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The school was more important that the service of preaching, which was understood as an abbreviated version of the Renaissance that saves the souls of the services.

This day was my first Sunday in a rural church in Maryland, established in the hills and firmly rooted in the bluegrass and gospel musical notes as belt.

NEWS FLASH.....This just in from Harold Camping's celestial GPS....."recalculating"

Thank you Father for calling a spade a spade. Men like LaHaye and Camping are indeed heretics, and in a less politically correct world, our Orthodox hierarchs would join with their Roman brothers in so advising their flocks. Too many of our people are led astray by this nonsense. I am certainly not calling all non-Orthodox by such a dire term, that would be absurd, but when some profess to be spreading the Christian word in a manner so far removed from the traditions of the Apostolic, Trinitarian Church -- well, it is as it is, as the old timers would say! Regards!

Today, being the day before the end -- and more importantly my wife's birthday -- I am thinking of the morality of bringing legal action against Harold Camping on May 22, mainly for false advertising.

But as an Orthodox Christian, I am not allowed to sue.

Also, the bigot and heretic Tim LaHaye suggests that we Slavs will team up with the Muslims to invade Israel. Why my former brethren love him I cannot fathom, as he has made millions off his offal writing. Both LaHaye and Camping should get on their knees and thank God that they're in the New Covenant, for in the Old one they would get stoned.

And not in the Dylan way.

I guess that means we don't need to get an ad in for the BT journal? No need to plant the annuals this spring around the cemetery?

Seriously, I thought that I had seen everything bizarre about this heresy, but.... this one takes the cake:

"Services offer post-Rapture care for pets left behind
By Karen Datko on Tue, May 10, 2011 4:22 PM

When my beloved Tankie died, a friend gave me a copy of "Dog Heaven," a sweet children's book. The drawings of happy dogs romping in an afterlife were comforting, even though I didn't buy the concept.

But what if the book is wrong? What if there's not a life after death for dogs, cats or other household pets? And what if the Rapture comes and you're spirited off, leaving your critters behind? (Some people believe the Rapture will happen as soon as May 21.) "

For more on this: http://money.msn.com/shopping-deals/article.aspx?post=56c49c8f-8509-40ba-b035-26c2e5093b9b&gt1=33009"

Only in America...

Somewhere I still have my copy, too. In a manner related to your apologia, I sometimes retain a copy of the New Year's "prediction" issue of the rag, "The National Enquirer." If I'm feeling particularly organized, I keep it for a whole year, then I review it with my adult study group for laughs. It is interesting that the Enquirer has had Jesus returning about as often as the benighted pre-trib pre-millennialists.

This brought a chuckle. In a box, I still have my copy of "88 Reasons Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988." I keep it around in case anybody wants me to explain why I'm not interested in anything they have to say about when Jesus is coming back (unless what they have to say is "I don't know" or "like a thief in the night" or something similar).

No, Father, more on the east side. I saw it on the way to Johnstown recently. I think I have a church grounds cleanup that day. I'll be taking out my chain saw and decapitating a number of those wretched "Trees of Heaven" crap trees (that some poor benighted children mistake for the Lorax).

Mon valley? I have not been blessed to behold the thing. Bummer. We have a youth event scheduled for that day.

Thank you, Eric John: you're spot on. Stay tuned: this rapture stuff is just metaphorical rhetoric for the peroration.

We have a similar billboard on the drive to my workplace. I suppose it is possible that we could see tumult on the 21st. If we do not, however, what will happen to the then-disillusioned followers of Mr. Camping's teachings? Will they follow him on to a third round of predictions, or will some abandon any faith whatsoever?

Nevertheless, it is good to try to keep in mind that May 21, or June 1 or even May 10, could be my own judgment day. So whether May 21 passes (somewhat) peacefully or not, should not matter to one's outlook.

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