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June 25, 2008: Plenary begins

Not that things have been going slowly, but now business begins to move very fast. It is like a lazy river flowing along narrows dramatically -- rapids. All of the business that was distributed among the 17 committees comes back to be handled by everyone.

While the energy level is high right now in anticipation of the plenary action, some of the weight of "Tuesday Night At The Assembly" is lifted. The new morning reminds us that God is sovereign, that His plans will not be thwarted, that "I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Yes, many people who were in the minority in their committees are grieved by the recommendations, but the Assembly has not yet acted. And, in the light of morning, it also comes to mind that the votes of Advisory Delegates -- which are counted in committee -- are now truly advisory. It changes the dynamics.

My impression is that the Assembly commissioners lean 55:45 progressive:conservative. That said, I am not sure that's even the best measuring tool. It seems as if there are a substantial number of people in the middle block -- not automatic votes one way or the other. The swing votes are there.

Like all evaluations and predictions at this point, my perceptions may be way off. (Also, I realize that I have imposed a political analysis on a spiritual gathering; dangerous in the best of times, damaging in the worst. If I could figure out a better way to provide a quick shorthand analysis, I would use it. So, please read it in a "for what it's worth" kind of tone.)

Plenary begins in a little while. Pray for us. More tonight.