For many in the 1960s, Francis Schaeffer was the great door openeropening the door to regaining the lordship of Christ over the whole of life and culture. For me personally, he stood head and shoulders above most others because of the way he took God so seriously, people so seriously and truth so seriously. A flawed human being as we all are, he was a giant of the faith to whom we owe more than many people realize.
One of my most vivid memories of Schaeffer was waiting for him to arrive at our small London apartment where a group of students had met to hear him speak. Schaeffer was an hour late because he had been outside in the taxi talking to the driver about the Christian gospel! But this incident exemplified what I had come to admire about him. His sense of both the greatness and tragedy of human life pervaded everything he said as did the corresponding sense that God has spoken and has given to us truth which is unshakable.
Francis Schaeffers word to the Christian community is as relevant today, and maybe more so, than in his own lifetForime. No matter where you serve, no matter who you are, Francis Schaeffer has an important word for consideration as you seek to speak to a lost and dying world.
Just as there arose in the land a new Pharaoh who knew not Joseph, so the present generation risks not knowing Francis Schaeffer. This would be sad, not for nostalgic reasons, but because his thought and his work shaped a remarkable number of Christian leaders who are now developing and applying the great vision of this mentor. Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God goes a long way toward overcoming this amnesia. Each author brings a moving combination of personal tributes and original insights from their own work. Few texts will give the reader deeper insight into Francis Schaeffer, the man and the legacy, than this one. And few texts will better challenge the reader to carry on the work he began.