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Margaret Irons and her husband Steve and three children were in the Fullerton Geftakys Assembly for twenty years. We left in March, 1990. We are still recovering and learning in Orange County, CA.

  • Hope…

    "Hope" sign

    It has been many years since G. Geftakys was excommunicated in Fullerton and the Assembly began to crumble. Many folks have found that getting over it and getting on has been tough and discouraging. Jon Acuff has a blog post on hope…. Read More ›

  • More on, “What do we still have to do??”

    Once you truly get hold of the reality that you will never be able to do enough to make God happy, then the truth of the gift of grace is staggering….

  • So what do we still have to do??

    The Bible has all those commands – pray, study the Bible, etc. In the church I (sometimes) attend now, I constantly hear exhortations about it. Don’t I have to be doing these things in order for God to approve of me?”

  • “You’re with Me….”

    There’s a scene in The Shack where Mack and Jesus are out on the dock in the evening, enjoying the stars. Mack imagines he could reach out and pluck diamonds off a velvet black sky: “Wow!” he whispered. “Incredible!” Whispered… Read More ›

  • Quotes….

    Two great quotes from Christian Recovery Forums at Spiritual Abuse Recovery Resources: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under live robber barons… Read More ›

  • Peter Kreeft….

    On the Assembly reflections website we have an excerpt from Peter Kreeft’s very, very helpful book, Making Sense out of Suffering. Even better, on his website there are MP3’s of his very listenable lectures available free of charge, including one… Read More ›

  • The Internet Monk on parenting teens….

    The iMonk posted some thoughts and questions for parents on Fathers’ Day. Good stuff, as usual. He talks about the implications of the wired world, the question of your own deepest values that shape your every day life, the peril… Read More ›

  • “Just carry on”….

    “Just carry on” is one of the cards in The Oblique Strategies by Peter Schmidt and Brian Eno. Haven’t seen the set of cards, but I ran across this quote just now, and was surprised how a load suddenly felt… Read More ›

  • Dr. Jones’ answer….

    Saturday I posted my question to Dr. Jones regarding her book, Not of My Making: Bullying, Scapegoating and Misconduct in Churches. Here is Dr. Jones’ reply: Margaret Irons asked me, “What can persons who have formerly been abusive do now… Read More ›

  • Virtual book tour….

    Dr. Margaret W. Jones, author of Not of My Making: Bullying, Scapegoating and Misconduct in Churches, will stop by here Monday on her virtual book tour to answer questions. One question I have for her is this: What can persons… Read More ›

  • Not of my Making….

    Not of My Making: Bullying, Scapegoating and Misconduct in Churches is an account of Dr. Margaret W. Jones’ abusive church experiences. I was sent a copy of the book and invited to take part in Dr. Jones’ virtual book tour…. Read More ›

  • Quote on spiritual freedom…..

    Here is a great quote on the sweetness of spiritual freedom from Chuck Swindoll, Grace Awakening, posted on “The Cult Next Door”. In response to those like Betty G. who would retort, “You just don’t want to be subject to… Read More ›

  • So George could say…

    In 1970 (before the Assembly began) there was a weekend seminar in George and Betty Geftakys’ home. Some people hung around afterward to talk–his teenage son, Tim, and his friends, several women in their sixties who had been part of… Read More ›

  • We cannot fail….

    Joe Sperling shared a couple of encouraging posts this month on the Assembly board that are especially good for those of us who still have the lovely combo of BG and GG’s messages in our subconscious: GG – “Strive harder… Read More ›

  • Jesus Interrupted….

    Witherington has a great series of posts on Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the hidden contradictions in the Bible (and why we didn’t know about them). Dr. Witherington approaches it on a scholarly level, eschewing any fundamentalistic emotional… Read More ›

  • The Bible Jesus Read – teaser intro….

    The Old Testament, from the Assembly point of view (as taught by G. Geftakys based on 19th and early 20th century Exclusive Plymouth Brethren writers) is to be read mainly as an allegory of the Christian life–i.e. Christians can wander… Read More ›

  • “We shall see Him as He is!”

    The Internet Monk describes pretty well the prevailing concern of legalistic pastors over the dangers of ‘cheap grace’ (here, here and here). Betty G. once said to me, “If there weren’t the possibility of losing out on the inheritance, what… Read More ›

  • It’s not about me….

    Michael Spencer’s posts on grace (here, here and here) gave me an “aha!” moment about what was off-base, spiritually speaking, in the Geftakys Assembly, and other legalistic groups. That kind of perfectionistic performance-based teaching invokes a schema that is all… Read More ›

  • It’s not because we’ve run fast enough….

    Joe Sperling posted this on the Assemblyboard: “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”. (Rom. 9:16) I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have to stop… Read More ›

  • Keswick Higher Life….

    Lee Irons has a blog post on Keswick Burnout. If you have been depressed lately over the quality of your spiritual life, this is a must read. Dave Sable has this response to Lee’s post: “Great thoughts by Lee.  I… Read More ›