Monthly Archives: November 2015


The Problem According to Schaeffer

We tend to think we’ve got the whole thing figured out. If only <insert group here/> would go away things would be just fine.  But maybe that problem isn’t really out there, but in here. That’s a problem. Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview, vol. 3 (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982), 43–44.   “The central problem of our age is not liberalism or modernism, nor the old Roman Catholicism or the new Roman Catholicism, nor the threat of communism, nor even the threat of rationalism and the monolithic consensus which surrounds us. All these are dangerous but not the primary threat. The real problem is this: the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, individually or corporately, tending to do the Lord’s work in the power of the flesh rather than of the Spirit.”

The central problem of our age is not liberalism or modernism, nor the old Roman Catholicism or the new Roman Catholicism, nor V 3, p 44 the threat of communism, nor even the threat of rationalism and the monolithic consensus which surrounds us. All these are dangerous but not the primary threat. The real problem is this: the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, individually or corporately, tending to do the Lord’s work in the power of the flesh rather than of the Spirit. Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview, vol. 3 (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982), 43–44.

Art has value after all

I’m not a very artsy guy. I frequently lament that I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.  That’s mostly true.  My lack of skill in the realm of arts somehow did not get passed on to the rest of my family.  My wife is a wonderful quilter.  My children can all draw, paint, and otherwise craft beautiful things. I’m so pathetic with color and blending that I have to ask my wife to match my suits, ties, and shirts for me. Since visual art doesn’t come to me at all, I have tended to discount it.  But the more I read Francis Schaeffer, as I read through his complete works,  the more I want to view art.  When I came upon his writing, “Art in the Bible” I began to race through it in a rather hurried fashion to get it over with. Then I repented. My eyes hit Schaeffer’s words concerning the false dichotomy of spiritual and unspiritual that smacks of Platonism. “The Lordship of Christ over the whole of life means that there are no Platonic areas in Christianity, no dichotomy or hierarchy V 2, p 376 between the body and the soul.” Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview, […]