Tuesday, November 28, 2023



     An Explanation

Technical concerns necessitate

posting a bit early this week.

What follows is actually

         the posting for 


     November 29, 2023.


Dear All of Us, 

Welcome to our family,

to our joy and table!

What a weekend!


with all the trimmings,

with all the family,

with friends of our daughters.

Crowded  Delicious  Delightful

Saturday it was  together some more -

just perfect sauteed pork chops, 

tangy sweet apple sauce,

creamy crusted scalloped potatoes,

tender firm haricot verts,

baby greens, apple slices, and walnuts

all dressed up together in an engaging 

mustard herb vinaigrette.

These delights were caped off

with a to die for orange zest cake.

Yes, my wife is culinary wonder.

Then Sunday after church 

it was off to Chang Chang 

for wonderous Dim Sum:

    Kungpao Vegetables

    Walnut Prawns

    Bubble Pancake

    Pan-Fried Pork Dumpling

    and deliciously much more

What a feast!

Yes, my son-in-law is so

thoughtful and generous.

Great company and time.

All these treats and joy 

as our family celebrated

our daughter Karissa's birthday.

And Ollie, now two and a half, 

loved every morsal and moment of it 

especially getting to help Mommy 

blow out the candles.

So how about this?

Some Same Day Serendipity.

While revisiting my journals

this weekend in prayerful Soul See

look what presented:

July 7, 1994

Wild Duns, SC

Karissa - the best thing 

I've ever done is 

marry her Mom and

be her father. 

Wonderful child!

I really mean it.

If I dropped dead today,

the best part of my life

has been to give her life

       - my life -

   the life that God 

has given her through me.

So, I'm starting to get clear here 

     (inside me about me).

I'm a child myself - a child of God.

That's all the security I need -

that's all the security there is! 

I'm really quite ok.

I'm a child who is part of 

God's play - an

  eternal ( forever), 

  cosmic ( boundless ), 


God delights in me 

(baby, go back over that line

for the rest of your life 

on this earth!!!).

Sure, the other kids and I 

are banged up (sin), 

but the merriment 

of the play 

heals us.

That's because God is 

merriment (love).

All of us kids are here 

to play together,

to share, 

to whopp it up!

All I want to do anymore is play!

All I want to do as a pastor 

is be part of God's play 

and do what's given me 

help everybody 

get into the game!

That means get together, 

get close, get busy, 

get creative, 

get helpful & healing 

happy & hilarious!


That was me almost 

thirty years ago.

It helped me then,

it helps me now.

I hope it does that 

for us all.


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    John Frank



Wednesday, November 22, 2023


Dear All of Us,

So, come on now.

Fess up.

What's your favorite sin?


You have more than one?

Yah, me too.

We all do -

individually and collectively.

Really messes things up.

Mostly we just don't want 

to know about it, 

much less talk about it.

Well, let's anyway.

"Confession is good for the soul",

 granted not much fun for sure.


Talk about sin is 

a hard sell these days.

We want feel good,

"nice, nice" spirituality,

 cushy comfy living



The simple reality


       is that 

spirituality is about 

   what actually 



    what can be,

    up or down

Sin "IS."

Sin is a



That's  stink'n sad certain.

Way more certainly,

life is meant to be 

vibrantly more than 

cushy, comfy,

inane existence.

We can be freed from both

for infinitely more.

That's being saved,

if we face and accept

what sin is and 

what can be in better-stead.

When I was a kid 

in the 40's and early 50's,

things were the other way round.

We were not only sin sensitive, 

we were sin soaked.

Sin made the top 

of the top ten played 

in most churches. 

While lying and stealing

got attention, the real 


centered in our body, 

  our center zone,

and how we delt with it

"In thought, word or deed,"

   "alone or with other."

The church's favorite was

           SEX SIN

That fixation on frailty 

obscured focus on our

isolating self-centeredness

that morphed into a global




    The First Folks 

     suckered into 

     a try at being 

  the center of things.

They couldn't 

hold it together, 

hold steady, 

centered real.

It didn't work.

It worked havoc on them, 

on us their children 

through the ages,

and for all about us 

in Creation.

That First Family was 


off center.

Paradise lost, 

hard labor.

