Jul 6, 2017
Welcome to the fourth episode of The Ekklesia Podcast. In this episode I crack open the lid on the clergy/laity distinction that exists within the institutional church. Like so many other topics we're going to discuss as this podcast continues to grow and move along, this won't be the only time we address this subject. It's more of an introduction to the issue.
Do the words "clergy" and "laity" appear anywhere in the New Testament and if so, what do they refer to? Is there such a thing in Christ's ekklesia as a professional clergy who have authority over a non-professional segment of his body, called the laity? What is the role of history and tradition in influencing our thinking of the clergy/laity separation? Has tradition trumped scripture in our understanding of top-down authority structures in the institutional church? Join me as I talk about these important questions and more. Welcome to The Ekklesia Podcast!
Ekklesia (pronounced ek-lay-SEE-ah) is a transliteration of the Greek word used in the New Testament that is most commonly translated "church" in most of our English Bibles. The word "church" comes from an old English wording meaning "a lord's house" and is a poor translation of ekklesia. Far from referring to a location or an institutional setting, ekklesia refers to a community of people living life together with Jesus alone as the head. We will no doubt, flesh this out more as future episodes unfold.
This episode has "UnSunday" in the title because it's the 4th of 4 episodes that were originally on my old UnSunday Podcast. I'm shutting that podcast show down and have moved here instead. I think "Ekklesia" is a better reflection of the things I want to say than "UnSunday" was.