My Car Ride With Francis Chan

by | Jun 26, 2024 | Church Leadership | 0 comments

Last night I had a dream that I was sitting in the back seat of a car riding around the streets of 1950s Clearwater, Florida.

Everything I saw in my dream had a yellowish tint, like the way the Cohen brothers filmed the movie No Country For Old Men.

At some point in my dream, the scene shot changed, and I saw who was driving the car. It was Francis Chan.

Francis Chan was driving the car in my dream with a wig on.

He took me on a joy ride in an old Studebaker, cruising the streets past palm trees and shiny new houses.

At some point, Francis looks in the rear-view mirror and says, “I don’t see it. Brian, I don’t see the obedience in your life.”

This is normal for Francis Chan, known for his persona of radical obedience to scripture (I had just been listening to a Catalyst podcast with Francis the day before – which is probably why he was on my mind).

Looking up from the Bible I was reading, I locked eyes with his in the mirror and defensively said, “You don’t know me. You don’t know me at all.”

Then he pulled the car over, put it into park, and turned around.

Wiping away a single teardrop slowly falling from his right eye, he said, “Brian, I’m just being honest. I just don’t see it.”

And then I woke up.


When Francis Chan Questions Obedience in Your Life


Dream Interpretation Options:

  1. If Francis Chan carjacks your Studebaker wearing a wig, keep calm, and no one will get hurt. At some point, he’ll pull the car over and start crying. Then you can make your move.

  2. God is calling me to move back to Clearwater, Florida (where I lived in the mid-90s), but only after everyone gets jaundiced.

  3. I was having a conversation with myself – a continued conversation I’ve been having lately – about greater levels of simple obedience to the teachings of Jesus.

I’ll go with option #3.

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