“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


Monday, April 28, 2008


  • Is it not the responsibility of the senior clergyman to either assist or at least not abandon one of his own during a time of crisis?
  • If not all people who come to church for services during this week stay for the entirety of the service, does this mean they have "scattered" and are "against Christ?"
  • Doesn't this demean the elderly or families with young children who at least make an effort to attend part of a service but are unable to remain for its entirety?
  • Who is it that worships the "almighty dollar" when on Holy Saturday our parking lot at Holy Trinity was filled with cars of Jazz fans while parishioners were left to park blocks away to attend services?
  • Is the financial situation that desperate and who is responsible?

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