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. While he is mainly known for his Christian humor, in this post he is serious…

Wish I could be there….

I've been reading Allen Shawn's book, Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life. What piqued my interest in the topic was a comment made by an AK (Assembly kid) to another AK, "They made us afraid of everything." That synched with my awareness that quite a few FAM's (former Assembly members) experience…

Stepford wife…

We watched "The Stepford Wives" Saturday night. Definitely reminiscent of wifedom in the Ass'y. Easter Sunday music, "I know that my Redeemer liveth", brought to mind another verse in Job, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him." And then it all came flooding back to me - clutching that verse like a…

So this is what stressed us out…

Time Magazine today has an article on "6 Ways to Handle Stress". We...have a lot of misconceptions about who gets stressed out and why. Twenty years ago, psychologists almost exclusively blamed job stress on high workloads or lack of control on the job. More recent studies, says Christina Maslach, a pioneer in burnout research at…

Intensity addiction…

Someone returning recently from Wellspring Retreat sees that the Assembly produced intensity addiction. Insightful revelation! No wonder life often seems insipid now--no more great work of God, no more pressure to pray exalted prayers for it. No more frantic rushing around to get to worship, no more top-volume singing. No more seminar highs, no more…