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Mar 13, 2020

FACING THE DARK PATH:

"It is dark out there. I think one reason I am able to talk to this kind of twentieth-century person is because I understand something of just how dark it can be. Men must know that with integrity we have faced the reality of the dark path they are treading."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: Volume One, A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture, Westchester, IL, Crossway Books. 145 (Book: The God Who is There)


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Mar 12, 2020

LEARNING TO WEEP:

"Let us continue to look at Jeremiah and what he said to an age so much like our own. Jeremiah, you know, is called the 'weeping prophet,' for we find him crying over his people. And his attitude must be ours: we must weep over the church as it has turned away and weep over the culture that has followed it."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: Volume Four, A Christian View of the Church, Westchester, IL, Crossway Books. 255. (Book: Death in the City)


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Mar 11, 2020

UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE GAIN AND LOSE IN TECHNOLOGY:

"Let's consider a principle about all of communication technology. They are, as [Marshall] Mcluhan said, 'extensions of man,' and these extensions both ampliphy and attenuate. So let's take a very simple technology here; the microphone. The microphone helps extend the voice further away... However, let's say I'm speaking to a very large group, per impossible, a stadium of people. The microphone would be necessary for most people to hear at all, but of course, if I'm here and a person is a hundred yards away from me, the sense of the personal presense is diminished, even though the voice is amplified."

~ Dr. Douglas, Groothuis, Soul in Cyberspace, L'Abri Conference 2020


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Mar 07, 2020

LEARN WHAT IS KILLING MANKIND:

"There are many means for killing men, as men, today. They all operate in the same direction: no truth, no morality. You do not have to go to art galleries or listen to the more sophisticated music to be influenced by their message. The common media of cinema and television will do it effectively for you."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: Volume One, A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture, Westchester, IL, Crossway Books. 40 (Book: The God Who is There)


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Mar 06, 2020

HOW TO TREAT NON-CHRISTIANS:

"When we have the opportunity to talk to the non-Christian, what (if not the formula mentality) should be the dominant consideration? I think this should be love. I think these things turn on love and compassion to people not as objects to evangelize, but as people who deserve all the love and consideration we can give them, because they are our kind and made in the image of God. They are valuable, so we should meet them in love and compassion. Thus, we meet the person where he or she is."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: Volume One, A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture, Westchester, IL, Crossway Books. 177 (Book: The God Who is There)


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Mar 05, 2020

LIVING OUR ABSOLUTES:

"For Christians, surrounded by the spirit of the world, the Word of God says there is a practical morality based on absolutes. We are not to use these absolutes only as theoretical tools when we argue against a relativist. We are, by the grace of God, to practice them, to live them, to yield ourselves to righteousness. We are to live in practice upon the basis which God has revealed to us as the expression of His character. Using this to win arguments without living upon them is a special kind of horribleness."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: Volume Three, A Christian View of Spirituality, Westchester, IL, Crossway Books. 59 (Book: No Little People)


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Mar 04, 2020

THE REALITY OF THE VICTORY:

"God did not mean that there should be no evidence of the reality of the victory of the cross between Jesus' ascension and His second coming. God has always intended that Christians should be the evidence, the demonstration of Christ's victory on the cross."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: Volume Three, A Christian View of Spirituality, Westchester, IL, Crossway Books. 267 (Book: True Spirituality)


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Mar 03, 2020

HOW DO WE WIN OUR CULTURE?:

"If we are fighting to win, we have lost already. We are to be true to our risen Lord."

~ Francis Schaeffer, when asked, "How are we to win our culture?" recounted by Bruce A. Little.


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Mar 02, 2020

ON AMERICAN POLITICAL/CULTURAL DIVISION:

"I would argue that the deepest division of all, is between those who understand the Republic and freedom from the American Revolution, 1776, which you could think was largely, though not completely, Biblical [in emphasis], through the Reformation,...and those on the other side, who understand the Republic and freedom from the French Revolution and Enlightenment and it's heirs. For when you take things like Post-Modernism, Political Correctness, Identity Politics, Tribal Politics, The Sexual Revolution, Socialism, go on down the line... all those ideas, and the trends and forces that flow from them,... their the heirs of the French Revolution, not the American Revolution, and you can see how deeply divided the country is where they are strong."

