Francis Schaeffer is a prophet for our times. In this issue of CHRISTIANITY TODAY he speaks to you and me. We don’t need to accept everything he says. The only prophets from whom you have to accept everything are those who speak to us the words of Holy Scripture. But Francis Schaeffer has much to say to our generation and we had better listen. He paints his message in bold broad stripes. Sometimes we wish we could read between the lines of his writings or investigate more carefully the supporting footnotes. We may even wish to argue a point or two—or several. But we need to hear him because he typifies radical Christianity at its best. He takes the Bible—all of it—with dreadful seriousness and seeks to apply it honestly, fearlessly, and radically (at its roots) to contemporary life and culture.
J. D. Douglas, editor-at-large for CHRISTIANITY TODAY, writes of a very different kind of prophet from a generation past. F. B. Meyer, who died in 1929, just half a century ago, was often known as “Meyer of The Christian,” a weekly newspaper of which Jim Douglas was the last editor (it closed in 1969).1
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