January 5, 2013

The Passion of Francis Chan

Mark Galli, Christianity Today

Francis Chan exploded onto the evangelical scene a few years ago when podcasts of sermons he gave at his flourishing, 4,000-member Southern California church went viral. But then in late 2010, he up and quit, saying, "I just want to disappear for a while." One thing that bothered him, he said, was that "even in my own church I heard the words 'Francis Chan' more than I heard the words, 'Holy Spirit.'"

Two years later, he finds himself in San Francisco, where he says he's thankful that "no one really knows who I am." He leads a small fellowship that meets weekly, and then goes out to share the love of Christ in the neighborhood and city.

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