Posted by: Billy Marsh | August 20, 2008

The Francis Schaeffer Book Club @ SWBTS: Fall ’08

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Francis Schaeffer Book Club at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is set to start a new book for a new semester. Last Spring we read The Church at the End of the 20th Century and The Church Before the Watching World. These were both great texts with plenty of standard Schaeffer material, packed full of an abundance of topics for us to ponder. This Fall we are going to pick up what is probably Schaeffer’s longest book as well as what was the first book he ever wrote, namely, The God Who is There. This source is also the first work in what is known as the Francis Schaeffer Trilogy (The God Who is There, He is There and He is not Silent, and Escape from Reason).

As usual, we will be blessed by the impeccable leadership of Dr. David P. Bertch who is a professor for The Collge at Southwestern. Dr. Bertch is well-equipped to oversee such a club inasmuch as he has mastered all of Schaeffer’s works and even spent some time directly under Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri in the 1960s.

We will be meeting on Tuesdays this year instead of Wednesdays, but will continue to gather at 12 noon. In addition, we will resume our traditional location in the conference room directly across from the Gold Card office in the Naylor Student Center. Bring lunch, your copy of the book, and all of your ideas and thoughts as we meet each week not only to pour over Schaeffer’s writings, but also to let Schaeffer pour into each one of us. The more I read of him the more I grow to love the man just as much as what he wrote. In fact, I’d say that the two are utterly inseparable. This isn’t the case always with books. I’ve read several works where, to my disappointment, I walked away with no earthly idea what the author was actually like. Sometimes I wonder if the author even had a personality.

I can testify that it is impossible to finish a Schaeffer book and not be compelled to grow as a Christian, not simply because of what he wrote, but even more so, because you realize that the words on the page came from the overflow out of the abundance of his heart. Orthodox theology, redeemed philosophy, reasonable and rational thinking, utter honesty, sound critiques, and total transparency are all what you can expect to encounter when investigating Schaeffer’s writings.

Our first meeting will be on August 26 at 12 o’clock. You should have read the “Preface” and “Chapter 1“. I hope that if you can, you will not pass up the opportunity to gather with us once a week and voluntarily place yourself in a position to be encouraged and changed in so many ways for the sake of Christ’s kingdom.


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