The Francis Schaeffer Collection - The L. Rush Bush Center for Faith & Culture The Schaeffer Legacy Project - An Interview With Dr. David Calhoun of Covenant Theological Seminary True Spirituality Class Francis Schaeffer at International Congress of World Evangelism, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 1974 Whatever Happened To The Human Race? - Playlist The Mark of A Christian Class - Playlist The Question of Apologetics A Christian Manifesto - Playlist

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


As you probably know by now, yesterday (as of the time of this writing), Jan. 30th, was Francis Schaeffer's 100th birthday. Yet, what was astonishing was the vast celebration that transpired on the web. So many scholars, authors and teachers took time to remember Schaeffer. We here at noticed the trend early and posted updates to our fan page every 15-30 minutes throughout the day. It was a day to remember, with so many significant reminders of what Schaeffer meant to those who his thought has impacted. It was a wonderful collage of writings that served to affirm that Schaeffer is still respected. Here is a list we collected in case you missed this huge "splash" made on the web this weekend. There may be more, but this is what we found:

Friday the 27th

Kingsmeadow Study Center, Parish Presbyterian Church  & Cor­ner­stone Pres­by­ter­ian Church, launched their "Schaeffer 100" celebration.
Dr. Grant displays the Schaeffer 100 Cake.


Saturday the 28th
  • Francis Schaeffer Studies began posting updates and video segments on the Francis Schaeffer Centennial mini-conference.

Our video on the Francis Schaeffer Collection 
at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture.

Our video on the new True Spirituality studies coming this year.

Sunday the 29th

The Schaeffer 100 conference post pictures on Facebook:

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Monday the 30th, Schaeffer's Birthday
(note: not chronological)

Francis Schaeffer Studies releases first pictures of the Centennial Celebration.
Pastor Tony Felich of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, "Happy Birthday Francis Schaeffer," on the Reepicheep Blog.
A letter to Francis Schaeffer from R.C. Sproul Jr. on his 100th Birthday.

Remembering Francis Schaeffer - Made Alive With Christ Blog.
SEBTS post a comment from David Wells, as it begins it's 100 days of Schaeffer:
100th Anniversary of Francis Schaeffer's Birth by Nathan W. Bingham
Francis Schaeffer and a World in Desperate Need
By Lane T. Dennis, PhD, Crossway, President and Publisher -
Crossway Publishers on Francis Schaeffer's 100th - ~ In honor of Dr. Schaeffer many of his works are marked down to just $3.99!
Here are some great resources on Francis Schaeffer plus a chance to win his Complete Works.
100 Years of Francis Schaeffer - Faith Radio -
Author Don Sweeting: Remembering Francis Schaeffer: On The Occasion of His 100th Birthday
We featured our video on the Francis Schaeffer Collection at the L.Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at SEBTS.
The Gospel Coalition - Francis Schaeffer - 100 Years -
Francis Schaeffer 100 years -
Pastor Tony Felich of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, "Schaeffer On The Gospel" on the Reepicheep Blog.

VIDEO: Francis Schaeffer - 100 Years - Stand To Reason, Greg Koukl
Nancy Pearcy is on "Chris Fabry Live!" to talk about the 100th anniversary of Francis Schaeffer's birth.
Nancy pearcy was on Faith Radio to talk about Francis Schaeffer's legacy.
How Francis Schaeffer Saved My Saved Soul ~ Tim Challies' mother:
Rick Pearcy: How was FRANCIS SCHAEFFER different from the Evangelical Machine?
Happy 100th Birthday Francis Schaeffer! From Christian Heritage UK
Francis Schaeffer - 100 Years - Frank Gantz
VIDEO: Francis Schaeffer -- 100 Years by Jason Burns
Francis Schaeffer at 100 - Daniel Silliman
Francis Schaeffer at 100, and Edith Schaeffer’s wonderful note to me. Francis Beckwith
Happy Birthday, Francis Schaeffer - The Get Anchored blog. -
The Baptist Bulletin offering free reprint of Schaeffer's address “An Examination of the New Modernism," August 1950.
The shepherd poet: centenary of Francis Schaeffer:
More Portuguese Schaeffer celebration!


Tuesday the 31st

Covenant Seminary shares the "Legacy Project" interview with Dr. David Calhoun on his friend Dr. Francis Schaeffer (we are very honored).

SEBTS L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture, continues it's 100 Days of Schaeffer, with contributors from various scholars.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Today, Jan. 30th, 2012, is Francis Schaeffer's 100th birthday. 

We at constantly strive to communicate the value of Dr. Schaeffer's work, a task that can be overwhelming and sometimes nearly impossible to communicate succinctly. Yet, we are determined that if the world does not understand Schaeffer, it will not be for lack of trying on our part. So the following paragraph will be my attempt to encapsulate something of the core reasons why we are remembering Schaeffer on this, his centennial year. I will explain simply by telling you how that he has helped me.

Schaeffer's cultural analysis helped me understand the world and inspired me to go deeper as a Christian at a very critical time in my life. His apologetic inspired a way to engage the non-believer with integrity and sincere compassion, respecting the created order while remaining honoring to God. Yet his two concepts of 1.) Truth & Love, and a 2.) "moment-by-moment" spirituality, have thoroughly transformed my walk with Christ and relationship with others. He is the most significant mentor in my life and more than any other scholar, his works have constantly and consistently lead me to Christ and His Word for the answers against real-world adversity in the whole of life. So let me be plain, the reason I love Dr. Schaeffer, is for how his works have directed me to Christ and aided in helping me understand how to live in a post-Christian world. 