One First Brother 

murders the other 

They and we germinated 

a virus that effects, infects.

to this day.

We call it sin.

They and now we,

their inheritors

and the Creation 

we are charged 

to care for,

live a



That's sin.

On top of that,

as noted above,

these days facing sex sin 

and pretty much

and kind of sin is mostly

not the done thing.

We explain it away,

as primitive myth about   

unnecessary worry 

and weighty guilt.

That will be our undoing


      We don't get 


  if we don't face sin.

   Let's check it out.


Angel to Joseph:

    "...and you are 

    to give him 

   the name Jesus,


he will save the people 

    from their sins." 

    (Mathew 1:21)

Translation Trouble

Our word Jesus 

doesn't say it 

at all accurately.

We're short changed.

The English name  


   comes from 

the Greek translation 

of the Hebrew name 

recorded in 

the divine scriptures.

        What's in 

that original scripture 



   Joshua means 


Here's the point 

on the pencil:

Joshua is the

  God given 




It's who Joshua 

is and what 

he is among us 

to do -

           SAVE US


 the disorder and distress 



 every miserable speck 

             of it,

        SAVE US







    Off center,

the world still spins,

but it wabbles.

We lose our footing. 

We stumble.

We crash and collide:

- truth is destabilized

as is the Common Good, 

- racism roils

- anger attacks

- separatism fractures,

- religion goes flaccid

- junk food goes

on the table

and in the mind

- an excess of moshy flab  -  

body and spirit

- the needy neglected

the pure polluted -

air, water, soil,

- the failure of limiting

The Right To Life

to the unborn and

sanctioning slaughter later,

aborting life after birth -

war, starvation. poverty, 

gun mania, capital punishment

- unrestrained individualism

leaves isolating crowds 

of loneliness

- life commercialized,

it's richness 

drained dry dull

- and so sin spirals us

    off center

 out of control,

pained and paining.



   God Reality


     of what is


 personal present 

 in the mix with us 

 to center and stabilize. 

He sets us 

right and real

by incorporating us

into himself,

sharing with us 

who he is and 

how he is.


      SAVES US

from the destabilized, 


that pitches us wrong

and wronging.

Much and many 

all about us are 

spun out of control 

It's a sin!

It hurts like hell.

It is hell!

United and centered in


 "The Lord saves"

     we are his 

  presence, person, 


centering and stabilizing:

- we live a simplified lifestyle

  so others can have a life to live,

- we face emerging fascism 

  with a love centered openness 

  to all people,

  delighting in diversity,

  free and freeing,

  busy with the weave of unity.

- we find ways 

  to gentle jarred nature

  back to wholesome

  freshness and fecundity.

- we gather as 

  The Body of Christ

  to share care and community.

- we live in contemplative intimacy

  with The Love Who Is God.

- we decern both our

  circumstance and abilities 

  in tandem with discerning 

  the needs of the people and place 

  where we are 

  as we share extravagantly. 

- we refuse the false flooring 

  of media that maddens and 

  consumption that consumes.

- we stretch and strive 

  for social justice

  even at the price of 

  pocketbook or popularity.


          we center





In the days and ways ahead

     please consider the

        Ponder Prayer

         that follows.

     May it help us hear 

     deeper and dearer


    to centering intimacy.


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Soul Stilled Peaceful,

we hear at our center

Joshua's desire 

to be intimate with us, 

for us to be intimate with him,



    "Live in me.

     Make your home in me 

     just as I do in you...

     I've loved you 

     the way my Father 

     has loved me.

     Make yourself at home 

     in my love."

           John 15: 4 & 9

           The Message

Joshua does not say 

live "with" me.

That would be close.

Joshua wants more.

Joshua wants intimacy, 

more than even 

marital intimacy.

Joshua wants us 



our life within his.

Joshua wants us

centered in him,

    "At home" 

       in him

      and he 

 centered in us,

  "At Home"

     in us

just the way it is 

with him and 

The Father.

That is so deep, 

so divine,

it cannot be described, 

but only experienced.

We are welcome  

and wanted at 

God's Center.

That "centers" us 

and we together our world.

Bonaventure said that 

God's center is everywhere 

and his circumference nowhere.

There are not limits

inward or outward.

That's being centered ,

"saved' from the 

off centeredness of sin -

ours and the worlds.

