 14, 2018

SHALL WE BE SWEPT ALONG?:

"...are we Christians going to be merely swept along with the trends--our own moral values becoming increasingly befuddled, our own apathy reflecting the apathy of the world around us, our own inactivity sharing the inertia of the masses around us, our own leadership becoming soft?"

~ Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Sep 13, 2018

THE MOST CRUCIAL ART:

"...there is a very real sense in which the Christian life itself should be our greatest work of art. Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Sep 12, 2018

THE VALUE OF ART:

"As a Christian we know why a work of art has value. Why? First, because a work of art is a work of creativity, and creativity has value because God is the Creator."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Sep 10, 2018

ONE BASIC PROBLEM:

"Modern problems in many fields are really not many, but one basic problem with a number of results in what at first may seem to be unrelated fields or disciplines...if our comprehension of this relatedness is not clear at its base, we cannot give basic solutions to effect a cure."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Preface to The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century


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Sep 09, 2018

NO LITTLE PEOPLE:

"Though it is a child's verse, this statement is profound: 'Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight.'"

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Sep 08, 2018

A SERIES OF BALANCES:

"The whole Bible's teaching gives us a series of balances that no one verse can give. This takes a lifetime of careful study."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Sep 07, 2018

LOVE ENOUGH NOT TO COVET:

"We must see that to love God with all the heart, mind, and soul is not to covet against God; and to love man, to love our neighbor as ourselves, is not to covet against man. When I covet God’s prerogatives for myself, or covet another person’s things for myself, I am not loving God or the person as I should."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Sep 06, 2018

ALL ARE PHILOSOPHERS:

"...all people are philosophers, for all people have a world-view. This is as true of the man digging a ditch as it is of the philosopher in the university."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Silent


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Sep 05, 2018

NO NEED FOR A CONSPIRACY THEORY:

"With an elite providing the arbitrary absolutes, not just TV but the general apparatus of the mass media can be a vehicle for manipulation. There is no need for collusion or a plot. All that is needed is that the world-view of the elite and the world-view of the central news media coincide."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Sep 04, 2018

TRINITY TRUTH:

"It is central and important to our Christian faith to have clearly in mind the facts concerning the Trinity. Genesis 1:26; John 17:24 [show that] Communication and love existed between the persons of the Trinity before the creation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Sep 03, 2018

LAUGHTER IN FUTILITY:

"For the man that doesn't accept the Judeo-Christian position, every laugh must ultimately be a curse...In the non-Christian position, the laugh is a swear word, because it can only be escaped in a dessert of futility."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, L'Abri Ideas Library, Ecclessisates (Pt2) - Francis Schaeffer


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Sep 02, 2018

TRUTH EXPERIENCE:

"It is very important to realize, over against modern concepts of 'spiritual experience,' that the biblically based experience rests firmly on truth. It is not only an emotional experience, nor is it content-less."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Sep 01, 2018

SAME QUESTIONS:

"I have worked with shipyard workers, mill workers, all kinds of people (as well as, when I was younger, personally working on farms, a huckster wagon, in factories, and so on), and I am convinced that these people often have the same questions as the intellectual; the only thing is that they do not articulate them, or if they do articulate them it is not in the same terminology. I know these people, and I am convinced that the things we are talking about can be talked about to almost anyone--all one has to do is to shift gears in language. Incidentally, that too is love."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Question of Apologetics, Appendx A to The God Who Is There


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Aug 31, 2018

SAME QUESTIONS:

"Not everybody is called to answer the questions of the intellectual, but when you go down to the shipyard worker you have a similar task. My second pastorate was with shipyard workers, and I tell you they have the same questions as the university man. They just do not articulate them the same way."

~ Francis Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Silent


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Aug 30, 2018

TRUTH AND LOVE CONFERENCE?:

"We have conferences about everything else. Who has ever heard of a conference to consider how true Christians can exhibit in practice a fidelity to the holiness of God and yet simultaneously exhibit in practice a fidelity to the love of God before the watching world?”

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Mark of a Christian


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Aug 29, 2018

ONE WORLDVIEW:

"There is one worldview which can explain the existence of the universe, its form, and the uniqueness of people--the world-view given to us in the Bible."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race


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Aug 28, 2018

HABITS OF CONTROVERSY:

"Beware of the habits we learn in controversy. Both must appear together: the holiness of God and the love of God exhibited simultaneously by the grace of God"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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