Thursday, June 3, 2021




    about a whole lot of words 

           that follow. 

   It has taken a month 

   of uncomfortable effort

   to prepare this sharing

   It's not been easy to write.

   It's not going to be easy to read.

   I hope you will. 

   It will mean a bit more of time 

   and a lot of Soul Stretch.

   It's a long hard look at 

   what's before us.  

   In The Love Who Is God

           John Frank




Dear All of Us,

Remember those attractions 

at amusement parks

that simply spun you out?

Prime was the one where 

the very floor under you 

was totality in turmoil,

constantly undulating 

and bucking.

You just could not 

stand up straight 

and move forward

without falling.

Nor could you keep

from crashing

into others.

Rather freaky.

It's not amusing 

but its current.

The very foundation

of our shared life 

is in terrible turmoil.

It is constantly 


and bucking.

It's terrifyingly difficult 

to get a sure footing,

stand up straight and 

not crash into others.

It portends a freaky future.

Sanity, spirituality, society

     stand or fall on 


  It is foundational.

It is being undermined.

Hitler knew all about that.

He more than 

pulled the rug out

from under a whole nation.

He initially came to power, 

as Abraham Heschel noted,

not with guns and tanks.

They came later.

Hitler came to power with words.

Those words were lies,

deliberate distortions of 


He played to fear and pride.

He cut the ground out 

from under his nation.

He set up a downfall 

by making innocents

into scapegoats and positing 

a supreme fatherland -

the white supremacy of his day.

Hitler's lies, his perversion of 


meant murdering over

five million human beings

and traumatizing millions more

in the Holocaust,

plunging the Western World 

into the hideous devastation 

and slaughter of the

Second World War.

It all started with 

undermining the 


Political and 

church leaders

fell in line as did 

too many citizens

and so fell millions.

This blog is not about 

partisan politics.

It is about principle.

It is about foundational


that which undergirds, 

supports, upon which depend,

sanity, spirituality, society, the


     Jesus is and offers;


      I am the way,

      the TRUTH, 

      and the life.(1)

      Then Jesus turned 

      to the Jews 

      who had claimed 

      to believe in him. 

     "If you stick with this, 

      living out what I tell you, 

      you are my disciple for sure. 

      Then you will experience 

      for yourselves the truth

      and the truth will free you." (2)

    Truth is what is 

    real and actual.

It is participation in the 


       that is God.

Jesus is that incarnate.

       He offers it. 

       If we live it

       (not talk it)

 we are his disciples

 and we will experience 

     the foundational 


        that he is

and that truth will free us.

Sanity, spirituality, society

are today being undermined

by words, dirty words, 

words that are a perversion 

            of the  


Those words are deliberate 

    public misinformation

    and divisive diatribe.

   They are chipping away 

      the grounding of


    which we need to be 

sane, spiritual and a society.

It is fearfully similar to what

Hitler initially did as he lied, 

playing on people's fear and pride.

It is pitching us at each other

in terribly destructive ways.

Sadly and dangerously

many politicians and their tribes,

many religious leaders,

many ordinary people 

are falling, falling for 


Our personal and collective 

sanity, spirituality, and society

suffer this tumult cracking

our foundational footing.

It's way beyond surreal.

       It's unreal

and making us that way.

We and our society 

are in a drift not unlike 

that which lead to Hitler

and attendant devastation.



      - Saturday, May 30, 2021 

        Dallas, Texas

        For God and Country Roundup


        Retired Lieutenant General,

        former National Security Advisor,

        Michael Flynn called for a 

        Myanmar-Type Military Coup

        to take over in the United States.

        That is not only sedition.

        It is blatantly untrue to 

        democratic governance

        and The Common Good.

        Flynn also said he's 

        "not a conspiracy theorist,"

         but then declared:

        "Trump won! He won! 

         He won the popular vote, 

         and he won the

         Electoral College vote." (3)

            None of that is true.

         It is all a lie.

         Never has there been 

         an election more monitored,

         recounted, often more than once,

         with no evidence of fraud

         and  judiciously verified

         each and every of many times.

         The Electoral College vote was 

         duly certified and judiciously upheld

         state wide and nationally.

         Flynn produced not one iota 

         of proof, nor have others like him.




      - Pastor Greg Locke

        Global Vision Bible Church

        Mt. Juliet, TN

           He recently preached 

        that the Covid vaccine

        " is not FDA approved."

        He preached that anyone 

        who believes that

       "political elites actually got 

        that vaccination" 

        is "smoking meth in 

        your mom's basement" and that 

        what was actually injected into 

        those political elites was 

        "sugar water." (4)

        The FDA approved 

        Moderna and Pfizer 

        in December 2020 and 

        Johnson and Johnson 

        in February 2021.

        There was subsequently 

        a temporary pause 

        on Johnson and Johnson 

        to clear up questions

        about side effects.