We at have the solid conviction that his thought must be passed on to the next generation. In fact, we feel that it is critical for the future of our culture. Schaeffer's vast mental reach, significant moral character, simple honesty and ability to speak with a near prophetic understanding stand starkly in contrast to so much of what has caused disillusionment with Evangelicalism today. The church as a whole must turn to Schaeffer's maxim of "honest answers to honest questions," else risk losing another generation to secularism. It is our prayer that as we expand this work, that we are able to continue to provide a service to the Francis Schaeffer community to that end.


~ Dan Guinn

Thursday, January 26, 2012


If you can't make it to Kansas City to attend the Francis Schaeffer Centennial Celebration, you can do the next best thing... follow it on line!

Content from the event will be posted in multiple places so you can pick the one that best works for you. You will see regular updates, pictures, videos and more.

Here are your options:

If you would like more information on the mini-conference, check out the
Francis Schaeffer Centennial Event Page.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Dr. Donald Williams
It seems hard to fathom, that the average college age Christian student may have never heard of Francis Schaeffer, but that is exactly what concerns scholars like Donald Williams, who has witnessed this first hand as an educator. He describes teaching a class of 125 students and asking them at the close of the class, “How many of you had never heard of Schaeffer or L’Abri before taking this class?” Soberly he watched, as nearly every hand in the class went up. Donald Williams notes that this never would have happened even five years ago.

In an era when culture is under siege, and given the value of Schaeffer's thought in this area, one has to wonder how this could happen. One of the symptoms of the system formerly known as "modernism," (now Liberalism) is the tendency toward forsaking the value of history and constantly seeking the latest and greatest thing. To what extent has the church adopted this model? Time will tell, but this is one of the motivating factors behind Our desire is to introduce Schaeffer's thought to a next generation that is so in need of it. A generation in search of truth and answers.

I recall speaking to a man last year over dinner and talking to him about Schaeffer and L'Abri. He was greatly moved and overwhelmed by what he heard. Not because Schaeffer is some sort of icon, but because his thought and the work of L'Abri was so relevant to his life and struggles in the real world. The next week we planned to meet again, however he notified our mutual friend that he would not be able to make it. He had promptly decided to take the week off from work and drove to L'Abri in Rochester, MN. His hunger for truth, is typical of the next generation. When they are impacted by it, it naturally invokes passion and desire for greater truth.

READ TRUE TRUTH: Francis Schaeffer’s Enduring Legacy by Donald Williams
It's well worth the read.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


As a new year starts, and new presidential hopefuls begin their caucus runs, the name Ronald Reagan has been dropped many times over. Many seeking the office, have regularly touted the need for a true "Reagan Conservative." Some in the media have even sought to cast our current president as "Reaganesque" last year during Reagan's Centennial Birthday Year. Yet, many may not know of the name of a man who had an important influenced on Ronald Reagan and so many Conservatives to follow. That name of course is Francis Schaeffer. Schaeffer in fact was influential to several presidents in that era. He visited the White House to meet with Gerald Ford as well as George H. W. Bush.

Schaeffer was not a politician, a political guru, or even a politically driven person. Rather, he was a pastor-teacher-philosopher that cared deeply about people and culture and realized the role that politics play.  His care and concern are something which Ronald Reagan deeply admired about him. Here is a quote from Ronald Reagan after Schaeffer's passing.

"He will long be remembered as one of the great Christian thinkers of our century, with a childlike faith and a profound compassion toward others. It can rarely be said of an individual that his life touched many others and affected them for the better; it will be said of Francis Schaeffer that his life touched millions of souls and brought them to the truth of their creator." ~ Ronald Reagan

It is quite telling that in this election cycle, Reagan can be admired by the Left by separating him from his thought, and Schaeffer who in some very significant ways contributed much to Reagan and Conservative thought, is still misunderstood and misrepresented. It is such that a Conservative politician might not dare mention Schaeffer in a political context without suffering criticism. The mistaken accusations of "dominionism" last year seem to evidence this. Yet, it's rather strange that no one is accusing Reagan of such positions. We have to question all such attacks as attempts to silence, and further question the greater potential of the state to manipulate as Schaeffer warned.

Given the current climate of Reagan name capital, and the obvious desire to manipulate, it will be important to remember what both Reagan and Schaeffer warned about in the future of America, namely "statism." In closing, I would like you to read this excerpt from Dr. R.C. Sproul recounting a talk he once had with Schaeffer on the subject.:

"About thirty years ago, I shared a taxi cab in St. Louis with Francis Schaeffer. I had known Dr. Schaeffer for many years, and he had been instrumental in helping us begin our ministry in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, in 1971. Since our time together in St. Louis was during the twilight of Schaeffer’s career, I posed this question to him: “Dr. Schaeffer, what is your biggest concern for the future of the church in America?” Without hesitation, Dr. Schaeffer turned to me and spoke one word: “Statism.” Schaeffer’s biggest concern at that point in his life was that the citizens of the United States were beginning to invest their country with supreme authority, such that the free nation of America would become one that would be dominated by a philosophy of the supremacy of the state." Read The Full Article