“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


Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Rules

Hitting below the belt. Failing to recognize the will of the people.

It has been reported that a few Sundays ago the Prophet Elias-designated Proistamenos lined up the boys who serve in the Altar in front of the churchgoers.

He then proceeded to admonish the parishioners that if the parishioners followed Mr. Kastanis’ advice, that the boys he lined up would suffer.

He does not understand the obvious. The parents cannot be intimidated. What he forgot to mention was that if Mr. Kastanis’ advice was followed there would not be enough money for his salary. It was only a ruse to confuse.

We do not know where the inspiration for such behavior came from. Maybe it was from desperation.

You be the judge.

I guess it all depends whose ox is being gored.

Best regards,

Nick J. Colessides

P.S. T P M G

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