~Os Guinness, Plenary - Last Call for Liberty, L'Abri Conference 2020


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Feb 29, 2020

WHAT IS OUR CULTURAL CONDITION?:

Video of Dr. Francis Schaeffer's prophetic statements at International Congress of World Evangelism, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 1974

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Feb 28, 2020

A CULTURE LOST:

"Having turned away from the knowledge given by God, the Christian influence on the whole of culture has been lost..., we have seen a complete shift. Ours is a post-Christian world in which Christianity, not only in the number of Christians but in cultural emphasis and cultural result, is no longer the consensus or ethos of our society."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Feb 27, 2020

MAN'S REVOLT:

"There is a world spirit which has existed ever since man revolted against God. We may call it some technical name such as humanism or rationalism, or simply the spirit of the world. It is the spirit of antilaw, and antilaw of a very special kind, antilaw in revolution against God Himself. It is characterized by man putting himself at the center of everything, making himself the standard of value. This is why we call this spirit of revolution against God humanism. It is Man with a capital M."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Feb 26, 2020

MONOLITHIC CULTURE:

"It would be false to say that there is a totally uniform culture. This is not so. And yet, as we study the art and literature of the past, and those things which help us to understand a culture, we find that there tends to be a drift towards a monolithic and uniform whole."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Feb 25, 2020

THE SAME RESULT:

"This drift toward accommodation [in Evangelicalism] is a kind of mirror situation of what occurred previously with fundamentalism. After the denominational turmoil of the thirties, fundamentalism fell increasingly into a mistaken pietism which saw any challenge to the surrounding culture as unspiritual--that the Christian's job was only to lead people to Christ and then to know something of a personalized Christianity. Thus, the changing, destructive surrounding culture tended to stand increasingly unchallenged. In the case of an accommodating evangelicalism, there has been a tendency to talk about a wider, richer Christianity and to become more deeply involved in culture, but at the same time to accommodate to the world spirit about us at each crucial point. Note that the result is then the same. Despite claims of cultural relevance, an accommodating evangelicalism also leaves the destructive surrounding culture increasingly unchallenged. Thus the two positions end up with similar results..."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Feb 12, 2020

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Feb 07, 2020

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Jan 31, 2020

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Jan 25, 2020

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Jan 17, 2020

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Jan 07, 2020

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Dec 28, 2019

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Dec 20, 2019

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Dec 11, 2019

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 10, 2019

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 09, 2019

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Dec 08, 2019

HANS ROOKMAAKER ON ART COMMERCIALISM:

THE CONFLICTING DEMANDS OF ART IN OUR TIME: "We want artists to be serious and create deep things that have almost an eternal value, things that people of culture can talk about centuries later. But if they want to be successful, artists have to bow down to present tastes, be commercial and play the clown rather than the sage. So artists are in the midst of conflicting demands."

~ Hans Rookmaaker, Art Needs No Justification, Editor's Note: Hans Rookmaaker (1922-1977) was a dear friend of the Schaeffers and an important part of the early stages of L'Abri.


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Dec 07, 2019

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 06, 2019

SCHAEFFER ON HIS WORKS:

"Nothing would trouble me more than my work's being presented as an intellectual abstraction. None of this is theoretical to me. I've been working out across the world of lost people."

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


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Dec 05, 2019

HEARING THE SYMPHONY: :

"It seems to me that when one thinks of the Bible as a fantastic orchestra of God's truth, some people are in the danger of getting stuck on one note of one instrument and never hearing the balanced whole at all. It would be like listening to someone going over one bar of music endlessly on one instrument and then trying to describe that as the whole symphony."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Dec 04, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

THE TRUTH ABOUT PATIENCE:

"...it is a truism that patience and endurance are both qualities which cannot be evident or present unless there is something taking place which would naturally cause impatience."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Dec 01, 2019

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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Nov 30, 2019

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Nov 08, 2019

WHEN YOU HAVE NO ANSWER:

"Beginning with the impersonal, there is no explanation for the complexity of the universe or the personality of man. As I said in the previous chapter, it is not that Christianity is [merely] a better answer, but that if you begin with the impersonal, in reality you do not have any answer at all to the metaphysical questions. And the same thing is true in the area of morals. If you begin with the impersonal, no matter how you phrase that impersonal, there is no final meaning for morals."

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


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Nov 07, 2019

PANTHEIST MORALITY :

"Those who propose the pantheistic answer ignore this fact that far from raising nature to man's height, pantheism must push both man and nature down into a bog. Without categories, there is eventually no reason to distinguish bad nature from good nature. Pantheism leaves us with the Marquis de Sade's dictum, 'What is, is right' in morals, and man becomes no more than the grass."

