My non-vacation ends 7/7.
It was supposed to end on 7/12; but I overheard a staff member say to a caller, "He's not preaching this Sunday but he is preaching the next Sunday which means he's back from non-vacation after this Sunday."
I only work on Sundays!
I'm reminded of another staff member who opened the door to my study for somebody while I was on my knees in prayer: "It's O.K. You can go in. He's not doing anything."
The only beaches visited during my non-vacation have been the bunkers at Timber Pointe Golf Club.
Non-vacation has been a really, really, really big mistake.
If you have to ask why, it wouldn't help to try to explain it to you.
Speaking of the inexplicable, the PCUSA's most recent GA doesn't come to mind for three reasons: (1) Too many KDs have already looked at it; (2) I said I wouldn't be talking about what never was or maybe was but is no more ever again; and (3) "Turn out the lights, the party's over!"
I didn't say I wouldn't report responses to those previous KDs.
While I'm not spending any more emotion or energy on trying to "renew" what must be newed, here are two quickies from subscribers:
>From Texas: "The PCUSA is a Zombie Church. It's dead,
but still moving enough to cause actual harm."
>From Pennsylvania: "Unlike you, I rarely write e-mails. You
have often wondered if the lampstand has been
removed from the PCUSA. Anyone who looks at
it now will have to conclude He has! Our Lord
will not associate with such unholy people making
such unholy decisions. His Holy Spirit does not
reside with the wickedness of the denomination
and its dirty politics. Saying all of this does not
diminish my feeling that God's hand can be and is
on many local congregations in the PCUSA. But
I will no longer pay any attention to the denomination,
waste no energy, or talk with the spirits who lead
this denomination. We will not feed the beast.
I am not surprised. The denomination is dead.
So let the dead in it bury their dead while I
join people who still believe in the living Christ
to spread His gospel rather than enable their
I can't write or talk like that about the franchise because I've redirected all of my passions to people who still love Jesus as attested in Holy Scripture and upheld by our constitution so precariously.
Of course, my book sales and no responses to my begging for those 11Gs has sobered me about who really reads or cares about what I'm thinking or even discerning.
So here's something from a really, really, really important high steepler in Georgia which is gonna gain attention: "The PCUSA has been a slow train wreck for the past 30 years. Year by year, membership dwindles, conflicts mount, finances shrink and trust in the existing leaders and structures dissipates. With the most recent GA in San Jose, the smoke seems at last to have cleared, and the steaming debris of the PCUSA has settled into place. It's not a pretty sight. One thing is certain: this Humpty won't be getting back together again for a long time, if ever."
Somebody asked what I mean by "creative neglect" as a response to an increasingly apostate franchise; which was kinda funny because she said previously, "I read and memorized every page of your last book."
Uh, except for anything on pages 53-64 which explains it in detail.
Oh yeah, the book is Fifteen Secrets which is now on sale via www.amazon.com.
Rosie has more readers.
I'm not really shocked; because Kurt Vonnegut snapped me out of it a long time ago (Palm Sunday, 1981): "I know what Delilah really did to Samson to make him as weak as a baby. She didn't have to cut his hair off. All she had to do was break his concentration."
But he was really onto something when he, uh, "preached" at NYC's St. Clement's Episcopal Church on Palm Sunday in 1980; which I often quote to doctoral candidates to snap them out of it: "People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God. I thank you for your sweetly faked attention."
I can almost hear Jesus quoting those last two Vonnegutianisms to the PCUSA.
I said I wasn't going to say anything more...
Hush my mouth!
Besides, it's non-vacation; and while trying to type out this tight commentary, I got two more counseling appointments for this afternoon.
I only work on Sundays; and I'll be back the Sunday after this Sunday.
Blessings and Love!