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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:

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

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May 21, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

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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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May 08, 2019

BARE INTELLECTUALISM:

"If our Christianity is only a bare intellectual system, then again when the winds of adversity come, the certainty of our faith will be blown away. In other words, there must be a sufficient intellectual basis of truth (since Christianity deals with truth), and yet it must not stop only with bare intellectualism."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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May 07, 2019

BEING HUMAN IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD:

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

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May 05, 2019

FREE DOWNLOAD: ISCA EMNR CONFERENCE PAPER:

Dr. Francis Schaeffer on Doubt in the Scope of the Work of Apologetics

~ by Dan Guinn, Presented at ISCA EMNR 2019

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Apr 28, 2019

DOUBT AND APOLOGETICS?:

Dan will be presenting a paper at the 2019 International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA) and Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) on May 2-3 on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The title shall be "Dr. Francis Schaeffer on Doubt in the Scope of the Work of Apologetics"

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Apr 21, 2019

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY! Happy Easter from Francis Schaeffer Studies. May your day be very blessed as you celebrate the risen Christ and the victory Jesus won to redeem His people!:


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Apr 19, 2019

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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Apr 17, 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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Apr 16, 2019

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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Apr 15, 2019

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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Apr 13, 2019

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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Apr 12, 2019

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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Apr 11, 2019

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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Apr 10, 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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Apr 09, 2019

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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Apr 08, 2019

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 Interview, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Mar 30, 2019

SCHAEFFER ON THE MOUNTAINS:

"I thought how our dear Lord comes into more proper perspective in such a place as this--for the higher the mountains, the more understandable is the glory of Him who made them and who holds them in His hand. But the other side is also true: man also comes into his proper place. As the Lord gains in greatness, in comparison to the mountains, so man diminishes."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Letters of Francis Schaeffer (Lane T. Dennis)


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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 reversedóthe 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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