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


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Nov 06, 2019

WHAT IS, IS RIGHT, OR IS IT?:

"The sadism of Marquis de Sade is the specter standing behind any determinist because the basis of de Sade's sadism was his concept of determinism. De Sade's position was that what is, is right; and if a person holds any form of determinism, he must agree that de Sade's conclusion is the only logical one. This is not to say that the determinists always carry their position to de Sade's logical conclusion, but it is the conclusion. In any form of determinism, what is considered right or acceptable is arbitrary."

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


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Nov 05, 2019

DETERMINED TO CRUELTY:

"Nobody who holds any concept of determinism, either chemical or psychological, can explain why the Marquis de Sade is wrong. Determinism leads in the direction of cruelty and inhumanity, whether it takes the specific form of de Sade's sadism or not."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Nov 04, 2019

NOT FAR FROM DE SADE:

"Many of today's scientists are persuaded that the source of man's hungers, drives and needs lies totally in the brain's circuits--in the mechanism of man. We are not far from de Sade here."

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


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Nov 03, 2019

THE VIOLENCE OF NATURAL SUPERIORITY:

"...Marquis de Sade was a chemical determinist in a philosophic sense. De Sade's books alternate between pornography and philosophy. The former provides the excitement, the vehicle to get across the philosophic concept. His point was very simple and yet very profound: Nature has made the male stronger than the female, and therefore it's right for the man to do anything he wants to the woman. This is the basis of sadism. In other words, in a deterministic system whatever is, is right. Once one accepts the presuppositions of determinism, whether chemical or psychological, values and morals disappear. All that remain are sociological, arbitrary absolutes."

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


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Nov 02, 2019

THE EVOLUTION OF MORALS:

"The concept of morals as morals eventually disappears [if one begins from an impersonal beginning]. The man who has expressed this better than anyone else is the Marquis de Sade, with his chemical determinism, who simply made this statement: 'What is, is right.' No one can argue against this if we begin with an impersonal beginning."

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


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Oct 12, 2019

THE DEVOLUTION OF MORALS:

"...because [modern] man sees himself as beginning from the impersonal, the energy particle and nothing else. We are left with only statistical ethics, and in that setting there is simply no such thing as morals as morals."

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


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Oct 11, 2019

SCHAEFFER ON MCLUHAN, KINSEY AND SOCIAL MEDIA:

"Consider Marshall McLuhan's concept that democracy is finished. What will we have in place of democracy or morals? He says there is coming a time in the global village (not far ahead, in the area of electronics) when we will be able to wire everybody up to a giant computer, and what the computer strikes as the average at a given moment will be what is right and wrong. You may say that is far-fetched and there may never be such a worldwide computer system. But the concept of morals only being the average of what people are thinking and doing at a given time is a present reality. You must understand that that is exactly what Kinsey set forth in Sexual Behavior of the Human Male (1948) as statistical sexual ethics. This is not theoretical."

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


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Oct 10, 2019

WHEN RIGHT AND WRONG IS MEANINGLESS:

"in this [impersonal worldview] setting, to be right is just as meaningless as to be wrong. Morals as morals disappear, and what we are left with is just metaphysics. We are just the little against the big; nothing has meaning in terms of right and wrong. We are rapidly coming to this in our modern culture."

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


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Oct 09, 2019

WHEN YOU CANNOT HAVE MORALITY: :

"Beginning with the impersonal, though one may use religious terms and even Christian terms, there is no final absolute and there are no final categories concerning right and wrong. Hence, what is left may be worded in many different ways in different cultures, but it is only the relative--that which is sociological, statistical, situational--nothing else. You have situational, statistical ethics--the standard of averages--but you cannot have morality."

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


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Oct 08, 2019

THE IMPERSONAL CONSEQUENCE: :

"...if you begin with the impersonal, in the universe as it is, there is no place for morals as morals. There is no standard in the universe which gives final meaning to such words as right and wrong. If you begin with the impersonal, the universe is totally silent concerning any such words."

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


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Sep 25, 2019

FIRST FRUITS OF CREATION:

Those of you with interest in the legacy of Francis and Edith Schaeffer will likely enjoy this collection of essays in honor of Jerram Barrs. A well-known colleague of the Schaeffer's, Jerram served with L'Abri for almost 20 years and is the founder (with Mrs. Schaeffer) of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute. As an expression of thanks for Jerram's life and ministry and of his founding of the Schaeffer Institute 30 years ago, these chapters touch spiritual formation, cultural engagement, the Christian's embrace of the arts, and apologetics and outreach.

