After a year of tragedy and controversy, I've found a bright note to wrap it all up here, where my RCA pastor friend reports:
"The second thing I did yesterday was to stand up at a special session of our classis (our Reformed word for presbytery or diocese), and request that a minister who received a call from one of our classis churches repent of his performing marriage ceremonies for gay people, and to promise not to do so in the future. He refused to promise, so our classis refused to allow him to become an installed minister within our bounds. By doing so I reassured old friends, infuriated new friends, and stunned myself..."
Bravo, sir! Here's to another year of more faithfulness from Christ's Bride to her Bridegroom.