“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, April 11, 2013

Matthew 19:14

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Recent discussion regarding no "recreational" activities being allowed for the youth of our community during the Lenten season begs closer evaluation.  As is current policy, the youth of our community are not allowed to play basketball or practice dance during Lent.  It is also well known that while our facilities are empty of our youth during this time, other facilities welcome our youth who have actively sought them out. 

Is it more beneficial for the church to have our youth in our facilities or at other facilities?  One would think the clergy would prefer to have the youth of this community in this community's facilities.  If this is a concept that eludes the clergy, maybe the parish council can take a stand in this matter to allow our youth to use the facilities of their church.

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