Current Theme | October 2022

A Christian Manifesto for the 21st Century

In 1981 Crossway published Francis Schaeffer’s A Christian Manifesto. In his analysis of church and culture, Schaeffer brought a word of prophetic warning to a church threatened by the rising tide of statism, or encroaching government control. Four decades later many of his concerns have been validated, and we will listen to and reflect upon this critical work.

Table of Contents

October 3, 2022

A Christian Manifesto Revisited

By Brad Green
If Christ is Lord over all of life, then does this include our politics? Discover the enduring legacy that Francis Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto has even forty years later in this essay by Brad Green.
October 3, 2022

A Christian Manifesto Revisited” Reading • Brad Green

By Brad Green
If Christ is Lord over all of life, then does this include our politics? Discover the enduring legacy that Francis Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto has even forty years later in this essay by Brad Green.
October 5, 2022

Chapter 1: The Abolition of Truth & Morality

By Levi Secord
Why does thinking in "bits and pieces" have such a disastrous outcome for Christians? Read about why "true truth" is so necessary to defy humanism.
October 7, 2022

Chapter 2: Foundations for Faith and Morality

By Andy Naselli
What defines a human right, and where do they come from? Is there a human right for LGBT justice, reproductive justice, distributive justice, racial justice, and social justice?
October 10, 2022

“A Christian Manifesto Revisited” Interview • Brad Green, Stephen Wellum, David Schrock

By Brad Green
Join David Schrock and Stephen Wellum as they interview Brad Green about his essay on Francis Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto and discuss this book's relevance for today.
October 10, 2022

Chapter 3: The Destruction of Faith and Freedom

By Andrew T. Walker
How much diversity can a society stand before it breaks under the weight? And what do science, the legal system, and pluralism have to do with the death knell of stable order?
October 10, 2022

A Brief Chronology of the Life of Francis A. Schaeffer

By Stephen Wellum
Read a brief timeline of Francis Schaeffer's life, from the first time he met his future wife to his days in seminary all the way to the providential founding of L'Abri.
October 12, 2022

Chapter 4: “The Humanist Religion”

By Mark Coppenger
Francis Schaeffer is more hedgehog than fox. Find out how this relates to the Moral Majority, political media bias, and the two Humanist Manifestos.
October 14, 2022

Chapter 5: Revival, Revolution, and Reform

By Michael Carlino
What would Schaeffer say to the church today about abortion, especially in light of the overturn of Roe v. Wade?
October 17, 2022

Francis A. Schaeffer: The Legacy of His Life and Thought

By Stephen Wellum
If the legacy of Francis Schaeffer is boiled down into four lessons, what would they be? Read Stephen Wellum as he distills the marrow of Schaeffer for today's Christian.
October 17, 2022

“Francis A. Schaeffer: The Legacy of His Life and Thought” Reading • Stephen Wellum

By Stephen Wellum
If the legacy of Francis Schaeffer is boiled down into four lessons, what would they be? Listen to Stephen Wellum as he distills the marrow of Schaeffer for today's Christian.
October 19, 2022

Chapter 6: An Open Window

By P. Andrew Sandlin
A window of opportunity was opened around forty years ago; is it still open? And what would Francis Schaeffer counsel Christians today in their political environment?
October 21, 2022

Chapter 7: The Limits Of Civil Obedience

By Ardel Caneday
"What happens when you combine a tyrant who's historic, a Lex Rex, and a generally Christian foundation? (And when is it OK to disobey?)
October 24, 2022

“Francis A. Schaeffer: The Legacy of His Life and Thought” Interview • Stephen Wellum, Trent Hunter, David Schrock

By Stephen Wellum
How could this man who had a small home and who was far removed from much of the center of evangelicalism have impacted so many Christians? Hear about the life and legacy of a remarkable man.
October 24, 2022

Chapter 8: The Use of Civil Disobedience

By David Schrock
"Fulminate" means expressing vehement protest, and it is the first of three steps that Schaeffer counsels Christians who are forced to say "no" to their government. Fulminate, Flee, Force.
October 26, 2022

Chapter 9: The Use of Force

By David Schrock
Is physical resistance against a government by Christians ever justifiable? And what does the Declaration of Independence have to do with this?
October 28, 2022

Chapter 10: By Teaching, By Life, By Action

By Doug Huffman
What are the culminating take-aways from Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto? Read the implications of worldview, wholistic thinking, and the church.
October 31, 2022

The October Intermission: From A Christian Manifesto to Engaging Evangelicalism

By David Schrock
See the recap of October 2022's theme on Francis Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto, and get a preview of what is in store for November 2022 as we engage the history of evangelicalism.

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By David Schrock • Concise Article • Coming December 5

Emmanuel (God with Us), Even Now

By K.J. Drake • Concise Article • Coming December 6

Faith to Know the Triune God

By Keith Goad • Concise Article • Coming December 7

Hebrews 1: A Glimpse into Jesus’s Greatness

By Thomas R. Schreiner • Concise Article • Coming December 9

Putting Everything Under His Feet: Structure and Meaning in Hebrews 2:5–9

By Jim Hamilton • Concise Article • Coming December 12

The Holy Spirit in Relation to Christ

By Kyle Claunch • Concise Article • Coming December 14

A Chalcedonian Christmas

By Michael WIlkinson • Concise Article • Coming December 16

Incarnation Versus Excarnation in Culture and Church

By P. Andrew Sandlin • Longform Essay • Coming December 19

The Christ of Christmas: a Textual Reflection

By Trent Hunter • Concise Article • Coming December 20

Jesus the Man, Jesus the Redeemer

By Brad Green • Concise Article • Coming December 21

The Humility of Christ: Philippians 2:6-11

By Alex Tibbott • Concise Article • Coming December 26

Give Diamonds, Not Coal: Why Prosopological Exegesis is Not the Gift You Are Looking For

By Michael Carlino • Concise Article • Coming December 28

Ten Truths About the Incarnation

By Steve Wellum • Concise Article • Coming December 30

December Intermission: Christ Over All Year One

By David Schrock • Concise Article • Coming December 31