100 years ago on this date, Francis Schaeffer was born in Pennsylvania (January 30, 1912). He lived until 1984 and left his mark on Christianity and on my life.
I was first introduced to Schaeffer on video and in books while in Germany serving in the military. This was between my high school and college days. For years one of my prized possessions in my library was a set of the complete works of Schaeffer. Unfortunately, I sold those books when I departed from the pastoral ministry. However, several years later I met a pastor who is now a missionary in Kenya. He told me that he had the set that was previously mine and that they had been very beneficial to him.
Here are some of the ways in which Schaeffer influenced me:
1. He challenged me to be a thinking Christian.
2. He was influenced me to see Christianity as a worldview.
3. He shaped my views on the life issues like abortion and euthanasia.
4. He spurred my love for things European and shattered the provincial faith that was around me.
Today we are indebted to God for using this man to help shape our Christian world. I would have loved to have spent time at L’Abri in Switzerland.
There is a Francis Schaeffer section in our bookstore that you might want to check out.
Here are some web resources and articles about this date in history:
- No Little Person – J.I. Packer
- Know Your Evangelicals – Joe Carter
- 100th Anniversary – Ligonier
- Gimme Shelter – R.C. Sproul, Jr.
- How Francis Schaeffer Saved by Saved Soul – Challies
- Francis Schaeffer – Trevin Wax
- Remembering Francis Schaeffer – Don Sweeting
- Schaeffer at 100 – Justin Taylor
- Learning to Cry for the Culture – John Fisher
The following is a part of Schaeffer’s video series that I watched back in the early 1980’s.