Crazy Love- Francis Chan
Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love, is an ordinary man doing extraordinary things for Christ. Born in Hong Kong in 1968, his mother died giving birth to him. His father remarried when Francis was 7, then the Chan family moved to California. Shortly thereafter, his stepmother died. Then when he was 12, Chan’s father died of cancer. Chan has described his dad as a man who would beat him for “disobeying or bothering” him. Chan looks at the brightside of things and says this taught him discipline and respect.
In 1993, Chan established Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California. Cornerstone has 4 Sunday services and 4,000 attendees. His sermons rank in the top 20 Christian podcasts and Chan speaks frequently at Christian conferences, such as Passion. His popularity is due to his God-given ability to take the Gospel Truth and present it in applicable, convicting ways.
Not only does Chan teach the Bible well, he lives out what he preaches. He gives away 90% of his income and donates 100% of his book royalties to various causes. Recently, Chan stepped down from his position as pastor at Cornerstone Church in order to follow the Holy Spirit. At the time, he had no idea what God would call him and his family to do. (He’s married with 4 kids.)
For the past year, Chan has worked to establish “gatherings,” home churches that reflect the model in Acts, in L.A. county. Chan and those on this mission are working to change the idea that a church is a building and trying to show that a church is a group of Christians working to serve Jesus wherever they are.
As of last month, the Chans’ sold their house and moved to Asia. They plan to stay until the end of the year, but are willing to stay longer if the Holy Spirit says to.
Chan is open about the times in his life where he has not walked with the Lord, but that just further proves that God can and will use anybody for his purposes. Francis Chan is an excellent author and speaker, but what stands out the most about him is how he lives out the “radical” teachings of Scripture.
After looking at Chan’s life, do you believe God can use anybody to do extraordinary things?
Many people have called Chan crazy for the way he lives his life. What do you think?
Do you think you would be willing to follow the Holy Spirit when He says go, even if He doesn’t tell you where? Why or why not?