Basic/What’s Up With Francis Chan?

Wherever I turn right now it seems Francis Chan is there.

The same Francis Chan that stepped down from the senior pastor role at his church Cornerstone some time back because he was tired of being “caught up in keeping the machine running” and didn’t recognise his church and his church members’ walk when reading about Jesus and his followers in Scripture.

Ironic that the guy who “walked away from it all” partly due to fear of his own affection for affirmation and popularity now seems even more popular than before. Also ironic that the guy who “walked off his own megachurch stage in search of something smaller and simpler” is not only getting interviews and press coverage left, right and centre, but also strutting his stuff on stage at Catalyst and being given a go at John Piper’s Desiring God gig a few weeks back. No wonder people can’t figure the guy out! No wonder he’s being labelled a little OTT, or in some cases, just downright crazy.

But then that’s the beauty of it…

Hearing Francis lay out his own thoughts and his agenda (or lack thereof) on the Neue podcast over the last couple of weeks fills me with a deep respect for the guy’s authenticity, honesty, and transparency. Sure, he doesn’t have it all nailed out…but then that’s his own point. He’s still figuring it out…and he’s not doing what he’s doing primarily to point the finger at “the establishment”, or because he’s discovered the key to a better way, but as a means of making space and stripping things back in hope of finding that way himself.

Sure, he’s a little nuts…but he’s an inspiration, and his actions, whilst somewhat “irresponsible and irrational” to some, are at the same time a huge thought-provoker for the institutionalised church, particularly in the pretty comfortable confines of the US.

So, whilst nobody really knows what’s up with Francis and where he’s going, one thing I’m grateful for is the film project he’s put together with the Flannel guys, of Nooma fame. Flannel and Fran have teamed up to make a 7-part series of 15 minute films called Basic, and the 2 videos released to date are both visually breathtaking and weighty in content.

The first three videos are on fearing God, following Jesus and rediscovering the Holy Spirit. The next four will be on the primary pillars of the early church as seen in Acts 2: teaching, prayer, communion and fellowship. Really looking forward to seeing the rest of the series as they’re released one by one, and highly recommend the two that are out to anyone looking for a good resource for use in small groups, youth meetings, services and the like. They’re pretty good for simply watching at home alone too for that matter…I’ve come away moved, inspired and challenged to strip it back to basics, starting with a renewed awareness of the need to truly Fear God.

7 Comments on “Basic/What’s Up With Francis Chan?”


Thursday, 24. February 2011 at 8:03 pm

Sunday, 28. April 2013 at 12:06 am

Interesting post here. One thing I would like to say is the fact most professional career fields consider the Bachelor’s Degree like thejust like the entry level requirement for an online college diploma. Even though Associate Certifications are a great way to begin, completing your own Bachelors starts up many entrances to various jobs, there are numerous online Bachelor Diploma Programs available through institutions like The University of Phoenix, Intercontinental University Online and Kaplan. Another thing is that many brick and mortar institutions present Online types of their certifications but commonly for a considerably higher fee than the firms that specialize in online college diploma plans.

Monday, 3. June 2013 at 1:47 pm

After I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox
and now whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with
the exact same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service?

Wednesday, 10. July 2013 at 4:37 am

I intended to put you the little note to finally thank you very much the moment again with your incredible tactics you’ve contributed above. This is so seriously generous with people like you to provide freely just what most of us could have distributed for an e-book to generate some cash on their own, certainly seeing that you could have tried it if you ever desired. These guidelines additionally worked to be the fantastic way to be aware that some people have similar keenness much like mine to learn many more in regard to this matter. I believe there are some more pleasant occasions ahead for people who scan your site.

Thursday, 18. July 2013 at 6:36 am

“Pretty part of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to say that I get in fact loved account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment or even I fulfillment you get admission to persistently quickly.”

Friday, 30. August 2013 at 10:53 pm

Lay the chicken pieces skin side down in your baking dish.
Mexican oven fried chicken – add a teaspoon of chili
powder (combine it with cayenne for an extra kick. This is
certainly cheaper than taking them out for fast food and
fried chicken is very simple to make.

Wednesday, 4. September 2013 at 10:53 am

Many charitable organizations give clothes they can’t sell to textile recyclers.
When you get good quality clothing, these can be saved for your next little boy or girl.
They are inexpensive, easy to clean up and
are good for painting large projects. There
are lots of products that call themselves, green or Eco-friendly,
but are not certified 100% organic.

Here is my blog :: kids clothes

Write a comment