Astounding guest, Frank Schaeffer, gives us a Labor Day reflection which delivers history, commentary, honesty and wisdom before a movie about him releases online September 18th. You may know him for his more recent work, including New York Times best seller Why I’m an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace. You may also know him as the heir apparent to influential fundamentalist, evangelical parents Francis and Edith Schaeffer. When Frank was on board with the hellfire and brimstone preaching circuit Jerry Falwell lent his plane to Frank. Why did Frank get off the plane, so to speak? Bring your questions to the podcast interview, the movie and Frank’s books. The conversations are riveting and ongoing.
Why don’t we know Frank Schaeffer the way we know of Billy Graham, Tony Campolo, Jerry Falwell, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Franklin Graham is still striving to fill his father’s shoes. In this interview Frank Schaeffer offers some insights about why one might be tempted to do so. But Frank’s story is different.
Frank didn’t make the movie coming out about him but he says it is a fair representation of the arc of his life and it is an important story to tell, not just for being his story. He said some of Jay Bakker’s story is included as well, younger child of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
In this interview there is not time to plumb the use of each of the following words. So I will just ask you to pay special attention to them and consider them. Perhaps continue using them in conversations you have, as you form questions and listen to neighbors, read Frank’s work, take in Frank’s art, or watch Let Me Be Frank.
- certainty and certainty addiction
Let Me Be Frank documentary site
Why I’m an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace by Frank Schaeffer on Kindle
Portofino: a Novel by Frank Schaeffer
Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps by John Schaeffer and Frank Schaeffer