Wednesday, November 30, 2011

David Calhoun Schaeffer interview

There's some guys at our church have come to be known as the "Schaeffer Boys".

See their website here.

Dr. David Calhoun, emeritus professor of Church History at Covenant Seminary recently preached and taught at Redeemer and the Schaeffer Boys interviewed him about his personal time with Schaeffer as well as thoughts about him.

It's a great interview.


Rick Calohan said...

It is always a delight to listen to Dr. Calhoun, and I recall his stories about his walks with Schaeffer from the courses I took at Covenant via Access. I guess the lasting image I have of Francis Schaeffer is seeing the archive video of him delivering his Christian Manifesto. I was surprised to learn that his writings went to someplace other than Covenant Seminary. A very informative interview kudos to Dan and Larry and thank you Pastors Tony and Nathan for helping putting this together and for making it possible for Dr. Calhoun to visit us when he can every Reformation Sunday.

Bill Burns said...

Thanks for sharing this. I visited RPC this past Reformation Sunday with some friends, and enjoyed hearing Dr. Calhoun's talk on the Waldensians that morning. I have read and imbibed Schaeffer for decades now, and very much appreciate his first-hand perspective and his thoughts on Schaeffer. The questions were excellent.

Grace & Peace,

Woody Woodward said...

Wow, I savored every precious word of truth! I would have to say if ever the Lord would allow and we were to consider a man of the 20th Century a Prophet, it would be Dr Frances Schaeffer! Looking at the Prophet John the Baptist’s legacy and thinking of Schaeffer, I would say both were “A voice crying in the wilderness, making straight the way of the Lord!” Maybe Schaeffer didn’t eat locus and wild honey, and wear skins of animals, but the knickers had to set him apart. Listening to this fascinating interview I was also impressed with Dan’s gift to sit at Dr Calhoun’s feet and listen carefully to his profound experiences with so many giants of the faith. Every story was captivating. The fact that I have had the privilege of hearing Dr Calhoun preach 5 times in person, and the fact that he has walked and personally known so many great men of faith that most of us have only read about is precious to me. I thought the best quote was when Dan ask Dr Calhoun about Schaeffer’s thoughts about the balance between the world and spiritual things. Schaeffer said, “I consider myself to be a world Christian, not a worldly Christian.” This past October Reformation Sunday I got Dr Calhoun to autograph my Bible.

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this Tony!

"The Schaeffer Boys" huh? Jason and I are honored that we can be somewhere were that's appreciated. Redeemer continues to strengthen and edify, so this work we started is really based on what Redeemer and Schaeffer has given to us... me especially, through some very tough times. So the work is the fruit of that from our hearts.

I especially enjoyed all the comments here... Woody's remark, "Dan’s gift to sit at Dr Calhoun’s feet" really touched me. That's exactly what we're trying to do! As you probably know the verse for our work is "Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us." (Philippians 3:17 ESV) These men will all tell you they are not great in themselves, yet what makes them great is that they are humble servants of our Lord. Gifted teachers and educators yes, but servants to the core. These sort of men move me to seek humility and deep relationship with Christ moment-by-moment. This is the Biblical model of mentorship.

It's hard to pick a favorite moment of the video, but I loved just sitting there and listening. I could have done that all night!

One thing that you might find interesting is that I had no idea that the event where he witnessed Schaeffer shedding tears was at the Lausanne Congress. Providentially, I had just been studying the event and discovered the video footage. So the pictures shown through that section, there are all actually snapshots from that event. So for me that one story really made the interview, as we were able to uncover and document the specifics a significant story. It shows Schaeffer's heart, and says so much. We were humbled, feeling like we had somehow in some small way contributed to Schaeffer's history.