        It is now fully approved 

        and in wide use.

      Words unfounded

    attack manifest truth 

         social stability



They pitch us at each other.



we are one 

in the One God.

As Paul said, we are 

One Body, 

The Body of Christ.

Jesus shows us how 

to do unto others 

as we would 

have done to us.(5)

He presses 

the Oneness,

the togetherness, 

that we are in him: 

    Whatever you do 

    to the least of these, 

    you do unto me." (6)

Words unfounded on 


       sicken soul,

make us like a body 

that is tearing itself apart.

There are among us people

determined to override

Jesus and life in him, the


he is and he offers as 

foundation to wholeness

of person and society.

They are determined 

to dictate a society

captive to their ideology, 

dominance and privilege,

to the exclusion of 

other and different.

They are lying 

their way to it.

They are perverting 


and that means God.

So depraved, they often 

invoke God in an attempt

to legitimate and bless 

their demonic doings.

So horribly Hitler-like,

and see what that begot!!

This is no time 

to pull the covers 

over our heads trying

to avoid freight

or the task of


Multitudes did that 

in Hitler's 

time and country.

It allowed him to brutalize. 

What can we do?

How do we react?

Before we ask 

what we stand for,

we need to answer 

the question 

what do we stand on.

Noting but nothing 

will hold up but 

being four square 

on sheer


We need to ask 

The Spirit 

to free our fears

and purify our sight

so we can find our way 

to stand up straight,

secure and stable,

founded, on the 


  that is what is

   that is God

On a practical, 


every day level 

we need to discern

if what is before us 

is actual and factual.

Is it baseless say so 

or is it solidly so?

Is it founded on Jesus 

and life in him and his


We remember he said:

      "If you stick with this, 

       living out what I tell you, 

       you are my disciples for sure.

       Then you will experience 

       for yourselves the truth, 

       and the truth will free you."

Are we and others really, 


       living out 

  what Jesus tells us?

We don't want to bend the Gospel 

to our persuasion and politics.

We bend them, found them,

         on for real 

"living out what I tell you."

So we hold up every

persuasion, action, reaction

of ours and others

to the bright light 

of what Jesus tells us,

to the Gospel.

We need to band with others 

doing the same.

Do I "attend" church,

or am I in living communion 

with for real disciples

in a Gospel community?

We refuse to hate people 

doing and saying 

hateful things.

We do are darndest 

to draw them into 

    a mutuality 

of concern and care.

We get busy trying 

to get us together 

doing things that help 

those in need. 

The more we live 

the truth together 

the more we will live 

in a society founded on 

and flourishing in


We may prefer a more 

conservative form 

of government,

or a more liberal one.

That's politics 

and that's relative.

What's absolute is 


So we never ever 

let up on leaders,

holding them 

to say and do 

exactly that, 



In non-belligerent ways 

we challenge people, 

media, movements 

that savage 


It's risky.

it's necessary.

We pray in the

most profound way

for our society 

and its viability,

one built on a base of


We do all we can 

to work with others

as together we struggle 

to deal with 

the actual,

the underlying factors 

that are the real, causal,

if often denied, 

factors in our current chaos 

and instability:

       - in a few years the United States 

         will be less than half white.

       - the white people coming 

         to these shores centuries ago

         to claim this land

         committed genocide

       - white people built slavery 

         into our way of life

         as a nation.

The people trying 

to lead by lie 

are so far 


to deal with these.

Nothing will change 

for the better, 

for our viability 

as a society,

until we do so together.

That's going to be wrenching.

It will take nothing short 

of a massive spiritual 

reckoning and renewal.

It ain't pretty.

It's essential.

Continue to duck it 

and we will go down 

in flames,

flames scorching

the earth of how it is.

Our society is on the line.

We may or may not make it.

In either case, 

nothing can keep us from 

working for the Common Good,

for the rock solid foundation of


In the meantime 

and all the time 

and beyond ever time,

we are invited, 

empowered to live 

right here, right now,

in the kingdom of God.

We have Jesus and his word on it:

      For behold God's kingdom 

      is in your midst. (7)

               Truly Yours,

               John Frank


Oh My!

That was a drill.

Thanks for hanging in.

( 1) John 14:6

(2) John 8:31-32

     The Message

(3) Newsweek Online

     May 30, 2021

(4) Newsweek Online

      May 24, 2021

(5) Matthew 7:12

(6) Matthew 25:40

(7) Luke 17:21

A wonderful goodness this week

was that a sizable contingent of

people from Turkey joined in with us.

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Turkey 118

not suggesting a do nothing get everything social compact

you do evil to us we won't do evil to you, but we will put you were you can't hurt other but you will have an opportunity to reform.

If you don't/can't, you can't leave.

John 8::31-32

Tenn pastor: sugar water

Michael Flynn, former Trump Nat Sec Director