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Sep 20, 2019

THE MODERN MYSTIC:

"The modern mystic,... is not trying to 'feel' his way to a God he believes is really there (but whom he cannot approach by way of the mind). The modern mystic does not know if anything is there. All he knows is that he cannot know anything ultimate through the mind. So what is left is experience as experience."

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


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Sep 19, 2019

MYSTICISM WITHOUT GOD OR CATEGORIES:

"The mysticism with nobody there,... is therefore a mysticism without categories; so it does not matter ...whether you use religious or nonreligious terms, art-symbol systems, or pornography."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason. Editor's Note: The mysticism here is the arbitrary leap made my much of modern religious thought that falsely seeks truth without content.


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Sep 18, 2019

MYSTICISM AND DESPERATION:

"...mysticism with nobody there, a mysticism that flies in the face of rationality. There is nothing, and yet, driven by his aspirations--because he is made in the image of God--man tries all these overwhelming acts of desperation, even entertaining the hope that a golden age will emerge..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Sep 17, 2019

THE NEW JESUS MYSTICISM:

"...some evangelicals have recently been asserting that what matters is not setting out to prove or disprove propositions; what matters is an encounter with Jesus. When a Christian has made such a statement he has, in an analyzed or unanalyzed form, moved upstairs [into non-reason]."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason - Editor's Note: Schaeffer's "moved upstairs" phrase implies one has taken a leap into non-reason. He is not saying that an "encounter with Jesus," is not important, but that a Jesus without the truth content of Scripture is just another form of subtle mysticism.


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Sep 16, 2019

MONDAY MEDIA FOCUS: SCHAEFFER SEGMENT: DR. FRANCIS SCHAEFFER 1974, WORLD CONGRESS ON EVANGELISM:

This short significant Schaeffer segments contains clips of Dr. Schaeffer speaking at the 1974 World Congress on Evangelism. (Introductory clips have been edited from their original form.)

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Aug 30, 2019

TRUTH APOLOGETICS:

"Christian apologetics must be able to show intellectually that Christianity speaks of true truth; but it must also exhibit that it is not just a theory. This is needed for the defense of the flock of Christ, and also in the positive sense of reaching out to those who are honestly asking questions."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Aug 29, 2019

THE GREATEST ART:

"Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Aug 28, 2019

THE GREAT MORAL TEST:

"If...the Christian community does not take a prolonged and vocal stand for the dignity of the individual and each person's right to life--for the right of each individual to be treated as created in the image of God, rather than as a collection of molecules with no unique value--we feel that as Christians we have failed the greatest moral test to be put before us in this century."

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


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Aug 27, 2019

SPIRITUAL POWER:

"as Christians, we too must comprehend something of our need for spiritual power. If we think we can operate on our own, if we do not comprehend the need for a power beyond our own, we will never get started. If we think the power of our own cleverness is enough, we will be at a standstill."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ch. 4. The Lordís Work in the Lordís Way, No Little People


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Aug 26, 2019

SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEXT:

"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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Aug 17, 2019

OUR UNIQUENESS TELLS US THE TRUTH :

"The list is rather long, for man is distinguished from both animals and machines on the basis of his creativity, his moral motions, his need for love, his fear of nonbeing, and his longings for beauty and for meaning. Only the biblical system has a way of explaining these factors which make man unique."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 16, 2019

RESTING ON TRUTH CONTENT:

"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 contentless."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Aug 15, 2019

BEAUTY & TRUTH:

"True Christianity produces beauty as well as truth."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Aug 14, 2019

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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Aug 13, 2019

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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Aug 12, 2019

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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Jul 26, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD (STARTS TODAY):

Nashville L'Abri Conference - July, 26-27, 2019

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Jul 19, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD (JUST ONE WEEK AWAY):

Nashville L'Abri Conference - July, 26-27, 2019

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Jul 13, 2019

THE NONRATIONAL FALSE FAITH:

"... in our day, the sphere of faith is placed in the nonrational and nonlogical as opposed to the rational and logical, the unverifiable as opposed to the verifiable. The new theologians use connotation words rather than defined words--words as symbols without any definition, in contrast to scientific symbols that are carefully defined. Faith is unchallengeable because it could be anything--there is no way to discuss it in normal categories."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Jul 12, 2019

WORTH THROUGH LOSS:

"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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Jul 11, 2019

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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Jul 10, 2019

WATCH THE WIND:

