Today’s thinking

from Stuart Briscoe’s message. 2-23-16 on WDLM-QC (original date unknown). “The Church’s Responsibility, Part 2”

People think and act differently.  This needs to impact that way we communicate and minister.  The problem of secularization: People are turning from a concept of transcendence and find meaning in the immediate and the material.

ideas from Alex Guinness…

We (people) are turning from:

  • Word to image
  • Action to spectacle
  • Truth to feeling
  • Conviction to sentiment


Disciples bear

Day 9 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s 40 Day Journey

Bonhoeffer says disciples..

Instead, they bear what is laid upon them and what happens to them in discipleship for the sake of Jesus Christ. Finally, disciples will not be weakened by suffering, worn down, and embittered until they are broken. Instead, they bear suffering, by the power of him who supports them. The disciples bear the suffering laid on them only by the power of him who bears all suffering on the cross. As bearers of suffering, they stand in communion with the Crucified. They stand as strangers in the power of him who was so alien to the world that it crucified him.

Ekklesia, church, religion

Sermon idea.

talk about the progression Ekklesia > church > religion

assembly of believers is the foundation (and this should always be remembered-keeping the main thing the main thing). (see also

talk about the pros and cons of each (especially church, religion).

Jesus at 2 am has a good podcast Turning Theology into Church 03: Embracing Conflict, 1/27/15.

how deacons were appointed


Ekklesia is used in the NT 115 times (actually only a few/couple times in the gospels, so mostly in the epistles). In the Tindale translation (1524) it was translated “congregation.” In the King James it was translated “church.” ’assembly’ is a good translation.

Very interesting word.  Various references below. According to the acu link below, it means called to assembly, but ‘called out,’ in the sense of being called to be different, is not accurate (but preachers may like to say that).



Definition of “Ekklesia”

Great Podcast on “Submissive Wives & Obedient Slaves,” etc.

Podcast: “Understanding the Bible 43: Submissive Wives & Obedient Slaves??” – Jesus at 2 am podcast.  Sept. 16, 2014.  (Sermon by Kirk Winslow)  [Sept 17, 2014 at iTunes.]

Colassians 3:18 – 4:1

Lots of great ideas on ‘wives being submissive’ and more.  BTW, ‘wives being submissive’ is misleading.

(The following comments are somewhat in random order. The podcast itself is more coherent.)

Paul is directing wives, slave, children, and fathers.  He is not telling person A how person B should act. He is telling person A how person A should act.

Every time he tells person A how to act, he immediately tells person B how to act toward person A.  For example, he tells wives how to act then he tells men how to act.

The roman culture is a big factor.  The household and roles in the household, were very important in roman culture.

These verses are (according to the podcast) suggestions to the listener so that things work. They are practical suggestions for the culture of the day.

7 verses prior (Col 3:11) Paul said we are all equal (at the same time)  See also Gal 3:38 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Near the end of the podcast, he summarizes: at times we need to voluntarily choose to give up our rights for the greater good.  This is what I like, and need, to do.  Personal sacrifice – for the benefit of another.