What do you say?

Our "saying" is 

our spiritual life.

May it be truly a

      Centering Prayer


How do we go about 

living this centeredness,

this intimacy?

         "I am 

          the way, 

          the truth and 

          the life."

         (John 14:6)

We go about life the way 

the historical Joshua did.

The particulars are different

in time, place and culture.

The truth, the life lived 

is one and the same.

To discern we open wide to

the impulse of the Spirit.

We do that in personal prayer.

We do that as "The Gathered",

(English for "ecclesia" - church).

We live out the value system, 

the teachings of Joshua

in our time and place.

Slow Soul Soaking 

in the Gospels is


We adapt the 

words and way of Joshua

to how we spend time,

work, pray, serve,

interact, eat and drink, 

drive, bank, buy, treat others,

love, forgive, and...


We plumb and lift to our living:

    "In him we live 

     and move 

     and have our being."

        (Acts 17:28)

     "...it is no longer 

      I who live, 

     but Christ 

     lives in me..."

      (Galatians 2:20)

      " ...I came that 

      they might have life, 

      and have it abundantly."

          (John 10:10)


May you and yours have a joyous


              Love to all

             John Frank




Wednesday, November 15, 2023


Dear All of Us,

A lot of life goes into figuring out 

how to get there from here - 

getting into college, 

raising kids, career,

establishing financial security.

It's certainly and essentially so 

in our spiritual life.

A humble, 

Quiet Man 

of scripture, 

rarely noted, 

shows us best of many, 

just how to navigate 

our way spiritually

He says 

not a word 

about it. 

He lives it.

Joseph of Nazareth.


Joseph had to deal with 

extensive and trying 


Engaged, his intended 

becomes pregnant 

and not by him.

What a directional whiplash!

A quiet divorce seemed 

the kindest and best 

direction to go.

Then a revealing dream.

A human problem clarified, 

shown as a divine good.

A massive redirection 

accepted and followed.

Then Caesar Augustus 

decrees a world-wide census.

All males had to travel to

their ancestral hometowns 

and register.

That meant leaving 

Nazareth in Galilee 

and the journey to 

Bethlehem in Judea, 

a ninety-mile trip on foot.

Not exactly a AAA Premier 

Honeymoon Package 

and that with 

a very pregnant wife.

Arriving in town, 

the local 


didn't have any rooms left

and it was baby time.

The delivery was in 

something of a farm shed.

Post partum, 

some smelly shepherds 

showed up,

pretty excited 

about the baby.

Then these 

well healed scholars 

from somewhere 

far away east 

stopped by, 

pricey gifts in hand, 

hearts full of homage.

What a spin around.

Were's all this going?

In yet another dream 

Joseph realized 

the baby was 

in deadly danger.

Forget heading home 

and back to 

accustomed life 

in Nazareth.

It meant just the 

opposite direction and life. 

Off to Egypt, 

being migrants 

in a foreign land a long time 

until it was safe to redirect 

back to hometown Nazareth.

No Amtrack either way.

Joseph's life, 

his spiritual journey, 

was one big 


He cooperated with it, 

was submissive 

to mysterious redo's 

of his life's direction, 

inner and outer.

He allowed himself 

to be an active agent 

to what he didn't 

understand, plan or control.

It touched his masculinity, 

intimacy with his wife, 

fathering a child he didn't sire.

It redirected 

where he was, 

needed to go, 

what was going on 

within and around him - 

and that in spades!

And I fuss when 

my flight is delayed!!

Spirituality gets us 

where we need to be, 

chosen or not, 

understood or not, 

comfortable or not.

Quite often the journey 

is straight ahead 



There's a 


of Fall colors

here in 


just now.

It's like us

richly unique,

gathered together 

each week,

here at


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to all who 

have been sharing 

"frankly speaking" 

with others.

Let's be sure and steady

in our concern and support

for all the people trapped 

and suffering in 

dreadly many wars

around our shared globe 

spinning madly out of control.


          This marks the 

      seventh anniversary


      our weekly gathering 

              here at

       "frankly speaking"

   We come together from

    many lands and ways.


      how good and 

      pleasant it is 

      for brethren 

      to dwell together 

      in unity..." 

      Psalm 133:1

Looking forward to 

us being together 

here next week.

