Things have been pretty busy as we draw to the end of another school year. So I haven’t had much time or energy to blog. But I’m still here.
Since I don’t have much to say, I wanted to point to someone who does. This week, I listened to a podcast that really spoke volumes to me. It’s by Fr Stephen Freeman and is entitled “Is Relationship with God What We Want?” It’s about fifteen minutes long and you can listen to it HERE or subscribe to his podcast at the iTunes store.
Fr Stephen does a fine job examining the word “koinonia” as it’s used in the New Testament. The word doesn’t really mean “fellowship.” Rather, it means “participation” and “communion.” The Church is not a fellowship — an association of like-minded people. Rather, it’s to be participation in one another’s lives, communion with each other.
Anyway, I’m not doing his podcast justice. Listen to it and allow God to speak.
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Just listened to the podcast…it was very good! We too often think of the church, especially in Protestantism as just some sort of club – like he said “of like minded people.” That is far from what the New Testament teaches, though, and far from what it means to be “the Body of Christ.” This koinonia (communion) is what we need – it is the Christian life. Thanks for pointing to the podcast…hopefully others listen as well!
Shawn Ragan (a Protestant pastor, for a few more weeks)