“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Some Thoughts on Reaching 20,000 Hits

When we began this blog in April, we never expected to have so many people come and tell us “thanks”, or “keep up the good work”, in providing a forum where pertinent issues are openly discussed. We humbly thank our supporters, and yes, even our detractors, who try to insist that this blog is the cause of this community’s “issues”. We know our efforts are merely the result of too many instances of less-than-transparent governance in this community and in the wider church community on issues of deep importance.

We’ve been told that the title of our blog is not appropriate. It is Christ’s Church, not ours. We submit that this is a disingenuous argument. We know fully well to Whose glory these churches were built by those who gave much when they had but little. It is in their honor and memory that we maintain and continue our efforts. As always, we invite any and all comments and participation.

We pray that our readers had a safe, healthy, glorious Christmas and wish all a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

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