Love to all, 

God Bless

John Frank


Wednesday, November 8, 2023


Dear All of Us,

Thanks for reading this!

It's far from fluffy lite.

Please stick with it.

Please read all of it.

Not because 

it's so darn good, 

but because 

it's so darn critical.

Please read all of this. 


Pray it.

Ponder it.

Give it wide welcome,

head and heart.

Hopefully then


We're in trouble.

Let's face it.

Civilization and planet 

are in peril.

They may not make it - 

literally, actually.

It's terribly possible

or worse.

That's why I ask us all 

to stick with this,

to read all of it

and that with 

the eyes of the soul.

We are using up 

the resourses of six planets.

We only have one,

and we are abusing it to death.

World leaders just aren't and can't, 

except to hasten hell on earth.

The few have the most.

The most don't have enough.

Few are in communion with 

The Common Good 

as value and guide.

Religion has lost it's soul.

Technology has gotten 

ahead of us and the lead 

is a spin out, trip up, pile on.

Standing on clouds of 

media and political illusions

has replaced a firm footing, 


       Reality Based,

    and so sadly much

     just falls through

          dashed in 

delusional disappointment.

Consciously, unconsciously,

or in blinded denial, 

we nevertheless 

wrestle with all this and

in that wrestling 

so many of us 

are pinned in fear,

losing heart and match.

Can we ever 


hoping to win?

We sure can.

God is bedrock Reality.

That's where/how 

we take our stand.

That's where/how

we place our hope.    



    loves us 


That love energy 

powers victory.

That love energy 

winds to a win

no matter 

the opposition.

Life is a wrestling match.

It calls for a "flat out", full 


We move and maneuver, 

position for good.

We just don't give up


We let the deep down of us, 

the presence and power 

of God Love that is our core,

surge through us.

That goes for us as individuals 

and us as a community.

We do all we can to be 



    attitude, value, 

   effort and action

     based in the




        that is  


     We stretch 

     We struggle 



Our game plan is 

The Common Good.

We let play through us

the surge of creation

and redeeming recreation.

We're not only going to survive,

we are going to thrive.

All around us may fall apart.

         We won't.

The demons of Empire

raping reality,

putting civilization 

and planet in peril

will not prevail.

We will because

  love wins.

They are no match 

for our team.

No matter 

how tough,

how sinister,

how perverse, 

the push and power 

of Empire's evil,

we will take it to the mat

pin it, 

pin it flat 

for the count and out.


Thanks for reading all this.


  To help us  


we do and share

a deep listen to this 


   "But in all these things

    we overwhelmingly conquer

    through Him who loved us." 

We spend slow time, 

We center listen to this


that nothing and no one 

will separate us from 

The Love God has for us. 

       We have 

  God's Word on it.



         "So, what do you think?

          With God on our side like this,

          how can we lose?

          If God didn't hesitate 

          to put everything on the line for us, 

          embracing our condition 

          and exposing himself to the worst 

          by sending his own Son, 

          is there anything else 

          he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? 

          And who would dare tangle with God 

          by messing with one of God's chosen? 

          Who would dare even to point a finger?  

          The One who died for us 

          - who was raised to life for us! - 

          is in the presence of God 

          at this very moment sticking up for us. 

          Do you think anyone is going to be able 

          to drive a wedge between us 

          and Christ's love for us? 

          There is no way! 

          Not trouble, not hard times, 

          not hatred, not hunger, 

          not homelessness, 

          not bullying threats, 

          not hunger, 

          not backstabbing, 

          not even the worst sins 

          listed in Scripture: 

              They kill us in cold blood 

              because they hate you.

              We're sitting ducks, 

              they pick us off one by one.

          None of this fazes us 

          because Jesus loves us. 

          I'm absolutely convinced 

          that nothing - 

          nothing living or dead, 

          angelic or demonic, 

          today or tomorrow, 

          high or low, 

          thinkable or unthinkable - 

          absolutely nothing can get 

          between us and God's love 

          because of the way that 

          Jesus our Master embraced us."

                 Romans 8: 31-39

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Let us hold in love and prayer

the peoples of our global family

in the grip and pain of war.

Looking forward to 

our gathering here 

next week.

Love to all

John Frank