"The Enlightenment world view and the world view of secular humanism really are essentially the same, with the same intellectual heritage...if we hold this world view we live in a universe that is ultimately silent, with no meaning and purpose, with no basis for law and morality, with no concept of what it means to be human and of the value of human life. All is relative and arbitrary. And so modern man is left with nothing to fill the void but hedonism or materialism or whatever other 'ism' may be blowing in the wind."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 08, 2019

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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Jul 07, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

Nashville L'Abri Conference - July, 26-27, 2019

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Jul 07, 2019

FAITH WITH NOBODY THERE:

"The old mystics always said that there was somebody there, but the new mystic says that does not matter, because faith is the important thing. It is faith in faith, whether expressed in secular or religious terms. The leap is the thing and not the terms in which the leap is expressed."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Jul 06, 2019

SCHAEFFER HISTORY: FRANCIS & EDITH:

83 Years ago, on July 6th, 1936, Francis and Edith Schaeffer were married.


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Jun 30, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

Nashville L'Abri Conference - July, 26-27, 2019

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Jun 29, 2019

OUR UNIQUENESS TELLS US THE TRUTH :

"The list is rather long, for man is distinguished from both animals and machines on the basis of his creativity, his moral motions, his need for love, his fear of nonbeing, and his longings for beauty and for meaning. Only the biblical system has a way of explaining these factors which make man unique."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Jun 28, 2019

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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Jun 27, 2019

BEAUTY & TRUTH:

"True Christianity produces beauty as well as truth."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Jun 26, 2019

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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Jun 22, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

Nashville L'Abri Conference - July, 26-27, 2019

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Jun 14, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

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Jun 09, 2019

RULED BY TYRANTS:

"William Penn (1644-1718) had expressed ... "If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants." This consensus was as natural as breathing in the United States at that time. We must not forget that many of those who came to America from Europe came for religious purposes. As they arrived, most of them established their own individual civil governments based upon the Bible. It is, therefore, totally foreign to the basic nature of America at the time of the writing of the Constitution to argue a separation doctrine that implies a secular state."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto.


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Jun 07, 2019

RESULTING SOCIAL ACTION:

"...the old revivals in this country did call, without any question and with tremendous clarity, for personal salvation. But they also called for a resulting social action."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jun 06, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

Nashville L'Abri Conference - July, 26-27, 2019

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Jun 05, 2019

COBELLIGERENTS, NOT ALLIES:

"Christians must realize that there is a difference between being a cobelligerent and an ally. At times we will seem to be saying exactly the same thing as those without a Christian base are saying. If there is social injustice, say there is social injustice. If we need order, say we need order. In these cases, and at these specific points, we would be cobelligerents. But we must not align ourselves as though we are in any camp built on a non-Christian base. We are an ally of no such camp."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Jun 04, 2019

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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Jun 03, 2019

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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Jun 02, 2019

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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Jun 01, 2019

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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May 31, 2019

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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May 30, 2019

A GOVERNMENT THAT 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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May 29, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

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May 21, 2019

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May 13, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

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May 12, 2019

DR GROOTHUIS ON DR SCHAEFFER AND REAL-WORLD APOLOGETICS:

We asked Dr. Groothuis about Dr. Schaeffer and doing Apologetics in the real world. Here's what he had to say.

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May 11, 2019

WHEN THE ABNORMAL WORLD IS HEALED:

"...there will be a time in the future when the marks of the abnormality, in ourselves and in nature, will be completely healed upon the basis of the work of Christ... There will be a time in the future when the redemption of Christ will cure these things perfectly"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Letters of Francis Schaeffer


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May 10, 2019

DEPRESSION, THE FALL AND NEW STARTS:

"We all go through times of ups and downs physically and psychologically,... each of us goes through these times in some degree since we all are abnormal from the affects of the Fall... We also have the promise that as we bring our moment by moment sins under the finished work of Christ, these sins are gone, and we can have a quiet conscience concerning them. Thus as Christians, we have endless new starts."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Letters of Francis Schaeffer


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May 09, 2019

THE ABNORMAL WORLD:

"We do live in a fallen world--one that is abnormal from that which God has made. Each of us has certain results of this abnormality; each of us has a different mix concerning the way the results of living in this abnormal world affect us. With some it is more physical, with some it is more psychological, with some it is more intellectual, with some it is more moral. Each of us has some of these, but with each of us certain aspects of the abnormality have a stronger effect upon us than others."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Letters of Francis Schaeffer


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